Rachel Nelson, Admissions Counselor

Rachel Nelson

Academic Background

Harvard College, BS
The Wharton School, MBA

Area of Expertise

Product management, product strategy, strategic marketing, and financial services.

Work Experience

Rachel has worked more than 15 years in financial services marketing at Merrill Lynch, GE Capital, and American Express.

After college (where she majored in Government and was a member of Radcliffe Crew), Rachel worked at American Express in NYC primarily in web/digital for three years before business school. During business school, she interned with GE in the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (a GE corporate marketing and sales leadership program) and then took a full-time position after graduation. Rachel had four rotational assignments within GE Commercial Finance: Real Estate (2), Aviation, Commercial Finance (HQ), and Marketing in Commercial Real Estate.

Following GE, Rachel moved to Boston and had a variety of roles within Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (primarily in product – strategy, management, development, and distribution). She then spent a year at an online floral retailer startup in Boston managing a small marketing team.

Rachel has since relocated to England and does independent consulting projects for small primarily US-based businesses as well as work with Stratus.

A little more in-depth

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

The opportunity to meet new people, learn about a candidate’s background and interests, help him/her figure out what he/she wants to do, and the best way to get there.

3 Random Facts:

  • I live in Cheltenham, England (a lovely Cotswolds town in the west of England, not far from the Welsh border), but I come back regularly to Boston and NYC to see friends.
  • I met my partner (he is Scottish) through friends on a group trip at the inaugural Formula One race in Austin, Texas.
  • I am a fan of European crime dramas (the Fall, Broadchurch, and the Bridge).

Blogs by Rachel

London Calling! Five Tips for the LBS Essays

(Updated for 2018-2019) What makes the London Business School -- the London Business School? In its own words it is continued business impact, global growth, and world-class people. LBS is particularly proud of its global, multi-national student body who hail from a variety of professional backgrounds and of the strong, inclusive community that results: “[w]e

7 things to consider if you weren’t accepted to your dream MBA program (this year!)

What to do if the application process and didn’t produce the results you had hoped for. It can be frustrating when you feel you did all you could do in the application process and didn’t see the results you had hoped for. It’s also a good time to step back, reflect, and think about what