Personal Intro: Few personal facts: I'm a biracial female (half Indian, half White). I'm a survivor of adolescent sexual abuse and am on the board of a non-profit that provides therapy and educational programs to adolescent girls who have experienced sex-trafficking or sexual abuse.
Education: I graduated from Georgetown University in 2016 with a major in Economics and minor in Computer Science and a GPA of 3.47.
Career: From Sept 2016 to March 2019, I worked at Heidrick & Struggles, a top executive search firm, working on executive recruitment projects across the Technology and Financial Services industries. From March 2019 to Present, I moved in-house to Google to do executive recruitment for their senior-most technology executives (makes up the top 5% of leadership at Google).
GRE Score: 164 Verbal (94th percentile), 167 Quant (89th percentile)
Why MBA: I feel like I have a strong quantitative background due to my academics, and my career thus far has developed my softer skills. That being said, I want to merge the two and become a more quantitative business leader, someone who can utilize data to influence business decisions. This is why I'm pursuing my MBA.
Goals: My short term goal is to join a Human Capital Management (HCM) practice at a consulting firm such as Deloitte or McKinsey. My long term goal is to become Head of HR for a technology company, preferably software, given the expertise I've gained at Google.
Location preferences: I'd like to remain on the east coast to be near my partner, but I don't want to stay in the city for grad school (I want to use these two years to take a break from NYC). Stanford and Kellogg are both schools that are interesting enough to me to consider leaving the East Coast for.
Top of mind worries:
1) Stanford's Essay A - I'm struggling around how to tell a compelling / profound story whilst showing leadership/impact
2) my GPA
3) Activities section - I've only been on the board of the non-profit for a little over a year
4) Awards section - the only awards I've received during my career have been "Peer Bonuses" - which are $275 spot bonuses from colleagues who want to thank you for doing an awesome job on something. I've received 21 Peer Bonuses thus far in my ~3 years at Google. But those are the only types of awards I've gotten. How should I be thinking about this part of the application? Any tips?