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Ayesha Khan - Ex-McKinsey
Ayesha Khan

Ex-McKinsey

About Ayesha Khan

Ayesha worked at McKinsey & Company for 4 years, leaving the firm as an Engagement Manager. At McKinsey, Ayesha rotated through a variety of industries in her first two years and then focused on operations and diligence projects.

Ayesha has completed hundreds of case prep sessions and is excited to help candidates through specific and actionable feedback. Ayesha recruited for consulting from a non-target school and can guide candidates through the nuances of each phase of the recruiting process.

Ben Cunningham - Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA '23
Ben Cunningham

Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA '23

About Ben Cunningham

Ben worked at McKinsey for 2.5 years. While there, he worked on 15+ client engagements across a number of industries (Travel, Tech, Social Sector, etc.) and types of companies (startups, Fortune 100, investment firms, etc.). He has worked in the U.S. and abroad.

Ben led recruiting and interview practices across several college campuses for McKinsey, where he coached 100+ candidates. He understands the process inside and out and is committed to supporting clients through the journey. Ben enjoys building deep relationships with his clients and crafting a unique training path to help each person’s individual needs.

Benjamin Foo - Ex-Bain, INSEAD MBA
Benjamin Foo

Ex-Bain, INSEAD MBA

About Benjamin Foo

After graduating from INSEAD, Ben joined Bain’s Southeast Asia office, serving clients in TMT, Financial Services, and Private Equity. At Bain, he was part of the interviewing team that ran both interviews and recruiting events.

Ben is currently working for SEEK, a leading owner-operator of employment portals across Asia Pacific, and is a member of the Asia Leadership team. In his role, he works with senior execs on critical business priorities in the Technology & Product space.

Ben has hundreds of coaching hours under his belt, and many of his clients have secured offers at Bain, BCG, McKinsey and other top consulting firms. Beyond work and coaching, Ben is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling.

Cara Jefferson - Ex-Bain
Cara Jefferson

Ex-Bain

About Cara Jefferson

Cara has completed and given hundreds of case interviews, leading to several offers. As part of recruiting at Bain’s Dallas office, Cara screened 100+ resumes and understands Bain’s end-to-end process for sophomore programs, internships, and the full-time role (target and non-target undergrad).

Cara can give specific and actionable feedback on case interviews (how to get from beginner to good, then to excellent), behavioral interviews (how different firms evaluate fit), and your recruiting plan (including written resources, resume reviews, math/structure drills, how to network, and last-minute prep).

Cara joined Bain after completing a Biology (premed) major at WashU in St. Louis and deciding not to enroll in medical school. As a first-generation college student and American, Cara is passionate about mentoring aspiring consultants as others did for her. Currently, Cara is a Product Manager at Walmart Data Ventures.

Charity Wollensack - Ex-McKinsey, Wharton MBA
Charity Wollensack

Ex-McKinsey, Wharton MBA

About Charity Wollensack

After receiving her MBA at Wharton, Charity spent 3 years at McKinsey in the Stamford, CT office while living in NYC. Charity spent her first year exploring industries and functions, after which she decided to focus on Consumer and Retail clients.

During Charity’s time at McKinsey she spent time as a staffed ambassador, supporting diverse candidates through the application process and providing case coaching support. Additionally, she was well connected to Wharton recruiting and provided case coaching support to her alma mater. Charity has completed hundreds of case prep sessions and is passionate about helping candidates through actionable and specific feedback.

Dave Matthews - Ex-Bain, Tuck MBA '23
Dave Matthews

Ex-Bain, Tuck MBA '23

About Dave Matthews

After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in economics, Dave spent 4 years at Bain’s Dallas office, focusing on private equity diligence, post-acquisition growth strategy, and commercial excellence. Dave has extensive experience working across industrial, energy, technology, and consumer products industries. At Bain, Dave was a highly sought-after mentor and coach to help transition new hires into the working world.

Currently, Dave is at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is grateful for the individuals who helped support him during his consulting journey, so he loves investing time in building deeper relationships to provide thoughtful, tangible coaching and feedback.

David Batubara - Ex-Bain
David Batubara

Ex-Bain

About David Batubara

David spent 3 years at the Bain & Company Southeast Asia office, becoming a core member of the firm’s financial service (banking, asset management) and telco practice.

At Bain, David spearheaded the office’s recruiting initiatives, all the way from conducting interviews to developing Bain SEA’s first case club program to prep candidates from non-traditional backgrounds (industry hire and advanced degree).

Passionate about coaching and mentorship, David has been coaching candidates for 5+ years with many of his mentees securing offers from consulting firms all across the globe. David graduated from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and International Relations. Outside of work, David loves spending his time on endurance sports, traveling and reading up on modern world history.

