In addition to our program for education, business, and government leaders, we are pleased to share our First Gen Student Leadership Pre-Conference agenda. 

***We are still accepting scholarship applications while space is available.***
Please apply here by June 10th. 

This year, we will convene First Gen Student Leaders from across the country for a day of special programming designed to prepare them for, and magnify the impact of, attending the GlobalMindED conference. 

Student programming begins on Wednesday, June 21, and concludes with the Career Fair and closing session of the conference on Friday, June 23. Throughout, special sessions will arm them with new skills and boost their confidence to connect with mentors and reach out to our network for professional guidance.

Intercultural Training: From Awareness to Competence, 
RWS Tool Kit for Intercultural Competence and Personal and Professional Development

Melinda Cain, Real World Solutions
The Real World Solutions tool kit teaches more than "what" to do (or not do) in cultural situations; it provides the "why" behind cultural behavior so one can respond appropriately in any situation.  The training will help students learn to build bridges among cultures in order to enhance personal and professional productivity and improve outcomes. Students will be able to address cultural challenges with real world solutions and "live and work better together."
Part 1: Impact of Culture on Behavior
This part of the session provides an awareness of the importance and impact of culture on behavior, and tips on how to manage the complexity of cultural behavior. Students will gain an enhanced understanding of their own cultural identities and build a foundation for understanding how to interact effectively with other cultures.
Part II: Key Intercultural Communication Skills: Self-Assessment (Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory - CCAI)
The CCAI is a practical self-assessment of key intercultural skills that allows individual reflection on the key components of effective interaction with and in other cultures. Students will understand the importance of the skills, take the assessment and interpret their scores, and develop a personal action plan for improvement in key skill areas. Students will also become aware of individual preferences and how they impact cultural awareness and competence.
Part III: Enhancement of Cultural Knowledge
This part of the session provides information on key cultural value orientations as a framework for understanding difference among cultures. Students will become more knowledgeable about values and behavioral differences between/among cultural identities and gain practice in effectively communicating and bridging cultural differences.
Part IV: Summary and Application
In the final part of the training, students will have the opportunity to develop an action plan and commitment to enhancing their skills in working "better together" with other cultural identities. This commitment will be important to future personal and professional development.
First Gen Professional and Life Skills:
Making Impressions, Personal Branding, Telling Your Story

Adrian Rosado, The Zion Group
Rocío Pérez, Inventiva Consulting
 and Erin McClarty, Erin McClarty PLLC
Three powerful First Gen role models profiled on our May 23 HuffPost blog will arm students with critical techniques for personal and professional development.
Adrian Rosado:  You Rarely Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
Adrian's part of the session will focus on the qualities needed to become a successful networker. Students will identify strategies for communicating with purpose and keying in on opportunities for synergy between individuals. Participants will practice approaching multiple individuals and identifying positive characteristics that not only reflect themselves, but also the people they are interacting with. As the exercise is in process, participants will also be asked to communicate specific adjectives that describe their networking experience and the leadership traits of the people with whom they are speaking.

Throughout this part of the session, students will develop skills for effective networking by understanding how to be active and engaged in a conversation; utilizing their unique abilities as communicators and strengthening them through practice and implementation; recognizing how to approach people who can be beneficial to career and personal growth, bypassing 'surface' conversation; and strengthening the use of positive adjectives that stimulate a receptive conversation.
Rocio Perez:  The Power of Communication and Personal Branding  
The Power of Communication and Personal Branding goes beyond words. In most cases, it is the unseen that makes the difference in successful communication. Participants will gain essential knowledge about exuding an executive presence, the importance of appearance, connecting more effectively with others, and making a first and lasting impression that inspires others energetically. Students will also understand the correlation between personal energy and career success, experience the unspoken assets of body language, and learn how to create a stronger personal brand that leads them to even greater success.
Erin McClarty:  Tapping In to Your Superpowers  
First Gen Students have superpowers all their own. The key to leveraging those powers is learning how to frame and communicate them. 
In this part of the session, students will break down, organize and learn how to tell their unique story, framing all of their experiences into a complete and authentic narrative and re-framing past hurdles into the heroic feats that they are. Participants will leave with a summary of what makes them stand out: A story they can tell their universities, scholarship foundations, employers and communities; a story that highlights their triumphs, as well as the value they bring to each environment. 
Entrepreneurship for First Gen Students

Doug Messer  
 University Beyond
(description tbc)

Meet our Lineup of First Gen Role Models!

