Susan Cera

Senior MBA Admissions Consultant

Director of MBA Admissions

Academic Background

Dartmouth College, AB
Fuqua School of Business, MBA

Work Experience

Susan earned her AB in economics modified with computer science. During her time at Dartmouth, she participated in varsity soccer as well as Varsity Track and Field. For three years out of Dartmouth, Susan worked at Charles River Associates, an economics consulting firm focusing on anti-trust litigation work.

While earning her MBA, Susan founded Marketing Week in Boston, was captain of the MBA Soccer Club, and served as the corporate fundraising chair for the MBA Games for Special Olympics, Alumni Liaison. After completing her MBA, Susan joined Lotus Development Corporation as a product manager before moving on to Open Market, a venture-funded internet commerce startup, where she served as a product manager then director of consulting services. She was one of the first ten employees at Upromise where she defined the requirements for the service that has helped thousands of families save for college.

For nearly a decade, Susan worked on the Admissions Committee at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Area of Expertise

Admissions process, software development process, consulting, and product/project management.

A little more in-depth

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

Gaining the trust of my clients, so that I can tailor my coaching/mentoring style to meet their individual needs and helping them identify the MBA program that will set them up to successfully meet their goals.

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

I encourage clients to look beyond the rankings for a program that offers the culture, curriculum, and clubs that will help them build the knowledge, skills, and relationships to get them from where they are today to where they want to be post-MBA.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus:

I was thrilled to learn that one of my clients, who came to me with a list of about fifteen programs, pared the list down and applied to four schools and was admitted to her top choice school with a Dean’s Fellowship covering full tuition.

3 Random Facts:

– After watching Charlie’s Angels and Agent 99 on Get Smart and visiting the FBI building in 8th grade, I wanted to be an FBI agent. I actually interviewed with the CIA out of undergrad before withdrawing my application when I accepted another job (at CRA). Just one letter off.
– I watched the US Women’s soccer team win the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
– Before starting business school, I drove around the US for three weeks visiting twenty-eight states and taking cooking classes in New Orleans and Santa Fe. Chicken Creole anyone?