Speeches and Presentations

Speeches and presentations by by Rebecca Grappo

Rebecca has given many speeches and presentations for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. A teacher at heart, she loves to share what she knows with others. If you would like for her to speak or present for your organization, please contact her.

Upcoming Presentations…

September 29, 2019-  “College Applications for the Foreign Service Child”- Foreign Service Youth Foundation, Washington D.C.


  • The Trauma of the Gifted Child, with Sheri Rosen- International School Counselors Association, Brussels, Belgium


  • The Importance of Story When Working with TCKs, with Ruth Van Reken, acclaimed expert on TCKs- International School Counselors Association, Bangkok, Thailand


  • How to Strengthen Relationships & Clarify Expectations between IECs and School Admissions Offices to Better Serve Families – IECA Denver
  • Is it ADHD or Is it Something Else? – International School Counselors Association, Prague, Czech Republic


  • How to Make America Great – An Alternative Perspective: Increasing Your Multicultural Awareness and Inclusivity” – panel discussion, IECA New Orleans
  • Working with International Students: Introducing IECA’s International Designation – panel discussion, IECA Boston
  • Working with International Families in the Therapeutic Milieu –  NATSAP
  • The Perfect Storm: Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Issues, and Global Mobility – International School Counselors Association, Lisbon, Portugal
  • International Education Week, Keynote Speaker – University of Central Florida


  • Importance of Exposing International Students to US Education, and Cultural Experiences in the U.S. Before College, panel discussion on gap year experiences – IECA Scottsdale
  • Under the Radar: Working with Teens who Suffer in Silence –  FIGT
  • Working with TCKs in the Therapeutic Milieu – Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy
  • Flying Under the Radar: Working with Kids Who Suffer in Silence, Families in Global Transition with Ryan Haynes, International School Bangkok, March 2015


  • Creating a Home Away from Home: Working w/ students in Global Transition – IECA Orlando
  • Cross Cultural Kids: Why Cultural Complexity Matters – IECA Indianapolis
  • Cultural Complexity and Hidden Diversity: Exploring Today’s TCKs – Families in Global Transition
  • Creating Home Away from Home: Working with Kids in Global Transition for IECA with Dr. Daniel Villiers – Orlando, November 2014
  • Cross Cultural Kids with Ruth Van Reken – IECA Indianapolis, May 2014
  • The Global Family Redefined – a panel discussion for the 2013 Families in Global Transition conference with Ruth Van Reken, Ryan Haynes, Alexandra Pomeroy
  • The Stream – television interview on Cultural Chameleons, Al Jazeera broadcasting network, June 2013
  • The Perfect Storm: Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Issues, and Global Mobility, Families in Global Transition, March 2013
  • Working with TCKs in the Therapeutic Milieu, NATSAP, February 2013


  • Handshakes or Hugs?: Tips For Exploring New International Markets and Cultural Etiquette, panel participant, IECA Atlanta, 2012
  • Working with Third Culture Kids in the Therapeutic Milieu with panelists Bryan Lepinske, LCSW, wilderness therapist, and Dr. Tim Corson, clinical director, Montana Academy – Independent Educational Consultants Association, Boston, May 2012
  • TCKS – An Update, American School of Dubai, April 2012
  • Why Some Kids Thrive While Others Struggle in the Expat Lifestyle Plenary Panel Discussion leader with Ruth Van Reken, Julia Simens, and Rebecca Oden
  • Families in Global Transition, March 2012
  • Panel Discussion on Emotional Resilience in Third Culture Kids at the American Foreign Service Association headquarters, Washington, DC, April 2, 2012 with panelists Ruth Van Reken, Rebecca Oden, Julia Simens, and myself (Rebecca Grappo) speaking on why some kids thrive and others struggle in this globally nomadic lifestyle. YouTube video is one and a half hours long.
  • International Assignments: What About the Kids? – Minneapolis Employee Relocation Council, April 2012
  • Third Culture Kids: an Update – American School of Dubai, April 2012,
  • Working with Third Culture Kids in the Therapeutic Milieu with panelists Bryan Lepinske, LCSW, wilderness therapist, and Dr. Tim Corson, clinical director, Montana Academy – Independent Educational Consultants Association, May 2012, Boston


  • Panel Discussion on Ethical Considerations in Using Paid Agents for Recruiting Students Internationally, IECA, November 2011, Cincinnati
  • Panel Discussion for Educational Consultants Special Interest Group, Ethical Considerations in Using Paid Agents for Recruiting Students Internationally,National Association of College Admissions Counselors, September, 2010, St. Louis, MO
  • Teens Who Struggle: After High School, What Comes Next? Overseas Association of College Admissions Counseling, July 2011, Boston, MA
  • Parenting the TCK – Dubai American Academy, January 2010, Dubai, UAE


