College Admission Network (CAN) Conference
The WLSA College Admission Network Conference is the premier event in international admissions that brings together secondary school counsellors and university admissions officers from around the globe.
CAN is your opportunity to meet educators, counsellors, financial aid representatives, and university admissions officers who are looking to make the admissions process a relevant experience for international students.
Be sure to participate in the CAN College Fair for the opportunity to connect with WLSA Associate School students from leading secondary schools throughout China.
Attend sessions led by the leaders in international admissions on new procedures, tips and tricks, the application process, holistic admissions and much more!
Interested in taking part in our College Admission Conference & College Fair? Please fill out the registration form below:
2017 CAN Highlights: Meet the Speakers!
Dean of College Counselling
Deren Finks, a well-established and respected figure in higher education, serves in many executive leadership positions in the college admission arena. Prior to his current position as Dean of College Counselling at the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he served as Vice President, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Harvey Mudd College, one of the prestigious Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. He earned the lifelong titles of Honorary Association for College Admission Counselling named an annual award given in his honour.
Currently, Mr. Finks also serves as a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counselling, Michigan Association for College Admission Counselling, National College Scholarship Service Committee of the College Board, Dean of the College Board Summer Admissions Institute which trains new Deans of Admission from prestigious colleges throughout the United States and holds many other honours and recognitions.
Director of College Counselling
Montgomery Bell Academy
Ginny Maddux is the Director of College Counselling at Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) in Nashville, TN. MBA is an independent boys day school grades 7 - 12 with a population of approximately 750 boys. Ginny feels blessed to have worked in the college admissions field for 26 years with a number of different populations. She started her work at Dickinson College after graduating from Dickinson in 1990. She also worked as Director of College Counselling for The Webb School, Harpeth Hall School and Shady Side Academy before taking her current position at MBA in 2008. Ginny has presented at local, regional and national conferences and has served on the College Counselling Advisory Boards for seven different Universities.
Isamar Vega is an Admission Counsellor at Stanford University. An alumna of Harvard University, Isamar worked for Harvard in Brazil managing an international college prep mentorship program before joining Stanford in 2014. At Stanford, she coordinates international and diversity outreach projects. She has represented Stanford and selective U.S. colleges across North America and specializes in student populations from Mexico and Canada. Drawing from her admission experience at private universities, Isamar loves working with students, parents, and counsellors from diverse backgrounds around the globe.
Regional Associate Director of Admission
University of Rochester
Jason holds a BA and M.Ed. in Education from Westminster College (PA) and is the son of two retired public school educators. He began working in college admission immediately after graduating college in 1998. The majority of his career has been in the state of Pennsylvania, where he worked at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. While in the state of Pennsylvania he held numerous positions on the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counselling (PACAC) Executive Board, including faculty member of their Summer Institute, Finance and Budget Committee Chair and serving as President in 2012-2013. He now works for the University of Rochester as a Regional Associate Director and recruits both internationally and in the Southeastern part of the United States.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
John Gaines has been with Vanderbilt University since 2002, and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, applications to the university have tripled, and the university has experienced record setting classes and increasing selectivity and diversity. Prior to moving to Nashville, he served as Assistant Vice President and Director of Admissions at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi from 1998-2002. He began his admissions career in 1989 at his alma mater, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, where he started as an Admissions Counsellor, and was promoted through the ranks to become Director of Admissions. John is a frequent presenter at high schools, and at regional, national and international conferences on the topic of selective college admissions and college choice. He is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counselling, the Southern Association for College Admission Counselling, and the College Board. He has survived the college search process twice, as his daughter is now a college graduate and pursuing her dream career, and his son is a second-year student at his first-choice college!
Dean for Enrollment Management
Robert is a practitioner of enrollment management for over 35 years, and for over 30 years at Boston College, where he and his colleagues conceived many enrollment management concepts and practices now in use worldwide. He previously was a university lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison and at Boston College. He has incorporated sociological research methods for developing the enrollment analytics for decision making. Proponent of integrated student marketing communications closely coupled with programming for academic excellence. In addition to authoring numerous articles on enrollment issues, has edited a volume with Jean Endo entitled Designing and Using Market Research (Jossey-Bass, 1987). Robert is a former chairperson of the Deans Advisory Committee to US News and World Report, a past President of the Northeast Association for Institutional Research, and now active in AJCU, AIR, AACRAO, NACAC, and CEEB. Robert also co-founded the National Council for Enrollment Policy and Practices.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
In this role he oversees the Undergraduate Admissions Office which provides leadership for prospect management, student recruitment and communication, admissions social media, application processing, the prospective student visit experience, yield strategy and coordination, market research, long-range planning, and admissions volunteer engagement. Shawn is the lead international recruiter and undergraduate admissions expert for Africa and China and as such he provides significant admissions committee support through international application review and credentials evaluation. Shawn has been with Cornell University for 13 years. Before arriving in Ithaca to join Cornell, Shawn served for nearly 3 years as Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia, his alma mater, where he led recruitment and admissions efforts for students interested in the performing and visual arts.
Director of College Counselling
Tsinghua University High School
Beijing Kaiwen Academy
As one of the earliest school-based counselors in public high school in China, Shiny Wang has ample experience helping students to find their perfect fit college or university. Benefiting from his 20 years teaching and over 10 years counseling experience in top public high schools, such as Beijing No.4 High School and the High School affiliated to Tsinghua University. Shiny keeps striving to bring mutual understanding of international admission and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle for Higher Education and Foreign Policy. Currently he works as Director of College Counseling in Tsinghua University and Academic Principal of Beijing Kaiwen Academy. He is also a member of International ACAC and NACAC.