Creating a Capable, Diverse Talent Pipeline
2020 GlobalMindED Conference
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.
GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader, Raquel Tamez, creates opportunity for 15,000 Hispanic engineers through her leadership at SHPE. In June of 2019, she shared many of her success secrets with college faculty, K-12 faculty, business leaders and our First Gen Student Leadership Class.
Her story reflects the unique, generous leaders in the Latino community who support GlobalMindED and the students we serve.
Proud of My Heritage. Proud of SHPE.
As we close out Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) and as we approach Halloween, my favorite holiday, I can't help but think of La Calavera Catrina-one of the iconic figures of Dia de los Muertos. The image was created in the early 1900s by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, who was making a political statement that Mexican elites posing as Europeans were no better than anyone else. They could wear their fancy outfits and hats, he was saying, but in death we are all equal. We are all the same.
Catrina is typically depicted with a smile on her face signifying that life is sweet and that we should be grateful in life and celebrate it day in and day out.
The overarching message of Dia de los Muertos and Catrina, at least to me anyway, is that we are in fact all equal and that we should celebrate who we are as individuals and who we are as a people. As a Hispanic community.
Equality. Authentic self. These are concepts that do not necessarily come easy to Hispanics and can be hard to embrace - especially the authentic self.
Take me, for example. I'm the CEO of SHPE, an organization that proudly advocates for Hispanics to be represented in the STEM fields and in communities at large. I've been in this role for a little of two years now, and before this, I was the chief legal officer and general counsel for a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for persons with significant disabilities.
To everyone around me, I have always come across as poised and confident in my identity. But that's not always been the case. In school and early in my career I was not self-assured. I spent much of my early life wearing a mask: I was Hispanic and not necessarily proud of it. Back then, I was uncertain about what it meant to be Hispanic. I grew up poor and in the hood - a barrio-in Houston, Texas. I was the youngest of six kids and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. My father grew up as a migrant farmer.
Even though I had amazing, supportive parents who sacrificed to get me into good schools, I equated being Hispanic with having less. Everyone around me always seemed to have more and better. But somewhere deep down I knew that I was worthy. That I was good enough; and in some instances better because I had to do more with less. So I applied myself. I studied harder and longer than those around me. And I earned full-ride academic scholarships to several universities.
Ultimately, I decided to attend the University of Texas at Austin. And let me tell you, I had an identity crisis at UT. You see, as a daughter of Mexican immigrants, I always saw myself as Mexican. But when I got to UT, I was told that I was Mexican American. Chicana. Tejana. Hispanic. I was so confused. I ended up taking a Chicano politics class just to figure it out. But even with this, it took me a long time to truly embrace my Hispanic heritage.
It wasn't until I was studying for my final exams in my third and final year of law school that I realized that what I had achieved and what I was poised to achieve was all due to my upbringing. My parents. My beautiful amazing Mexican immigrant parents. They did not always give me what I wanted. They did not have the means. But they always gave me what I needed. Unconditional love. And this, of course, is priceless. They taught me the value of hard work, resilience, loyalty, and integrity. And with these values as my foundation, I did well in school and university and graduated from law school. And I "made it" in the very competitive and cut-throat world of litigation.
I attribute my success to these core values. I owe my success to my Mexican parents. Especially my father, who just turned 95, and has always made me feel invincible. What I now know, is to be true to myself and appreciate my heritage, and at every opportunity, I encourage other Hispanics to do the same.
I've also learned that, no matter how we Hispanics identify - Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican - we still need to contend with how people are determined to see us, particularly in the STEM fields.
That's because in the STEM fields we are a super minority. Hispanics are just two percent of professionals in the STEM fields. For context, we are 16 percent of the U.S. population. Clearly, we are underrepresented. Just as importantly, we are an untapped resource. An untapped solution.
In the past decade, the number of STEM jobs grew by 24 percent according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The growth is so tremendous that, as a country, we can't keep up with it. Today, there are two STEM job openings for every qualified job seeker.