  • Working with TCKs: An Overview for Consultants, The Independent Educational Association (IECA), November, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • What Does It All Mean? Careers for a Changing World, keynote address for Career Day, The American School of Dubai, October 2009.
  • Transition to College: Information for Students and Parents, The American International School of Muscat, May 2009, Muscat, Oman
  • Transition to College: Information for Students, ABA Academy, May, 2009, Muscat, Oman
  • Transition to College: Information for Students and Parents, The Dubai American Academy, April 2009, Dubai, UAE
  • How to Survive Getting Thrown from the Train: 12 Steps to Recovery, American Women’s Group, May, 2009, Muscat, Oman and American Women’s Association Dubai, UAE, Oct. 2008
  • Transition to College: Information for Students and Parents, Dubai American Academy High School, April 2009, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • I’m a What? Understanding What It Means to be a TCK, Dubai American Academy Middle School, April 2009, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Making the Most of a College Visit, The American International School of Muscat, March 2009, Muscat, Oman
  • The Teacher and the Student, talk to students of teacher education at the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, March 2009, Muscat, Oman.
  • So Many Choices: How to Create a College List, The American International School of Muscat, February 2009, Muscat, Oman
  • Transitions and Resiliency in Third Culture Kids, American School of Dubai, October 2008 and Dubai American Academy, February 2009


  • Making Sense of the Middle School Years, American School of Dubai, October 2008
  • On the Move – Again! An Overview of Third Culture Kids, Transitions, and Resiliency, The American International School of Muscat, Oman
  • Applying to American Graduate Schools: Writing Statements of Purpose, for AmidEast at the Higher Technical College in Muscat, Oman
  • Raising Children Abroad, American Women’s Group and Muscat Women’s Fellowship in Muscat, Oman.
  • Teaching Methodology, Teachers at Rustaq Teacher’s College, Oman.


  • Contingency Planning (Overseas) for Families with School Age Children, Families in Global Transition Conference, Houston, TX
  • I’m Back – Now What??!, Welcome back picnic for Foreign Service families, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, Washington, DC
  • If You Could Fly Before You Could Walk….Overview of Boarding Schools and the Foreign Service Child, The Association of Boarding Schools, Washington, DC
  • Around the World in a Lifetime – an Overview of Third Culture Kids, The Association of Boarding Schools, Boston, MA
  • Taking Your School Global, The Association of Boarding Schools, Boston, MA
  • Teen Reentry to the United States: Can Boarding Schools Make a Difference?, The Association of Boarding Schools, Chicago, IL
  • Understanding American Schools, The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Third Culture Kids, Washington Association of Community Liaison Officers (representatives from foreign embassies in Washington), Washington, DC and panel discussion and presenter, Employee Relocation Council, Washington, DC
  • Five Things You Should Know Before Moving a Family Overseas, SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers, Washington Chapter), Fairfax, VA
  • A World of Options: Making the Boarding School Decision, Family Liaison Office, U.S. Department of State
  • I’ve Brought My Foreign Service Child Home – Now What?, Family Liaison Office, U.S. Department of State
  • Education Options in Hard to Fill Posts (panel discussion), Family Liaison Office, U.S. Department of State
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Your College Major Does Not Equal a Set Career, and That’s a Good Thing!
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We’ve heard from tons of students that choosing a major is one of the most stressful and difficult decisions of their college career. It is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but we are here to help take some of the stress off of the importance of your choice. Life is stressful enough,…

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Touring Colleges
December 31, 2020

How to Tour a College Online – Pandemic Version One ritual that many families undertake each year is the trek to visit college campuses so that students can see for themselves what they like and don’t like, and can start to really imagine themselves as a college student on a particular campus.  The Great Pandemic…

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Therapeutic Options for Young Adults
December 22, 2020

Therapeutic Options for Young Adults: when things don’t go as planned By Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed., Certified Educational Planner and founder of RNG International Educational Consultants, LLC When most students think about college, they envision a future filled with the excitement of a newfound independence, fun peers, interesting classes that will prepare them for their futures,…

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To Mrs. Grappo Thank you so much. It’s hard to understand how a person I have never met has saved my life, but that is certainly what you have done. If I had not gone to this school, my life would have been so much darker and dreadful. But you were able to open the…

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I know I have already thanked you before for everything you did to assist us, but I wanted to share this with you since I suppose it can never hurt to be told more than once that you make a difference in people’s lives.