Diana Ivanov - Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA '23
Diana Ivanov

Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA '23

About Diana Ivanov

Diana spent over 3 years at McKinsey in Australia as a Business Analyst through to Senior Associate, where she worked in predominantly B2C facing verticals on strategy and marketing & sales related topics. She was heavily involved in firm-wide diversity initiatives, mentoring and coaching dozens of promising female candidates throughout the interview process and as they settled into consulting post-offer.

After McKinsey, Diana moved to London to work for a tech start-up (Via) and will be relocating to Boston in the fall to complete an MBA at Harvard Business School. Her style is friendly, collaborative, and flexible, focusing on building confidence and providing actionable feedback with the opportunity to practice and refine.

Ed Sinclair - Ex-McKinsey, Ex-Corporate Lawyer (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Ed Sinclair

Ex-McKinsey, Ex-Corporate Lawyer (Herbert Smith Freehills)

About Ed Sinclair

Ed spent over 2 years at McKinsey and was heavily involved in recruitment. He has successfully coached over 50 candidates through the recruitment process. Ed is a very practical coach who focuses on repeatable fundamentals and provides simple and actionable feedback to improve performance.

Ed came to McKinsey from a non-target school (first from his University to ever be hired by McKinsey), and from a non-traditional background (Bachelor of Arts and Laws) so understands how to break into top firms coming from a different path.

Eissra Eltom - Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA
Eissra Eltom

Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA

About Eissra Eltom

Eissra recently left McKinsey as an Engagement Manager after spending 5 years in the London office. She led teams in the Strategy and Corporate Finance practice serving clients across Consumer and TMT sectors.

At McKinsey, she was heavily invested in recruitment efforts with extensive experience interviewing at both the Business Analyst and Associate levels. She recently left McKinsey to launch her own entrepreneurial venture, granting her a flexible calendar. She is excited to support peers interested in launching a career in consulting!

Fangfei Yin - Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24
Fangfei Yin

Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24

About Fangfei Yin

Fangfei worked in the BCG SF and LA offices for 4 years, where she was a core member of the private equity practice. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During her time at BCG, she focused primarily on buy/sell-side due diligence work and portfolio strategy. She also completed an international rotation in the private equity group of BCG’s Stockholm office and a 9 month externship at a B2B SaaS startup.

Outside of casework, Fangfei helped lead undergraduate recruiting at UC Berkeley (her alma mater) and coached many candidates through the interview process. She was also involved in the learning and development team at BCG, where she provided on-the-job training to consultants across North America. In her free time, Fangfei enjoys travelling, eating Asian food, and is an aspiring wine snob. She can’t wait to meet you and help you through your consulting journey!

Ghirish Pokardas - Ex-BCG
Ghirish Pokardas

Ex-BCG

About Ghirish Pokardas

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Economics and International Relations, Ghirish spent many years at BCG’s Jakarta office, starting as an Associate and leaving as a Principal. Ghirish’s focus while at BCG was in TMT and corporate venture building, having built innovation labs and successful start-ups for conglomerates. As a Principal, Ghirish was BCG Jakarta’s Recruiting Director responsible for the office’s entire recruiting program for undergraduates, MBAs and experienced hires.

Ghirish is currently a Director at KKR where he leads the Capstone team in Southeast Asia, responsible for value creation efforts across KKR’s Southeast Asia private equity portfolio. Ghirish is passionate about helping those looking to break into consulting having been lucky to have had great mentors who guided him through his process.

Grant Wycliff - Ex-McKinsey, Kellogg MBA
Grant Wycliff

Ex-McKinsey, Kellogg MBA

About Grant Wycliff

After completing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Grant worked at McKinsey for 2 years in the New York office. He focused his work primarily in the Transformation practice, serving clients across multiple industries and countries.

Grant’s passion for coaching runs deep. He worked as a high school teacher for four years prior to attending business school. As a 2nd year at Kellogg, he built out a full recruiting prep curriculum for the Black Management Association and led dozens of case prep sessions for 1st year aspiring consultants. While at McKinsey, he was intimately involved in recruiting for Kellogg and NYU Stern MBA programs.

Harrison Shane - Ex-Bain, Columbia MBA '23
Harrison Shane

Ex-Bain, Columbia MBA '23

About Harrison Shane

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a business degree, Harrison worked at Bain for 3 years in the San Francisco office, primarily in the tech, private equity, and retail practices.

He was also heavily involved in recruiting and mentorship, conducting 20+ first round interviews and hundreds of case prep sessions at the undergraduate and MBA level resulting in many MBB offers. Currently, Harrison is studying at Columbia Business School where he is involved in the management consulting club as a case coach.

Kit O'Connor - Ex-McKinsey, Columbia MBA
Kit O'Connor

Ex-McKinsey, Columbia MBA

About Kit O'Connor

Kit’s Coaching Philosophy and Career Journey (Podcast Interview)

Kit left McKinsey as an Engagement Manager to take a global management role at a major beverage company, building on his work as a member of McKinsey’s Consumer practice.

