Beth Miller, Executive Director of the  Creative Education Foundation , faced many setbacks in her life. However, through her determination and resilience she forged a path to become the successful  woman she is today. Learn about this first-generation-to-college student's inspiring story HERE.
We are pleased to feature some of our outstanding women speakers who are empowering our future generations and paving the way for women in leadership:
Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Business Development Officer, PharmaJet 

Heather Callender-Potters is Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Business Development Officer of PharmaJet, a needle-free injection technology focused on immunizations. Heather has 25 years of Private Equity fund management and international investment experience across multiple jurisdictions. She's managed individual investments and financial investor consortiums, in early stage and growth companies, ranging from $1 million to an excess of $100 million. She has also held board positions with several companies across a variety of industries ranging from auto-parts, to systems integration, publishing and light-manufacturing, to medical technologies. She is member of the board of the Center for Human Rights Leadership, and Impact Charitable, which are entities associated with making an impact in local and global issues through support of student internships and philanthropic investment. She is also interested in brain health, and sits on the board of and is an investor in Cerescan, a unique brain imaging and diagnosis technology company; and is an investor in Curemark, a company which has a unique treatment for autism that is being fast-tracked by the FDA in a phase III trial. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Management from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania.

Founder & Executive Director, uCodeGirl

Betty Gronneberg is a Founder & Executive Director of uCodeGirl, a non-profit organization that creates a pathway to technology careers for teen girls by tapping into their curiosity, skills and potential.  Betty holds a Master's of Science degree in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University. Her first degree was from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Betty has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. In her most recent role as a Software Engineering Manager, Betty had lead software engineers and directed a broad range of projects and initiatives while participating in planning, analysis and implementation of global solutions. As a Software Engineer turned Social Entrepreneur, Betty believes that those who code write their future. Betty works diligently on her passion of equity and inclusion: to help increase the talent pool and equalize opportunity in technology careers. As a recipient of the prestigious Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, Betty is challenged to continuously think big and think different. Her friends and colleagues would describe her as "inspirational". She enjoys connecting with people and listening to their stories. Betty's advocacy extends to advancing literacy in early childhood in her native country, Ethiopia. Betty currently serves on the board of a Minnesota based non-profit organization called Ethiopia Reads.  Driven by a strong desired to share her great experiences of growing up in Ethiopia, Betty has written a children book entitled "The Alphabet takes a Journey: Destination Ethiopia!" Betty has spoken at numerous occasions locally, nationally and internationally at conferences and educational events on the topics of literacy, and technology.  Betty lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her husband and three sons.

Founding Member and Instructor, Vista High School Personal Learning Academy

Jody Ordoñez is a founding member of the Vista High School Personal Learning Academy. Her primary purpose as an educator is to inspire learners to meet their full potential. She has over 20 years of experience in education, working primarily with at-risk students and undeserved populations. She is an expert in differentiated and English Language Development instruction. She is well-versed in project-based and personal learning and believes that learner engagement and success are achieved through increased student agency, voice and choice.
As an instructor in the Personal Learning Academy at Vista High School, Ms. Ordoñez has partnered with a cross-curricular team of dynamic teachers to develop a pilot program that integrates interdisciplinary, personalized, project-based learning. She was a member of the team that helped to secure the XQ Super School award for Vista High School. In her previous district, Ms. Ordoñez served as an English Language Development Academic Coach to support content area teachers to more effectively address the needs of underperforming students. Ms. Ordoñez has consistently sought to engage in innovative solutions to deepen student learning and inspire critical thinking. Ms. Ordoñez is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. She holds single-subject teaching credentials in English, Spanish, a Multiple Subject Credential, and a Bilingual Crosscultural Language in Academic Development Certificate (BCLAD). She is a fellow of the California State University, San Marcos Writing Project and a certified Computer Using Educator (CUE). Ms. Ordoñez also served honorably in the United States Army as a legal specialist and military court reporter.
Check out more of the amazing women that will be speaking at the 2017 GlobalMindED Conference:
We look forward to having you join us in June!

The Digital Inclusion Award 
Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2017
Notification of winner by: May 15, 2017

The Digital Inclusion Award sponsored by WCET/WICHE and GlobalMindED is a unique recognition of an individual, organization or program having shown significant impact on first- generation learner populations with regard to increasing involvement in Global Digital Leadership. Digital Inclusion is not about infrastructure, it is about what learners DO with the infrastructure to harvest the bounty of new ideas and perspectives.

First-Gen Student Leadership Program

Recruit your outstanding students for the 2017 First-Gen Leadership Program. Program includes:
  • Design-Thinking Pre-Conference - 6/21
  • Networking Development
  • Reception for First Gen students - 6/22
  • Career Fair - 6/23
All applications must be in by May 1, 2017.

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