Are you Ready for College? - Vibha


Student Panel Discussion
Parent Panel Discussion
Medical College Admissions (NEW)
Careers in Healthcare (NEW)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jay S. Yadav
Keynote Speaker

Jay is an interventional cardiologist and founder of a number of successful companies which have improved outcomes, as proven in large randomized trials, for heart failure and stroke patients: CardioMEMS acquired by St. Jude Medical (Abbott); Angioguard, Inc. acquired by Johnson & Johnson; first investor and director of SMART Therapeutics acquired by Boston Scientific. Currently, in addition to MiRus (novel spine implants and surgical navigation, Atlanta), he is co-founder of Contego (safer cardiovascular procedures, Raleigh), and director of Mana (interoperability and analytic software for healthcare, NYC) which was recently acquired by Comcast and Novobionics (obesity treatment, SF).


Dr. Aviva Legatt

Dr. Aviva Legatt, Founder and Principal Consultant at VivED Consulting, is a college admissions expert, Ivy League professor and Forbes contributor with experience on the undergraduate admissions committees of The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, she also spearheaded the Leadership in the Business World pre-college program and its signature Wharton Senior Capstone course. Dr. Legatt’s column in Forbes covers issues in higher education affecting students under 30 years old. Through her column, she has had the honor of interviewing U.S. leaders including New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant, Olympic Gold gymnast Simone Biles, PBS host Henry Louis Gates, and Pitch Perfect’s Deke Sharon. Her expertise is featured in major publications including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Poets & Quants, Forbes, and many more. More details can be found at press release

Dr. Gaurav Patel

Dr. Gaurav Patel has been in Georgia for most of his life. After being born in Germany, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia a few months after his birth. He attended The Walker School in Marietta, GA and then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Neurobiology and French, with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation in 2004, he came back to Atlanta and attended the Emory University School of Medicine, from where he graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) in 2008. He then completed his residency in anesthesiology at Emory in 2012. Gaurav is now an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory’s School of Medicine. He is involved in multiple levels at the School of Medicine, including being a full voting member of the MD Program Admissions Committee, a member of the Executive Curriculum Committee, and the Progress & Promotions Committee. Gaurav also is the Director of Medical Student Education for the Anesthesiology department and is the Associate Program Director for the Anesthesiology residency. He has won the prestigious Dean’s Teaching Award at Emory and has also won several awards for residency teaching. In the operating room, his clinical interests include liver transplant and vascular anesthesiology. Gaurav currently also holds the position of Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties Anesthesia at Emory University Hospital.

Diane Fisher

Diane Munzer Fisher has been involved in college admissions counseling for more than 30 years. She served as Assistant Dean of Admission at Colgate University and Admission Counselor at a campus of the State University of New York. She holds an A.B. degree in psychology from Colgate University and earned her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since 2006, she has been helping students and their families understand and navigate the college admission process. With her experienced guidance, Diane's clients have enrolled in colleges and universities across the country that have met their academic and personal requirements, provided them with opportunities for growth and set them on the path to a successful future. She is the parent of a recent Carnegie Mellon graduate and a senior at Wesleyan University.

Gopal Koratana

Gopal Koratana is the Co-founder& CTO of Cyrano Systems, a secured, intelligent video platform designed ground up to create video centric enterprise. Prior to this Mr. Koratana was the Chief Technology Officer of Vendormate, Inc a fast-growing software and solutions company that allows healthcare providers and suppliers form efficient and effective business relationships. Mr. Koratana was one of the founding members of Vendormate team and over a decade at Vendormate oversaw two successful acquisition which was finally capped by Vendormates acquisition by GHX in Nov-2014. Prior to Vendormate, Mr. Koratana was a Software Architect & Consultant to various fortune 500 companies like Manheim Auctions, John Deer, UPS Logistics, Eagle Logistics, GE Transportation and GE-Harris railway electronics. Mr. Koratana is a graduate of IIT Chennai, India with a Masters in Electronics and Power Engineering. Gopal lives in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife Shubhangi (Business analyst @ GHX) and two children Animesh Koratana ( rising sophomore student @ Stanford) & Anushka Koratana (rising JR @ Northview Highschool).

