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.
I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with this First Gen success for more than ten years. I saw him in action in Beijing and followed his leadership in numerous African countries. We are proud he is a pillar of the GlobalMindED International Advisory Council as Chair.
Torian Richardson's reason for being is to inspire the genius in people to live valiantly so that potential is turned into impact. He does so as a Culture Scientist, Investor, and Global Executive Coach helping people prosper and organizations optimize during times of complexity.

Torian earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from Benedictine University, a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he learned Mandarin, and graduated from Harvard Business School's General Management Program.

What is your personal story?
In short, I was born at South Chicago Hospital of a family rooted in Chicago's Southside, my parents were dedicated working-class people. My father was a bus driver for Chicago Transit Authority and my mother worked nights at the main U.S. Post Office downtown. Like most of our parents they did the best they could with where they were; always trying to set my sister and I up for a better life. Faith, access to a safer environment outside the home and better schools was always their intention. Chicago's Auburn/Gresham, West Englewood, and Roseland neighborhoods as well as Aurora/Naperville and Justice were the areas I grew up in during my formative years. But what really shaped me was not only life in these diverse neighborhoods but growing up in a well-intended yet abusive family during these critical years. I didn't feel safe inside my home. It was the cycle of generational verbal, physical, sexual and emotional abuse that helped frame the world for me. Up until my late 20's that defined me, until I was tired of feeling anger and lack. Never to go back to that state, I decided that I had to be courageously vulnerable enough to make my internal soul greater than any external environment. This was the beginning of my personal expansion journey that has become the root of every aspect of my life. 
What allows others to truly be successful in overcoming huge economic challenges? 
Mindset. Like most things I had to learn to start with myself first. It's true that I am a NCAA scholarship athlete and a first generation college graduate. It is also true that I failed out of undergrad my first time around. By the second semester of my freshman year I had lost my athletic scholarship and left school with a 1.1 GPA. Knowing that I had not given my all, I attended community college, focused and transferred to Benedictine University with a 3.6 GPA. I selected Benedictine not only because of its personalized education and so that I could play sports but also because I learned about the amount of college debt that many of my peers were graduating with. I didn't want to start out my life trying to dig out of a hole, so I worked and stayed at home during the off season of football to pay for school so that I didn't have to borrow money for my degree in Finance. This mindset helped me to have different options in the future. 
These are my top 10 building blocks to  learning  and building  long-term economic viability:  
Writing down your goals and the steps/timeline you believe it will take to reach them.
* Leverage. 
* Delayed gratification. 
* Resourcefulness - working smarter not harder. 
* Mentors - learn from those who are where you are trying to be. 
* Supply and Demand. 
* Equity and Ownership.
* Compounding Interest.
* Personal and Business Credit. 
* Building multiple streams of income - at least three. 
Even in the toughest circumstances there is opportunity, overcoming huge economic challenges starts with trying to understand the psychology of economics. The earlier a person starts implementing an investment mindset and doing now what others won't, in the future you will be able to do later what others can't.
Torian has held a variety of corporate leadership roles in the U.S and internationally. The scope of his work has been vast and includes work in the fields of finance, education, and transportation with general management responsibilities of over $80M in P&L leadership. Additionally, Torian has served as a Chairman of the Board for GlobalMindED as well as served as a consultant with Harvard Business School Club of New York for international projects. In Africa, as the Business Solutions Director based out of Lagos, Nigeria, Torian was responsible for successfully building an educational technology and service business throughout the African continent. From Africa, Torian moved to China and became an entrepreneur. There he founded Guanxi Universal, began lecturing at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and Changchun Finance College as well as developed content on Courageous Vulnerability, Navigating Uncertainty and Belonging.

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.
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.

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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