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Admissions Consultant MBA & College

Academic Background

Stanford University ‘83 – BA

Double major in Economics and Communication, concentrations in Sociology and Journalism. Phi Beta Kappa.

Stanford Graduate School of Business ’90 – MBA

Work Experience

Dione is an accomplished marketing and communications professional who has worked with a diverse range of companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500 in the US, Europe and Asia.  

Following graduation from Stanford University, Dione held positions in communications, forecasting and project management with Chevron and Pacific Bell. Four years later, she returned to Stanford to obtain an MBA degree. Between her first and second year, she spent a summer working in banking in New York, and an interim year in Taiwan, where she studied Mandarin and held roles in technical writing, radio broadcasting and as an analyst, specializing in overseas early-stage investments.

Following graduation from Stanford, Dione joined Sun Microsystems, where she held roles in business consulting, international channel management, field communications and headed marketing in the Middle East, Africa and Mediterranean regions.

After leaving Sun, Dione lived and worked in the tech industry in London. She specializes in helping companies to expand into new markets, strengthen brands, and create compelling narratives that inform, inspire and engage.  Dione has traveled extensively and worked and lived in Asia and Europe.  

A first-generation college graduate, Dione has long been passionate about identifying what distinguishes a competitive applicant from one who is compelling.  Dione has served on as an admissions reader and member of the minority admissions advisory committee at Stanford.

Area of Expertise

Marketing/branding, communications/writing, partner development, leadership of strategic initiatives.

A little more in-depth:

What I like most about being a Stratus Prep MBA Admissions Counselor:

I truly enjoy getting to know my clients, learning about their aspirations and histories, and then guiding them to successfully gain admission to their dream schools. I see clear parallels between my business experience and my ability to help clients present themselves with confidence, energy and authenticity.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

People are often tempted to focus overly on what they think a business school wants to read in an application and to then, try to be that prototypical MBA candidate. I work with clients to identify – and effectively communicate – what it about them that is unique and interesting. Together, we strive to submit an application that is compelling, authentic and reflects who a client is as an individual.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus Prep

(See answer about what I like about being a counselor) I strive to work closely with clients to reduce the stress and uncertainty of the admissions process. It’s amazingly rewarding to help clients learn about themselves and gain confidence and pride throughout the application process.

3 Random Facts:

  1. I believe in the power of stories and the importance of preserving and understanding our history.  With no prior knowledge or experience, I successfully founded a non-profit dedicated to preserving the oldest wooden Chinese sailing vessel and the story of its transpacific voyage. My efforts are the subject of two documentary films. I hope to inspire others to honor their heritage.
  2. I love to travel! A native of the Bay Area, I have a serious travel bug and have lived and worked in London, Athens and Taiwan.  Recent travel destinations include Sri Lanka, Shanghai, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Iceland – all amazing and wonderful in their own way.
  3. Aging – how can we, as individuals and society – ensure people enjoy financial security, quality of life and health? This will be a critical challenge in the 21st century.  I serve on a board of a nonprofit dedicated to supporting “age-friendly” communities and have consulted to nonprofit organizations, universities and tech companies which are striving to address the multiple and critical challenges of aging.