Whitney Gentry

Whitney Gentry was born and raised in the Northwest Georgia mountains and counts education as the single most transformational thing that can happen to a person. After graduating with a BA in English from the University of West Georgia in 2011, she has worked on a variety of national and local educational initiatives, including joining AmeriCorps as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), 55,000 Degrees, the Network Center for Community Change, the Louisville College Access Network, the Americana Community Center, and her current role as the Health Careers Coordinator for Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center. She is presently enrolled at Appalachian State University in pursuit of her Masters degree in Higher Education, which she will use to provide pertinent, life changing educational and career information to underserved, rural, and minority high school and college students.

Dr. Shital Gaitonde

Dr. Shital Gaitonde is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various psychological disorders in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with developmental, behavioral, and psychological disorders. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Shital is a clinical consultant to the NICHD funded research study in the Georgia State University's Developmental Neuropsychology lab, headed by Diana Robins, Ph.D. She is also an active member of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and is the co-chair of GPA's Annual Meeting Committee. Dr. Shital earned her doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She completed a Predoctoral Internship in Developmental Disabilities from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience. She completed her post-doctoral residency at Emory School of Medicine, Georgia. Dr. Shital grew up in Mumbai, India and now resides in Marietta with her husband and two daughters.

Kyle Cortley

Kyle Cortley is a college counselor at AcceptU. She received her BS from Vanderbilt University and has a certificate in college advising from Columbia University. Kyle has over five years of admissions experience at both public and private universities, including at the State University of New York as well as Rice University, where she was an Assistant Director of admissions and oversaw the BS/MD program with Baylor College of Medicine. Pre-med programs, and combined BS/MD programs, are some of the most competitive in the United States. In this workshop, you will learn what the admissions officers are looking for in pre-med applicants and how you can help differentiate your child from other applicants in the process.

Michael Trivette

Michael Trivette is a co-founder of College Transitions, a college planning company dedicated to guiding students and families through the college admissions process. Before joining College Transitions, Michael worked as a higher education administrator for the University of North Carolina System and the University System of Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, as well as a Specialized Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, San Diego. Michael's research has been published in Educational Policy, Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Finance. Michael is also a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Georgia ACT State Organization.

Andrew Belasco

Andrew Belasco is a licensed counselor and independent education consultant, Andrew’s experience in the field of college admissions spans nearly 15 years. His research and commentary have been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, and more than a dozen other education journals and media outlets. Andrew is also the co-author of The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). Prior to launching College Transitions LLC, Andrew worked as a high school counselor, an advisor for Kaplan Test Prep, and as a research consultant for the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. He is a professional member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Andrew holds a AB from Georgetown University, a Ed.M from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.


Seema Gupta
Princeton University

Seema Gupta is a rising freshman at Princeton University, majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Spanish. Seema graduated as Valedictorian of Alpharetta High School and is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, a National AP Scholar, and a National Merit Commended Scholar. Seema had three clinical research papers published in medical journals. She was a dual enrollment student at Georgia Tech and an intern at Resurgens Orthopaedics her senior year. At AHS, Seema was active in the Raider Ambassadors, Habitat for Humanity, and Student Council, where she served as Parliamentarian of the Georgia Association of Student Councils. She won both a silver and bronze award for her scores on the National Spanish Exam, received a Distinguished Performance Award at the Fulton Forum for World Languages, and participated in a Spanish exchange program in Zaragoza, Spain.

Mason Arbery
Harvard University

Mason Arbery is a rising freshman at Harvard University. During his time at the Westminster Schools, he demonstrated leadership and performance at the highest level. He graduated as a National Merit Finalist, a four-year student on the Honor Roll, and an AP Scholar with Honor. Aside from academics, Mason was a member of the Christian Life Committee and a leader of a Bible study. Mason also excelled at cross country, where he was selected as a captain and was a top runner on the state-champion team. Additionally, he wrote for the school newspaper and served as a Westminster Admissions Ambassador. He plans to study biomedical engineering at Harvard in the fall.

Chethan Yadav
Yale University

Chethan Yadav is a rising sophomore at Yale University. He graduated from Westminster Schools where he led the varsity tennis team to four state championships, was elected to the Student Diversity Leadership Council, and founded the History Club. Following high school, Chethan took a gap year during which he played tennis on the ITF circuit, did an internship at biomedical company CardioMEMS, and developed a patent for an automated tennis stringing machine. At Yale, Chethan is active in the Yale Political Union and Club Tennis. He plans on majoring in computer science and psychology. Currently, he is doing an internship at Arbor Pharmaceuticals in Business Development.

