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 the 50th anniversary of the pioneers who walked on the moon , we look forward to breaking new barriers in space and within the human capacity to love, connect and respect all around the world and in emerging frontiers. 

Leland Melvin, the winner of the 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Award in Space & Aerospace category, the first African American, First Gen to College, NFL want-to-be share his insights on the past and a vision for the future.
Leland D. Melvin, Retired NASA Astronaut

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, we remember the impact of those grainy black and white images flickering across our television screens. As a nation we were thrilled to see Neil Armstrong take the first step on the lunar surface. We watched it happen and we believed that anything was possible.

Representation matters. As I share my story I aspire to help all children believe that they can achieve what they dream - that they can see their dreams become reality. The lunar landing expanded our physical horizon, and I try to encourage children to pursue a growth mindset and opportunities for experiential learning - to expand their thinking and see a world of unlimited possibilities.

As we continue to champion diversity and inclusion, I am reminded of my training in the astronaut corps. My wilderness survival training partner, Sunni Williams, was one of four women in my 1998 induction class, and I was the only African American. Like many professional environments, the space industry has historically been very white and male. I was blessed to have a strong woman as a training partner and the strong support of family and friends as I pursued my goals at NASA. It made a huge difference.

Paying that support forward requires intentional action. I work with the RISE movement to support gender equality and give voice to those who have been victimized. My collaboration with the UN champions the seventeen sustainable development goals to alleviate poverty, promote education and transform our world. I travel internationally to places such as South Africa and Malawi, reaching underserved populations and girls through the WiSci (Women in Science) STEAM program - encouraging students to pursue educational goals and STEAM learning.

As one of 21 African Americans in the history of the astronaut corps, many people tell me that I embody diversity and inclusion simply by being a part of the program. It was never my intent or motivation. I actively pursued a career in science and engineering and applied to the astronaut program only after a hamstring injury led to a failed career in the NFL. I overcame difficult challenges, including deafness, to finally land a Space Shuttle assignment.

Helping the next generation of explorers overcome their own challenges and pursue their dreams motivates me to share my story. The aspiration is to promote and support opportunities for others - to mentor young engineers, speak out about the need for diversity in STEM, and encourage those who dream big to go for it!

Mentoring is such a vital aspect of supporting the younger generation. My long time friend, Katherine Johnson, was first a mentor during my initial years at NASA Langley. I have always held the highest respect for her - before Hidden Figures became a book and movie, before the naming of a building after her at NASA, before her Presidential Medal of Freedom - not just because of her achievements, but because she made time to support and encourage those coming up through the ranks. As a young engineer and scientist, I valued her leadership as an African American woman and skilled mathematician in the space industry. Inclusive leaders recognize the wisdom and leadership from those who have gone before, no matter the race, gender, or ethnicity.

I aspire to be such a mentor and such a leader - to help others build on the 50 year Apollo legacy of excellence - so we may all continue this journey with innovation, hope, and inspiration. Here's to the next 50 years!

Thank you for honoring me with this incredible 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Award in Space & Aerospace category. 
New York City, NY


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July 29, 2019 - Denver, CO

The Annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, a full-day conference which features national experts discussing cutting-edge diversity and inclusiveness topics. The Summit features two plenary speakers, four tracks comprised of 16 concurrent sessions, a practice pitch program and a reception.

With workplace environments experiencing ever-changing dynamics around societal changes, political movements, and biases related to racial, gender and generational, it is more important than ever to have the skills and tools necessary to drive strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to invite colleges and universities to apply for its third Inclusive Excellence competition (IE3). Institutions that receive a $1 million HHMI award will join the current IE community engaged in this work, supporting each other to build institutional capacity for student belonging. The Program Announcement is available as a PDF on the IE3 competition page. All schools that wish to submit a Pre-proposal must indicate their Intent to Apply online, and are encouraged to do so by the end of July. To learn more about the IE3 competition, read our press release or visit the IE3 competition page. 
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