Founder/CEO, Ivy Groupe
I have always tried to be true to myself, but that can sometimes be tough when you get too comfortable.
That is why leaving the world of finance to pursue an entrepreneurial path was a pivotal, exciting, and scary moment in my life. Finance was mostly what I knew; however, while working in the field of asset management, I felt that something was missing. There is no doubt that crunching numbers, analyzing financial statements, and developing financial models honed my quantitative skillset; however, over time, I realized that working in finance wasn’t enabling me to tap into my creative side and directly help others, which were both authentic aspects of who I am. Therefore, I knew that something had to change.
With my well-laid out plans to build a career in finance out the window, I decided to go down an entrepreneurial path and eventually build Ivy Groupe. As I thought about what I wanted the cornerstone of Ivy Groupe to be, it became very evident – authenticity.
I’d found my thing.
Authenticity has been paramount in getting me to where I am today and has been the key in helping my clients gain admission to their dream business schools.
You have a unique story too – I can’t wait to hear it!
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 8+ years 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.
Because of her deep knowledge of the MBA application process, Shaifali has been quoted as an expert in U.S. News and Business Insider; additionally, she 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, dancing (she has been trained in Indian Classical Dance), reading books (both fiction and non-fiction), writing, and traveling.