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.
During International Month of Women, we have profiled women and men who make a difference for women, especially those who are underrepresented or First Gen to College. When the coronavirus hit, many of you asked for us to increase our profiles to every day since you share them with students, which we have done. We hope that knowing about the courage and tenacity of people like Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller will keep you encouraged and faithful that the best is ahead and that we are all here to support each other through difficulty. You will meet Carissa at GlobalMindED In Denver this summer, either in person or virtually as circumstance permits.
Carissa, you are a role model in Higher Education for First Gen to College success. What early influences set you on such a determined path?
I hope that everything I do leaves first generation students believing in the possibilities for them. Just for context, I grew up in western Nebraska on a farm and ranch and my high school graduating class was 19 people. My parents didn't know anything about what college meant and the FAFSA, which ultimately helped provide such important resources for me like a Pell Grant and work study, felt invasive and confusing. But they both knew that a college education was going to dramatically change my future. They never accepted another narrative from me about what would happen after high school even though none of us knew what college would entail.
You not only beat the odds to get your PhD, you have beat the odds to be a female leader as Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. How does this work combine your numerous passions and personal priorities?
It can sometimes feel like a heavy burden to be the reminded that I'm the first female leader of CCSSO in its 90+ year history. In this case you know you aren't just trying to ensure your own success, but determining how those who follow you will be treated. I've looked especially to one of the women leaders in my life, Deb Coffin. I worked for Deb at the University of Wyoming and watched how she broke down barriers about how she was supposed to behave. Women, like Deb, helped pave the way for the next generation of women leaders like me. I hope that what I do is break down the stilted expectations about differences in leadership by men and women and illustrate the substance of principled leadership.
There is one thing that has always been fundamentally true for me: everyone deserves a chance and education provides those opportunities for young people. As I've gone through my career, from coaching college athletes to working in higher education to a state education agency, my guiding principle has always been to pave the path for all students to gain education. Every day, when I make decisions at our organization that will impact kids, I think about kids like me in rural stretches of this country and students who are from disadvantaged circumstances and how we can ensure them access to opportunity.
What insight from your experience can help other First Gen students to be as successful as you, personally and professionally breaking the glass ceiling in jobs traditionally held by men? 
I recognize that while I beat some of the odds, I also have privilege that many kids across this country don't, so I don't want to minimize that the struggles are real and different for many kids, particularly kids of color.
My best advice to a First Gen student today is this: Think about building your skills and abilities and who you are by being open to all the opportunities that come your way. Be the first one to volunteer for a project that might not be in your scope or expertise. Take risks. Be the first one to help a colleague. Act as part of a team and always be willing to do whatever is needed.
Growing up on a farm meant every job was mine. I still think that way today. I was afforded so many rich opportunities in my career that all led me to where I am now. If I had been too focused on a linear path, certain check points, and not been a true team player, I would have missed those moments where I was able to hone and show my leadership and prepare to lead CCSSO. And I would have missed out on the many amazing moments and friends I've had along the way. No matter my title, those things matter the most. 

About Carissa

Dr. Carissa Moffat Miller is the Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), where she works with state education chiefs to ensure all students have the opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life. 

With a deep understanding of education policy at the state and national levels, Carissa leads CCSSO's efforts to help states deliver equitable education opportunities to every student.
Carissa, a first-generation college graduate, was named executive director of CCSSO in 2018 after serving for nearly five years as a deputy executive director overseeing membership, advocacy, communications, and data and information services.
Prior to joining CCSSO, Carissa served as a deputy superintendent at the Idaho State Department of Education and led the implementation of statewide online testing for the Idaho State Board of Education.
Carissa holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Idaho, a master's degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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.

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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.
The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.   

Submission deadline: April 13, 2020.
Harvard Business School College Programs Overview
The   Summer Venture in Management Program  is a free one-week residential education program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education.   Using the renowned case method of instruction, HBS faculty lead class discussions on current management issues. You will spend evenings analyzing real-business cases, and use morning study groups and classes to examine and debate their ideas through lively interaction with peers and faculty. The academic program is supplemented by presentations from HBS administrators and alumni who provide information about the impact of an MBA, as well as with social events and meals. You will have the opportunity to live in the dorms to experience the full life of an MBA student. The SVMP program is designed for students from backgrounds historically under-represented in business (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender, the first family member to attend college, from a school whose graduates are sometimes underrepresented such as a community college as part of a four-year degree or a predominantly minority college). 
This year's  program will be held June 13th-19th; the application is due on April 21st.

Peek Weekend   Come to HBS for a weekend to participate in our famous case method classes, live on our campus, meet current students and alumni, and get a peek into what an MBA is all about.  Peek is designed for rising juniors, rising seniors or graduating seniors. Peek Weekend seeks a diverse group of college students who are exploring career options and want to understand how an MBA can help them achieve their long-term goals. Preference will be given to students who have not had academic or professional exposure (including internships) to business or business-related fields.  The   program dates are June 12-14; application is due April 21st.    For more information on Peek Weekend, you can watch the  College Programs Webinar   which showcases all three college programs.
The    2+2 Program   is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time masters programs. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the HBS MBA Program. Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four years) working in a professional position in the public, private, or nonprofit secto r. T
he application is due on April 2, and is open to anyone who is graduating between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.  

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."
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