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We strive to be Catalysts who bridge the knowledge gap for First Generation leaders, their peers, and their allies by sharing resources, strategies, and opportunities to help them reach their full potential. Renae Simon brings a transparent and engaging approach to her presentations based on lived experiences, research, and relevant issues. Through the power of storytelling and authentic connections, she wholistically addresses the challenges attendees may face now and in the future.

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The Humanity of Customer Service and Diversity

Have you ever experienced a toxic "Us versus Them" environment at work where the disenchantment of leaders and employees led to poor customer service? Have you ever been treated like just a "number" instead of a person? Unfortunately, many people can answer Yes to both of those questions, but there is a way to address it.  Through captivating stories, we will highlight the importance of customer service and diversity from a different perspective. It will expose devaluing behavior and unconscious biases that can occur in any environment using real-life examples. Most importantly, participants will be shown how they can take personal ownership of their interactions with peers and customers.  


Participants will learn:

  1. How to identify biases in their own experiences

  2. Three practical techniques on how to see the humanity of others in their professional and interpersonal relationships.

  3. Two strategies on how to be an ally for customers and peers in tough situations.


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The Importance of Becoming a Solutionist

This inspiring presentation is designed to transform the way students and leaders approach challenges and opportunities. Discover the power of being a solutionist, someone who relentlessly seeks answers, resources, and opportunities to not only solve their own problems but to also help others.

Key Highlights:

  1. Embrace Your Inner Solutionist: Learn why becoming a solutionist is essential for First Generation Leaders and their peers. Find out how this mindset can elevate your life, career, and happiness.

  2. Practical Strategies: Get ready to adopt a solutionist mindset with five practical strategies that you can apply to every area of your life. These techniques will help you approach problems with creativity and confidence.

  3. Seize Opportunities: Learn the art of recognizing and seizing opportunities that come your way. Discover how to level up your problem-solving skills to make the most of these chances and achieve greater success.


Through captivating stories and real-life examples, this presentation will empower students to take on a solutionist mindset, unlock their potential, overcome challenges, and embrace a life of endless possibilities.

The First-Generation Mindset:  Assessing Your Now to Design Your Future

In a world filled with familial and outside influences, side hustles, influencers, and conflicting views on everything, it can be difficult to find your path. As a First-Generation student now is the perfect time to begin your journey of self-reflection, to evaluate the beliefs, values, and ideals that have brought you this far and impacted your life and career choices. Get ready for an engaging presentation that will identify and challenge limiting beliefs that are often found in the narratives of First-Generation students and provide practical strategies to overcome them in college and beyond.

Key Highlights

  1. The Power of Mindset: Discover interesting statistics that highlight why it's so important to optimize your mindset now, as it directly impacts your future career and relationships.

  2. A Mindset Reset: Dive into the six elements of a mindset reset designed especially for First Generation students, leaders, and their peers.

    • These include common career myths, influences, the significance of numbers, effective decision-making, addressing stigmas, and rethinking trust.


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