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.
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we will feature many of our Latino leaders beginning with Carli Rodriguez, First Gen Environmental Engineering Student at Arapahoe Community College. Carli  was a Scholar in the 2018 and a Mentor in the 2019 First Gen Student Leadership Program.
Walking into the Sheraton in the summer of 2018, about to attend my first conference ever, I had no idea what to expect. I had no experience interacting with adult professionals and was unsure of how to even introduce myself. I quickly realized I was the only student from my college attending and for a few moments I felt lost and alone, a feeling I remember vividly from my first few days at the community college when I was a freshman. 

My parents were unable to guide me through the college process directly, as my father was born in Puerto Rico and never attended high school or college, and my mom received her high school diploma but did not attend college either. Their paths led them both to become incredibly hard workers; my dad moved to the states, learned English and now runs a small business and my mom works for a bank, but it left them wishing for a different and more secure future for me. They wanted to give me a better advantage in life, but I was navigating on my own until I got the opportunity to attend the 2018 GlobalMindED Conference, which changed the course of my college experience.

Within moments of checking in, I was directed into a room full of other First Generation students for the First Gen Student Leadership Program.. There were a few small groups of students clustered at tables and everyone was chatting. It was awkward at first, but by the end of the first day the room was full of energy which only grew in the following two days of the conference.

My first GlobalMindED conference gave me the gift of confidence. I had the courage to introduce myself to everyone I could, and I also had the confidence to go back to school and ask for what I needed. That summer I decided to study Environmental Engineering, largely due to the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in 2017, and the suffering that was still occurring almost a year later. Through GlobalMindED, I was able to find the large community of Hispanic engineers through programs like SHPE and nonprofits doing relief work in Puerto Rico. I was amazed at the network of resources available to students through businesses and non-profits that I had never known about. I was determined to spread the opportunity that I had to others.

I was able to assist in recruiting a few students from my school for GlobalMindED 2019. Within a few months of the 2019 conference came the biggest resource of all: a mentor. I was introduced to a woman named Elise Tran, a mechanical engineer who graduated from Colorado School of Mines, was part of 2015 GlobalMindED's program, currently works at Swanson Rink and shares the experience of being a First Gen female engineer. I am hoping with the support of mentors like Elise and GlobalMindED, I will be able to reach my goals of giving back to my community through my STEM professional work. I want to show other students at my college what an amazing resource GlobalMindED is, and eventually go back to Puerto Rico and give back to my community there as an engineer. I also want to be one of the business speakers someday at GlobalMindED on the STEM track when I've achieved these goals.
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 with your 
First Gen students delegate.

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; time should be devoted to 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


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.
As of 2017, there were 193 million unemployed persons which corresponds to 5.6% of the global population. This week's Sustainable Development Goal aims for decent work and economic growth.

Invest 2 minutes in Decent Work and Economic Growth 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

September 25, 2019 - 12PM MDT

Active Learning Skills is a 1-credit hour course offered to students at Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline). Complementing statewide changes in approaches to college readiness and remediation, this 10-week session is designed to orient students to the college experience with personalized review in both math and English, alongside the exploration of a variety of proven learning strategies. EdReady was incorporated as a central component of this online course, which equips students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary success. We will learn how the course was designed to engage students and increase retention, and we will explore early results.

October 11, 2019 - Denver, CO

In a new TED Talk-style format and joint interview, WFCO's 2019 Annual Luncheon will spotlight two dynamic women whose poignant storytelling captivates, motivates, and connects diverse communities. 

Noor Tagouri is a prominent Muslim-American journalist and documentarian and 
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. Their inclusive heartfelt and humorous stories will inspire and ignite a shared commitment to The Foundation's vision of a future where women and girls of every background and identity prosper.

NACCE is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to support entrepreneurs in skilled trades! The grant will be used to host the 2019 Pitch Competition for the Trades which will take place at our annual conference, NACCE 2019 Entrepreneurship Explorations in Newport Beach, CA, on Tuesday, October 15. The top 10 teams will have the opportunity to win up to $25,000. Overall, we will award up to $75,000 onsite at the NACCE annual conference! You have to be a NACCE member to compete. 

Learn more and apply HERE
October 15-16, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM

The conference gathering thought leaders and practitioners from education, technology, policy, HR, and foundations will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. 
October 22-24, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Grantmakers for Education's 23rd annual conference will be held in New Orleans under the theme Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity. We are taking inspiration from the students who lived through Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent overhaul of the education system. Local successes and challenges will stimulate national conversations about transforming education, from birth through postsecondary success. Drawing on brain science and the latest evidence, we will explore the social, emotional and academic dimensions of learning. Register here.
November 6, 2019  - Denver, CO

The APEX Awards recognize Colorado's technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, CTA has hosted this prestigious event to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. Join us on November 6 as we recognize the best of the best in Colorado tech and celebrate CTA's 25th Anniversary!
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 contact@globalminded.org. We look forward to your ideas!
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer  of his latest album SHIVA. It   was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).
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