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Our mission is to help you leave a distinctive, lasting, positive mark on the world through your career.

Hi, I'm Angela Guido

For the last 20 years I've lived and breathed helping people achieve more success in their careers. I care about making the world a better place just like you do, and it’s my goal to help you fulfil your potential. We are a small, boutique team, and we work with only a handful of clients every year.

Our tools will accelerate your career. We’ve cracked the code to long-term professional success, and if you work with us, you’ll be saving yourself years of trial and error.

I call these skills The Choosing Up Method, and they’ll enable you to get to the top of your game in all that you do. Increasing your self-confidence, helping you produce better, more expedient positive results, and cultivating a support team around you that’s rooting for your success.

Self-awareness

Helps you understand how to be true to yourself in a world that has other priorities.

Choosing Up

Empowers you to pick the uplifting perspective, the inspiring story, and the course of action that gives joy.

Communication

Get things done because nothing great in this world happens without collaboration.

Relationship skills

Make you happier and drive the vast majority of the new opportunities available to you.

Growing

Those who know how to do it bravely enjoy the most fun and the greatest rewards.

Let me introduce
My Amazing Team

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I’m Angela Guido, and I started this whole thing. I’ve helped thousands of MBAs achieve their dreams, and I’ve written two bestselling books on interviewing like a super hero and networking without feeling like an a-hole.

I’m on a mission to help you cultivate the self-awareness, communication, and relationship skills that will transform your career from meh to HOLY COW AMAZING!!!

If you work with our team, you’re gonna be seeing me. I lead our community huddles, group coaching, Q&As, hot seats, and all of the community processes.  I also work 1:1 with select clients for a supplemental big boss fee.

Though I got my MBA from Chicago Booth, studied philosophy at Yale, and did my business apprenticeship at BCG, more than anything else, I consider myself a student of human nature. I'm endlessly curious about what unites us, what differentiates us, and how each of us can fulfill our unique potential in life. Are you interested in these questions too? Want to achieve something remarkable in your career and have more fun doing it? Then you probably want me on your team.

READ MY FULL STORY

Louise is perhaps the only person I’ve ever met who’s as obsessed with storytelling as I am. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with new insights about a plot twist or turn of phrase for my students’ essays, and I knew Louise would be exactly that kind of Instructor.

See, Louise has dedicated her life to mastering the art of story. She’s a comedy and script writer, a puppeteer, and an improv star (in addition to being a practicing attorney!!) Before the pandemic, you could find her on one of multiple prominent stages in Chicago, most impressively, as part of a troupe that did longform improv, creating a 45-minute play from scratch live on stage, based on only one word from the audience.

What makes this so impressive is that Louise is not a ham or a “big personality.” She’s actually fairly shy and soft-spoken by nature. But her love of story and making people laugh compelled her break through many barriers to achieve excellence in a field she loves. That’s ultimately how I knew she’d be a rockstar on the Career Protocol team, because that’s exactly what we help our clients do.

If you want someone who will listen patiently without judgement, understand your experiences, be as obsessed with telling your best story as you are, and who will help you break through all your career barriers, then Louise is the Instructor for you!

READ LOUISE'S FULL STORY

Brian and I go waaaaaaay back. We met at a GMAT convocation in New York City many many years ago when we were top instructors at Manhattan prep. We were both part of the secret cadre of instructors whose job it was to improve the capacity of instructors, elegance of our pedagogical process, and awesomeness of our student experience. Day in and day out, it was our job to think about how to make achieving dream scores easier, more efficient, and faster for our students.

So when he reached out to me to see what was going on at Career Protocol, I already knew he was exactly the kinda guy you want on your MBA dream team: dedicated, curious, and passionate about helping others succeed. When I found out he’d been doing admissions consulting alongside coaching his GMAT and GRE students, I snapped him up immediately.

He’s a curious listener, a compassionate shoulder to lean on, and a great storyteller. But what makes him a rockstar at this job is his wonderful calming presence and his tireless commitment to your excellence.

READ BRIAN'S FULL STORY

I’ve known Vanessa her whole life. We’re sisters. Anything you can say about me, you can say about Vanessa, and often even more so. She’s the kindest, gentlest, most easy-going person I know. I’ve been trying to hire her for years because I wanted to make her compassionate but firm style of mentorship available to Career Students, and I am happy to say, she finally said yes!

