Horatiu Stefan is committed to helping his Square One clients reach their potential, using admission to best-fit MBA programs as a launchpad for long-term career success. He loves helping his clients articulate their unique stories and personal brands in authentic, engaging ways. Beyond showcasing skills and experience, Horatiu guides clients to thoughtfully - and strategically - bring their vision, values, and goals to life across all facets of their applications.
With a BA in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College/LSE and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Horatiu has had extensive cross-industry and cross-functional international business experience. He’s held various strategic, operating, and advisory roles with Fortune 500 multinationals and Silicon Valley startups including Deloitte, eBay, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Aetna, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Homejoy, and Serviz.
Horatiu has also been involved with MBA admissions consulting and MBA recruiting throughout his career. He played a key role in scaling Samsung’s MBA recruiting strategy at Top 10 MBA programs and most recently served as Associate Director of Career Development at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he guided a highly-diverse international student population through all things career planning and development. As a career strategist and coach, Horatiu provides graduates of top-tier MBA programs with expert guidance, along with advice and recommendations that are both pragmatic and personalized, on career and job search strategy, networking, personal branding, and interview preparation.
Fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian, Horatiu lives in an old loft in downtown Los Angeles, but his heart is in Tokyo…his ‘happy place’. When not enjoying chocolate, raspberries, medium-rare steak, or Trader Joe’s Key Lime pie, he’s working on a book of Tokyo street photographs or scouring the web for deals on Margiela kicks.