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Students attending universities are in the prime of their lives to learn about issues and choices that have lasting effects on their careers and their personal lives. We are not invincible and there are real consequences to our actions. The future lawyers, doctors, scientists, athletes, and business men/women in our country should be equipped with an arsenal of tools to make good decisions, especially in the areas of ethics and legality. Rashmi is an university speaker on a mission to change how students view decision-making. She travels the country delivering game-changing speeches to inspire growth in this critical area and to teach students costly lessons learned.

University Speaking Topics

The Hidden Secret of our Immigrant Cultures

Children in immigrant cultures are raised with high expectations to achieve, be the best, and be perfect; yet there is a hidden secret. Our culture will embrace and provide unconditional love even when we fail, which we all will in our human experience. We are all driven to succeed and prove ourselves. The fear of failure and fear of losing our image controls us. Our power emerges when we can release our fears. Rashmi, university speaker, shares that redefining success and love and recognizing our imperfections will lead us to a path of breaking the mold that immigrant children place on themselves.

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It Can Happen to You

One moment: a prominent and successful lawyer. The next moment: A one way ticket to federal prison. It can happen to you. Students and young professionals have a sense of invincibility and a desire to achieve at the highest level. Rashmi, university speaker, shares that no matter how intelligent you are, walking the line between right and wrong must be highlighted and given thought daily. Learn how to make intelligent ethical decisions and safety checks to ensure that you are on the right side of the ethical line.

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From Top of the Class to the Bottom Bunk

Above me was a prostitute heroin addict, to the left of me was a homeless woman, and above her was a 24 year old meth dealer. Never before in my life had I been exposed to women who had experienced so much. I ate, slept, worked out with, watched movies, cooked, and lived with these women for six months. I was honored to learn from and humbled to get to know these women. Rashmi, university speaker, shares that not passing judgment on others, no matter their circumstances, is vital for the next generation of leaders.

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The Power of Investing in Relationships

Our failure is our success. On June 16, 2015, Rashmi was sentenced to federal prison. On what might be one’s worst day, why does Rashmi consider this moment one of her most successful? Supported by her entire community, Rashmi, university speaker, learned that developing strong relationships with an authentic desire to learn, grow, and share love has the most defining impact on our lives. The greatest gift you can give yourself is the time to learn from others’ experiences.

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The Pressures of our Immigrant Cultures

As immigrants in United States, we face internal and external pressures to succeed for our families and ourselves. As a first generation woman from India, Rashmi knows all too well the cultural, familial, and self-induced pressures inherent for individuals from an immigrant background. The drive to achieve the American dream led Rashmi to seek perfection to please her family and friends but it blinded her from making good ethical choices and kept her from asking for help. Rashmi shares her personal story to inspire hope and to teach you how to make exceptional ethical choices despite our cultural barriers.

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Creating a Culture of Conversation

We are taught that success is perfectionism and receiving accolades and status is the pinnacle of that perfection. But at what cost? As students, we cheat on tests to get higher grades; as professionals, we skirt laws to make more money. Our world continues to emerge without asking questions or reviewing the ethics of decisions made. Rashmi is a university speaker on a mission to promote a culture of conversation around ethics and compliance starting at home, in academia, in our places of work, and in our communities. Ethics must permeate ALL aspects of our lives and it starts with conversation.

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Testimonials

University of Miami, School of Law
Kendall Coffey, Adjunct Professor
“I invited Ms. Airan-Pace to speak to my class in September 2016. The students in my class were fascinated by her story and cautionary tale. The class had one of the most attentive groups of students that I’ve had this year. I am confident that the discussion in class with Ms. Airan-Pace will be remembered by the students throughout their legal careers. Ms. Airan-Pace speaks from a place of remorse and truly has owned the wrong that she committed. I imagine that this is a very difficult subject for her to address because of her actions. However, she opens herself and shares her lessons for the benefit of others. I look forward to inviting her to speak again next year to my class.”

Columbia University, School of Law
John C. Coffee, Jr., Professor
“Because Ms. Airan was only a few years older than the law students she spoke to and because she graduated near the top of her class, her impact on the students was powerful and immediate. She showed the students how involvement in fairly ministerial activities (house closings) could result in criminal liability. I think her presentation gave students an entirely unique, more nuanced and certainly more vivid sense of how seemingly normal professional practice can cross the line over into fraud. She made a very valuable contribution to the students’ education that others cannot duplicate.”

Silent Victims of Crime
Paulette Pfeiffer, Executive Director
“I had the opportunity to invite Ms. Airan-Pace to a college class at Florida International University in September 2016. Speaking about your failures in front of complete strangers must be difficult. Rashmi is strong and dedicated to making an impact. She is a unique woman with the courage to talk about her shameful experience with openness with the sole purpose of helping guide people to make better choices than she did. Her only goal was to share her story with the students to guide them with her cautionary tale on how to live their lives making the right choices.”

University of Miami, School of Law
Michele DeStefano, Professor
“I am a big believer that repeated exposure to the ethical contours of legal practice (rules, obligations, risks, and aspirations) yield a more careful and serious consideration of the vows we make when we enter the profession.  In sharing her story, Ms. Airan-Pace is helping make a difference and helping to favorably shift the ethics paradigm in the legal profession.”