Jolyn Brand was selected as an expert of topics of college admissions and higher education for Women’s Media Center and She Source database. The She Source database serves as a “online braintrust of female experts on diverse topics designed to serve journalists, producers and bookers who need female guests and sources.”
KHOU and local reporter Shern-Min Chow aired a spotlight segment on Houston College Consultants which aired May 2, 2016 and featured Jolyn Brand, and one of her previous student clients, Alexis Lopez. Alexis is studying engineering at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University with over $200,000 in grants and scholarships.
Jolyn Brand was selected to be a conference presenter at Houston’s We are Girls Conference hosted at Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy November 2015. Jolyn presented How to Pay for College to the parents and adults and two sessions of How to Prepare for College for the middle school students.
More than half of the participants were low income students. Other speakers focused on healthy choices, STEM programs, financial literacy, writing skills, gardening, art therapy, hip hop and dance, and etiquette. (More info)
Jolyn Brand was honored to be invited to volunteer as a Board of Director for YWCA Houston for 2015. She will join several other professional women in Texas who volunteer to assist this great organization through their mission to eliminate racism and empower women in the community. YWCA community activities include Empowerment Camps for kids and teens, summer STEM programs for local girls, housing and shelter for young women, a Senior Meals Program, and childcare for local community college students.
- 2016- present- Vice President of Board of Directors
- 2016- 2017- Chair of Outstanding Women’s Luncheon
- 2016- Chair of Programs Committee
- 2015- Member of Board of Directors
- 2014- Volunteer and member of event committee
Jolyn Brand is a contributing writer for Link for Counselors magazine, which is a resource for high school counselor, including college profiles, and a blog of content.
Fall 2015 included an article titled “Why Hire a College Consultant?” (page 34) and Spring 2016 edition featured “Helping Your Students Create a Resume for College Admissions” (page 28)
CBS Houston featured an article on Brand College Consulting in February 2015, in which they interviewed Jolyn Brand about her business and job.
Jolyn was interviewed by Houston Matters, Houston Public Media News 88.7, for a live radio segment on College Financial Aid on Monday, May 19, 2014 at noon. The segment will include federal grants, scholarships, loans and saving for college. The segment will be re-aired at 10pm or if you prefer, you can listen to the podcast at your convenience by clicking here.
Brand College Consulting was chosen as one of the Top 5 Tutoring Companies in the Clear Lake/League City area by family subscribers to Macaroni Kid. Parents voted for top companies in several categories and we’re thrilled to be nominated! Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
Jolyn Brand was interviewed by Her Campus: A Collegiate’s Guide to Life for an article entitled: You Got Rejected From Your Dream School, Now What?
AnnaKnows, a Houston resource website, featured Jolyn and Brand College Consulting, as its Entrepreneur Spotlight in October 2013.
Jolyn was quoted as a college expert in the column “The True Cost of Sending Kids to College” by SheKnows Parenting website.
Edvanco Edmissions website published Jolyn’s article Parent Quiz: Are You Financially Prepared for College? in September 2013.
Read more here.
NAWBO Houston Chapter (National Association of Women Business Owners) chose Jolyn Brand as a semi-finalist for the Women Business Owner of the Year award in 2012. The WBOY is the only award given to women business owners by women business owners. To be nominated for this prestigious award, participants must demonstrate: excellence as a business owner, initiative and creativity in overcoming obstacles in her business, civic and community involvement; professional accomplishments and contributions. Proceeds from the WBOY Gala and Auction benefited a very worthy charity: the YWCA of Houston.
Houston Woman Magazine chose Jolyn to be one of the women featured in their 2012 HER awards. She was the Savvy Sister Award Recipient.
Jolyn was interviewed by Next Step U for “The Scoop on Independent Counselors”. Read more here
Jolyn was also interviewed by U.S. News Education for an article on mistakes in college admissions. Read her response here to “What are some mistakes to avoid in the college admissions process?”.
In 2011, Jolyn was also interviewed by Huffington Post College edition for an article about children going off to college and “empty nest” syndrome. Read the article here.
Jolyn has published two articles regarding college admissions on Associated Content:
Jolyn’s pro bono work with pregnant and parenting teens was featured on Your Houston News