In her pre- Career Protocol career, Vanessa worked at a big benefits consulting firm that has changed names 4 times since she joined. Transferring internationally once, and earning 7 promotions, Vanessa always knew how to build sponsorship and mentorship for her own interests. But what made her a career rockstar is the way she mentors and develops the people who come after her. She’s led her firm’s inclusion networks and served as the champion for inclusion and diversity, particularly promoting gender equity and facilitating Unconscious Bias workshops as an ally to the firm’s LGBTQ+ community.

The reason everyone wants to work with Vanessa is because she is completely dedicated to the success of others. She’s a selfless servant and a tireless companion on the road to achieving your dreams. She’s played that role for me all my life. Now she can play that role for you too.

Here’s Charli, our Chief International Officer. She’s got over 15 years of experience in higher education in international project management, marketing, recruitment, and admissions, so hiring her was about the biggest no-brainer of my career.

Her unique passion is helping international-minded MBA-aspirants take brave, bold leaps to create lives by their own design. Having been an admissions committee reader for 10 years across multiple institutions including 3.5 years as the Associate Director for International Admissions at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business, she knows all too well that your best stories are often found in the least expected places.

She wants to help you tell them with pride and appreciation for how far you’ve come. She’s worked in over 50 countries with students from countless more. If you have even a single molecule in your body that craves a career on the global stage – or even on a different stage from the one you grew up on – then Charli is your patron saint.

If you want to meet your inner brilliance, discover a new belief in yourself and your vision, and bring it to life, choose Charli.

READ CHARLI'S FULL STORY

Jenn is one of my best friends from business school (she also has an MBA from Booth). One day she asked me what I thought she should do next in her career, and my immediate answer was: join the Career Protocol team.

Jenn is the kind of person friends and family count on to help them move – and to pack everything in color-coded, clearly labeled boxes. She teaches us all how much fun and harmony can be found in getting and staying organized. And she’ll do the same for you.

She was a program manager at the NYC Department of Education, helping the system’s 140,000 students who were off-track earn their diplomas. At Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Innovation, she directed the CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) competition for MBA students all over Chicago. And at Pfizer, she managed a multi-national research study to assess the market for new products.

If she can manage all of that complexity, just imagine what she can do for your MBA apps! If you need someone to help you organize and structure your thoughts and ideas into cohesive stories and plans, Jenn is your girl.

She loves creating schedules, timelines, and processes that work and then holding you (and, cough, the entire Career Protocol team) accountable – making sure all the trains are running on time. She’s our COO for good reason. If you need a little handholding, structure, and guidance, choose Jenn and you’ll discover how drama-free MBA applications can be!

READ JENN'S FULL STORY

When Aziz and I first met, we felt like we might have been separated at birth. At least in terms of our values and passions and ways of viewing the world.

After countless hours of talking about our obsession with the importance of human connection and community, we decided to collaborate. It started with an app project and blossomed into him coming onto the Career Protocol team because what we do here is so well aligned with what makes him come alive.

His Booth essays (yep, he’s a Boothie) are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, so you know he’s a brilliant guide to finding your own story. And his entrepreneurial background gives him a very unique perspective on your future. Since he charted his own course so successfully, he knows that the world is your oyster, and he’s a genius at helping you connect with your potential and your best career path.

Choose Aziz if you want to chart your course towards new possibilities and unimagined success in your career.

READ AZIZ'S FULL STORY

Jackie was my student when she was applying to business school! And I’ve watched her career grow from a TV producer to a Kellogg MBA to a BCG consultant and then Project Leader, and now into a fantastic Senior Instructor at Career Protocol.

Jackie is an all-around player. A creative by nature with deep experience in the entertainment space, she brings a transcendent understanding of storytelling. Under her guidance, you will learn to construct inspiring narratives about your life that will enable you to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. But she also managed to parlay a creative career into a role at BCG, where she climbed to the rank of project leader. So you know she’s also excellent at getting $#!+ done and project-managing this complex and stressful process. But in my opinion, what makes her truly great to work with is that she’s a bit of a goofball. Laughter will be a part of your daily journey.

If you want a thoughtful, creative partner, who will push you to be your best self in applications while enabling you to laugh along the way, choose Jackie.

READ JACKIE'S FULL STORY

My Support Team

Claire Eskander

Claire

Claire is our Chief Librarian and Data Guru. She’s on top of all the MBA shizz and collects and manages all the in-depth research we share with our clients.

Martina illustrator

Martina

Martina is our Illustrator. She designed and created all our unique images. She helps us keep it fresh and original, just like we help our clients do!

Agostina Ahumada

Tina

Tina makes everything around here look pretty. She’s our brilliant Graphic and Web Designer. Give her a shout out on our Instagram!

Jonny

Jonny

Jonny is our Video and Multimedia Manager. He’s helped us up our media game and produced a lot of cool stuff. Give him a big hello on YouTube!

