Shanita Nicholas, Admissions Counselor

Shanita Nicholas

Academic Background

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, BS
Columbia Business School, MBA
Columbia Law School, JD

Area of Expertise

Mergers & acquisitions, entrepreneurship, technology, operations, enterprise management, JD/MBA.

Work Experience

Shanita earned her BS in Chemical Engineering focusing on immunology and stochastic modeling. During her time at Columbia Business School, she served as a student advisor for the Columbia Entrepreneurship endeavor and won first place in the KKR-sponsored leveraged buyout competition.

Shanita started her career as an IT consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton before attending graduate school. After graduation, she joined Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP in the derivatives and mergers and acquisition departments before moving to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she worked on middle-market private equity mergers and acquisitions deals.

She most recently joined Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP to work with startup clients in the Southern California startup ecosystem. In addition to her work at the firm, she hosts panels with leaders and innovators in entrepreneurship through a local non-profit.

Shanita loves keeping in touch with the latest in technology, staying connected to nature and taste testing coffee around the world.

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

Stratus allows me to pass along my knowledge and experiences to clients that are looking to step into the next journey of their academic and professional careers.

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:

  • I won the Ms. SEAS competition in 2008 for the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • When I worked for the Department of Defense I was given a military Humvee to drive around as my corporate car.
  • I pitched my top investment idea to Henry Kravis at a lunch in his office.