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One more thing before I control the flood of words here.  You are amazing.  You’re so much more than I could ever have hoped for.  I think you have a gift for this work and I’m so thankful we get to share in it.

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A young man, 18, was admitted into a very selective and competitive college. However, having just been diagnosed with ADD, he was overwhelmed with all the independence, lack of structure, freedom, and new responsibilities. By the end of first term, he was nearing failure. It was imperative to get him in touch with student counseling…

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A fifteen year old male student was extremely bright, but also had major struggles with ADD, depression, and behavior issues at school, resulting in numerous suspensions. The relationship at home was fraught with conflict and the family was at the breaking point. He was belligerent about the thought of going to boarding school, and opposed…

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A young man, 15, started looking for a boarding school for his junior and senior years. He had everything going for him – stellar resume, grades, sports, and personality. The conversation focused on just how much academic pressure he was willing to take on. He was adamant he wanted to push himself, and was given…

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A young woman of 17 moved to a remote location for what would have been her senior year of high school. She had never lived overseas before, and her school only offered the International Baccalaureate program. Therefore, she was put back a year to start the IB curriculum. She was miserable, and things finally reached…

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A family with a son who had significant development delays contacted me regarding life as an internationally mobile family and wondered about embarking on such a lifestyle. We spent hours of counseling up front while they were still in their home environments, and the family prepared to homeschool their son, knowing few schools overseas would…

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A family with two employed parents was suddenly separated by an evacuation, leaving them with some important decisions to make quickly regarding the children’s education. The older daughter remained in her boarding school and became the school’s star student; the younger one remained with mom and came back to the U.S. The father remained overseas…

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A sixteen year old girl came to me feeling very depressed and uninspired by school. Her mother was extremely concerned by her lack of engagement. This girl was extremely bright but did not do well in a traditional setting. Her mother said her creative side needed to be encouraged in order to get her engaged…

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I wanted to tell you I spent last weekend in Arizona having a reunion of friends from Beijing days 20 years ago…..and guess who was there…a dear friend…..I said, you don’t happen to know Becky Grappo and her words, exactly, “She saved my life!!!!” I thought you would like to know that….she is in fine…

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Speaking of professionals, please accept my sincere gratitude for your brilliant work. This all really started happening after you challenged our son to give you something concrete to work with. Your strategy was perfectly planned and executed. Good Show!

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I just wanted to thank you for getting me through the most painful and difficult thing I have ever had to do.  I know that there is a lot of work to be done but I feel we are finally on the right track. I know that you put a lot of effort into helping…

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My husband and I cannot thank you enough for coming through for our son, when he needed someone like yourself to come for his rescue. Our son is a changed young man – full of confidence and joys of life. It is simply wonderful to see him doing so well and it is all thanks to you.

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My son is doing incredible!! I cannot believe the difference in him. He still has a way to go, but he even knows it and he is just so open and honest with us and himself. I am proud of him. Thank God for all of you that help us realize that we and our kids…

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I will take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance and support over the last few months. This period could have been most stressful but was not due to your support, cool guidance and highly professional approach.

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I have seen a lot of maturity and sense of responsibility in him. No matter how much I miss him not having him home with the family, both his father and I realize that sending him to boarding school was the best things that we have done for him. The staff is wonderful at his…

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I don’t think I have adequately thanked you for the superb work you did for us this past year. We went from being nowhere, to getting our son into some excellent, superb schools. You should be so proud of what you do, because it’s clearly an art. No rules, but a lot of gut feelings….

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You have already helped him, by giving him hope that his unique voice can be heard and celebrated. Thank you so much for that gift!

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I wanted to thank you for your helpful emails and staying in contact with me even now that I’m in college. I wanted to at least give you a quick reply and let you know that I’m loving it here at my college and feel like it is the perfect place for me. More than anything,…

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I would like to thank you personally for everything you’ve done for our son, actually for both my children. My husband and I were have been suffering (not so silently) for the past month with our son and his essays, or their non-existence. Even though we felt he had good chances of getting in, one…

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I just want to make the point of thanking you formally for all the great work that you did with our son this last year! It was wonderful and so reassuring to know that you were there with him throughout the whole process of university applications. We all know it can be stressful for most and…

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I just wanted to let you know I could not do any of this without you, and I am so thankful for someone that cared enough to help me become successful.

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I gotta say I couldn’t have done it without you.

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