Alex Leventhal is one of only three MBA admissions consultants to be in the Poets & Quants Hall of Fame. He has been an MBA Admissions consultant since 2005. As one of the most experienced professionals in the industry, he has helped hundreds of applicants achieve their goal of acceptance into a highly-ranked MBA program.
He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Poets & Quants and other top publications. Alex has been named one of the industry’s Top Consultants by Poets & Quants in every year they have compiled their annual global rankings.
In addition to his private coaching, Alex has authored a career guide for MBA applicants, and regularly lectures on interviewing and the MBA application process at the Harvard Club of Southern California.
Prior to his work as an Admissions Consultant, Alex worked as a management consultant and held various VP of Marketing positions working for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Siebel Systems. Alex has worked in both the United States and Europe, and currently enjoys working with clients from Boston to Brussels to Beijing.
Alex holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College. Alex grew up in New York City and attended the highly selective Horace Mann School.
Alex is a former competitive tennis player, collegiate varsity soccer player, and 4 handicap golfer. His competitive spirit is engaged for each of his clients, and he takes their success personally.
Before starting in on the essays, Alex spends significant time interviewing clients in order to help them identify their strongest qualities and stories. These are the key ingredients to winning essays and successful behavioral interviewing, as admissions committees will be looking for a compelling mix of achievements, industry vision, character-driven choices, and emotion.
The essays map to these critical stories and insights. The resume, interviewing strategy, and recommendation letters will all complement this overall positioning, so the MBA programs see an inspiring, consistent person and not a simple aggregate of test scores, GPAs, and job descriptions.
Over the many seasons helping clients, Alex has developed a knowledge management system of essays and resumes compiled from successful applications to the very top schools in the US and Europe. Integral materials from this archive are shared with full package clients to leverage past wins at the most selective schools. Clients report that these application materials are extremely helpful in dealing with the challenging word limits and often daunting essay topics like the famous Stanford “What Matters Most to You and Why?”.
Beyond the acceptances, Alex’s approach often creates better writers, more confident interviewers, and MBA students who have a better sense of their eventual career paths. Alex is a real New Yorker, relentless about results, and demanding of his clients.