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Everything you ever wanted to know about navigating the college planning journey but didn’t know who to ask! Audiences leave Stephanie’s talks calmer, more confident, and with a clear direction on how to move forward.

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Introduction

Everything you ever wanted to know about navigating the college planning journey but didn’t know who to ask! Audiences leave Stephanie’s talks calmer, more confident, and with a clear direction on how to move forward.

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About Stephanie

Stephanie Meade has been working with teenagers and their families and the college process for over 20 years. She is a Certified Educational Planner, one of only 35 in California, a designation granted only to professionals who have achieved the highest level of competence in the field of educational consulting.

She has long enjoyed presenting with and for her peers at national and regional conferences on a broad range of topics. She was a sought-after resource when the “Varsity Blues” scandal broke, and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter, and was a panelist on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive”. As part of the faculty of the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s (IECA) Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants, she presented on several topics, including working with parents, and facilitated conversations on professional ethics. She was a favorite guest instructor for a Parent Education class for three consecutive years, where she most enjoyed facilitating a Q & A, responding to any college-related concern a parent might raise.

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About Stephanie

Stephanie Meade has been working with teenagers and their families and the college process for over 20 years. She is a Certified Educational Planner, one of only 35 in California, a designation granted only to professionals who have achieved the highest level of competence in the field of educational consulting.

She has long enjoyed presenting with and for her peers at national and regional conferences on a broad range of topics. She was a sought-after resource when the “Varsity Blues” scandal broke, and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter, and was a panelist on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive”. As part of the faculty of the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s (IECA) Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants, she presented on several topics, including working with parents, and facilitated conversations on professional ethics. She was a favorite guest instructor for a Parent Education class for three consecutive years, where she most enjoyed facilitating a Q & A, responding to any college-related concern a parent might raise.

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  • Liberal Arts Colleges: Skills for the Modern Workplace
  • What Employers Want from College Graduates and How to Find it in College
  • Current Trends in College Admission
  • Don’t be “That Parent”: How to Support Your Teen in the College Process
  • College is More Affordable Than You Think
  • How Can I go to College When I Don’t Know What to Major in?
  • Why “Following Your Passion” For College is Not Helpful, and What to Do Instead
  • Obsessed with College Rankings? A Different Way to Look at College Choices
  • What 9th & 10th Graders Can Do Now to Prepare to Apply to College
  • The College Process: Steps, goals, and timeline for 11th & 12th graders
  • How to Be Exactly Who Colleges Want You to Be
  • College Application Essays: What matters and how to write them
  • How to Research and Visit College Campuses Effectively
  • What to Consider (And Ignore) In the College Search: It’s not what you think!
  • So, You Want to be a Filmmaker. Is film school right for you?
  • The Intake: How to start your work with families on the right foot
  • Working with Parents: Modern parents, and how to support them during the college process
  • The Process: Curriculum and timeline for taking families through the college process
  • Professional Ethics in a post “Varsity Blues” world, interactive discussion with case studies, Q & A
  • Current Trends in College Admission, presentation or facilitated discussion
  • Right Test, Right Time: Help students choose standardized tests, when to take them, and how to prepare
  • Facilitated discussion on best practices for your consulting practice
  • Overview of the California College Landscape
  • College Knowledge Q&A for Parenting Ed at La Cañada Parent Education Program (3 years)
  • Response to “Varsity Blues” Scandal, Panelist on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive”
  • How a Certified Educational Planner Can Give Your Student a Collegiate Edge, Podcast Interview with David Trotter of Inspiration Rising
  • So You Want to Go to Film School? IECA National Conference, Los Angeles, Co-Presenter with Jeff Levy
  • Liberal Arts Colleges: What are they and can I get a job if I attend one? Fusion Academy College Night, Los Angeles
  • Panelist, IECA Regional Symposium, Los Angeles
  • Right Test, Right Time, IECA National Conference in San Francisco, HECA National Conference in Minnesota, WACAC Annual Conference in San Diego
  • Overview of the California College Landscape, IECA National Conference
  • “The Intake” faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • “Working with Parents” faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • Facilitator for Ethics Roundtable as faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • Facilitator for numerous Round Table topics for fellow educational consultants at national IECA conferences
  • Liberal Arts Colleges: Skills for the Modern Workplace
  • What Employers Want from College Graduates and How to Find it in College
  • Current Trends in College Admission
  • Don’t be “That Parent”: How to Support Your Teen in the College Process
  • College is More Affordable Than You Think
  • How Can I go to College When I Don’t Know What to Major in?
  • Why “Following Your Passion” For College is Not Helpful, and What to Do Instead
  • Obsessed with College Rankings? A Different Way to Look at College Choices
  • What 9th & 10th Graders Can Do Now to Prepare to Apply to College
  • The College Process: Steps, goals, and timeline for 11th & 12th graders
  • How to Be Exactly Who Colleges Want You to Be
  • College Application Essays: What matters and how to write them
  • How to Research and Visit College Campuses Effectively
  • What to Consider (And Ignore) In the College Search: It’s not what you think!
  • So, You Want to be a Filmmaker. Is film school right for you?
  • The Intake: How to start your work with families on the right foot
  • Working with Parents: Modern parents, and how to support them during the college process
  • The Process: Curriculum and timeline for taking families through the college process
  • Professional Ethics in a post “Varsity Blues” world, interactive discussion with case studies, Q & A
  • Current Trends in College Admission, presentation or facilitated discussion
  • Right Test, Right Time: Help students choose standardized tests, when to take them, and how to prepare
  • Facilitated discussion on best practices for your consulting practice
  • Overview of the California College Landscape
  • College Knowledge Q&A for Parenting Ed at La Cañada Parent Education Program (3 years)
  • Response to “Varsity Blues” Scandal, Panelist on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive”
  • How a Certified Educational Planner Can Give Your Student a Collegiate Edge, Podcast Interview with David Trotter of Inspiration Rising
  • So You Want to Go to Film School? IECA National Conference, Los Angeles, Co-Presenter with Jeff Levy
  • Liberal Arts Colleges: What are they and can I get a job if I attend one? Fusion Academy College Night, Los Angeles
  • Panelist, IECA Regional Symposium, Los Angeles
  • Right Test, Right Time, IECA National Conference in San Francisco, HECA National Conference in Minnesota, WACAC Annual Conference in San Diego
  • Overview of the California College Landscape, IECA National Conference
  • “The Intake” faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • “Working with Parents” faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • Facilitator for Ethics Roundtable as faculty member of IECA Summer Training Institute for new educational consultants
  • Facilitator for numerous Round Table topics for fellow educational consultants at national IECA conferences

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Speaking FAQs

Do you speak to both parents/students and other consultants and college advisors?

Yes, I have talks suitable for both audiences. Please see the Popular Speaking Topics for both audiences.

Will you travel to speak? If so, what are your fees associated with travel?

Currently, I am only accepting speaking engagements held via video-conferencing. In the future when it’s safe, I am willing to travel. Fifty miles is included in the speaking agreement. Beyond that, the fees depend on the travel requirements. Please contact me to discuss the details.

Can you speak or facilitate discussions on topics not listed here?

Yes, I speak and facilitate on a wide range of college planning and parenting topics. Please indicate on the contact form what you would like me to address, even if you do not see it listed.

Can you facilitate a college planning event for parents/students at my school?

Yes! Please indicate the grade year of the students, and what focus you would like for the event. I am also happy to co-facilitate with school staff and other professionals.

What is your rate?

Rates vary by event and location. Please fill out the contact form below to start a conversation. 

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