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.
This November, during Native American Heritage Month, we honor Native American people in our land, our heritage and our diversity as a nation. Ron Lessard, one of the leaders of GlobalMindED's Native People's Equity Team, works every day on behalf of Native people while connecting them with inclusive opportunities in education and employment. Meet Ron and many other Native leaders, business people and First Gen college students in Denver June 6-8 at GlobalMindED 2020.


I serve as the Acting Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native
Education (WHIAIANE). I also serve as the Department of Education's Tribal Consultation Official and was recently selected by the Department of Education to serve as a federal agency "Detailee" to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children (Commission). WHIAIANE supports activities that strengthen Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and supports the nation's youth by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students. I represented the Department of Education at the United Nations Working group on Indigenous Languages.

I previously served as the Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and was the Director of Cultural Competency for the National Minority Aids Education and Training Center (NMAETC) at Howard University College of Medicine.

I was the Executive Director of the Baltimore American Indian Center and served on the Baltimore City Crime Victim's Advisory Board, the Baltimore City Crime Victim's Advisory Board and the Governor's Commission Subcommittees on Native American senior's issues.


I am from the Mohawk Nation. My family is originally from the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve and moved to New England. I am a Sun Dancer and a United States Air Force Vietnam veteran where I held a Top Secret/Crypto Clearance.

My desire as a young man was to be a composer and arranger of jazz music. I received a Bachelor of Music in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I was always appalled by the way our people were treated. The myths and stereotypes of American Indian and Alaska Native portrayed by the entertainment and sports industries. Wounded Knee 1890 and 1972, Big Mountain, Mohawk Oka Crisis, the boarding school system, Leonard Peltier and the loss of Indian land through broken treaties.

My life's passion shifted to a passion for activism and protecting the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people. After seeing the conditions of our people throughout Indian country, I became deeply involved in the rights of AIAN people especially that of Native children and their education. I worked with the Dine' Elders on
Big Mountain and the Lakota people on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I was invited by the Elders to take part in the most sacred Sun Dance ceremony. I am an Eagle Dancer and have Sun Danced on Rose Bud Indian Reservation for over 20 years. This Spiritual path has guided me through my professional and personal life to this day. It is who
I am and why I am committed to the rights of Indigenous people and especially the rights of Native children to receive the best quality education in a culturally appropriate way whether it be in a Tribal College and University, a Bureau of Indian Education school, a tribally controlled or a rural or urban public school.

Much of my work includes efforts towards the preservation and revitalization of Native languages and the elimination of the offensive, harmful use of Native images in the schools and at sports events.

I honor the music and life of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bill Evans and all the jazz greats but more importantly I honor the Ancestors, Elders and the Medicine People who gave me the gift of our ceremonial way of life.

Ron Lessard (Wanbli Glinapa)
All My Relations (Mitakuye Oysasin)
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.

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; but emphasize 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

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.

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.
828 million people in the world live in slums and the number keeps rising! The growth of cities in our world are ideal for commerce, culture, productivity, and science. However, they also bring about challenges such as declining infrastructure, pollution, and lack of basic services for many citizens. SDG #11 aims to create sustainable cities and communities around the globe.

Invest 2 minutes in Sustainable Cities and Communities 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
Real Leaders is the world's first sustainable business & leadership magazine. We aim to inspire better leaders for a better world; a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. We want to ensure that the next generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to the best and brightest minds in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind. Real Leaders advises and positions leaders to thrive in the new economy.

"There is an incredible opportunity to make a difference as a 'Real Leader' - now" - Sir Richard Branson
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."
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!
November 14-15, 2019 - Denver, CO

The Energy Africa Conference connects organizations and firms across the globe to projects in the African power sector that are in-line with the Power Africa Initiative. Under the theme, Smart Cities in Africa and Business Opportunities, this not-for-profit, cost-recovery endeavor, provides a unique opportunity for high level multi disciplinary partners from national governments, private industry, civil society, and academia to share best practices and collaborate on advancing resilient energy systems to meet Africa's energy demand.

This year the Energy Africa Conference is proud to present luminaries such as the Minister of Energy from Zambia, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunication from Cameroon, the Zambian Ambassador to the US, the Mayor of Denver, well known Venture Capitalist Carl Ledbetter, and philanthropist Trammel Crow.  Join hundreds of high-level decision makers as they dialog, share best practices, partner and invest in high return projects in Africa's energy sector. Do well by doing good.

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

December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm EST

Hear from members of the Women's Student Association as they reflect on their MBA experience and discuss the environment, resources, and support, for women at HBS.
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!
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