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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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2015 Webinars

March 10: Affordability Challenges for American Citizens Abroad

Not all U.S. citizens who are living abroad and anxious to attend university in the U.S. have families on hefty expat packages or fancy cars in the garage. Although not officially international students, they may still face the challenges of presenting lesser-known qualifications from a national school, curriculum, and language. They also typically lack access to in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and are ineligible for many of the scholarships offered regionally within the U.S. In this webinar, we'll present information from both sides of the desk about who these students are, why colleges want them on their campuses, why they sometimes fall through the cracks, and what resources and policies are in place to help them reach their goal. The webinar is based on a panel session held at OACAC in July 2014.

Speakers:
Marilyn Stelzner, IECA associate member and a member of OACAC since 2009, lives and works as an independent educational consultant in Switzerland. Her clients include U.S. citizens and non-citizens who attend international, private, and local state-run schools. While investigating financial aid options for a U.S./Swiss dual national student eager to return to the U.S. for college, she became aware of both the dearth of financial aid information tailored to U.S. citizens living abroad and the combination of challenges they face.



Maria Furtado is the executive director of Colleges That Change Lives. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, including two CTCL schools: Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida. Maria speaks throughout the country to students, parents, and counselors about college rankings and popular misperceptions about college admission; the strength and worth of a liberal arts education; and offers tips for students and parents on how to manage the college search. She enjoys helping students and families as they take on the college search process and believes that finding the right college should be about "fit,” not just settling or chasing the name brand. Maria also believes that it's okay, and actually preferable, to enjoy talking about colleges and that the search should actually be fun.


Leighanne Penna is the student development advisor at Anatolia College in Greece, where she assists students in the US Application Process for summer programs and university studies. She previously directed Northeastern University’s pre-freshmen program at the American College of Thessaloniki; coordinated academic summer programs for gifted 13-18 year olds Duke University’s Talent Identification Program; and served as served as vice president and president for the Graduate Student Association, representing 6,000 graduate students on campus. Leighanne earned a BA in Classical Studies and an MEd Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a PhD in Higher Education with a specialty in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

April 14: The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges

Much has been made in the media about students' (and their parents’) increased interest in colleges that prepare students for careers. Does this mean the future of liberal arts degrees and liberal arts colleges is in jeopardy? Join us as we examine the value and career readiness potential offered by liberal arts colleges. We will attempt to answer the centuries-old question: what is college really for? Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives will examine this important and perplexing topic.

Speaker:
Maria Furtado is the executive director of Colleges That Change Lives. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, including two CTCL schools: Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida. Maria speaks throughout the country to students, parents, and counselors about college rankings and popular misperceptions about college admission; the strength and worth of a liberal arts education; and offers tips for students and parents on how to manage the college search. She enjoys helping students and families as they take on the college search process and believes that finding the right college should be about "fit,” not just settling or chasing the name brand. Maria also believes that it's okay, and actually preferable, to enjoy talking about colleges and that the search should actually be fun.

May 12: The Better College Essay

This webinar is for new and seasoned independent educational consultants who want to learn more about mentoring students with college admissions essays. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Stone, she will share research on adolescent social cognition and its relationship to the writing of the autobiographical narrative, as well as providing tips and techniques for working with students of all ability levels. If you’ve become overwhelmed by the variety of essays students are asked to write, are worried about helping “too much,” or would like to learn more about helping students get to a wonderful final draft, please join in.

Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Stone is a professional member of IECA and the executive director of Campanile College Counseling, Inc. She works with students of all ages and abilities and their parents, with a focus on school counseling and college admission. Elizabeth holds a PhD in Special Education from UC Berkeley and teaches in the UC Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning. She received the IECA Foundation’s Irving Katz Memorial Award for community service in 2011. Elizabeth has published widely on higher education and is the author of “The Better College Essay: Fitting in and Standing Out” (Wintergreen Orchard House, 2014).

June 9: College Poor No More

College students are often poor. Attendees will learn savings tips in this webinar to help their students avoid common money shortages and teach them how to get the most out of the dollars they have. Valuable advice will be given for students on how to budget, cut costs, and be frugal while still having fun.

Speaker:
Michelle Perry Higgins is a financial planner and Principal of California Financial Advisors in San Ramon, California. She is also a best-selling author and a frequent public speaker on retirement planning, investments, wealth management, college education funding, estate planning and insurance. She advises executive professionals into retirement and her passion for finance has helped hundreds of individuals better understand the process of investing and fiscal planning. Michelle was ranked in the Top 50 Women-Owned RIAs in 2013, Top 25 Women RIAs in 2012 and 2014, and a Top 40 Under 40 by WealthManagement.com. She has appeared on CNBC and CBS, quoted in Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, The Los Angeles Times, Examiner.com, and is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist. Michelle is the author of three books: College Poor No More; The Everything Binder; and Stocks, Bonds & Soccer Moms (all available in the IECA Bookstore). She graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a concentration in business administration and economics. Michelle is a member of the Saint Mary’s College Women’s Leadership Council, as it is her passion to give back by mentoring young women and helping to raise scholarship funds.

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.