College Admissions Summit Preview (Ray Ravaglia, Sophie Beren, and Moses Lee)

Mar 15, 2021 | podcast

In today’s episode of “College Admissions Real Talk”, Dr. Legatt starts off the week giving you a preview of her virtual summit “College Admissions In the Era of COVID-19” happening March 23-24. One by one, she’ll introduce each one of her speakers, so stay tuned this week to hear about all the events happening at this virtual summit. You can sign up for the free or VIP version of the summit at www.ivyinsight.com/virtual-summit or www.collegeadmissionssummit.com.

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VO: Welcome to College Admissions Real Talk with Dr. Aviva Legatt, a podcast for students seeking to get admitted to top-tier colleges. Each episode will feature an important tip for your college admission success, delivered with candor and love. If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek inside the mind of a college admissions officer, this is your chance. Have a question? Text Dr. Legatt at 610-222-5762. So, what’s your dream school? 


AL: Welcome to College Admissions Real Talk. This is Dr. Aviva Legatt, founder and Elite Admissions Expert at Ivy Insight and author of “Get Real and Get In”. Today we’re going to be talking about the Virtual Summit and a sneak preview of our speakers and session. I’m very excited to bring you this series of episodes this week to talk all about our virtual summit: College Admissions in the Era of COVID-19. I want you to get a sneak preview and some insider information before you come to the summit. To sign up for our summit, which is free of charge, go to collegeadmissionssummit.com or ivyinsight.com/virtual-summit. Our first speaker and session for the virtual summit is Ray Ravaglia. Ray is a chief learning officer at Opportunity Education. Opportunity Education is a foundation seeking to transform secondary education. Ray is a pioneer in online education. Since 1989, he was founder and principal architect of the Stanford Online High School, and is the Vice Chairman and founder of Dwight Global School. He was also the founder of the precollege division at the School of The New York Times, where he led to National events on College admission and preparation. Ray and I have known each other since about 2013 when we met at a National Association for College Admissions Consulting conference, and we have remained close since. I had the honor of speaking with Ray back in 2016, when The New York Times hosted a summit and a symposium on college admissions. So Ray and I are going to be talking about, and he’s an incredible expert on this, how you can maximize your child’s success in virtual schooling. Now I know I’ve talked all about Zoom fatigue and don’t have to tell you you’ve been experiencing it. The time when most of us have been thrust into online learning. Unexpectedly, Ray will help us to understand how we can make the most of our online schooling experience and create intentionality behind the studies. We will discuss together how students can get support when needed and how to build relationships with teachers and counselors that helps to maximize the experience. Our next speaker is Sophie Beren, an incredible young woman and a good friend of mine. Sophie is the founder and CEO at The Conversationalist. Sophia and I met when she was back at Penn as a student. The Conversationalist is an incredible organization, and it’s the go to destination to amplify Gen Z voices. It’s a great community of over 10,000 individuals, and they connect through this app called Geneva and all different social platforms. Sophie and her team at The Conversationalist are dedicated to bringing Gen Zers outside of their own echo chambers and to unify the world once voice at a time. It’s an incredible mission and so needed in today’s divided world. Sophie and I are going to be talking about Gen Z and specifically helping parents with conversations that may be more difficult to have with our Gen Z child. And Sophie is really, I would say, the Queen of Conversations. Not surprising. So she’s really great at helping to break the ice with anyone regardless of their age. And Sophie and I are going to be talking about not only her organization, but also what are some of the challenges and issues that Gen Z young people are concerned with today. And we’re going to zero in on common concerns that Gen Z students tend to bring up when it comes to the relationships with their parents, and she’ll help to give us some strategies on how parents might approach their children when discussing your future. So very excited to talk with Sophie and grateful that she could attend. Our next speaker is the incredible entrepreneur Moses Lee. He is the CEO of MLC and has spent the last two decades popping thousands of students from high schoolers to working professionals, achieve their professional and educational goals. I had a chance to meet Moses in person a couple of times. The first time was at the Higher Education Consultant Association meeting here in my hometown in Philadelphia. And when I went on this amazing cross country train trip. I had a chance to stop in Detroit and visit University of Michigan, which isn’t far, and see Moses in person and talk with him about all of his endeavors. So Moses is right now leading the Michigan Language Center, and it’s a part-time faculty member, an innovator in residents at University of Michigan. In 2011, Moses co-founded Seelio, an education technology company that partners with universities to prepare students for meaningful careers. This company was acquired in 2014. Moses and I are going to talk about how to help your child develop leadership skills. We’re going to talk about the critical leadership skills that students need to develop during this challenging times. Moses is going to share how to cultivate a sense of entrepreneurialism from a young age specific ways. We can encourage students to learn and how and where students can seek out opportunities to maximize their leadership potential. If you purchase a VIP pass, we’re going to do a special invite-only Q&A on Wednesday, the second day of the summit, which is Wednesday, March 24th. We’re also going to have a fun speakers lounge on Thursday, the 25th at 12 Eastern. All the times I gave, by the way, are in Eastern time. So if you are on Club House, you can follow me @avivalegatt. If you need an invite to Clubhouse, sign up for the summit and purchase a VIP pass. If you do those things, we will be able to get you an invite to Clubhouse for the speaker’s lounge, as well as some great bonuses, like my college application templates and a special Q&A session that’s exclusive for VIP members on Wednesday, the 24th. Until next time.


VO: College Admissions Real Talk is hosted by Aviva Legatt, edited by Stephanie Carlin, and produced by Incontrera Consulting. I’m Caroline Stokes and this has been your daily boost of college admissions insight. Have a question? Text Dr. Legatt at 610-222-5762. For more information on Dr. Legatt and Ivy Insight visit www.ivyinsight.com. And you can pick up Dr. Legatt’s book, “Get Real and Get In”, at major retail outlets across the world. Insight out.