At McKinsey, Kit was a prolific interviewer, giving 100+ interviews for incoming BAs and Associates. He is known for providing tangible, actionable feedback that turns good answers into excellent ones. He was a core leader of McKinsey’s Columbia Business School recruiting team, heading mentorship efforts for candidates moving through the interview process.

Lisa Bright - Ex-McKinsey
Lisa Bright

Ex-McKinsey

About Lisa Bright

Lisa’s Journey of Breaking Into McKinsey + Case Interview Tips (Podcast Interview)

After graduating with majors in Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain Management, Lisa joined McKinsey and served clients across multiple industries on both strategy and operations projects.

After receiving an offer for MBA sponsorship, she recently left McKinsey to pursue her passion with startups and is currently co-founder and CEO of two startups, one which has scaled to multiple 7-figures. Like many entrepreneurs, she works odd hours, so she is available for interviews anytime…weekends, day, or night!

Maxime Bétas - Ex-McKinsey
Maxime Bétas

Ex-McKinsey

About Maxime Bétas

Maxime is a former McKinsey consultant with 3 years of consulting experience, including interviewing and coaching 100+ candidates. He was based in the Brussels office and was staffed on projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, mostly on strategic topics.

As a former interviewer for McKinsey, he has extensive experience in coaching and assessing candidates, both in interviewer- and interviewee-led setups. He can provide coaching on your preparation plan (calendars, resources, setups), fit interviews (what to say/not to say) and case interviews (frameworks for opening, how to answer conceptual questions, how to brainstorm effectively, how to prepare for math questions).

Currently, Maxime is a co-founder of a SAAS tech startup in digital marketing.

Nare Israelyan - Ex-BCG
Nare Israelyan

Ex-BCG

About Nare Israelyan

Nare’s Journey of Breaking Into BCG from a Non-traditional Background (Podcast Interview)

Nare graduated with a degree in Business Economics from UCLA and became just the 5th UCLA student to join BCG in a decade. During her time at BCG, Nare worked on projects varying from pricing strategy, market growth, consumer behavior, and operational efficiency. She was also involved with recruiting efforts at BCG, screening candidates and giving mock case interviews.

Nare has over 700 hours of case coaching experience, and has helped countless clients receive offers at top consulting firms. She focuses on both the high level as well as the details to master the case interview.

Nare is also a working actor and former athlete, and incorporates strategies to help her clients excel under pressure while allowing their personalities to come forth. She trains her clients to go into interviews with a peak performance mindset, and believes this is what separates good candidates from those who get offers.

Prachi Agrawal - Ex-BCG, LBS MBA
Prachi Agrawal

Ex-BCG, LBS MBA

About Prachi Agrawal

Prachi is an ex-BCG consultant, having spent two years in the Sydney office. At BCG, she worked across heavy industries (oil & gas, mining), not for profit, and healthcare. She also led the development of a global gender diversity study in the energy sector.

Following her passion for renewable energy, she now works as a Strategy Manager at Transgrid, a state electricity transmission company in Australia, leading corporate strategy.

Prachi enjoys coaching people through their interview prep process. She provides structured and actionable feedback across all elements of a case, and can be a valuable thought partner for fit interviews, helping candidates tell their stories in the best way. She was a peer leader at LBS and provided 50+ hours of coaching during her MBA.

Pranav Aggarwal - Ex-Bain & BCG, Cornell MBA '23
Pranav Aggarwal

Ex-Bain & BCG, Cornell MBA '23

About Pranav Aggarwal

Pranav’s Story of Breaking Into Bain + BCG (Podcast)

Pranav worked at Bain India for 2+ years and is an incoming Consultant at BCG. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Cornell University where he is focused on Tech and Finance. During his time at Bain, he worked predominantly in financial services and he hopes to build upon that in his time at BCG.

He is heavily invested in recruiting efforts at Cornell and has a strong grasp of what a successful candidate and successful recruiting process looks like. Pranav has flexible availability and is available for prep most days of the week, day or night!

Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis - Ex-McKinsey
Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis

Ex-McKinsey

About Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis

Rafaella worked at McKinsey for 3.5 years – from intern to Senior Business Analyst – in the São Paulo office. She was also the leader of the recruiting pillar for Business Analysts where she mentored and coached more than 80 candidates.

Her focus while at McKinsey was in digital engagements, advanced analytics, and digital transformations. She is also familiar with the transition process from generalist to digital consultant. Today, Rafaella is a founding member of an early stage startup in Brazil, where she leads an ultra-fast grocery delivery product.

