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 have known Dr. Joe Martin for almost twenty years. We met through a mutual colleague who had been Joe's mentor when I was conducting a training at the University of West Florida. Joe is one of the most inspiring speakers and people I've met. My favorite Joe quote is, "I like to think of myself as an 'irritational' speaker, not a 'motivational' speaker. If I'm not making you think and question what you are doing, I'm not being effective." He is one of a kind and a true privilege to feature for our luminaries during Black History Month.
Tell me about your early life growing up.

grew up in the housing projects of Miami, Florida, in an environment in which six of my friends died , either from drug involvement or because they were murdered, by the time I was in high school. No one in my family even considere d going to college. My mother, though, worked to keep my mind open to other possibilities. Even as I watched friends and family members go to prison or get caught up in crime and drugs, she reminded me to never accept the situation. I knew things could be different but I wasn't sure how.

I planned to join the military after high school, but when I was a senior, I had a change of heart. Looking at my college-bound friends and hearing about their plans for the future, I decided that if they could go to college, so could I. However, the Navy recruiter I was working with didn't agree with my assessment. When I told him I wanted to attend school, the man said I was not college material. With my low SAT scores, the recruiter said, "They won't let you drive by college, let alone get in. 

This challenge made me determined to apply to colleges. Having barely passed high school and hampered by my low SAT scores, I got turned down by so many schools that I lost count. Finally, I was accepted at Okaloosa Walton Junior College, thanks to open enrollment, but I had no understanding of the culture. In fact, my first day at Okaloosa was literally my first day ever on a college campus. Due to my childhood experiences, I jumped when I heard noises and was nervous. On top of the work and navigating the transition, I took on two jobs to pay for my education. Truthfully, I wasn't sure if I could handle the pressure of college and successfully persist toward graduation and learning.
How did these early setbacks drive your ambition to earn your PhD?

The stress of what I had left behind motivated me to move ahead. Driven to succeed and move beyond what had kept so many of my friends and family members stuck, I prioritized my work to an extreme, earning a 4.0 in my first term but not yet connecting with the social and cultural experience of college. The pressure of maintaining that success while also having a comprehensive student experience presented a different sort of challenge. I responded to this challenge with three actions: Putting in an enormous amount of time and effort into my coursework, refusing to drink and take drugs, and socializing "strategically," making friends in groups that I joined so that I could have fun and accomplish something important to me at the same time. 

I finished community college, transferred to the University of West Florida, and graduated at the top of my class with a bachelor's degree. After college, a motivational speaker helped me realize I could make a living by communicating ideas to students growing up in poverty. I earned master's and doctoral degrees and have spoken to more than a quarter of a million people about student success through courses, speeches, books, and recorded programs. Currently I work as a professor and educational consultant, speaking to both students and educators about what moves motivationally challenged students to achieve, and what makes good teachers great.

What can any student from a tough neighborhood of abuse, addiction and neglect learn from your path of undeniable will and success?

First of all, I
worked hard to move away from environments, people, and situations that I thought would not allow me to achieve the rewards I valued. It was a long process, but I committed to it as I began college and I persisted. Secondly, remember that one person making positive changes sets an example for others, and can have an effect that stretches through many different networks of people. My public speaking acts as both an example and a way of conveying my story, ideas, and values. Take a risk and make a change in how you spend your time, study, stay well, or anything else that can improve your day-to-day life. If anyone questions your choice, let that person know what you are doing and what reward you seek. Maybe you will inspire others to think, and even to follow your lead.

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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