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.
We are delighted to feature so many of our First Gen grads who are now making an impact around the nation and the world.
My name is Hayley Kwasniewski and I am beyond happy to share what service means to me and how I became the service-oriented person I am today. I know you may be thinking, "What can a 22-year-old say about experience?" Well, I hope to answer that question for you and, while doing so, explain why the non-profits I have worked for, GlobalMindED and Montezuma School to Farm Project, either aided in propelling me out of subpar circumstances or gave me the opportunity to help others overcome dis-privileged environments.

Growing up, I experienced situational poverty, which occurs when one or more unfortunate, unforeseeable circumstances takes hold of a household's economics temporarily (for my specific situation, it was about thirteen years, but this differs greatly among the US population). Divorce, health issues, and unemployment contributed to the economic hardships of my household. This cycle began when I was about four years old and continued throughout my formative years. Research shows that poverty during formative years leads to shorter attention spans, increased school absences, stunted emotional maturity, etc. I experienced this firsthand and read the research later.

Luckily for me, I had two incredible teachers in high school identify my circumstances, encourage me to overcome them, challenge myself, and see through to me being accepted into college. Experiencing another round of luck, I discovered an opening for a Business Research internship at GlobalMindED after my sophomore year of college. All I knew was that they aided First Generation to college and at-risk youth in education and career opportunities. I figured, "well, that sounds like something I know about." After going to my first week, I found that I knew practically nothing about the intricacies of serving communities. What was a non-profit? Grant writing? A Board of Directors? What am I doing? How does a non-profit model succeed in serving communities? Through guidance and classes from the staff, I managed to figure it out and learn exponentially from the experience. I attended the 2017 GlobalMindED Conference, which expanded my network greatly and exposed me to numerous fields and ideas.

The next two years of college included studying privilege, poverty, and intersectionality. I was curious from a statistics and research standpoint. I had lived some of it, but there was a lot left to learn, especially pertaining to some intersectional issues with which I had little experience. Throughout my time at Indiana University, I knew one thing: I wanted to serve and help others like the teachers and the staff at GlobalMindED aided me in my journey.

This service-oriented pursuit led me to Americorps VISTA, which is a year-long position that focuses on building the capacity of non-profits in impoverished communities across the country. My assignment for the 2019-2020 term is with the amazing organization Montezuma School to Farm Project within the Mancos Conservation District in Southwestern Colorado. The organization focuses on educating underserved populations by placing gardens on school grounds and teaching students about conservation efforts, sustainable agriculture, healthy nutrition, and water preservation through experiential learning. This hands-on learning environment allows students to flourish in excitement and learn Colorado State Core Curriculum while observing the outdoors, the natural world. This experience has allowed me to expand my non-profit capabilities and serve children in Montezuma County, furthering the connection between service and helpful deliverables.

I have seen numerous sides of the poverty cycle, but still have much to learn. Everyone experiences it differently, with intersectional distinctions creating diverse socioeconomic dynamics within our country, our states, our counties, our towns, and even a single street. But I have clearly learned that to break the cycle, we need champions like GlobalMindED and Montezuma School to Farm Project continuing the fight to provide a more advantageous system for all, from kindergarten to employment and beyond. That is why I serve. 

Each session is based on how things get done, key stakeholders, measurements and ability to bring about change at scale. Participants do not spend time talking about their background; time should be devoted to unique, innovative work and what it has achieved. Sessions will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Diversity of people and perspectives 
  • Specifics of how to solve a complex issue in the area of access and equity 
  • Evidence-based solutions to our toughest pipeline problems 
  • Demonstrating a unique, innovative and effective approach 
  • Sharing potential pitfalls and hazards faced in the field 
  • Information is impartial to specific products and services 
  • Providing concrete and specific takeaways Involving the audience in creative and constructive engagement


Each Sunday Conscious Capital shares a new "Sustainable Sunday with the SDGs" blog post

193 countries came together to devise a plan to make the world a better place...now it's your turn. What is an SDG? "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations". These goals were created with the intention to transform our world by 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
Currently, 330 million women and girls are living on less than $1.90/day. 

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself... It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance." 
- Kofi Annan

Invest 2 minutes in Gender Equality by watching this  short video
iGIANT® and GlobalMindED are excited to announce a challenge competition to explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies in our lives. By partnering together, iGIANT and GlobalMindED hope to inspire young emerging leaders to develop innovative ideas regarding gender/sex within health, IT, transportation, and retail.The winner will be announced at the iGIANT Design Summit in San Francisco November 21, will receive $250, and will have the opportunity to bring their idea to fruition with the help of iGIANT and its network of professionals.

The National Academy of Medicine defines "gender" as a person's self-representation as male or female based on social interactions and "sex" as based on one's genes. The environment can impact gene expression which is known as "epigenetics."

