About us

Independent education consulting company, advising applicants who seek to study abroad at the school, university or postgraduate levels. We also assist high schools in developing student-focused, scalable university counselling infrastructure.

our story

 

The company co-founders, Kavita Mehta and Kimberly Wright Dixit, grew up in the US and met in Mumbai. After helping several friends and families with their essays and applications, they were struck by the way differences in global education systems and cultural expectations led to knowledge gaps, misconceptions and confusion among Indian students. They established The Red Pen in 2011 to provide holistic guidance and empower applicants to make informed choices about studying abroad.

our philosophy

 

We believe that education is a source of empowerment and that going to the best school, college or professional program means going to the one that is best for you.

Why use an education consultant?

 

Access to global education opportunities and destinations has expanded dramatically in recent years. At the same time, changing political and education landscapes can result in confusion and anxiety. We help applicants demystify international application processes.

THE RED PEN TEAM – Experienced, International and Diverse

Our 50+ member team is led by three partners, Kavita Mehta, Kimberly Wright Dixit and Namita Mehta. Consultants with diverse backgrounds, who possess a wealth of education, experience and knowledge of life in India and abroad, represent the company’s strong foundation.

LEADERSHIP

 

Kavita Mehta

CEO & Co-Founder

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania;
BS in Business, Wake Forest University

As an enthusiastic mentor, Kavita has advised students and parents in the US, Singapore and India on MBA and undergraduate admissions for over a decade. Prior to founding The Red Pen in 2011, Kavita worked in financial services with PaineWebber (acquired by UBS) on Wall Street, Yahoo! in Silicon Valley and GroupM (a division of WPP) in Singapore. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Alumni Association of India. Kavita has previously lived in Singapore, Silicon Valley, New York, London, Philadelphia and Chicago. She currently resides in Mumbai with her husband and three daughters.

Kimberly Dixit

President & Co-Founder

PhD in Anthropology Duke University;
BA in Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Kim has nearly a decade of experience as an independent education consultant for undergraduate and MBA applicants. Through her regular Hindustan Times newspaper column, Kim offers study abroad advice to readers across India. In the past, she has taught undergraduate anthropology and writing courses at Duke University and taught at Stanford University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the humanities. In Mumbai, she has conducted courses in anthropology at St. Xavier’s College and writing workshops at the American Center. Originally from California’s Central Valley, Kim has also lived in San Francisco, New York and now calls Mumbai home.

Namita Mehta

Partner & Undergraduate Services Manager

Masters in Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, University of Oxford;
A-Levels at Charterhouse Boarding School, UK

Namita led the University Guidance Counselling Department at B.D. Somani International School in Mumbai for over three years. As an in-house counsellor, she advised students on effective profile development, managed the international university application process, and developed relationships with university admissions offices. Namita also specializes in training applicants for the Oxford and Cambridge interview process. Namita currently resides in Mumbai, but past homes include Hong Kong, UK and Germany.

An international team of 50+ members representing 8 nationalities across 6 countries, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Global Presence

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Highly Qualified Team Members

An international team of 50+ members representing 8 nationalities across 6 countries, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.

OUR STRENGTHS

Knowledge of Admissions Process

Years of experience and professional affiliations have helped us develop a deep understanding of international admissions processes and gather school specific insights. This is valuable in bridging cultural gaps in both directions between applicants and international institutions.

Customised Counsel

Recognizing that every applicant is different means understanding each person’s unique profile, goals and strengths. We help applicants identify options, discover their potential and express their individuality with confidence.

Team-based approach

Applicants work with a dedicated consultant, but they have the support of a larger team that might include essay, resume and interview specialists. We use technology to streamline the process and work seamlessly with applicants, no matter where they are located.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Integrity is essential to the admissions process and The Red Pen is committed to high ethical standards.
Our organization and its consultants practice ethical and respectful behaviour in interactions with our clients, their families, international institutions, admissions officers and the public. Our consultants practice within the boundaries of their competence. We accept payment only for work contracted. We do not exchange payment with university admissions offices.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

We are affiliated with industry-leading organisations

 

PARTNERS

Our partners offer varied enrichment opportunities

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Let us know your goals and help you execute on your vision for the future. Contact us for more information.
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