About Harold Simansky

Senior MBA Admissions Counselor

Before Stratus, Harold began his business career at Bain & Company, where he was a member of the Private Equity Group. His work there included investment deal generation, strategic due diligence and portfolio company acceleration. Following this, Harold took a more entrepreneurial road, starting four successful companies over the last dozen years. These endeavors have generally been focused on residential energy efficiency and the “green” home. His most recent company was a website and print magazine (yes, print!) devoted to healthy and sustainable homes. This company was successfully sold in February, 2015 to a regional media company.

Articles written for Stratus Prep:

4 Keys to Writing the Cornell Johnson Essays

Long-feared for the nebulous nature of the essay prompt and its required creativity, Cornell’s Table of Contents essay — where you were expected to boil down your life into chapter headings as for a book – has been replaced with a new essay prompt that is … nebulous and which requires extreme creativity. The new… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: What’s the right degree for you? The Vanderbilt MBA or MSF?

I had the opportunity to catch up with Maura Clark, Director of Admissions for the Master of Science in Finance Program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. As many of you may know from reading my blogs, Vanderbilt is one of my favorite emerging business schools. With its strong health care presence in… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers Part 2 – Are They Still Necessary?

Changing company interest in MBAs, and a changing workforce, seems to make traditional career centers less and less relevant. In the past, a job search meant which big company recruiting event would you eat at. Maybe it would be coffee and danish with Dell, a pizza lunch with Bain, evening drinks with GE, and a… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Career Centers Part 1 – Thinking Beyond the Numbers

Almost across the board, when current students and recent alumni complain about their business school, it is generally about career services. And while there are all sorts of metrics to try to measure the effectiveness of career support — including employment at graduation, employment at three months, average salary, average signing bonus — in the… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Lessons on Writing an MBA Essay from Philip Roth

With the passing of Philip Roth on Tuesday, America has lost possibly the greatest of its twentieth century novelists and essayists. If not necessarily the greatest, he is at least my favorite writer whose work I have long respected, and loved, if we can love something that is at times brutal and cringe-inducing. As I… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: An MBA for Future Entrepreneurs? Absolutely

As an entrepreneur myself — having being involved in 4-5 startups over the last 10+ years – I am frequently asked if business school makes sense for a would-be entrepreneur. Admittedly there is a tension there, after all some of the most successful entrepreneurs never went to business school, and in fact, some never even… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: MBA Choices – Changing Horses Midstream

Over the last few weeks, a number of Stratus clients have “changed horses midstream” so to speak in that rather than attending a full-time MBA program, they have recalibrated to go to business school part-time, or identified a different academic program – like a Masters in Finance, operations, or data analytics — that would enable… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Part of a Family Business? An MBA is Right for You! (Part 2)

While you may have the desire – and even the funds – to go to business school, you may be lacking one important thing: the time. While the idea of taking a couple of years off to learn business in a different way may be especially appealing, your commitment to your family enterprise simply may… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Part of a Family Business? An MBA is Right for You! (Part 1)

An estimated 80% of all businesses are considered to be family businesses to some degree. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of business schools have one or more courses focused on the unique challenges of running a business that means a whole lot more to you than making money. If you are already working in a family… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: A Roaring Business School Coming Out of Some Roaring Economies

Despite having some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Asia has never produced the world class business school one would expect. According to the Financial Times, the top business schools in Asia are CEIBS, moving all the way up to # 8 this year, HKUST at #14, and the National University of Singapore… View Article

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