Leanne

Leanne is our Director of Marketing and Operations. She makes sure all we creative cats are herding ever more efficiently in productive directions and taking the best care possible of all our students.

Career Protocols
Core Values

We always aim up.
We don’t buy into disempowering perspectives or weakness thinking. “Can’t” isn’t a thing around here.

Joy is the bar.
No matter how much we achieve, if we don’t have fun doing it, what’s the point?

We’re all big kids here.
Direct communication and honesty respect the dignity and greatness in others.

We’re all in this together.
We don’t compete, we connect and collaborate.

We each have our own unique song to sing in life, and it’s our duty and privilege to sing it.

We’re in love with what we don’t know. We ask big questions and listen. We genuinely want to know you.

It’s not our job to tell anyone what to do. We’re here to cheer on inspired action.

Love is the why behind everything we do. Love is the only reason any of us humans ever do anything.

My team and I are here to help you face your future with authenticity, bravery, kindness, and a whole lotta laughter.

There’s no roadmap to your unique ideal destination, and you can’t follow anyone else’s path. My team and I are here to help you face your bold future with authenticity, bravery, kindness, and a whole lotta laughter.

Our mission is to help you leave a distinctive, lasting, positive mark on the world through your career.

For the last 20 years I've lived and breathed helping people achieve more success in their careers.

I care about making the world a better place just like you do, and it’s my goal to help you fulfill your potential.

We are a small, boutique team, and we work with only a handful of clients every year.

I’m Angela Guido, and I started this whole thing. I’ve helped thousands of MBAs achieve their dreams, and I’ve written two bestselling books on interviewing like a super hero and networking without feeling like an a-hole.

I’m on a mission to help you cultivate the self-awareness, communication, and relationship skills that will transform your career from meh to HOLY COW AMAZING!!!

If you work with our team, you’re gonna be seeing me. I lead our community huddles, group coaching, Q&As, hot seats, and all of the community processes.  I also work 1:1 with select clients for a supplemental big boss fee.

Though I got my MBA from Chicago Booth, studied philosophy at Yale, and did my business apprenticeship at BCG, more than anything else, I consider myself a student of human nature. I'm endlessly curious about what unites us, what differentiates us, and how each of us can fulfill our unique potential in life. Are you interested in these questions too? Want to achieve something remarkable in your career and have more fun doing it? Then you probably want me on your team.

READ MY FULL STORY

Louise is perhaps the only person I’ve ever met who’s as obsessed with storytelling as I am. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with new insights about a plot twist or turn of phrase for my students’ essays, and I knew Louise would be exactly that kind of Instructor.

See, Louise has dedicated her life to mastering the art of story. She’s a comedy and script writer, a puppeteer, and an improv star (in addition to being a practicing attorney!!) Before the pandemic, you could find her on one of multiple prominent stages in Chicago, most impressively, as part of a troupe that did longform improv, creating a 45-minute play from scratch live on stage, based on only one word from the audience.

What makes this so impressive is that Louise is not a ham or a “big personality.” She’s actually fairly shy and soft-spoken by nature. But her love of story and making people laugh compelled her break through many barriers to achieve excellence in a field she loves. That’s ultimately how I knew she’d be a rockstar on the Career Protocol team, because that’s exactly what we help our clients do.

If you want someone who will listen patiently without judgement, understand your experiences, be as obsessed with telling your best story as you are, and who will help you break through all your career barriers, then Louise is the Instructor for you!

READ LOUISE'S FULL STORY

Brian and I go waaaaaaay back. We met at a GMAT convocation in New York City many many years ago when we were top instructors at Manhattan prep. We were both part of the secret cadre of instructors whose job it was to improve the capacity of instructors, elegance of our pedagogical process, and awesomeness of our student experience. Day in and day out, it was our job to think about how to make achieving dream scores easier, more efficient, and faster for our students.

So when he reached out to me to see what was going on at Career Protocol, I already knew he was exactly the kinda guy you want on your MBA dream team: dedicated, curious, and passionate about helping others succeed. When I found out he’d been doing admissions consulting alongside coaching his GMAT and GRE students, I snapped him up immediately.

He’s a curious listener, a compassionate shoulder to lean on, and a great storyteller. But what makes him a rockstar at this job is his wonderful calming presence and his tireless commitment to your excellence.

READ BRIAN'S FULL STORY

I’ve known Vanessa her whole life. We’re sisters. Anything you can say about me, you can say about Vanessa, and often even more so. She’s the kindest, gentlest, most easy-going person I know. I’ve been trying to hire her for years because I wanted to make her compassionate but firm style of mentorship available to Career Students, and I am happy to say, she finally said yes!

