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.
MLK, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Kobe Bryant, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Smith, Nora Zeale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ray Charles, Nelson Mandela, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Barack and Michelle Obama and 44 African Americans who shook up the world.

This month, at GlobalMindED we are celebrating the African American luminaries in our community starting with Dr. Jackie Hunter, our 2019 Inclusive Leader Award Winner for Health & Wellness category. Dr. Hunter, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Banner Health, a GlobalMindED Luminary and a modern day hero.

What is your personal story?

I was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC and the youngest of 4 children. I grew up being active in church and sports and immersed in family. My parents have always been an integral piece to my story. They were raised in a time of segregation and always pushed me to work harder and learn more because all this was "something that can't be taken away from [me]." As a young girl I didn't really understand this notion - or the effects of historical trauma - until I got older and began experiencing inequity firsthand, but this didn't deter me. I was the first generation to go to college and that meant something to me and my family. I had the drive, vision and purpose to be successful so I could give back to my parents, family and community. I attended Appalachian State University on an academic and athletic scholarship. And later, a chiropractic school that was predominately comprised of white males. I was one of 50 black students to graduate from that school. But if there's one thing my dad and brothers taught me, it was that girls are just as capable of doing the same things as boys. And no physical characteristics will limit me. Today, I aim to influence and demonstrate to not only my children, but also those who I work alongside at Banner or in our communities, to embrace who they are as well who others are - despite our differences.

Who influenced your success?

My parents and those who came before me have influenced my success. I'm the great, great, great granddaughter of slaves. And I'm blessed to have a such vibrant, rich and persevering heritage. My parents have been married for almost 55 years. Throughout this time, I've witnessed the sacrifices my parents made to ensure their children had a better life.

My mother - who married young and left school early to raise her children, received her GED while I was in school and I was so proud. She has always been such a selfless and giving person that her only focus was raising us. Even when we didn't have much, she was known as the mom who'd help anyone. If someone needed a ride to a game, she was there. If you didn't have snacks, she always had enough for everyone. Mom taught me empathy and selflessness.

As the country grieves Kobe Bryant and the eight other precious lives lost, I've reflected a lot on my dad and his influence on who I am today. As the youngest of four, I was his little partner and from a young age, he instilled in me that I can do anything a boy could do. We did it all together - fishing, watching Westerns and CNN, playing sports.

Every member of my family has directly played a key role in my life. I owe my success, determination and spirit to them.

What inspired you to make the change from practicing Chiropractic care to HR?

My inspiration for wanting to be a part of something bigger than myself.
Healthcare has drastically changed from when I was a private practice chiropractor to today. And with my husband on military active-duty, I was essentially a temporary single mom to three children. It was hard. More than hard, my heart always had a deep longing to do more, be more, give more, and that's when I made the decision to be a part of something that directly affected people and instituted change. I wanted to be a part of a health system that acknowledged and effectively addressed health disparities within my community, and I knew by joining HR, I could help cultivate a people-based culture of belonging, equity and inclusivity.

In 2017 Banner health issued the media release that "Banner Desert Medical Center's executive leadership team is now comprised entirely of women." Additionally, more than half of Banner's 348 senior managers are female, and among 21 CEOs across the system's acute care facilities, 57 percent are women. How did that change the culture?

Girl power! It's not only amazing, but also inspiring to see how far Banner has come in terms of gender representation. With the rise of women leadership, I also see a rise in culture that is founded on the principles of people. From our Mission, Vision, Values and strategy to our new MyWell-Being and Employer of the Future initiatives, we are really putting people first.

Not only did this leadership change bring awareness about a woman's capability to lead and give more opportunity for leadership development and advancement, but it began acknowledging and respecting the roles each Banner team member holds personally and professionally and aims to provide every one of us life balance without compromising one or the other.

Laura Robertson, Banner Desert Medical Center's CEO, has been instrumental in bringing awareness of women empowerment and diversity and inclusion by driving Building Inclusive Teams training within her facility. As well, Banner Staffing Services vice president, Jami Allred's leadership has been an example of support and reinforces balance in my life. She has shown me respect in who I am, not only as a professional, but also more importantly as a mother, wife, daughter and sibling.

You've talked about a broader sense of diversity including gender, race, generational, and cultural diversity. What are your larger leadership goals for the Healthcare industry in closing the equity gap?

My goals are to bring awareness that there are gaps that need to be removed and that by unifying our uniqueness, we can incite fresh ideas, acquire and retain untapped talent and really represent and serve the people of our communities.

Additionally, I aim to have people see one another for who they are and embrace them by learning, understanding and respecting their stories. It's by really this that we really hone in on how to better serve our people outside and inside of our organization, which leads to better health outcomes, retention, engagement and productivity.

You have acknowledged that sponsorship, or being an advocate or agent for someone, can be especially effective in bringing up new talent. Did you have a sponsor, and are you currently sponsoring any men or women?

Naomi Cramer, Banner's chief human resources officer, was instrumental in bringing me to Banner through the Institute of Diversity with the American Hospital Association. Upon my initial discussion with her, she conveyed her genuine and deep desire to establish a D&I team to stimulate change and strengthen our culture through the principles of belonging, inclusivity, awareness and education. To this day, she continues to challenge, encourage and sponsor our team.