Gender/sex impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The same dosage of medication, for example, has different effects on men compared to women, resulting in a need for us to understand these differential effects in the research and development process before doctors can effectively dose their patients. Similarly, although some products (such as shoes, sports equipment, or cars) seem to have separate designs for men and women, it is important to distinguish between a simple change in aesthetics and a design that actually addresses the biological factors (ie, body composition, bone structure, metabolism) that cause men and women to experience these products differently. Each small detail and seemingly insignificant change in design can heavily impact how we perform at work, school, or in our leisurely activities.



The challenge is open to all students

Design Requirements:

The design elements can include:
Programs (ex: an educational symposium);
Policies (ex: a policy on inclusion);
Protocols (ex: athletic training protocols or medical guidelines); or
Products (ex: sports equipment, clothing, tools, hardware and machine-human interfaces).

Solution Requirements:

The solution should:
Demonstrate the impact of gender/sex on a design element.
The concept for the design element needs to be clear, concise and actionable.

Submissions (approximately 1-2 pages in length) are due November 7 to contact@globalminded.org. We look forward to your ideas!

by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

The purpose of this award is to recognize and publicly honor those individuals, institutions or organizations based in the state of Colorado that have made a significant and exemplary contribution to the sustained improvement of the health of multiple populations over an extended period of time in a global health setting. 

Do you know someone who you would like to nominate? Learn more  here.
DEADLINE: September 6, 2019 (midnight)

September 10 at 1:00pm CDT

Only 20% of college students from low-income backgrounds will reach graduation within six years. 

While easing the financial burden can make college a reality for so many deserving students, there are many other factors that can impact a student's journey to graduation day. Balancing work and school, navigating the academic and personal challenges of college - it's not easy staying the course. 

Join us for a webinar to learn how to: 
* Identify personal and situational risk factors 
* Develop resources and support strategies 
* Prioritize effectively and scale support 

Presenter: Oscar Sweeten-Lopez President & Founder, GradSnapp 

Oscar Sweeten-Lopez is the president of College Success Tools at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the founder of GradSnapp, a technology that helps professionals track and support their students to college graduation. From 2005-2016, Oscar was the portfolio director overseeing the highly successful Dell Scholars program. Oscar currently serves as President, Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).

September 12-13, 2019  
Fritz Knoebel Event Center - University of Denver

GlobalMinded is pleased to partner with TiE Denver International Summit September 13 with a pitch competition on September 12. We have 15 discount passes and would like to share these with you. This summit is focused on the global political and economic impacts (challenges and opportunities) affecting Colorado startup and scale up companies in Manufacturing, Martech, Fin tech, Blockchain, SaaS tech, Digital Heatlh and Health Care solutions. It is designed for Executives, Owners, Investors, Leadership Teams and local to global policy makers. Speakers include the  Consul General of India, CEO's and Execs from Colorado, Dubai, UK, Canada, Mexico, Asia . There are 25+ panelist experts speaking on successes and and challenges of funding, growth and market expansion locally, nationally and globally. Join us to add to the conversation and learn how you can be involved. 

Use code: TiEDenver2019- GM to get in for just $97 if you register 
before August 30 (limited to first 15).

   Register for the conference  here 
OR  Apply to pitch  here 

September 17, 2019  
Trusteeship Council Room United Nations New York, NY

Working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), Earth Day Network, Future Coalition, and other partners, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) will hold the first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Leading in to the events of the high-level debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, the Forum will promote the theme and message of climate restoration, focusing on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restoring ocean ecosystems, and restoring and preserving Arctic ice. Bringing together thought leading practitioners from science, engineering, economics, policy, finance and industry, the Forum aims to discuss why Climate Restoration is an essential framework for climate action, and how we can safely restore a healthy climate in a single generation.

We're inviting people to register via this Eventbrite page and then we'll get back to you by Sept. 2 to confirm your registration, pending availability. 

September 19, 2019  
Ellie Caulkins Opera House - Denver, CO

The Succeeds Prize, presented by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, mindSpark Learning, and Colorado's business leaders - will recognize the state's most transformational and innovative schools and educators through six awards and $150,000. You don't want to miss this live-televised, live-reveal event! Join us for a night of excitement and fun.

The event is FREE to attend, but registration is required.
October 15-16, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM

The conference gathering thought leaders and practitioners from education, technology, policy, HR, and foundations will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. 
October 22-24, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Grantmakers for Education's 23rd annual conference will be held in New Orleans under the theme Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity. We are taking inspiration from the students who lived through Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent overhaul of the education system. Local successes and challenges will stimulate national conversations about transforming education, from birth through postsecondary success. Drawing on brain science and the latest evidence, we will explore the social, emotional and academic dimensions of learning. Register here.
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer  of his latest album SHIVA. It   was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).
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