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.
Dr. Monique Butler is someone who never stops improving herself and those around her.  She is a mom, a wife, a doctor, an MBA, a Chief Medical Officer and one of our luminaries we are featuring this month to celebrate Black History.  We are honored that she is an active member of the diverse GlobalMindED Board as well as many other ways she serves the community. You will be able to see her speak at the 2020 GlobalMindED conference June 6-8, 2020 in Denver.
What were your roots that unleashed your curiosity?

My journey was defined initially by my parents, two highly intelligent African Americans, who like many in their generation, did not pursue a formal college education because they were not exposed to the possibilities. However, I know my parents were brilliant and they possessed phenomenal wisdom and foresight. They provided the DNA, faith, vision for their children to exceed expectations and the wisdom to give us exposure to anything and everything possible. Supporting my dream to become a doctor even when I was in nursery school, they unleashed my curiosity, creativity, thirst for knowledge and pursuit of excellence in everything I did. This is a prescription for success that every kid in America needs to receive. 

In addition to my parents and as Black History is celebrated, I want to credit Theresa Grant Roberts and Joseph Donald. They were my heroes, my role models. They were pace setters for me to achieve personal success.

What made the difference in your early vision of yourself?

Parents who dreamed big dreams for me. They laid the foundation for confidence, courage, and a paradigm of continuous improvement. As a little brown girl, I grew up never afraid to try or fail. I was encouraged to discover my strengths and develop any weaknesses. I did not know it was supposed to be difficult for a black girl to achieve high grades in science and math.

When I am celebrated as one the first, or one of the youngest, senior executives in the medical field, I am cognizant I stand on the shoulders of my blue collar, non-college educated parents who raised me in an urban area. We did not accept any limitations. My amazing mother saved money to purchase encyclopedias and craft books to keep me busy on weekends and exercise my right and left-brain gifts. I was enrolled in a Magnet school as a second grader and was dissecting earthworms and starfish at 8 years old. When I first walked into gross anatomy lab 15+ years later, the smell of formaldehyde was all very familiar! My brain went right back to the dissecting lab in 2nd grade. My parents adopted William Shakespeare's philosophy, "we know what we are now, but not what we may become." My father was famous for saying to my teachers, "How can a student repeatedly get a 100%? You are not pushing her enough." 

I was accepted to the University of Michigan and had a great deal of catching up to do because of the disparity in the quality of education experienced by my peers. Once I was exposed, I mastered every class I had in college.

Everyone needs a fighting chance. All children need exposure, encouragement, and mentoring to open doors and unleash human potential, which I believe every human being possesses.

How do you challenge the medical community with your success?

I challenge the entire medical community to recognize it is time for no one to be the first or only. It's not a complement to be the first. It just reiterates how far behind we really are. Diversity is a win-win for teams and organizations.

Diversity in healthcare cannot be a want, it is a must-have. The inequalities in health and access to care is at the top of my agenda during this phase in my career. I am passionate about ensuring that everyone, like education, has access to the same great healthcare that everyone deserves. What keeps me awake at night is the recent United States maternal mortality rates, for all women, but even more devastating for African American moms, who succumb to death while or after bringing life into the world. It is a public health emergency and I pledge to find solutions to this problem, as a voice, as a physician and as a mother. 

What legacy do you want to leave? 

My parents are deceased, but love lives on and I am committed to live their legacy. The phenomenal foundation they placed under and through me served to guide me to become a 'first generation' college graduate. The lineage will be carried on for generations to come in and outside of my family through all I influence.

I will do everything in my power to mentor, encourage, and empower others like me the rest of my life. I am starting the Pathfinders in Medicine Program in June 2020 which will allow aspiring medical students interested in becoming physicians to shadow physicians. It will provide exposure and an intricate look into the life of physicians.

Our family has gone from slavery to changing the world of healthcare in four generations and that is something that is very special to us - standing on shoulders, empowering lives, one person at a time.

Monique Butler, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer and Board-Certified Internist for Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Butler manages over 1,200 physicians and employees and is a C-suite executive who assists with running the hospital, ensuring that every patient receives the highest level of quality care possible.

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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