We are proud to have so many amazing First Gen role models who are speaking at the conference this year! Check out their profiles using the links below

Mike Abbiatti - Executive Director, WCET Vice President for Educational Technologies  WICHE
Bob Allen - Chief Storytelling Officer, IDEAS Orlando
Dr. Erik Bean  - Associate Research Chair, University of Phoenix
Dr. Luis Carmelo Buenaventura  - Associate Professor, De La Salle University                      
                                                                                      (Dasmarinas, Philippines)  
Jaime Casap -  Global Education Evangelist, Google
Jaime R. Cruz -  Chief Strategy Officer, Nevada Workforce Connections
Stewart Devine -  Diplomat in Residence, Rocky Mountains U.S. Department of State
Jeff Dillon - Superintendent, Wilder School District
Cindy Estrada -  PMP-Complex Product Integration Manager, Juniper Networks
James Fripp -  Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Dean J. Fusto - President, Brandon Hall School
Dr. John Lopez - Chief Administrative Officer , Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Dr. Rufus Glasper -  President & CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College
Steven Gutierrez, JD -  Partner, Holland & Hart LLP
Irv Halter -  Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Denise Hamilton - CEO and Founder, WatchHerWork
Eric Harry - Community Builder, TechSpring Health
Mary Haynes -  Academic Coach & Trainer, LifeBound Coaching
Demesha Hill - Community Relations Manager and Managing Director, Janus Foundation
Dr. Sanford Jeames - Coordinator of Health Science Programs, Eastside Memorial High School
Ken Kay - CEO, EdLeader21
Linda Kopec - Principal, Onslow County Schools
Bree Langemo - President, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
Jim Larimore -  Chief Officer for Advancement of Underserved, ACT Center for Equity in Learning
Ed Smith-Lewis - Director, UNCF Career Pathways Initiative
José López - Lecturer, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dr. Patty Lopez - Senior Platform Applications Engineer, Intel Corporation
Matt Maes Chief Influence Officer, Alt Ethos
Felicia Naranjo Martinez -  Executive Director, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence
Erin McClarty -  Principal, Erin McClarty, PLLC
Dr. Belinda S. Miles - President, Westchester Community College
Beth Miller - Executive Director, Creative Education Foundation
Jody Ordoñez - Founding Member and Instructor, Vista High School Personal Learning Academy
King John Pascual, MAT -  Healthcare Innovation Fellow, Health for America
Judy Perez - CEO & Founder, iLearn Collaborative
Rocío Pérez, MBA -  President & Founder of Inventiva Consulting, LLC (Inventiva)
Kelly Pounds - VP of Learning Solutions, IDEAS Orlando
Adrian Rosado - Founder, The Zion Group
Alex Rose - Talent Acquisition Specialist, Clarifai
Dr. Barbara Rowan - Director of Academic Research, Efficacy, and Evaluation for Course Design,                                   Development, and Academic Research, Higher Education Services,
                                  Pearson North America

Terri Rowenhorst - Director of Member Services, The NROC Project
Peter Samuelson - President & CEO, First Star, Inc.
Tarif Sayed - Head of VR Technologies, Nokia Technologies
Natalie Schaefer - Executive Director for Strategic Development Initiatives, California Polytechnic                               State University, San Luis Obispo
Dr. Ron Sega - Retired NASA Astronaut, Vice President for Energy, Colorado State University
Rachael Shayne - Co-Founder, Cubspot
Maxeme Tuchman - CEO and Co-Founder, Caribu Inc.
Sanford J. UngarJournalist, Author, and Former President, Goucher College

We look forward to having you join us in June!
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Startup Weekend Education Denver
June 23rd - 25th
Roots Elementary, 3350 Hudson St. Denver, CO 80207
Register now!

Startup Weekend EDU is returning to Denver this summer for another weekend of creativity, excitement and - of course - amazing pitches focused on tackling big challenges in education. Go from vision to prototype in just 54 hours!

Join lots of passionate, dedicated people who are excited to team up to help take your idea to the next level. Don't have an idea of your own, but still want to get involved? No problem! You can join another team and put your skills and energy to work while you learn the basics of founding and launching a successful education startup. And did we mention that you get to compete for some really cool prizes in the process??

Here are just a few of the benefits of participating!
  • Meals and drinks provided (including all the caffeine you can consume!)
  • SWEDU Denver t-shirt and other great SWAG
  • Awesome coaching by startup and education industry leaders
  • Access to students, educators, admins and parents to give feedback on your idea
  • The opportunity to win great prizes!
  • A chance to meet and collaborate with other smart, motivated, awesome people like you!
Want to learn more? Check out the video from last year's event.
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