Arjun Karanam
Stanford University

Arjun Karanam is a rising freshman at Stanford University, planning to major in Computer Science on the Artificial Intelligence Track. He graduated from South Forsyth High School, where he served as Co-Captain of the Debate Team. He is a patented scientific researcher who has been named as a Siemens National Semifinalist and a Regeneron Scholar. Arjun also serves as a STEM Program Coordinator at the Post Road Library, likes to create mobile apps, and enjoys Archery in his spare time.

Anastasia Onyango
Harvard University

Graduating as valedictorian from Lassiter High School, Anastasia Onyango has been long committed to engaging her community. As a state ranked debate member, Anastasia helped organize a debate tournament between local elementary schools. Not only hoping to expose young minds to current world affairs, Anastasia also served as the Math Team and Math Honor Society president and coordinated one of the largest high school math tournaments in the state of Georgia to further intellectually challenge her peers. Anastasia conducted a year long research project to explore the effects the school choice program has on the black teen experience in a majority white high school, hoping to empower her fellow people of color while also highlighting inherent problems to county policy makers. Anastasia hopes to continue to connect her interest in medicine and cultural trends and norms by pursing the History of Science concentration at Harvard College, aspiring to eventually become a socially responsible oncologist.

Vamsi Gadde
Dartmouth College

Vamsi Gadde is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy with High Honors. During high school, Vamsi led the TiE Young Entrepreneur team to Global finals where they won first place. At Exeter, he served as dorm proctor, worked as a radio proctor, and played for the JV/V tennis and squash teams. Vamsi was also a National Merit scholar and a Peer tutor at Exeter. At Dartmouth, he is actively involved in The Dartmouth Review (newspaper), Dartmouth Quantitative Trading club, Club Squash team, and holds an executive vice president position at the Dartmouth International Business Council. He intends to pursue a double major in Economics and Psychology.

Grace Whittington
Yale University

Grace Whittington is a rising freshman at Yale University, where she intends to major in Global Affairs. Grace is a graduate of Wheeler High School’s STEM magnet program, a National AP scholar, and a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Community Service presented by the Princeton Club of Georgia. During high school, Grace was heavily involved in community service, policy debate, and student government. She served as an intern for Cobb County School District’s STEM and Innovation department where she conducted research on the relationship between STEM programs in secondary education and demographic factors such as gender and race. Additionally, Grace was an intern at the nonprofit organization Gideon’s Promise through a summer law internship program organized by the Atlanta Bar Association. She hopes to integrate her passion for learning new languages and commitment to public service to gain a deeper understanding of the world and its people.

Nisarg Shah
UNC - Chapel Hill

Nisarg Shah, a graduate of Johns Creek High School, will be a first-year Honors student and Morehead-Cain Scholar at The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill this fall. During his time at Johns Creek, Nisarg served as the Georgia Region 9 President of FBLA, VP (Community Service and Finance) of DECA Business Club, and interned at Georgia Tech, learning about and researching finance/labor economics, all of which allowed him to develop his interest in business and economics. Nisarg also became passionate about community service and involvement, through serving as the VP of BETA Service Club, Community Service Chairman of Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC), volunteering at Next Generation Focus tutoring underprivileged children, and leading an annual food drive (Can Bowl) between Johns Creek and Chattahoochee HS. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing High School as well as Travel Baseball. While at Carolina, Nisarg plans on pursuing a double major in Business (Finance) and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Bryson Rorie
Vanderbilt University

Mr. Bryson Rorie graduated from Wesminster school . He is a 2018 Gates Scholar. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation launched the program in 2017. Bryson is an AP scholar with Honor and a Euphonium player in the band, part of the varsity track and field team and member of the Entrepreneurship club. He will be a rising freshman at Vanderbilt University planning to major in Neuroscience.

Brenna Salkin
Cambridge University, UK

Brenna Salkin is a rising freshman at Cambridge University, UK where she plans on pursuing a degree in International Relations. She graduated in the top 10 of her class at Lassiter High School, and as a National AP Scholar, National Merit Finalist, as well as a recipient of the AP International Diploma and the AP Capstone Diploma. At Lassiter, Brenna pursued her passion for international affairs by conducting original research to determine the impact of implementing a new strategy for refugee resettlement in Sweden through the AP Capstone program. She was also a member of several honors societies and was the manager of the cross country team and track and field team. Outside of school, she volunteered several days a week at a local animal shelter throughout the year, and served as the team leader for new volunteer training, along with holding several other leadership positions in the organization.

