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.
Adrian Rosado, MBA, is one of GlobalMindED's global Latino leaders, international business strategist, a First Gen graduate, President and Founder of Cultural Clarity Experience and Vice Chair of the National Latino Education Institute.
Latin@ - One Size Does Not Fit All

As I sat down and began to think about what being Latin@ meant to me, an interesting comparison came to mind: Tossed Salad. Most people praise the United States of America for being a "Melting Pot" of nationalities, religions, backgrounds, etc. It's the place where the mixture and integration of everyone creates something quite phenomenal and unique in the world. That is one of the wonderful things about our country... the diversity and impact it has on global culture. 

However - my thoughts shift a bit when I think about Latin@ culture. We are not a "one-size fits all" culture. There is so much diversity within Latin@s that we could be celebrating a different Latin country every day and it would look completely different each time! 

We have Latin countries that come from South America (Brazil, Peru, Uruguay), Central America (Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama), the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba) as well as Europe (Spain). The colors of our skin can be black, white, brown and everything in between. Our music, food and language can be found ALL over the world. 

So, what does this all mean? As a Latino who travels extensively for work around the globe, there have been plenty of times where I am approached and asked, "where are you from?" and I reply with, "my family is from Puerto Rico." I will usually get a response such as, "oh, well you don't look Puerto Rican." This is an opportunity for me to speak more about my culture as a Puerto Rican, but also my upbringing as a Latino and how we can educate people on the diversity of Latin@s as a whole. Remember... "one size does NOT fit all." 

Recently, I had the honor of being able to take a group of 18 first-generation college students to China on a global leadership immersion trip as part of my company, The Cultural Clarity Experience. Of the 18 students, 85% were Latinas. They represented the countries of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Honduras. Traveling throughout China, the young ladies began to create and share bonds with one another - dancing to salsa, speaking Spanish and sharing stories about Mamá. What they were also able to do was share differences that each country had from one another - whether it be different ways to make a certain food or a different way to say a word in Spanish. These were the details that showed similarities, but also highlighted the uniqueness of being Latin@. 

We may speak the same language and have familiar features... but, "one size does not fit all." 

With that experience, it is now their responsibility to serve as ambassadors and advocates for inclusion when it comes to the education of our culture as Latin@s, yes - but also the openness and understanding of other cultures. While they may have had that experience to themselves, they are now a window to the world for their communities and families. Showing worldwide, what it is to be "Latin@" and showcasing the beauty of cultural appreciation. 

As we move forward, I challenge you to view the world and cultures as an intricately made tossed salad. While each ingredient on its own is rich in flavor, taste and experience - together, they can create a taste that highlights each and every part, having a much more dynamic impact. 

Thank you to GlobalMindED for supporting these types of inclusion initiatives and providing a platform and audience. These discussions need to be had, but even more - these solutions need to be developed. It is an honor to contribute each year to the emerging First Gen Leaders who are making our world inclusive for generations to come. I look forward to seeing you all this June 6-8 in Denver.

To learn more about the experience in China, click here for the Video
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.

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. 


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.
4 billion people still don't have access to the internet! 90% of those without internet are in the developing world. SDG #9 - Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, hopes to bridge the digital divide so that all people around the world have equal access to information and technology.

Invest 2 minutes in Industry Innovation and Infrastructure 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

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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