In response, organizations with these job openings are seeking qualified job applicants outside the U.S. But why aren't they more readily and consistently considering the millions of young and super talented Hispanics who have long careers ahead of them? Folks like my SHPE Members, who are smart, ambitious, and have the additional benefit of a cultural experience that will enrich any organization with new perspectives.
As an organization, we at SHPE want to stamp out this perception that Hispanics can't be STEM professionals-or that we aren't ready. Because the data is clear and irrefutable and clearly shows that we are making notable progress. According to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the number of Hispanic students enrolling in STEM studies is on the rise. From 1994 to 2004, enrollment increased 33 percent. In 2013, nine percent of STEM degrees and certificates went to Hispanics. But all of this could be vastly better, and SHPE wants to accelerate Hispanic progress dramatically.
Currently, at SHPE National, my team and I, are assessing all of SHPE's events and activities and building those out into robust, year-long, high-impact, national programs with clear value propositions. The cornerstone of all these programs is the concept of self-efficacy.
What is self-efficacy? In short, it's having the confidence in your innate abilities. You can have all the technical skills in the world-you can be an excellent engineer, a critical thinker, a communicator, and a good decision maker. But if you don't have confidence in who you are-and that includes your Hispanic heritage and Latino identity-you may be hard-pressed to succeed, in my humble opinion.
Self-efficacy. Authentic Latino leadership. These are important. Critical. And we need to and will infuse these competencies into everything we do at SHPE. All our programs. From Pre-College to the C-Suite. But SHPE, alone, cannot do this. So we continue to partner with organizations like GlobalMindED that believe in and support SHPE's mission and vision. And our Industry Partner Council members, for example, long-time supporters of SHPE. Additionally, we are forging new, meaningful relationships in Corporate, Academia and Government.
On a grander scale, as a country, we see the need for more diversity of thought and experience. We need Hispanic leaders. We need effective Hispanic leaders. We need them in our schools and our companies; we need them in our government; and we need them in our communities.
With 11,000-plus members in 250-plus chapters-and a growing capacity to provide awareness, access, support, training and development - SHPE can help fill these leadership voids with qualified professionals who understand and appreciate their heritage.
After all, I often say to young Hispanics, "We're temple builders! We're temple builders!" We come from a long line of warriors and creators. We were some of the first scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Look to the Incas, the Mayans and the Aztecs. We built some of the first cities. Some of them were so well-designed and so well-built they outlasted civilizations.
We sometimes forget that history. In some cases we don't know it at all. It hasn't been entered in the history books. Yet given that past, isn't it incredible that Hispanics are not one of the most prominent group of people in the STEM fields?
In sharing this history, data, and SHPE's mission, I have a sense of urgency. Do you have a sense of urgency for our country? As a Hispanic in STEM? As an ally? And if not, why not? Think about it.
We look forward to seeing you in June 2020 at GlobalMindED and to improving the world with you and other inclusive leaders.
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
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.
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
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.
HANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS
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.
Did you know persons with disabilities are 5 times more likely to incur catastrophic health expenditures? SDG #10 - Reduced inequalities works to restore equal rights for all. Living up to our greatest potential starts with equality for all.
Invest 2 minutes in
by watching this
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
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.
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.
TAKE THE 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."
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 - 12pm EST
Featuring Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Columbia University.
In an interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Chamorro-Premuzic will examine the shortcomings of the traditional higher education system in preparing graduates for today's jobs.
October 22 - 1pm CDT
Many students have overcome great adversity to reach college, and nothing is more rewarding than helping them stay on track towards college success. But your ability to support them is only as powerful as the data you have at your fingertips. Join us for a 30-minute
to learn how to:
- How and when to collect student information
- How to identify persistence risk factors, prioritize effectively, and put data into action
- Evolve your program through meaningful measurement
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
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!
® 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
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your ideas!
Ricky Kej, Grammy® Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the
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).