With my team, I strive to empower and challenge them by thinking outside the box, going above and beyond, not being limited by their titles, being involved in the community and integrating who they are into the work they do so we can truly
make life better for all.  

Join us to recognize the most inclusive leaders in key industries for their innovations and bold actions to promote access and equity for women, people of color, and underrepresented populations in their recruiting, development, senior management on their boards, and in their pipeline strategies from education to employment. 

If you would like to nominate a student from your institution for the 
2020 GlobalMindED First Gen Student Leadership Program so that they can meet role models and mentors while networking for internships and jobs with companies who are dedicated to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline , please encourage them to apply HERE
If you are an educator, you can attend  by yourself, a team or with your First Gen student delegates. If you come with more than 5 people from your institution, you are eligible for the discount.
GlobalMindED and the SDG Impact Fund are delighted to announce GlobalMindED's Donor Advised Fund for your year-end giving and planning your 2020 investment goals. 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and and the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Women's Declaration and Action Platform. Many from around the world are thinking of 2020 as the gateway to our most vital decade for delivering equity, the Sustainable Development Goals, and a world where all can thrive. Our key time for these outcomes is 2020-2030.

GlobalMindED DAF and the SDG Impact Fund are a powerful combined force for good as the 2019 year comes to a close and we reflect on the gratitude and the commitments we make to the causes we care most about. The DAF offers immense power and flexibility for giving prior to the year's end as you plant seeds of generous intention for 2020 and the decade ahead.

When you contribute to GlobalMindED, you support students like Emanuel Walker whose story is below. He was in the class of 2018. Since 2015, we have served more than 300 students by connecting them to role models, mentors, internships and jobs. Your generous support will allow us to take our work 10x and reach these talented students at scale who lack the resources and support we provide. Your support also helps teachers who can't afford the conference fees, faculty at colleges which are under resourced and students who persist at those universities despite food insecurity and/or housing insecurity.

As you start the New Year, are you looking for ways to re-engineer your classroom culture? Check out Designing the Future: How Engineering Builds Creative Critical Thinking in the Classroom. The associated website has lots of activities, projects, and resources you can implement immediately. Our fall workshops using the book as a roadmap for change have been highly successful. Start designing the future today - try using the customized Study Guide for a book study in your PLC. Or contact ProjectEngin or Solution Tree to learn how you can bring professional development based on Ann's book to your school, district, or conference.


Since 2006 when the flagship TGR Learning Lab opened its doors in Anaheim, CA, TGR Foundation has had a lot to celebrate, including its most recent milestone of one million students impacted by TGR EDU: Explore, alone.

Developed in partnership with Discovery Education, TGR EDU: Explore is a free digital resource library that offers interactive web experiences, lesson plans, training videos and tools for educators, students and families to explore new disciplines and gain skills for a modern and expanding workforce.

The climate crisis, rape culture, the wall-we think the patriarchy has done enough. Introducing " When Feminists Rule the World", a new podcast series from the Nobel Women's Initiative and producing partner MediaStyle. Hosted by Nicaraguan-born comedian, Martha Chaves, we're talking to badass feminist changemakers around the world about the future they are creating. It shouldn't be groundbreaking. But it is.
Entertainment For Change creates original song and dance (#SDGGROOVE) to educate young people on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Like any meaningful social change, the original song and dance is a collaborative effort between more than 20 singers, dancers, writers and choreographers. Lauded vocalists Natalie Weiss and Antonio Cipriano lend their voices to the powerful lyrics, while each SDG is  danced by performers of all calibers.

To learn more about Entertainment for Change and #SDGGROOVE, visit our  website
Join the #NeedHerScience Campaign that is aimed at addressing journal-level gender bias. For decades, studies have demonstrated gender bias in publishing. This may occur at various stages in the process, including at the level of the 
journals. The equitable inclusion of women editors at every level is long overdue. Addressing journal gender bias starts at the top. 

AMWA is a strategic partner for the Need Her Science Campaign which is part of the Be Ethical Campaign. More information is available at www.SheLeadsHealthcare.com.

The goal: To raise awareness about gender bias in publishing and share with stakeholders, including journal editors and owners, the overall number of scientists, healthcare professionals and others who have taken the pledge. The pledge can be taken anonymously. Educators and others are encouraged to take the pledge and share information about this issue with colleagues and trainees. 

Here are 3 quick and easy things you can do to join the #NeedHerScience Campaign: 1. Disseminate the infographic Tips for Publishing in Medical Journals. 
2. Take the #NeedHerScience pledge. 
3. Encourage others to take the pledge. 

PLEDGE: "As part of determining where to submit my manuscripts, I will look at the list of editors and consider whether a journal has equitably included qualified women at every level."

The Conrad Challenge is an excellent opportunity for industry, government, research and academia to help support the youth of today and take an active role in shaping our future workforce. Students participating in the Conrad Challenge create innovative solutions to real-world challenges, while preparing for success in a global workplace. The competition encourages creativity, critical thinking and entrepreneurial collaboration among teams around the globe. Learn more and become a judge HERE
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