AIGAC Officers and Directors:
Brett Haber — President
Rachel Korn — President-Elect
Vince Ricci — Immediate Past-President
Rachel Korn — Treasurer
Scott Shrum — Secretary
Maria Wich-Vila — Communications Chair
Nupur Gupta — Conference Committee Co-Chair
Shiela Locatelli-Wallace, CAE, CMP – Executive Director
|Brett Haber, AIGAC President earned her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Anthropology from Yale University. She spent the early part of her career as a management consultant, with firms such as Cap Gemini and Bain & Co., advising C-level executives across the U.S., Europe and Africa on their leadership and strategic plans. Subsequently, she has spent almost two decades in the field of MBA admissions. After completing her MBA, she served on the Wharton Admissions Committee, reading hundreds of applications, interviewing applicants across the U.S. and Asia and gaining an insider perspective into the admissions process at one of the world’s most competitive programs. As a trusted and sought-after admissions consultant she has personally helped thousands of business school applicants from across the globe develop their leadership skills and gain acceptance to leading MBA programs. Ms. Haber was a founding member of AIGAC, building our community and defining our strategies through her roles on committees and as treasurer and president-elect. Now, as president, she is charged with enabling the organization to pursue its newly defined mission and looks forward to bringing her own vision in the launch of a new school partnership council. Contact Brett at: bhaber (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Vince Ricci, AIGAC’s Immediate Past-President, has been a full-time admissions consultant since 2002. After launching VincePrep in 2007, Vince returned to Agos as a Director in 2014. Vince has been recognized with the Lyons Award for Service to Stanford University, a Distinguished Teaching Award for the State of Louisiana, and Non-Profit Program of the Year for the City of New Orleans. Before moving to Tokyo in 2002, Vince completed his M.A. in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU. In previous AIGAC Board roles, Vince has served as Treasurer and President-Elect. Currently, Vince is active in AIGAC’s Communications, Conference, and Sponsorship Committees. Contact Vince at: vricci (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Rachel Korn, AIGAC President Elect and 2016-2018 Annual Conference Co-Chair, has built her entire career in admissions. Following 7 years on the admissions staffs at the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University and Wellesley College, she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in 2005 and founded her international consulting practice. Her education has been tailored to lead in the field, with a B.A. from Brandeis in English, including programs in Education and Women’s Studies, and an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to her work with graduate school applicants, she has written two books about surviving the college admissions process, earning interviews in several U.S. media outlets as an admissions expert. Contact Rachel at: rkorn (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Scott Shrum, AIGAC Secretary, serves as Chief Operating Officer at Veritas Prep. He earned his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Scott has guided hundreds of applicants through the application process, mainly focusing on MBA admissions. Along with Omari Bouknight, he is the co-author of Your MBA Game Plan (now in its third edition), which has helped thousands of applicants with their applications since 2003. Scott has provided insights about the college and graduate school admissions process to media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Financial Times. He has been an AIGAC member since 2007, and has served on the organization’s board since 2012. Contact Scott at: sshrum (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Maria Wich-Vila, AIGAC Communications Chair began volunteering with the admissions office while getting her MBA at Harvard Business School, and has been passionate about helping candidates ever since. Maria is the founder of ApplicantLab.com, an interactive admissions platform that guides applicants step-by-step through the MBA process. ApplicantLab.com helps candidates identify their strenghtsh and weaknesses, and teaches them how to uncover and convey their strongest stories in the application process, via essays, recommendations, resume, and interviews. ApplicantLab.com is the only admissions service endorsed by the Harvard Business School student newspaper; it was named a “Top 10” Education Software “Pioneer” by the SIIA; and it won the “Audience Favorite” vote at the regional HBS Alumni New Venture Competiton. Most importantly, it has expanded access to world-class advice for deserving candidates from all income levels around the world.
|Nupur Gupta, AIGAC Conference Committee Co-Chair, is AIGAC’s first member from India. Born and raised in India, she has lived in the U.S. for over 10 years. Nupur graduated from The Wharton School with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship and was awarded the Wharton India Fellowship. After gaining experience in multinational firms in U.S. and India in technology, media and financial services industries, Nupur founded Crack The MBA in 2012. She has attended several workshops and classes on storytelling, writing and creativity worldwide. She learned French from Alliance Française and obtained a minor in French. She is also pursuing Trinity Grade exams on the piano. Contact Nupur at: ngupta (AT) aigac (DOT) org.
|Andrea Sparrey, who served as AIGAC’s President from 2014-16, obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2003. After 4 years as a Consultant with Bain & Company, where she took on increasing case and talent management responsibility, she founded Sparrey Consulting to counsel top young professional through their most challenging career choices. She coaches MBA Applicants, current students and recent alumni to maximize the value of their investment. A natural collaborator, Andrea can often be found at industry conferences and on college campuses on both coasts evangelizing the need for candidates to seek professional advice on managing their biggest investment, their careers. Contact Andrea at: asparrey (AT) aigac (DOT) org
|Shiela Locatelli-Wallace, CAE, CMP, is the AIGAC Executive Director and has consulted with and guided over 20 different organizations in a variety of industries; including, Education, Legal, Medical, Real Estate, Construction, and Philanthropic. She holds her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) which required over 100 hours of continuing education in association law, administration, board guidance and organizational development. Shiela recently received her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation through the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Contact Shiela at: shiela (AT) aigac (DOT) org
AIGAC Board – Get Involved!
Each year we solicit nominations for Board of Director candidates to run for three seats with a three-year term. Read more…
Minimum Qualifications for AIGAC Director Nominees
- AIGAC Individual Consultant or Business Organization member in good standing.
- At least three years experience as an admissions consultant.
- At least six months participation on an AIGAC committee.
- Only one person per company or consultancy may serve on the AIGAC Board of Directors at any given time.
The first step towards a board position is to volunteer for one of our committees, or even to suggest a new one if you have great plans or ideas that don’t quite fit into our current structure. Our current committees (and current chairs in parentheses) are Membership (Scott Shrum), Governance (Anna Ivey), Survey (Scott Shrum) and Conference (Candy LaBalle & Rachel Korn). Please get in touch with the committee chairs if you’d like to get involved.