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.
Bernie Milano is a First Gen role model, retiring in January after a 58½ year career with KPMG, currently serving as President of the KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project. We interviewed him about his tremendous arc-of-career achievements and the equity milestones he has created through his very intentional work, far before diversity and inclusion was the norm in business. Here is his inspiring career story.
What drew you to the field of accounting and gave you the ambition to ascend the ranks at KPMG as a career leader in milestone maker?

After flunking Organic Chem as a first generation to college freshmen, I knew dentistry was not for me. My father had a modest dry-cleaning business and I used to sit at his desk as a child and see his ledger books. I was intrigued by studying the ledgers, asking myself why some months were cash positive and some cash negative. This motivated me to transfer from Liberal Arts at Temple to the School of Business where I fell in love with accounting, the language of business.

I was the first person in the Philadelphia office who was hired from Temple University, the local city school. My job at Temple was in the accounting lab where I worked with students. This college job set me apart from other candidates because the hiring partner saw me as someone who already had people-experience in both mentoring and management skills. Once hired and ensconced in my auditing career, I was sent to interview students at Bucknell. The idea of being able to attract talent inspired me. I went from 90% clients and 10% recruiting to 100% recruiting and became the first Partner In Charge of College Recruiting at KPMG (then Peat, Marwick & Mitchell). I was then squarely in the people side of the business, which was perfect grooming to later take over the KPMG Foundation which supports Higher Education.

We began the PhD Project in 1993 because we considered diversity to be a very important initiative for the firm. If we could change the homogenous demographic of the college campus, we could attract more diverse students to our field, our industry, and our firm. In 1993, 294 Business School professors where people of color. Now, there are 1,537 who have received their doctorates and there are 1,327 teaching. We still have much work to do, but we have come a long way. In fact, Carol Carter and I met through one of our first graduates, Lynette Wood, who is an African American leader and now Business School Dean at Shaw University.

What are you most proud of over the arc of your career?

KPMG because it took the risk on this initiative and stayed with the program when there was no outward evidence that it would succeed in 1993. The firm knew that when we started, we were 30 years from the civil rights movement with no real forward progress. The firm took this on faith: you have to see it to be it. We demonstrated early success and our results soared from there. This is the same value base of GlobalMindED supporting First Gen leaders with role models. KPMG was standard-setting and still is in its commitment to equity work, having dedicated 20 of the 51 million invested in The PhD Project over 25 years.

You are passionate about helping First Gen and under-represented students and you've helped hundreds of diverse professors earn their PhD. What insights can you share with students who aspire to this field as a business person or as a faculty member?

Get a role model(s). This is crucial for success if you are the first and/or only in your field, in your department or at your company. Dr. Gail Ayla-Taylor who is an African American leader at Dartmouth College is putting the PhD Project model into their program to help women of color who struggle professionally after they get their MBAs. She began with a cohort of 12 women who support each other professionally, and then she will scale this model so that women have a support system and mentor network outside of their place of work. Assess the culture. If you don't see diverse people in your place of work or on the website, then it may not be a place where you can grow and thrive. Or you can decide that you will go there and blaze a diverse trail.

What do you most want KPMG to do to build on the strong structure of your work?

My hope is that they will keep an eye on the emerging trends, the economy, the workplace, college and career unrest and continue their bold commitment that represents risk taking to solve tough problems. The Ivies are putting as much as $100 million each to diversity and inclusion, but it will take partnering in innovative ways with different kinds of people to produce true inclusive cultures.

What do you want most from your next chapter in life?

I will give myself some time to explore but I know that I will be active in the leadership of non-profits I care about like the President's Board for Historically Black Colleges, Beta Gamma Sigma, the Episcopal Diocese and perhaps GlobalMindED.

What is your wish for the world this holiday season as we usher in the next decade?

I'd like to see us get back to the golden rule on the back of my ruler as a child in school:
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

We've got to get back to a culture of respect, honor and dignity for all people and diversity creates that. Change in leadership is needed everywhere right now. Generous leadership is inclusive and we can be the ones who show the next generation, especially those born in the worst zip codes, how to reach left and right across differences and disparities to see people as the human beings they are, and with whom we can work to get bigger things done. Let's all dedicate ourselves to making the lives of others better because they have had the chance to interact with you.
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.

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.
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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