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.
This ally is someone who has personally helped me for more than twenty-five years. He helped me navigate the vagaries of being a female executive at a young age. He co-authored two books with me. He helped me start a business and he was there when I went through a bad break up and had to move to a new city where I knew no one. Gary Izumo opened many doors of opportunity for countless women. Men can benefit from his insights as they make the difference Gary has for so many women at all ages and stages of their personal and professional lives. You will meet Gary in June at GlobalMindED 2020.
What is your personal story?

I am diverse and fortunate. I was raised in economically and racially diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. My parents were Nisei - 2nd generation Japanese Americans, both born and raised in Los Angeles, both graduating from UCLA with degrees in accounting. Unfortunately, they were "relocated" shortly after graduating to the Poston Internment Camp in Arizona. After World War II ended and after my Dad served in the U.S. Army, my parents were finally able to move back to Los Angeles where the only job my Dad could get was working in a fruit stand. Yes, discrimination was alive and evident. Tough times. My parents could not make ends meet and it was my Mom who told my Dad, "Akira, we cannot live like this. We will start our own public accounting firm." And so with fear, but a resolve to work hard and long hours together, my introvert Dad knocked on doors with my Mom and started Izumo and Izumo Public Accountants, the business that provided for a middle class life for their family of three kids.

What has shaped your inclusive outlook for your whole career?
Despite these challenges, my parents were positive people who loved being Americans. My Mom was instrumental in shaping how I view, treat, and support women and all people, having a blind eye to gender, race, color, or creed and willing to live boldly outside the lane lines of societal expectations. Why do I say this? For example, my Mom went to UCLA, graduated with a degree in accounting, received a varsity letter (in swimming) when it was unusual for women to go to college, and if women did at that time, most women majored in education or nursing.
It was this open-mindedness and not seeing or allowing societal conventions, such as closed doors or glass ceilings, that my Mom instilled in me. This open inclusiveness was formative in helping me to work effectively with women desirous of fulfilling their potential.
How did you develop as an advocate for women?
I am flattered to be called an advocate. I am fortunate to have had a number of women in my life who have helped me evolve and hopefully to be a better person. So many lessons like listening more with my heart and not just my ears, to see the best, the potential in all, with our uniqueness and differences so we can achieve collective and individual potential. (Clearly, one size does not fit all.) To strive to create a safe environment (a level playing field, no judgement, no entitlement) for heartfelt and honest conversation.
I have always been drawn to women of strength, integrity, intelligence, and a desire to make our world better. I suspect this is the influence of my Mom. My wife Susan, who died from cancer, was the next most important woman in my life who helped me grow, for example, in recognizing the importance of service to others, listening deeply, having the courage to take an unpopular stand, and embracing inclusivity. My kids, Elizabeth and Matthew, have taught me so much as they have faced the realities of our world. My girlfriend and partner, Julie, who every day helps me assess if I am helping others making their day better, in our daily encounters as well as purposeful actions. I stand on their shoulders and many more.
What would you like to say to young men who are just entering the world of work?
Success in the workplace is about collective, "team", and not individual, "me", performance. Equal opportunity and treating people fairly are not just words. We need to translate these critical values into everyday behaviors. On an ongoing basis, it is healthy to assess our potential biases and stereotypes as well as how we use or don't use power with women and all others. More than this, we must strive to enhance our awareness of what can we DO to make things better, particularly where the playing field is not level, and take action to make things better.
What is your greatest pride as an advocate and an ally of women that you would like to share with the next generation of inclusive leaders?
I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to open doors for women on their journey of life, to coach and encourage a woman for a promotion, to have listened honestly with a woman so she could make a constructive life decision when she felt like a whirlwind surrounded her. To have been a friend to a woman, who boldly challenges realities, that teaches the rest of us and makes our world better. These things have given me joy and pride. 
These are the same things that can unite us through difficulty as we are all together in fighting the global coronavirus.  In the same way that my Dad went from the internment camps, to fruit stand operator to business, I know we can rise up to this formidable challenge.  And we will, men and women supporting each other at all levels of contribution. 

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. 

We hope you can join us for virtual unplugged conversations around advancing women and activating solutions for change. Discussions will be held from Monday, March 9 - Thursday, March 12 via this link:

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."
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