2019 GlobalMindED Conference
June 5-7
Sheraton Denver Downtown
GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.

This year, we had over 1,000 attendees from 39 states and 11 countries representing business, government, educators, teenagers and First Generation to college students. We launched the Inclusive Leaders Awards across 12 industry sectors and recognized what will become the Academy, Tony and Golden Globe for Diversity and Inclusion. Topics during the conference ranged from gender equity to climate restoration to the future of work to women in STEAM leadership to emotional social resilience to First Gen wisdom. Students met role models and mentors from every major industry and participated in various general and breakout sessions.
Grace Groves, 2015 GlobalMindED First Gen Class Alum and Inclusive Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker

From the start of my education, I have always found comfort in routine. In my mind, the dedication to get through school was instinctual. Despite adversities along the way or the dollar signs looming over my head, I knew what I wanted. 

My name is Grace Groves, and when I met Carol Carter along with her team at GlobalMindED back in 2014, I knew what I wanted but not exactly how to get there. I was preparing to graduate High School and little did I know but the people I met and the conversations I had when I went to GlobalMindED and later, through my internship, pushed me out of my comfort zone. I was part of the 2015 GlobalMindED First Gen Student Leadership class. I met students from around Colorado, the nation and the world. I learned their cultures, I learned their interests and I learned to make my world bigger through being connected to them. The relationships I made working with the diverse people around me gave me the confidence I needed moving forward from high school. I started college at University of Colorado Boulder that fall and now, I'm a college graduate. I don't know how this would have happened without my experiences at GlobalMindED and the support networks that I was given through this community of committed students, faculty, business mentors and adults. 

I am an only child born into a low income family. Without a mom, I was raised by my father who was a victim of homicide when I was four years old. While this tragedy motivated me to be the person I am today, it has been a tough path. I was an angry and not so grounded teenager in high school. With the help of GlobalMindED, and the strength of my grandma, I can proudly say that I am a first generation graduate from the CU Boulder with a dual degree both Psychology and Fine Arts, an art history minor and a certificate in public health. Because of the perspective i gained from GlobalMindED between high school and college, i graduated with 3.8 GPA, waited on tables all through college and have debt of only $5,000. 

Moving forward, I plan to only expand on these connections from which I've benefited and finish my senior thesis this spring. Looking to the future, I will pursue art entrepreneurship. More specifically, I hope to explore new psychotherapeutic therapies using art as a catalyst for insight into emotional problems and difficulties so that I can help others heal from tragic circumstances as I was able to do myself. I can't thank the GlobalMindED community of my peers and mentors enough for their commitment not only to education as a whole, but to me as a person and to the path that they helped me forge. I look forward to being a lifelong mentor to others as those in this community have so generously mentored me.
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