The Expanding College Opportunity® Speaker Series provides a wonderful opportunity for families of all backgrounds to learn from seasoned and highly-experienced college admissions officers, financial aid representatives, college academic advisors, college professors, educational administrators, and college graduates about the path to college and beyond. The Expanding College Opportunity® Speaker Series features monthly presentations, AT NO COST TO FAMILIES, in an effort to provide critical information about preparing and planning for college, as well as to increase access to higher education in general. During the Expanding College Opportunity® Speaker Series, presenters address a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • What colleges look for in an applicant?

  • How to finance a college education?

  • How students can best prepare for college?

  • Where and how to obtain scholarship money?

  • What can middle school and high school parents do to help their student succeed in college and ultimately to graduate from college?

When it comes to choosing a college that’s a good fit -- academically, socially, and financially -- the Expanding College Opportunity® Speaker Series plays an essential role in making your college choice. We invite you to join us. View the calendar of events below. REGISTER. And then, tell your friends and family about TheSecretToWriting.com's Expanding College Opportunity® Speaker Series.

“The opportunity to go to college is one of our greatest treasures. The college experience opens your eyes and mind to new ideas and self-discovery.”

Stanley B. Lemons

2021 Calendar of Events

January

Event #1

Presentation Title: The path from middle school to college in the midst of the coronavirus. What's changed?

Featured Speaker:

Name: Stanley B. Lemons

Date: January 19, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. CST

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Speaker
Name: Stanley B. Lemons

Author, The Expanding College Opportunity Book & Student Workbook
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

 

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January

Event #2

Presentation Title: Show me the money: How to finance your child's college education

Featured Speaker:

Name: Dr. Linda M. Dagradi

Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Dr. Linda M. Dagradi
Title: Former financial aid services director and/or associate vice president at four independent colleges: Elms College, Springfield College (MA), Smith College, and the American International College.

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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February - Black History Month

Event #1

Presentation Title: What is the value of attending an all-women's HBCU? A fireside chat with Spelman College and Bennett College alumnae

Featured Schools:

Name: Spelman College
Name: Bennett College

Date: February 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Jenine Lemons, M.A. Ed, LPC, NCC
Title: Bilingual Mental Health Therapist
Organization: Bennett College Alumna

Guest Speaker
Name: Hon. Monica McCoy Purdy
Title: Judge of the Texas 95th District Court
Organization: Spelman College Alumna

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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February - Black History Month

Event #2

Presentation Title: How can Black students succeed and win at a predominately white college? Reflections from a retired college president

Featured Speaker:

Name: John I. Williams, Jr., former president of Muhlenberg College

Date: February 23, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: John I. Williams, Jr.
Title: Retired President
Organization: Muhlenberg College

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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March - Women's History Month

Event #1

Presentation Title: Choosing a Women's College: what female high school students need to know

Featured Schools, Organizations, or Individuals:

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Date: Postponed until the fall of 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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March - Women's History Month

Event #2

Presentation Title: Getting to and through a performing arts college: a Juilliard professor reflects on her experiences at the school and offers her insights for success on the college level

Featured Speaker

Name: Renée M. Baron, Ph.D. 

 

Date: March 30, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Dr. Renée M. Baron
Title: Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and American Studies; Chair, Department of Liberal Arts
Organization: The Juilliard School

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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April

Event #1

Presentation Title: HOW TO FUND YOUR STUDENT'S COLLEGE EDUCATION: A presentation for middle school and high school families

Featured Schools:

Name: Wesleyan University         
Name: Simmons University                            

Date: April 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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April

Event #2

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Date: April 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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May

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Date: May 11, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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May

Event #2

Presentation Title: THINKING ABOUT ATTENDING A FAITH-BASED COLLEGE? Here's some food for thought

Featured Schools, Organizations, or Individuals:

Name: Pepperdine University                 
Name: The Catholic University of America                          

Date: RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 19, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Speaker
Name: Katie White
Title: Admission Counselor
Organization: Pepperdine University

Speaker
Name: Kevin Medina
Title: Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Organization: The Catholic University of America

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June

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Presentation Title: TBA

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Date: June 8, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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June - Career Spotlight

Event #2

Presentation Title: Considering a career in finance? A one-on-one conversation with a retired U.S. and International Corporate Executive

Featured Speaker:

Name: James H. Scott

 

Date: June 22, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Speaker
Name: James H. Scott
Title: U.S. and International Corporate Executive

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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July

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

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Name: TBA       
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Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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July

Event #2

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA  
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Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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August

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA      
Name: TBA                         

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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August

Event #2

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA      
Name: TBA                        

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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September

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA       
Name: TBA                        

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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September

Event #2

Presentation Title:TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA    
Name: TBA                        

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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October

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA       
Name: TBA                        

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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October

Event #2

Presentation Title: THINKING ABOUT ATTENDING A FAITH-BASED COLLEGE? Here's some food for thought

Featured Schools:

Name: Pepperdine University      
Name: The Catholic University of America                        

Date: October 19, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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November

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA      
Name: TBA                       

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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November

Event #2

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA       
Name: TBA                          

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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December

Event #1

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA        
Name: TBA                          

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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December

Event #2

Presentation Title: TBA

Featured Schools:

Name: TBA      
Name: TBA                         

Date: TBA

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CST

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Guest Speaker
Name: Robert D. Coughlin
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Wesleyan University

Guest Speaker
Name: Amy C. Staffier
Title: Director of Financial Aid
Organization: Simmons University

Host
Name: Stanley B. Lemons
Title: Author, Speaker, Counselor
Organization: TheSecretToWriting.com

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