Melissa Blakeslee earned her MBA, with a focus on marketing and strategy, from the Kellogg School of Management and her BBA in accounting from the University of Michigan. Before attending Kellogg, she worked on the Assurance Services team at Ernst & Young, during which time she obtained her CPA, and as an analyst at Accenture. Melissa then joined Ford Motor Company, where she conducted financial analyses and made recommendations on product development decisions. While at Kellogg, Melissa was an active member of the Marketing Club, and she helped lead student orientation during her second year. After graduating, she accepted an associate brand manager position with The Coca-Cola Company and led the development and launch of a new line of fruit drinks for the education channel. It was during this time that Melissa conducted alumni interviews for Kellogg and discovered her passion for admissions work. Before joining mbaMission, she served as executive director of admissions at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. During her 11-year tenure there, Melissa provided strategic direction to the admissions team, reviewed thousands of applications, and read more than 20,000 essays. She possesses expertise in understanding what drives admission committee decisions and how an applicant can craft a compelling and unique story.