Douglas Founder + Chief Storytelling Officer


Founder + Chief Storytelling Officer

Our Background

As award-winning writers, editors, and expert writing coaches educated at top private schools and Ivy League universities, we bring a perfect combination of skill and experience to our essay-coaching work. The result: we have a remarkably successful track record of helping students gain admission to their first-choice schools and win the most prestigious awards, including the legendary Rhodes Scholarship.

Our Philosophy

At The Yes Pile, we believe that each student is like a snowflake  wondrous and singular.  And we believe in helping each student identify and highlight what grades and standardized-test scores cannot show admissions committees: the ideas, personal stories, passions, and character traits that illustrate why he or she would be a distinctive and valuable addition to any school's new class.

Our philosophy revolves around drawing out the perfect stories and ideas to provide substance and surprise to the application essays; creating an empowering, confidence-building experience in which each student comes to understand that he or she has some truly special things to say; and coaching each student to craft essays that are intriguing and varied  and always in his or her own voice and words.

Our Location and Yours

With offices in Manhattan — easily accessible to anyone in and around New York City — and Skype conferencing for those who live elsewhere, we can work with you anywhere in the world.

To learn how we can guide you toward your dream school's yes pile, e-mail us!