Aditya Bhave
Johns Hopkins University

Aditya Bhave is a rising freshman at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from South Forsyth High School as the Valedictorian of the class and as the system-level STAR Student. In addition, he is a National Merit Finalist and a National AP Scholar. At South Forsyth, he was the Co-President of the MDJunior club, a varsity swimmer, and an officer of the National Honor Society. He started an Optimist International chapter at the school, helping to organize youth and encouraging them to be more active in the community. He has also helped conduct groundbreaking research on thrombosis and related diseases. He is a member of the Patient Advocacy Committee of the North American Thrombosis Forum, and along with Harvard faculty, he focuses efforts on the prevention of thrombotic conditions. He plans to study Public Health at Johns Hopkins and pursue a career in medicine.

Madhav Ghatpande
Princeton University

Madhav Ghatpande is a rising freshman at Princeton University. He plans to study Engineering/Entrepreneurship/Finance. He was the captain of the varsity swim team and also played tennis on the varsity team. His research work included development of biosensor for early detection of Alzheimer, shock electrolysis for water purification, usage of hydrogen fuel cell for power grid. He won Georgia Science Engineering Fair best in category award for three years. He was placed 2nd in the National Science Olympiad in hovercraft. He spent high school senior year at Georgia Tech as a fulltime dual enrollment student. He is currently working as an intern with an investment banking firm in Atlanta.

Gina Kang
Georgetown University

Gina Kang graduated from Walton High School in the top ten in her class and will be attending Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service this fall. She is interested in pursuing a major in International Politics as well as a minor in Korean and certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. In high school, Gina pursued her interest in literary arts by writing and editing on staff for her school's literary magazine and for the Odyssey Online, an online student based platform. She also attended the Governor's Honors Program as a Communicative Arts major during the summer before her junior year. Gina tutored for multiple honors societies and at a local math learning center, and she actively participated on officer boards for Liberty in North Korea and HOSA, for which she has placed at the international level.

Kevin Huang
Harvard University

Kevin is a rising freshman at Harvard University, where he plans to study economics and computer science. He graduated as valedictorian from Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. In high school, Kevin was involved on the chemistry and physics olympiad teams, student council, and national honor society. In addition, he served as captain of Chattahoochee's nationally ranked quiz bowl team, which won first place in the state. Over the course of high school, he also worked on research in astrophysics at Yale and aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech.

Aparna Pateria
University of Georgia

Aparna Pateria graduated from Northview High Summa Cum Laude, in the top 5% of the graduating class. She is a rising freshman at UGA as a Foundation Fellow and a Stamps Scholar. At Northview, she was the President of Philosophy Club and National Art Honor Society and the Vice President of the Beta Club. Her art work and writings were featured in the school magazine every year. Passionate about her heritage, she is an active volunteer and a Youth Group Coordinator at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta (CMA). She has also taught Hindi at CMA for four years. She hopes to specialize in Neuroscience Research for alternative mental health treatments.

Christine Yang
Yale University

Christine Yang, a recent South Forsyth High School IB graduate, will be a freshman at Yale University this Fall. She plans on taking classes in Computer Science, Foreign Language, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and Graphic Design, though she has not decided yet which concentration to pursue. In high school, Christine has enjoyed studying German language and culture, having served as President of her school’s German Honor Society. Christine is the 2018 AATG-Georgia German Student of the Year and has studied abroad in Germany twice on scholarship. She was an active competitor in local mathematics tournaments during her high school years and also served as Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta at her school. In addition, Christine has participated in many piano competitions and festivals at the local, state, and national levels. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the visual arts. (Her unofficial portfolio can be found on the instagram account

Student Mentors

Prashanth Kumar
Mentor - Harvard University - Sophomore

Pranav Rekapalli
Mentor - Princeton University - Junior

Anirudh Bikmal
Mentor - University of Pennsylvania - Junior

Saitej Guttikonda
Mentor - Wharton Business School UPenn - Sophomore

Pallavi Kenkare
Mentor - Cornell University - Sophomore

Ankita Das
Mentor - Georgia Tech - Junior

About the College Readiness Conference

The College Readiness Conference is aimed to prepare and guide high school students and their parents with Experts and Panel of College Students, speaking about the admission process, tips and tricks to prepare and survive through the tedious planning, scholarships and financial assistance along with coaching the parents to brace themselves for what's in store for them and their student-child.

Location: Lassiter Concert Hall · Marietta, Georgia
2601 Shallowford Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30066
Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018
Time: 2 PM - 7 PM EDT

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