Founder/CEO, Ivy Groupe
Shaifali received her MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Princeton University. At HBS, Shaifali served as VP Admissions of the Women’s Student Association; in this role, she collaborated directly with the HBS Admissions Office as a liaison between current and prospective/admitted students. Through this experience, she had the unique opportunity to gain insight into the qualities that top-tier MBA programs look for in candidates.
Shaifali's rich and multi-faceted career across industries and functions makes her extremely well suited to understand the varied backgrounds of her clients. Before making the transition to education management, Shaifali spent most of her career as a finance professional on Wall Street, where she worked in the investment banking and asset management industries at leading companies such as JPMorgan and Neuberger Berman. She also has experience working in the educational non-profit sector and as an entrepreneur, founding an online media company.
Shaifali has formally spent a decade successfully coaching hundreds of diverse applicants and re-applicants to top-tier MBA programs (many of whom received scholarship awards), including those applying to deferred MBA, part-time MBA, and executive MBA programs. Immediately prior to founding Ivy Groupe, she was EVP, Business Development & Strategy as well as a Senior MBA Admissions Consultant at Stratus Admissions Counseling; she also gained experience as an MBA Consultant at Stacy Blackman Consulting. Furthermore, having been accepted to Harvard Kennedy School, Shaifali is very familiar with the dual MBA/MPA and MBA/MPP application. She has worked with clients to help them gain admission to Masters in Finance and Master of Public Health programs as well.
Because of her deep knowledge of the MBA application process and collaborative working style, Shaifali has been recognized as a top MBA Admissions Consultant by Business Insider and was ranked #1 in client satisfaction by Poets & Quants in 2020 with a perfect net promoter/client satisfaction score of 10 across all of her client reviews in 2020 and 2021. Moreover, Shaifali has been quoted as an expert in U.S. News, Business Insider, and Fortune, and has been a contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Economist, and The Muse. Shaifali has also been a featured speaker both domestically and internationally on the QS World MBA Tour. She is a member of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC).
Shaifali especially enjoys working closely with clients to craft authentic, compelling strategies for their applications that tie together their unique experiences. Personally, Shaifali loves spending time with family and friends, philanthropic endeavors, dancing (she has been trained in Indian Classical Dance), reading books (both fiction and non-fiction), writing, and traveling.