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Hollis Kline

Hollis Kline


Hollis earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor of arts in literature from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude). Eight years ago, a lifelong love of reading, writing, and editing led Hollis to consider admissions coaching as a career, but what cemented her choice was the opportunity to support MBA applicants on such an introspective journey. Hollis takes the trust clients place in her very seriously, helping clients to explore their dreams, fears, traumas, and triumphs and convey what makes them compelling candidates.

Earlier in her life, Hollis worked as a student journalist, holding different editorial positions at The Yale Herald and co-founding a Stanford GSB blog. Pre-admissions consulting, her career spanned real estate private equity, public relations and executive search. An avid photographer and outdoor athlete, Hollis enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking—and the attendant documentation of exciting pursuits and beautiful settings.

  In Hollis’s Words

One of the keys to a successful application is highlighting what makes you unique. When you’re living your story, it can be tough to do that; you’re too close to your experiences to know which ones set you apart. As an outsider, I can see your accomplishments, interests, and adventures with a fresh set of eyes and help identify what makes you special. After that, it’s all about finding your personal voice —as distinct from your academic or professional voice—to communicate your story to admissions committees in a compelling, succinct, and distinctive way.

What Clients Say about Working with Hollis

I worked with Hollis on an hourly basis. At first I was hesitant to invest such a large sum in 60 minutes of a person's time. However, I went on to buy not one but six hours of Hollis's time and can confidently say that every minute we worked together was the best possible use of my time and money. All of Hollis's efforts were geared towards helping me present my best self, and that extended even to the tone and nature of our communications. She constantly encouraged me, while also giving the detailed feedback I needed to improve my application. The feedback Hollis gave on my personal statements was always very clear and easy to integrate, without losing my personal tone. I will be attending Stanford GSB, a school I almost didn't apply to because it felt so far out of reach. I'm confident that Hollis played an instrumental role in elevating my application to the status that helped it get noticed and, ultimately, accepted by my dream business school.

  GSB Admit

As an international candidate with an ordinary profile, I never thought I could ace my way to a top business school. But Hollis made it happen. I was accepted to Haas School of Business—my dream school. Her help and support played a vital part in my success. When it came to essay editing, she kept my voice genuine and helped connect all my discrete pieces of information into a beautiful mosaic. Hollis also painstakingly guided me on how to enhance my application by utilizing my strengths and mitigating my weaknesses. Under her guidance, each of my applications was tailored in a very unique way for each specific school. I would definitely choose to work with Hollis again. Her thoughtful advice and her dedication make her a source you can always trust.

  Haas Admit

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