Ray Temnewo - Ex-McKinsey, Stanford MBA '24
Ray Temnewo

Ex-McKinsey, Stanford MBA '24

About Ray Temnewo

Ray is currently a 1st-year MBA student at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with prior experiences in strategy consulting, technology, and private equity.

During his 2+ years at McKinsey, his project focus was primarily in the Technology, Media, & Telecom practice and the FUEL sector (startup practice). Outside of work, Ray led case workshops for his alma mater as well as regional case prep recruiting for several universities in the Atlanta area – spanning undergrad, MBA, and lateral hires.

Ray goes the extra mile to help prospective applicants and aspiring consultants reach their goals because he recognizes how much the platform has done for him. Outside of school and work, Ray enjoys going to concerts, playing soccer, hanging with friends, and reading.

Ryan Smith - Ex-BCG, Darden MBA
Ryan Smith

Ex-BCG, Darden MBA

About Ryan Smith

Ryan’s Coaching Philosophy and Career Journey (Podcast Interview)

After graduating with his MBA, Ryan worked at BCG for 2 years before moving on to lead strategy projects for a large housing finance company. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at BCG and spent the majority of his time working in the Consumer and Federal spaces.

Throughout business school and during his time at BCG, Ryan was plugged into recruiting. He has personally coached dozens of candidates who have gone on to receive MBB offers and has led numerous case workshops. Ryan prides himself on giving specific feedback and recommendations while also continuing to develop each candidate’s strengths.

Simo Detsouli - Ex-BCG, INSEAD MBA '23
Simo Detsouli

Ex-BCG, INSEAD MBA '23

About Simo Detsouli

Simo spent 3.5 years at BCG, working across Western Europe and Africa on projects in mining, financial services, agriculture and the public sector. As a top performer, he was promoted to Senior Consultant on the fast track, 6 months ahead of his peers.

Simo was heavily involved with the BCG recruitment team and has since coached 40+ candidates to secure offers at McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger, Strategy&, Kearney, Emerton, Monitor Deloitte and L.E.K.

As a candidate, he succeeded in 12 out of 13 interviews with MBB and Tier 1 firms such as BCG, Emerton, and Strategy&.

Simo holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne and is currently on a LOA from BCG to pursue his MBA at INSEAD.

Tripp Twyman - Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24
Tripp Twyman

Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24

About Tripp Twyman

Tripp worked at Boston Consulting Group for three years before leaving to begin his MBA at Stanford GSB. At BCG, he worked on topics ranging from racial equity, post-merger integrations and large scale digital transformations. While in BCG’s Los Angeles office, Tripp also coordinated office-wide social impact activities and helped lead the Black+Latinx network.

Tripp joined BCG after completing a Bachelor’s at the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Accounting at USC. At BCG, he was heavily involved in case prep and recruiting students at non-target schools and is excited to continue helping candidates find the right opportunity for them in consulting.

Yusuf Shaikh - Ex-BCG
Yusuf Shaikh

Ex-BCG

About Yusuf Shaikh

Yusuf’s Coaching Philosophy and Career Journey (Podcast Interview)

Yusuf is a former BCG consultant and specialist within strategy, private equity, and venture capital. He was based in BCG’s Johannesburg office as an Associate, serving clients in the public and private sectors while specializing in the energy, automotive, and industrial goods sectors.

He completed various projects focused on pricing optimization, corporate restructuring & strategy, and PE due diligences. Yusuf has extensive experience as a case interview coach, having run various workshops for BCG Johannesburg’s graduate recruitment programs.

After BCG, Yusuf spent 3 years investing in small & growing businesses in Africa, and now advises South Africa’s leading Fin-Tech on business strategy, M&A, corporate development, and expansion strategies.

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FAQs

Absolutely! You can work with any coach as long as your availability lines up with theirs.

If you purchased Black Belt, we recommend sticking with one coach for a few sessions (rather than spreading yourself between a few) so they can learn your tendencies and gap areas and give better feedback.

Not to worry – our team is globally distributed to ensure 24/7/365 coverage. No matter what time of day (or night), or day of the week (or weekend), our team has the capacity to meet with you.

Yep! You’ll find your coach’s email in your session confirmation email so you can let them know what you’d like to focus on in the session and, if necessary, share your CV or other relevant info. If you’re setting up a mock interview, send us any feedback you’ve received from other experienced interviewers so we can jump right in.

We only work with people who are serious about breaking into consulting. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we don’t want to work with wannabes who are flaky or just plain lazy.

The good news? We get AWESOME results. 80% of our clients who complete 8+ hours of coaching with us receive at least 1 offer, and 60% receive offers to 1 or more of the top 10 consulting firms!

Think that’s low? Last year, McKinsey received 1,000,000 applications for 10,000 jobs. That’s a mere 1% offer rate for those of you doing the math at home.

We are CRAZY proud of our excellent clients, and we invest heart and soul to push you toward success.

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