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.
V ance is a Board member-elect for GlobalMindED. He represents many African American leaders in our community who have surmounted every obstacle and are now dedicated to helping the next generation of diverse, low-income and first generation students achieve the same personal, professional and financial success that they have achieved. Vance's story is part of a series celebrating Black History month this February with GlobalMindED's impressive luminaries. Please share these stories with First Gen students you teach, advise or coach, share them in your place of work and read them yourself to gain insight and inspiration.
Vance is a Colorado native. His father was Caucasian and his mother is African American. They met and began dating in Los Angeles, California in 1955. Vance's parents were not only first-generation college graduates, they were also first-generation graduate students. Vance's father had a PhD and his mother has a master's degree with enough credits to earn a PhD.
Whereas, Vance's maternal grandmother's family welcomed Vance's Mom, his paternal grandmother did not want her son marrying an African American woman. But when she met her, she changed her perception and fell in love with Vance's mother also.
Vance's parents waited to get married, because California had Anti-Miscegenation Laws prohibiting interracial marriage, until the California Supreme Court overturned this legislation in 1959. Vance's parents were not able to purchase a home in the nicer (white) communities in Los Angeles because the real estate agents would not take an interracial couple to these neighborhoods.
In 1966, Vance's parents moved to Greeley, Colorado, when Vance's father received a job offer as a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Northern Colorado  and Vance's mother, a schoolteacher, was hired by the School of Education at the University.
Vance's parents built a house in the country and Vance was born in 1968. He grew up in Greeley and  was usually the only black kid in his class Vance was raised by his parents to judge a person by their character and not by the color of their skin. His parents also instilled a strong work ethic and an appreciation of people from all different backgrounds. Vance went to Colorado State University and received a bachelor's degree in political science. He then graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law. Vance put himself through college and law school, often working two different jobs to pay for expenses.
Vance clerked for a state district court judge for one year in Fort Collins, Colorado. After completing his clerkship he was hired by the Denver City Attorney's Office as a prosecutor. While working as a prosecutor, he tried over 300 trials, 30 of which were jury trials. Vance spent 5 years in the Denver City Attorney's Office before going into private practice with one of Denver's most prestigious law firms. Once again, Vance was usually the only black person in the board room or in the courtroom who was not in custody.
Currently, Vance is a partner and Chair of the Employment and Labor Department at the Denver Office of Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience defending and counseling management in dealing with employment discrimination and employment relation s matters throughout the U.S. He has also lectured and written extensively on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to how the Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Employers. KUSA 9News interviewed him for the story "How Your Facebook Status Could Get You in Trouble at Work." Additionally, he has been interviewed by Newsweek, The Denver Post, and The Denver Business Journal on the impact of medical and recreational marijuana in the workplace.

Vance has been very active in the Colorado legal community serving as the President of the Sam Cary Bar Association, a member of the Denver Bar Association Board of Trustees, the Colorado Bar Association, Disability Law Colorado, and the University of Colorado Law Alumni Board. Vance is a board member elect of GlobalMindED.

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. 

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 , apply 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.
The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.   

Submission deadline: April 13, 2020.

As you start the New Year, are you looking for ways to re-engineer your classroom culture? Check out Designing the Future: How Engineering Builds Creative Critical Thinking in the Classroom. The associated website has lots of activities, projects, and resources you can implement immediately. Our fall workshops using the book as a roadmap for change have been highly successful. Start designing the future today - try using the customized Study Guide for a book study in your PLC. Or contact ProjectEngin or Solution Tree to learn how you can bring professional development based on Ann's book to your school, district, or conference.


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.
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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