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Renata Merino

With 15 years experience in brand development and strategic marketing, Renata’s professional background includes developing and launching new brands and products into the marketplace. Leveraging her background in brand strategy as well as her previous experience working and volunteering in admissions at the college and MBA levels, Renata launched her own MBA Admissions consulting company, Strategic Prep and now assists prospective MBA’s with their applications. Apart from her work in admissions, Renata is also passionate about helping women with their professional career development, hence her launch of Blazin’ Babes, a women’s professional networking group serving women of the North Shore of Chicago. Renata graduated as a merit based scholar from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is an alumnus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a place where she learned to appreciate the serene rewards of nature while studying ‘Under the Pines’. She is fluent in Spanish and is a proud recipient of the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, the highest leadership award in the organization. Renata is married with two children and is actively involved in her community.

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