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.
Today we are featuring Latino Leader Jeffrey Vargas, Board member for GlobalMindED and Co-Lead for the 2020 First Gen Student Leadership Program. He is President & CEO of Generationology LLC, 
a talent management and leadership organization building intergenerational leadership.
The Discipline of Leadership - Framework for an Inclusive Leader

How disciplined are you? 

That's the question I pondered last week as I prepared to serve as a speaker for the 2019 United States Military Academy (USMA) Diversity and Inclusion Conference. USMA, better known as West Point is identified by many as one of, it not the premier leadership development institution in the world. To say they are an elite place of higher -learning is an understatement; they have graduated 89 Olympians, 83 Medal of Honor Recipients, 20 Astronauts and 93 Rhode Scholars (United States Military Academy West Point, 2019). So, you might understand why I was a little intimidated to address West Point students (known as Cadets), Faculty and other professionals about the challenges all of us face trying to be inclusive leaders and effectively create and sustain a winning intergenerational leadership culture.

Though I was there to teach, I quickly realized that I had an additional calling - I was to be a student and absorb the insights, energy and innovative thinking that was permeating the room. Some of the most profound lessons I learned, I now share with you.

Always Set the Bar High, Focus Relentlessly on Results 

Inclusive leaders must be unapologetic about what can be possible in an organization that's committed to success. They must believe in setting the bar high and moving everyone in the direction of equality and inclusivity, even the traditional late adopters need to be included and encouraged to get on board. Everyone matters, every job matter, everyone has an important contribution to the mission. West Point preaches the values of duty, honor and country. They don't let the bar slip - they stay the course and ensure that every cadet is equipped with the character to lead during times of great challenge, and they are laser focused on achieving results.

Think of Humility and Empathy as Your Left and Right Hand

Inclusive leaders must be able to put themselves in the shoes of others and help advocate not just from their perch of leadership but from the perspective of an employee, regardless of their level of experience. They must see themselves having a left hand of humility that puts others first, and a right hand of empathy that listens and doesn't let someone go it alone. The West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS) is a 47-month purposeful integration of individual leader development and leadership development experiences within a culture of character growth. Principle two of the WPLDS systems says cadets will demonstrate the empathy, loyalty, respect, and humility that enable an individual to treat others with dignity and to display selflessness (United States Military Academy West Point, 2019).

Pause, and then Choose Inclusion

Diversity is all around us. We find it at the grocery store that stocks 15 different kinds of mustard; we find it in the hundreds of podcasts, cable TV shows, and satellite radio stations that are at available on-demand, at our fingertips. Being inclusive? Now that is a choice.

Inclusive leaders must not only advocate for greater inclusivity from a macro-level, but they should be the champions of celebrating at the micro-level employees who make a choice of greater inclusion in the workplace.  People respond to authentic praise, encouragement, and acknowledgement - it is the fuel that gives one reason to keep doing the right thing, the right way for the right reasons. West Point hosted this Diversity and Inclusion Conference because they were willing to learn new things from different leaders from around the country, they made us all feel like we belonged, they practiced the behaviors of an inclusive leader.

I encourage you to seek to become an even greater inclusive leader and find ways in your daily practice of leadership to set the bar high, be committed to humility and empathy and pause, and then choice inclusion.
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


September 25-28, 2019 - Denver, CO

At the 2019 Festival we will convene renowned experts and leaders from throughout the Americas for four days of events, workshops and performances designed to inspire critical thinking, accelerate and transform our business and social connections and promote action. This year's festival theme is "Empathy in Action" and will showcase the people and ideas across North and South America that are moving beyond divisions to build solutions to the most important issues we face together. 
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

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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