Speaker Date Topic
To be announced Sep 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Patrick Sehl, Jr., Reality U Director Oct 05, 2021 12:00 PM
"Reality U: A financial literacy simulation of the future for today's students"
"Reality U: A financial literacy simulation of the future for today's students"

Patrick Sehl, Jr is the Director of Reality U at The Pando Initiative. Patrick connects to students across the state of Kansas in middle and high schools by championing the idea that their effort in school really does matter. By engaging students in an interactive way during Reality U, he assists them in planning for their future through learning about financial literacy. 

Patrick may be originally from the West Coast, but he has established roots in Kansas for the last 22 years. He believes it's easy to love the mountains or the beach but it takes a soul to love the prairie. He enjoys watching his boys play soccer and listening to his little girl play piano. He also just adopted a kitten from the Kansas Humane Society named “Maui” who is a 1 pound creature of pure raw fighting power. Maui is the runt of the litter and reminds him why he loves fighting for the underdog. 

Reality U brings a bit of “reality” to students through a 75-minute interactive and engaging personal finance simulation. Students imagine their life as a 26-year-old and complete an online lifestyle survey. This information is entered into our trademarked software, along with their current GPA, to create a unique and individualized future scenario.

Each scenario includes the student’s monthly income, credit card debt, student loan information, as well as marital and family status. Students are given a checkbook register to track their monthly purchases from the 12 booths representing services and/or products that adults typically must purchase or consider each month. Sometimes they must return a “purchase” and make a different decision. The checkbook register can’t fall below zero!

This event actively engages students to help them understand the importance of how their performance in school today impacts their future. It also provides the community an opportunity to share in local students’ learning and developing an understanding of the world of work.

Fred Heismeyer Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM
District 5680 Governor
Tiffany Masson, PSY.D., President & C.E.O. Dec 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Kansas Health Science Center

Tiffany Masson, Psy.D., President of Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC), is an exemplary leader in higher education with more than 15 years of experience leading teams to find innovative, technology-driven solutions to the concerns facing universities across the world.

Dr. Masson obtained her doctorate of psychology in 2002. She completed her post-doctoral training at U.C. Davis’ Children’s Hospital-CAARE Center and was employed as a staff psychologist by the Cook County Juvenile Court and Northwestern School of Law in Chicago.

In addition to private practice, editing a new text Inside Forensic Psychology, and serving as an international speaker, her portfolio includes 13 years of service at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she held several academic and operational administrative positions. Her leadership positions included Department Chair of International Psychology, Executive Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Campus Dean of the Chicago Campus. Most recently, Dr. Masson served as Campus Dean of the Online Campus, where she provided oversight and advanced growth for the institution’s highly successful campus. During her tenure at The Chicago School, she was appointed by the President to co-lead the University’s strategic plan and develop a new division for the University—TCSPP Global.

As a global innovator, Dr. Masson developed and managed international partnerships and continues to focus efforts on specific international human capacity development projects in Africa. In addition, she co-developed a country-specific 12-day trauma training program (Global HOPE Training Initiative) that aids teachers in effectively recognizing, assessing, and intervening with traumatized children. Her work in Rwanda and ability to develop government and private partnerships has proved successful in the expansion of the Global HOPE Training Initiative to Zambia and South Africa.