2020 GlobalMindED Conference
June 6-8
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.
Monique Rinere, First Gen college student who became the author of  Countdown to College: The Essential Steps to Your Child's Success Launch   published by Penguin Random House this year. She currently serves as Associate Vice President of  The New School . This former Dean at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia is also a sometime blogger as well as a psychoanalyst in her free time. The author's previous publications include a book on the aesthetics of the German novel from the Baroque to the Enlightenment periods, called Transformations of the German Novel: Simplicissimus in Eighteenth-Century Adaptations, which she advertises as a sure-cure for insomnia.
Seven Tips for Parents About to Send a Child Off to College 
by Monique Rinere

After more than two decades of advising college students (and their parents) on the journey from move-in to graduation and beyond, I've come up with the top pieces of advice I have given over and over again to parents preparing to drop their children off at college. Whether your child is living in a residential college or commuting, here are simple but important things you can do to get them off on the right foot and give yourself peace of mind to boot.

  1. Talk through the fall schedule. College weeks differ a great deal from those in high school. There may be as few as 15-20 hours of class, so students load themselves up with tons of extra-curriculars thinking that they will have all the time in the world to do well in school. This may go well for the first few weeks, but by mid-terms, most students find themselves having to buckle down and spend more hours than they could have imagined studying, writing, researching, and reviewing. Suggest that your child map out the week's classes and then block out time for sleeping, eating, exercising, showering, laundry, and then add two to three hours of studying per credit unit to the week. Then they will have a realistic view of the new demands on their time. 
  2. Packing. If your child is going to live on campus, it's always best if they pack themselves, but most 17-year olds can use a few tips. Most importantly, they should lay out what they want to take and then edit, edit, edit over the course of a few days. Seven bottoms and seven tops should suffice, in addition to seven days' worth of undergarments. They will soon acquire all kinds of wearable swag, and the truth is that most college students wear the same thing over and over. Dorms rooms are smaller than we think, and this won't be the last opportunity for them to bring things from home if they plan to come home at Thanksgiving, which is a mere dozen or so weeks away. I've watched scores of parents pack up boxes of things to send or drive back home because they didn't fit in the room!
  3. Make a communication plan. Every semester, college on-call teams get calls from at least one panicked parent who hasn't heard from their freshman in a shockingly long time. That's because orientations are designed to sweep your child up into activities from the moment they wake up until deep into the night so that they bond with their new school, get to know the campus, make friends, and stay out of mischief. Many of those activities require them to put their phones away, so before drop-off, take a look at the orientation calendar with your child and agree on a reasonable time to touch base. If you don't hear from them, don't panic, but...
  4. Know whom to call. You know your child better than anyone else on the planet. So, when your gut tells you something worrisome is going on, you need to know the right campus contact. Most parents of residential college students assume they should call the RA first. That is a big no-no. RA's are students, too, and they are there to help your child acclimate and find their place. They aren't there to soothe parents' nerves or address parental worries. Every college has a 24/7 on-call crisis management system in place, led by a Dean of Students or VP of Student Affairs. Find out their name and contact information, put them in your phone, and reach out to them when you feel that something is just not right with your child. They will be able to direct your inquiry in the most expedient way.
  5. Urge your child to get to know faculty. Research shows time and time again that students who have solid connections to faculty have a much better college experience than those who don't. And they are more apt to graduate on time! The thought of visiting a professor during office hours though often strikes fear in the hearts of even the most intrepid 18 year-old. But there are many reasons it's a good idea and it's actually relatively simple. In this blog post, I go into details about the why and how to help your child begin to forge those relationships from the get-go.
  6. Connections, connections, connections. With 80% of jobs lurking on the so-called "hidden job market," never announced or listed anywhere, and 80% of jobs gotten through connections, students need to talk to people in the fields that interest them from very early on in their college years. The best tool for them to use to expand their network is informational interviewing, a simple chat over coffee with someone who has had some measure of success in an interesting realm of professional life - to learn how they did it, what they love and don't love about it, and what advice they have for someone just starting out. Anything you can do to encourage your child to connect with others will help them. Parents often say to me, "But I don't know anyone in that field." Well, chances are that someone you know knows someone who knows someone. That's basically how it works. I recently helped a college professor connect his son to a real estate agent - an interest of his - through the friend of a friend for an informative conversation. Luckily, humans generally like to talk about themselves, so when you ask someone to coffee to hear the story of their success, most people say yes!
  7. Mark this moment. Getting to college drop-off is no small feat. It's time to acknowledge the love, energy, and time you have poured into this child to get them to this point. Perhaps a dinner party with friends, a cocktail with your spouse or partner, a massage or a game of golf. Or all of the above. You deserve to pat yourself on the back. It's time to celebrate you!
Meet Monique at GlobalMindED 2020 in Denver or when you visit NYC's The New School. 

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August 20, 2019 -  Denver, CO

This event brings together civic-minded leaders from enterprise, government, academia, research, impact investors, startups and nonprofits to dive deep into what it takes to create a state full of connected communities. It includes a full day of sessions and workshops designed to enhance collaboration and move innovation forward. The event also features a tech showcase of cutting-edge smart city solutions. Together, we will create the ultimate citizen experience, one partnership at a time. Learn more and register here
September 12-13, 2019  
Fritz Knoebel Event Center - University of Denver

GlobalMinded is pleased to partner with TiE Denver International Summit September 13 with a pitch competition on September 12. We have 15 discount passes and would like to share these with you. This summit is focused on the global political and economic impacts (challenges and opportunities) affecting Colorado startup and scale up companies in Manufacturing, Martech, Fin tech, Blockchain, SaaS tech, Digital Heatlh and Health Care solutions. It is designed for Executives, Owners, Investors, Leadership Teams and local to global policy makers. Speakers include the Consul General of India, CEO's and Execs from Colorado, Dubai, UK, Canada, Mexico, Asia. There are 25+ panelist experts speaking on successes and and challenges of funding, growth and market expansion locally, nationally and globally. Join us to add to the conversation and learn how you can be involved. 

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DEADLINE: September 6, 2019 (midnight)
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer of his latest album SHIVA. It  was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).
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