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 Veteran's Day, we honor Veterans of foreign wars from all military branches who have served or are currently serving along with the loved ones who support them. We remember the valiant people who have lost lives and others who have lost livelihood to protect our great democracy. We also salute Veterans who work on behalf of other Vets like Jason Kander who worked with colleagues in Kansas City to establish the tiny homes for homeless Vets model where Vets can live with dignity, establish work skills or retire among a community of peers. Veterans in our own circle of GlobalMindED leaders include Air Force Major General, Jay Lindell, who was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in the Gulf War; Alison Pendergast, Army ROTC graduate and First Gen role model who became First Lieutenant, U.S. Medical Army Service Corps; J.C. Whorton, First Gen and Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC and Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve; Marci Toler, Retired Lt. Colonel in the Army who during her 33 years of service worked in several combat zones and received a Bronze Star and numerous other awards.

We cherish the time remaining to draw wisdom from the WWII Vets who are now in their 90's and some who have cleared 100. The character and sacrifice of the "greatest generation" provides perspective today as we draw strength from their dedication, manners, courage and generosity. Let's model more of that ourselves while holding our elected officials to the same standard of equity, inclusion and human decency. In this way, we can pay tribute to the men, women and families who have lost loved ones on our behalf.
Thanks to all for your service.

Below is a profile of Vu Tran, a U.S. Marine who is part of GlobalMindED's Young Professionals Advisory Council. He has led thousands of Marines throughout the course of his career and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 5 times for his outstanding leadership.
What did you learn about leadership coming from a Vietnamese family while in the military?

My parents escaped Vietnam during the War and immigrated to the United States, where my father became the first-generation graduate in the family. Being the oldest son, I have always felt a sense of responsibility to take care of my family and make my parents proud, by doing more with what they provided me. I share my knowledge with my younger siblings and family members through my military experiences. In some aspects coming from a Vietnamese family gave me an advantage while serving in the United States Marine Corps as I was able to sympathize with various ethnic groups without bias. While serving in the Marine Corps, everyone was treated equal.

How did your experience in the military prepare you for success as an entrepreneur and a global leader?

In the Marine Corps, there are fundamental and foundational structures that can be used in all forms of life including being an entrepreneur and leading people in a small and large scale. The Marine Corps has core values: Honor, Courage, and Commitment and 13 leadership traits: Justice, Judgement, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Enthusiasm. These two structures have helped me determine what I need to do as in individual and as a leader. No matter how many years ago I served, I always assess my leadership traits and core values that help me enhance my business.

What insights do you have for other First Gen students who are interested in military service or career service?

The military is one of the best places where you can get a first-hand and real-life leadership experience as an officer. You will get a chance to work with enlisted military members with up to 25 years of military experience that will need your confidence and leadership skills to complete missions and overcome adversities. As a military member you will overcome challenges that will build you as a leader. There is a saying in the Marines Corps, "Know yourself and seek self-improvement."

Why did you join the leadership ranks of the GlobalMindED Young Professionals Advisory Council?

One of my passions in life is giving back to my community., which is why I'm dedicated to GlobalMindED. I love to teach, mentor, and pass on the things that have worked for me so it can positively impact younger generations. Leadership is to inspire and empower others with confidence. This is GlobalMindED in action. Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion are a very powerful trifecta. The young professionals and students of GlobalMindED can be better leaders by understanding the importance of having diversity within small and large companies in this global economy. Our world needs the talent of the emerging GlobalMindED leaders.

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; but emphasize 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

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, CLICK HERE

If you are an educator, you can apply to speak or 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.

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. 



November 13, 2019 - Washington, DC

While our economy continues to grow, our country's prosperity is not broadly shared. Although unemployment is low, too many working people still struggle to make ends meet or build enough wealth to provide for a stable life for themselves and their families. How do we create a new economic system that builds prosperity for all, helping to ensure that everyone shares in the wealth that businesses generate?

A new book, The Making of a Democratic Economy, explores this question by looking at organizations and individuals across the country working to reshape our economy to make it more equitable and to restore power to individuals. From worker cooperatives to socially conscious investing, these leaders are creating different approaches to capitalism that can serve as models for others. The book outlines a set of principles for this new economy that can help guide efforts to address the challenges that many people still face.

November 14-15, 2019 - Denver, CO

The Energy Africa Conference connects organizations and firms across the globe to projects in the African power sector that are in-line with the Power Africa Initiative. Under the theme, Smart Cities in Africa and Business Opportunities, this not-for-profit, cost-recovery endeavor, provides a unique opportunity for high level multi disciplinary partners from national governments, private industry, civil society, and academia to share best practices and collaborate on advancing resilient energy systems to meet Africa's energy demand.

This year the Energy Africa Conference is proud to present luminaries such as the Minister of Energy from Zambia, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunication from Cameroon, the Zambian Ambassador to the US, the Mayor of Denver, well known Venture Capitalist Carl Ledbetter, and philanthropist Trammel Crow.  Join hundreds of high-level decision makers as they dialog, share best practices, partner and invest in high return projects in Africa's energy sector. Do well by doing good.

December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm EST

Hear from members of the Women's Student Association as they reflect on their MBA experience and discuss the environment, resources, and support, for women at HBS.

The National Leadership Program is for young leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and those in the early stages of their careers. Learn more HERE.
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.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by almost 50% since 1990. SDG #13 - Climate Action hopes to address the impact of climate change to help mitigate climate related disasters.

Invest 2 minutes in Climate Action by watching this  short video
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
Real Leaders is the world's first sustainable business & leadership magazine. We aim to inspire better leaders for a better world; a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. We want to ensure that the next generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to the best and brightest minds in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind. Real Leaders advises and positions leaders to thrive in the new economy.

"There is an incredible opportunity to make a difference as a 'Real Leader' - now" - Sir Richard Branson
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
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 [email protected]. We look forward to your ideas!
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