In her pre- Career Protocol career, Vanessa worked at a big benefits consulting firm that has changed names 4 times since she joined. Transferring internationally once, and earning 7 promotions, Vanessa always knew how to build sponsorship and mentorship for her own interests. But what made her a career rockstar is the way she mentors and develops the people who come after her. She’s led her firm’s inclusion networks and served as the champion for inclusion and diversity, particularly promoting gender equity and facilitating Unconscious Bias workshops as an ally to the firm’s LGBTQ+ community.

The reason everyone wants to work with Vanessa is because she is completely dedicated to the success of others. She’s a selfless servant and a tireless companion on the road to achieving your dreams. She’s played that role for me all my life. Now she can play that role for you too.

Here’s Charli, our Chief International Officer. She’s got over 15 years of experience in higher education in international project management, marketing, recruitment, and admissions, so hiring her was about the biggest no-brainer of my career.

Her unique passion is helping international-minded MBA-aspirants take brave, bold leaps to create lives by their own design. Having been an admissions committee reader for 10 years across multiple institutions including 3.5 years as the Associate Director for International Admissions at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business, she knows all too well that your best stories are often found in the least expected places.

She wants to help you tell them with pride and appreciation for how far you’ve come. She’s worked in over 50 countries with students from countless more. If you have even a single molecule in your body that craves a career on the global stage – or even on a different stage from the one you grew up on – then Charli is your patron saint.

If you want to meet your inner brilliance, discover a new belief in yourself and your vision, and bring it to life, choose Charli.

READ CHARLI'S FULL STORY

Jenn is one of my best friends from business school (she also has an MBA from Booth). One day she asked me what I thought she should do next in her career, and my immediate answer was: join the Career Protocol team.

Jenn is the kind of person friends and family count on to help them move – and to pack everything in color-coded, clearly labeled boxes. She teaches us all how much fun and harmony can be found in getting and staying organized. And she’ll do the same for you.

She was a program manager at the NYC Department of Education, helping the system’s 140,000 students who were off-track earn their diplomas. At Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Innovation, she directed the CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) competition for MBA students all over Chicago. And at Pfizer, she managed a multi-national research study to assess the market for new products.

If she can manage all of that complexity, just imagine what she can do for your MBA apps! If you need someone to help you organize and structure your thoughts and ideas into cohesive stories and plans, Jenn is your girl.

She loves creating schedules, timelines, and processes that work and then holding you (and, cough, the entire Career Protocol team) accountable – making sure all the trains are running on time. She’s our COO for good reason. If you need a little handholding, structure, and guidance, choose Jenn and you’ll discover how drama-free MBA applications can be!

READ JENN'S FULL STORY

When Aziz and I first met, we felt like we might have been separated at birth. At least in terms of our values and passions and ways of viewing the world.

After countless hours of talking about our obsession with the importance of human connection and community, we decided to collaborate. It started with an app project and blossomed into him coming onto the Career Protocol team because what we do here is so well aligned with what makes him come alive.

His Booth essays (yep, he’s a Boothie) are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, so you know he’s a brilliant guide to finding your own story. And his entrepreneurial background gives him a very unique perspective on your future. Since he charted his own course so successfully, he knows that the world is your oyster, and he’s a genius at helping you connect with your potential and your best career path.

Choose Aziz if you want to chart your course towards new possibilities and unimagined success in your career.

READ AZIZ'S FULL STORY

Jackie was my student when she was applying to business school! And I’ve watched her career grow from a TV producer to a Kellogg MBA to a BCG consultant and then Project Leader, and now into a fantastic Senior Instructor at Career Protocol.

Jackie is an all-around player. A creative by nature with deep experience in the entertainment space, she brings a transcendent understanding of storytelling. Under her guidance, you will learn to construct inspiring narratives about your life that will enable you to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. But she also managed to parlay a creative career into a role at BCG, where she climbed to the rank of project leader. So you know she’s also excellent at getting $#!+ done and project-managing this complex and stressful process. But in my opinion, what makes her truly great to work with is that she’s a bit of a goofball. Laughter will be a part of your daily journey.

If you want a thoughtful, creative partner, who will push you to be your best self in applications while enabling you to laugh along the way, choose Jackie.

READ JACKIE'S FULL STORY

There’s no roadmap to your unique ideal destination, and you can’t follow anyone else’s path.

My team and I are here to help you face your bold future with authenticity, bravery, kindness, and a whole lotta laughter.