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.
The GlobalMindED community is full of extraordinary, generous leaders who are passionate about opening doors of opportunity for others.  We've known and worked with Dr. Ryan Ross for the last decade. We've seen him grow the Urban Youth Leaders program and hand-pick deserving students for the GlobalMindED First Gen Leadership Class in addition to his day job bringing the highest level of equity to the community college and higher education space. We've worked with many high school students who have benefited from the all-expense paid tours of the HBCU's provided by the Urban Leadership Foundation, enabling them to find their perfect college fit, get loans and scholarships and anticipate life as a First Gen with total preparation. It is an honor to share Ryan's story and his guiding principles as someone who is a proud and unapologetically African American Inclusive Leader.
When you ask most individuals who they are, they often respond with the service level response such as their title or their affiliations, and if you're lucky, maybe even 1 or 2 things that pay tribute to their philosophy. However, when you ask Dr. Ryan Ross who he is, the response is quite different. Ross responds "I am an imperfect man who has committed his life to the pursuit of excellence. I am an individual who values family, the real and authentic power of education, and inspiring service in the interests of others. I am a friend who's willing to risk a relationship, to be honest. I am the standing reflection of a young man who was marginalized, counted out, and often discounted. I am unapologetically African American, which means my roots link me to Ghana, Louisiana, and Virginia. I don't know about you, but I've never seen black on any map, that is not my origin story, that is someone else's label."

Ross attributes his perspective to humble beginnings. In the absence of materialism was an abundance of relationships within his village; elders, mentors, and family who shared themselves freely with intention. These relationships taught both positive and negative lessons, lessons, which are invaluable because of what they taught in each interaction.  The greatest lessons learned were:
1) We have a responsibility no matter our station in life to serve in the public's interest. The community members must look out for those within the community.

2) Don't quit or be outworked. There are enough challenges for Black men, so don't allow yourself to become a barrier to your achievements.

3) Clean up your chaos. We will make mistakes and bad choices, but we must make it right.

4) People deserve dignity, grace amid ignorance, and an opportunity to become educated.

These lessons are the foundation of Ross and serve as the principles fueling his commitment to education, equity, justice, and supporting others in their self-actualization.

Ross is typically found serving students through the Colorado Community College System, developing people through the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, and taking any opportunity to add value to his immediate community.

Professionally Ross has worked to create equity and opportunity in NPO's, Educational institutions, and within the private sector.

When discussing his most significant accomplishment and greatest concerns, that answer is the same. Ross reports raising his children with a spirit of excellence, a heart of service, and the courage of the symbolic African lion.
Currently, Ross serves two posts; the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the Colorado Community College System and the president and CEO of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Ross lives by his motto,  "Why settle on being good when we are designed to be great!"

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 , please encourage them to 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.

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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