Allison Nelson

I have been helping students with applications to both undergraduate and graduate schools for 20 years. I enjoy working with students to discover what makes each unique, and how to craft their story to stand out with admissions officers. As Editor of The Harbus (the HBS newspaper) while a student, and former President of a literary magazine and publishing company, my skills as a writer and storyteller help my clients secure offers from top schools.

I have significant experience as an executive across multiple industries. In addition to working in investment banking at Credit Suisse and in consulting at Bain, I've founded several companies including a chain of wine bars, and held executive positions for both start-ups and larger companies, including a publicly traded e-commerce company where I led a division of 750 employees.

I am an active volunteer who dedicates time to mentor start-up entrepreneurs and work with students on college applications, resumes, and mock interviews. I've conducted interviews for Harvard and Wellesley and led the recruiting programs for several companies. I've also a board member for Family Law CASA, which advocates in court for children. I joined Square One because I love giving back and using my experiences and insights to help others be successful and get accepted to top MBA programs.

I received a BA from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. While earning my MBA from HBS, and in addition to serving as Editor of The Harbus, I was VP of The Women’s Student Association, and received both the President’s award for graduating student and a Harvard fellowship that provided funds for tuition.

In my (very little) free time, I enjoy black and white photography, exploring hiking trails in the Pacific NW with my dog, and visiting my two children at college.