ESP Biography



PATRICIA CRAIG, Interested in containing college costs&resilience




Major: Business/Sloan School

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 1984

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Have run my own Information Technology consulting company for a number of years. Additionally, I have a small real estate business. Graduated the MIT Sloan School with a master's degree in business. Graduated Northeastern University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting.

With six young people, in my extended family, in high/middle school, I have been keenly interested in how to contain the cost of college and to get the "most bang for the buck." I've been scanning the environment for years for the best way to maximize the benefits of college while minimizing the costs.

Also have a long standing interest in high performance, staying resilient and able to withstand adversity, as well as how to be happy. Have read quite extensively on this subject.



Past Classes

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X13786: Developing Your Resilience and Inner Strength in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Tough Times; every person has times in their life when it is really tough and becoming more resilient helps us get through those tough times. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X13246: Build Your Inner Strength so You Can Get What You Want in Life in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Having a rough time in school, at home, or with your fiends? Learn how to get through the "hard times" in an easier way. Learn some tricks that great athletes, writers, entertainers, and others have used to succeed, to get what they want, in spite of some tough times. My aim is to teach you some different ways of looking at the world, that can help you feel better. This class will present "The Cliff Notes" version of the book, "The Adversity Quotient." But we will talk about other books and other techniques I've picked up along the way.


X13247: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X12887: Developing Your Resilience and Inner Strength in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Tough Times; every person has times in their life when it is really tough and becoming more resilient helps us get through those tough times. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X12368: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X12369: Developing Your Inner Strength & Resilience in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a parent lost a job, a grandparent just died, someone you know has cancer, parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X11735: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
A few major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X11736: Hard Times: Tips to Help You Manage Adversity in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a parent lost a job, a grandparent just died, someone you know has cancer, parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school--coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X11372: Tools & Tips for Managing Tough Times in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches.


X10779: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X10780: Developing Your Inner Strength: Some Tips for Managing Hard Times in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a parent lost a job, a grandparent just died, someone you know has cancer, parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X10380: Developing Your Inner Strength Some Tools and Tricks for Managing Hard Times in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those painful periods. The hints are drawn from a number of books the teacher has read on the subject and her own experiences.


X9810: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X9812: Hard Times: Tips to Help You Manage Adversity in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a parent lost a job, a grandparent just died, someone you know has cancer, parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X9306: Hard Times: Some Tools and Tricks for Managing Hard Times in Spark 2015 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2015)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from a number of books the teacher has read on the subject.


X8859: Hard Times: Tips to Help You Manage Adversity in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - coping and trying to stay upbeat seems nearly impossible. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed.


X8861: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions with particular emphasis on college decisions.


X8862: Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Better Relationships in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
This class will teach you about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This can be useful for understanding your own personality traits and those of others (friends, family, or others.) We'll take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test in class and review the results. We'll also briefly discuss the Enneagram personality wheel.


X8214: Hard Times: Tips, Tools, and Tricks for Managing Hard Times (Adversity) in Spark 2014 (Mar. 15 - 16, 2014)
Having a rough time in school, at home, or with your fiends? Whether a parent lost their job, a grandparent just died, parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. Every person goes through sometimes in their life when it gets really tough. Learn how to get through the “hard times” in an easier way. Learn some tricks that great athletes, writers, entertainers, and others have used to succeed, to get what they want, in spite of some tough times. We’ll discuss the essence of the books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed


X7807: Hard Times: Some Tools and Tricks for Managing Hard Times (Adversity) in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Having a rough time in school, at home, or with your fiends? Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. Every person has times in their life when it gets really tough. Learn how to get through the “hard times” in an easier way. Learn some tricks that great athletes, writers, entertainers, and others have used to succeed, to get what they want, in spite of some tough times. We’ll discuss the essence of the books, “The Adversity Quotient”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.” Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray’s course, “Creativity in Business” will be discussed


X7808: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions.


X7829: Using Myers Briggs Indicator for Better Relationships & Career Planning in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a powerful personality tool that can benefit your life. By understanding your Myers Briggs personality profile, and those of your friends, you can have more harmonious relationships. Additionally, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help you make better career choices. In this class we will give everyone a short version of the Myers Briggs personality “test” and review the results. We will delve into the sixteen Myers Briggs personality types. Finally, we’ll also briefly discuss the Enneagram personality wheel.


X7091: Hard Times: Some Tools and Tricks for Managing Hard Times (Adversity) in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, "The Adversity Quotient", "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", and "The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook." Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray's course, "Creativity in Business" will be discussed.


X7093: Making the Best Financial Decisions for You: College, Career, etc... in Spark! 2013 (Mar. 16, 2013)
A handful of major decisions can really influence your life and possibly have a lasting influence on your future happiness. What career you choose, what college you attend, how you pay for college, who you choose to marry, whether you buy a house or rent - - these are some of the really big "financial" decisions. The purpose of this course is to help you expand your thinking on these very critical decisions.


X6380: Tips to Help You Build Your Inner Strength so You Can Get What You Want in Life in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Having a rough time in school, at home, or with your fiends? Learn how to get through the "hard times" in an easier way. Learn some tricks that great athletes, writers, entertainers, and others have used to succeed, to get what they want, in spite of some tough times. My aim is to teach you some "mind tricks," a different way of looking at the world, that can help you feel better. This class will present "The Cliff Notes" version of the book, "The Adversity Quotient." But we will talk about other books and other techniques I've picked up along the way.


X6381: Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Better Relationships in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Better Relationships This class will teach you about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This can be useful for understanding your own personality traits and those of others (friends, family, or others.) We'll take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test in class and review the results. We'll also briefly discuss the Enneagram personality wheel.


X5199: Using Myers Briggs Indicator for Better Relationships and Career Planning in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a powerful personality tool that can provide many benefits to your life. By understanding your Myers Briggs personality profile, and those of your friends, you can have more harmonious relationships. Additionally, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help you make better career choices. In this class we will give everyone a short version of the Myers Briggs personality "test" and we will delve into the sixteen Myers Briggs personality types.


X5200: Hard Times: Some Tools and Tricks for Managing Hard Times (Adversity) in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Every person has times in their life when it is really tough. Whether a grandparent just died, or parents are getting divorced, or not fitting in at school - - - life can get really tough. This course will provide some helpful hints on managing those rough patches. The hints are drawn from the following books, "The Adversity Quotient", "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living", and "The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook." Additionally, some hints from Stanford Professor Michael Ray's course, "Creativity in Business" will be discussed.


X4047: Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Better Relationships in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
This class will teach you the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This can be useful for understanding your own personality traits and those of others (friends, family, or others.). We'll take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test in class and review the results.


X4049: Techniques to Help You Build Your Inner Strength in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
The full course title is, "The Adversity Quotient: Techniques to Help You Build Your Inner Strength so You can Get What You Want in Life." This class will give you "The Cliff Notes" version of the book, "The Adversity Quotient." We'll discuss how to get through the hard times in an easier way. Knowing the techniques that great athletes, great statesmen, and great businesspeople have used to triumph over some very difficult circumstances