Lisa Cummings, Admissions Counselor

Lisa Cummings

Academic Background

Wellesley College, BA
Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, MBA

Areas of Expertise

Admissions, analytics, finance, private equity, venture capital.

Work Experience

For thirteen years Lisa was a member of the admissions committee at the MIT Sloan School of Management. There she read thousands of applications across all industries and geographies and interviewed hundreds of candidates for the two year MBA, Masters of Finance, Leaders for Global Operations, Sloan Fellows and EMBA programs.

Lisa spent the early part of her career as an institutional equity analyst at Prudential Securities. She then moved to US Trust where she was started her tenure as an equity analyst. She later became the Vice President and Treasurer of the UST Private Equity Investors Fund, Inc. as part of the team that raised and managed a $40 million fund invested in privately held companies and venture capital and LBO funds. She then moved to Tenneco where she was the Director of Investor Relations. Over several years, she worked closely with company management and Wall Street analysts to help guide investors through the company’s transformation from four business segments to two and then the firm’s ultimate split into two independent companies.

Lisa earned a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and MBA with a concentration in finance from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. She initially thought she wanted to be a lawyer, then decided business was a better fit for her. In college she was the Sports Editor of the the Wellesley News and played rugby. At Cornell she was a Vice President of the Finance Club and captain of the women’s ice hockey team.

An avid traveler, she spent lots of time in the Middle East while in college. More recently she visits Spain often and loves and has lived in Madrid. Lisa has been skiing since she could walk and as an adult started to study Spanish, became an avid soccer fan and took up tennis. She has played on and captained competitive women’s tennis teams for many years.

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

There is so much more to choosing a graduate school than just name and school reputation. I enjoy helping clients hone in on what they really hope to gain from a business education and then working with them to find the schools that can best help them achieve their goals.

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

Be sure to take time to really think about why you are applying to business school and have a solid response to that question.

3 Random Facts:

  • My goal is to attend all the Open tennis events. I’ve made it to two so far.
  • I hate to eat eggs but love to cook them. Two favorites are Spanish tortilla de patata and Is-raeli shakshuka.
  • My first two jobs were manning the counter in a McDonalds and running rides at an amusement park. Those experiences taught me how to deal with all kinds of people and the importance of customer service.
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