Upcoming Presentations

Free Presentation: Five Smart Money Moves for College-Bound Families

Finances for College with Alyssa Lum of Luminate Financial Planning, LLC

Want to save ON the cost of college, not just FOR the cost college? Wondering how college financial aid works? Trying to figure out how to balance college savings with your retirement savings? Join us for a free, interactive workshop where we’ll discuss:

Alyssa Lum, MBA, CFP

  • How college financial aid works and how to calculate your family’s “EFC” (Expected Family Contribution)
  • How student loans work and how to establish a maximum loan amount for your student
  • How to have the Money Talk with kids
  • Student budget worksheet for students considering student loans
  • How to find colleges that meet financial aid or give merit scholarships
  • How to save ON the cost of college, not just FOR the cost of college
  • Strategies for saving for college


Financial planning for college is not for the faint of heart. Whether you have young kids and lots of time to plan, or you are just beginning to consider funding college for your high school student, you will benefit from this fact-filled free presentation. Q&A to follow.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:30pm.  Click here to sign up.

 –Previous Presentations–

College Admissions Seminar for

9th, 10th, and 11th grade Students

Are you constantly asking yourself these questions?

“Is it better to take an AP/IB class or get the A?”
“What is Early Action and why does it matter?”
“Which teachers should my son ask to writer letters of recommendation?”
 “Should I take the ACT or SAT? How many times?”

This two-hour seminar will give you all the information you need to understand the college process. Catherine Ganley with ForWord Consulting will walk you through each step–GPAs; Rigor; Test Scores; Application timelines, pitfalls, and types; Extracurriculars–so that you can help guide your child through this stressful time.


This is not a seminar just for junior parents. While college might be more on the minds of Class of 2019 parents, parents of any high schooler will benefit from this presentation as you’ll get a roadmap for answering college questions.

Enroll in this 2-hour Seminar: Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm.  Come prepared with questions for an enlightening seminar.

Cost: $99

Location: Inspiring Test Prep Office, 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. #4B McLean, VA 22101

Why Cathy Ganley?  Here is just what one mother had to say about her advice.

Thank you!

So grateful for your insights and recommendations this weekend!!

Just to let you know, we reached out to both Cathy’s.  Cathy Ganley and I had a really good conversation Saturday afternoon – focused on strategic admissions points.  Since fewer TJ students apply to liberal arts schools, Cathy G. used naviance to help us understand admissions rates for McLean students to some of the same schools (there are just more data points from other high schools).  She was so very kind and had tremendous empathy for a liberal arts kid at TJ.  She did not want us to reimburse us for her time.



 Where are those keys?

      Are you forever mislaying keys or forgetting important information or appointments?  “I know I put that paper down somewhere?  But where?”

      Even more daunting is the task of memorizing required information for coursework or credentialing.  Forget the names of the bones in the body – I’m lucky if I can remember how many there are (212?)

      Now imagine learning the contents of the Periodic Chart of the elements in just a few hours, if it were necessary. By heart, so that you could repeat it backwards or forwards at will.

      Impossible?  NOT!

     James F. Dalby, BS, MBA, Ph.D. (yes, that is the same last name) spent his early career as a mathematical engineer at NASA (he helped make sure Astronaut John Glenn was in orbit) and IBM (helped put four Communication Satellites into Geosynchronous Orbit) often helped by the techniques taught him back in the 50’s by Dr. Sigmund Blomberg, creator of the Blomberg Memory System.  Yes, he had the honor of being trained by Dr. Blomberg personally, while still a high school student. Soon after, he assisted in publicly demonstrating the power of the technique along with Dr. Blomberg before one thousand attendees in Norfolk, Va.

     Why not let Dr. Dalby teach you how to master memory techniques that could change your life, by making memory tasks simpler for you at work, college, university, volunteering activities and in your personal life?

     To learn more, sign up for this free, no-obligation seminar on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite 4B McLean, VA  22101   After the demonstration, you will have the chance to sign up for a three-evening set of training sessions.
     To register for the first-in-the-area, three-evening training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 28, 29, and 30 from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. each evening, click this link.
   (Important note: The feasibility of the technique fundamentally depends on a mature and competent use of the English language, in both vocabulary and phonetics).


 Notes from our previous presentation:

Five Reasons Why You Won’t Get into the College of Your Choice

  1. you think applying to college begins and ends in front of a screen.
  2. you had too many endless summers.
  3. you woke up one morning and decided, “Ah, I’m going to write my essay today.”like everybody else,
  4. you have good grades, good test scores, play soccer or lacrosse, and play the piano.
  5. you chose poorly.
Presenter: Sybil Gohari of the Admissions Company will discuss these five reasons, and answer frequently asked questions about admissions:

Over the past decade, as the college admissions process has moved online, elite schools have seen an explosion of applications.  Over the same period, admissions officers and college administrators have observed a pattern of students who seem to have all the ingredients for success in college, and yet often fail when faced with the rigors of an academically intense environment.  Many educators have observed that these students lack an essential ingredient for success: grit.

The evolving theory is that a mix of factors that include grade inflation, over-scheduled young lives, lack of independence in early childhood and parental over-involvement have combined to lead to a lack of sufficient survival skills in the upper echelons of American colleges, leading to less resilient students.

At Admissions Company, we believe that resilience is something that can be quickly learned, embedded and nurtured in high school students so that they can be better prepared for college.  We plan to share the lessons we’ve learned from more than a decade of helping high school students gain acceptance to better colleges with you, so that if you’re one of the few who gains admission into an elite college, you can not only survive, but also thrive and outshine your cohorts.

  Date: Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm.  Reserve a seat today.  Q & A to follow.  Check out her Odds Calculator here.

All presentations are open to the public, but space is limited. Register online or call/text Kate at 703-203-5796 to reserve a seat. Location: 1307 Dolley Madison Blvd. Suite #4B McLean, VA 22101

Interested in presenting your education related company?  Do you have a topic you’d like Inspiring to host? Contact Kate at kvs@katedalby.com