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Winter 2018 Announcement

GREETINGS!

We hope that 2018 brings joy and prosperity to you and your loved ones. As we embrace the New Year, we reflect back on a productive 2017.

The Bertram Group has had an exciting year on many fronts. Audrey Noyes Ludemann wrote a feature-length article on the latest trends to formalize character assessment in school admissions for the Moffly Media 2017-18 Independent School Guide. Holly McGlennon Treat published a column on keeping the school search private for the Independent Educational Consultants Association publication, Insights. Krissy Naspo also contributed to an IECA Insights article about productive relationships between educational consultants and boarding schools. Additionally, we have received such positive response to our Bertram Directions newsletter content that we are now also disseminating those articles more broadly through LinkedIn. (And be sure to "like" our Facebook page for these and other interesting articles about the field of education.)

Our professionalism was also recognized through invitations to share our expertise in speaking events and in related organizations. This fall Krissy presented at the IECA conference about wilderness programs and boarding schools. When Deena Maerowitz spoke at the Westport Library, the room overflowed with families wanting to hear college search strategies for candidates with learning differences. Meanwhile, Jeremy McGeorge has joined the board of the Therapeutic Consulting Association, an emerging professional organization that focuses on the intersection of educational advising and behavioral health care. Last spring, Holly and Krissy also traveled to Hong Kong to present to families on the full range of what U.S. boarding schools offer.

All of our team members regularly visit campuses and attend conferences to stay at the forefront of educational trends. Among my favorites this past year (and every year) was The Association of Boarding Schools' annual conference. In 2017 TABS celebrated its 20th anniversary and I'm proud to have attended all but one of its annual conferences, which brings together Heads of Schools, Residential Life Directors, and Admissions Professionals.

TBG also collaborated with another national organization to introduce a highly regarded author and psychotherapist, Lee Daniel Kravetz, at a public event in Fairfield, Connecticut. Kravetz spoke to an auditorium of parents, educators, and concerned community members about his book Strange Contagion: Helping Teens Cope With Viral Emotions.

We are pleased that Kristin White, who brings 14 years of experience in educational consulting, is now a Professional Affiliate of The Bertram Group. Kristin is the author of two books: In 2015 she published It's the Student, Not the College: The Secrets of Succeeding at Any School Without Going Broke or Crazy; and in 2008 she wrote The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. Kristin specializes in helping high school students identify post-graduate and GAP year opportunities and then move seamlessly into the college search.

Finally, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who have reached out with congratulations for my 2017 Everett E. Gourley Award from the Enrollment Management Association. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be recognized with an award that highlights "serving as an inspiration to students and admissions professionals." There is nothing more gratifying then guiding students through their educational journeys. Working with the families, schools and colleagues in this field is truly an honor and a privilege.

Best Regards,
Cammie Bertram