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.
If all tech founders and leaders had the dedication to diverse audiences and the under-represented that Michael Simpson, Co-founder and CEO of PAIRIN, has, our tech companies would be better places to work, produce more products which could better serve a broad audience and improve lives for humans using that technology by increasing compassion, consideration and collaboration, making us all better able to understand and appreciate each other. Let's start 2020 by asking ourselves to be better people first which sometimes requires boundaries with technology and other distractions that take us further from our own humanity. We are grateful to work with inclusive technology leaders like Michael to make the world a better place through technology that fosters interpersonal awareness and insight to bring out the best in ourselves and others. Read his inspiring story below.
Technology has become the de facto harbinger of opportunity. Therefore, those who do not embrace technology as a major component of their career path will struggle to keep pace with an accelerating future. Sadly, the people most in need of that opportunity will be hurt the most; not because of their ability, but because of their lack of exposure. You see, skills connected to a person's ability to think and reason know no gender, ethnicity, or even age. But all too often, those abilities remain unrealized.

The good news is that we find ourselves at a seminal moment in time that, if we take full advantage, could enable opportunity for any person. Globalization has created extreme prosperity for U.S. businesses. This has subsequently led to the lowest unemployment rate in history, thus the highest level of desperation for finding talent since the second world war. Employers are now forced to find ways to "include" more applicants, rather than just "exclude" those that don't fit their digitized bias for filtering resumes.

Now is the time for people to be considered for their abilities, not just their histories.

That is my story. I entered the workforce in a somewhat similar time in the 1980s when personal computers were first taking the world by storm, but employers could not yet find college graduates that understood this emerging technology. A community college dropout, professional sound engineer for rock and roll concerts, and survivor of a troubled youth, my resume did not afford me much consideration. In 1985, I begged my way into a one week, minimum wage job putting computers together for a retail computer store in a strip mall where my friend worked. A task they had allotted 5 days to complete took me 23 hours - nonstop. They thought I was nuts for working so hard for so little, which was just the motivation required to hire me full time.

I stacked certificates from Novell, Compaq, Hewlett Packard and others. After four years, I moved to Atlanta, joined a larger technology company and with the help of some great mentors, worked my way into management. The fifth-largest software company in the world at the time recruited me into a sales engineer job that eventually led, again with great mentors, to running marketing strategy for a $1.2B product. I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from Eric Schmidt before he went to Google and many others that are defining the future of tech today.

At the peak of my career, shortly after the next company I ran marketing and strategy for was sold, I moved to Russia to coach young adults living in an alcoholic society and lacking positive role models to be successful in business. This deepened my understanding that individuals not able to journey the path popular society chooses as "right," like me, had an uphill battle just to be considered for small opportunities. But, when developed and encouraged, even a little, those same people become the hardest working, most grateful employees a company will ever hire.

The question facing me was how can I help more people than I can meet face to face to discover and prepare for opportunities matched to their abilities, and how do we de-risk such non-standard, "risky" hires for employers?

And that's when the idea for PAIRIN was born.

PAIRIN was created as a social enterprise company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable. We provide web-based software solutions to regional, state and national workforce and education programs focused on career preparation, education planning, and skills-based job placement. PAIRIN's My Journey platform creates personalized, skills-based matches to optimal careers, professional development and jobs. We help mentors, like those that helped me succeed, identify areas of development for the people they serve based on their unique abilities and stage of life. My Journey also facilitates direct connections to state agency resources, assessments, tools and applications for seamless navigation and process management.

Many workforce programs that use PAIRIN's products report up to 92% retention rates after one year for students they've placed and higher employer satisfaction with their graduates than those hired elsewhere. Employers that use PAIRIN for skills-based hiring increase diversity up to 3x within one year and lower turnover up to 67%.

Diversifying America's workforce, especially in tech, is not about merely making businesses more colorful. It's about making them more representative of society as a whole. Diversity of thought, ideas and perspective must be the goal, which requires valuing people from ALL walks of life and experience. GlobalMindED's mission of creating a capable diverse talent pipeline working with educators, businesses and policymakers is critical. Education with limited perspective is merely other people's ideas packaged in someone else's body. We must aspire for more, and businesses can lead the way. Joining lives lived differently for a common purpose could, and should, be the greatest gift of industry to society. I dream of a time when this becomes our nation's reality. May we hasten its arrival through technology with heart. I am honored to be recognized for PAIRIN's inclusive work.
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 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. 


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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