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 women who make a difference this week and this month, we are delighted to share the story of one our featured speakers, Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President of Programs and Education at TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity.  As a child, Katherine overcame shyness and bullying to persist and succeed.  She is a role model for courageous low-income teenagers and First Gen to college students we support through GlobalMIndED as well as introverts of all backgrounds, ages, and stages.

You are a global woman who cares deeply about people from all cultures. How did this interest and appreciation for diversity develop within you? 
As a young girl I was actually quite shy and introverted. I learned the hard way that sometimes when you present as fearful you become a target of bullying. I recall mean things being said about me and to my face by people who knew very little about me. As I matured, I knew that one of my goals in life was to be a teacher and to help protect others from being made to feel insignificant. Those early feelings of uncertainty about myself and my identity led me to learn the value in reaching out to get to know people and be curious about their lives. While I still want to ensure safety for others, I am more determined to support their journey to find self-worth and value.
How does your work at TGR Foundation further your personal goals for inclusion, access and equity? 
The vision of TGR Foundation is grounded in the principles of inclusivity, access and equity. We know that opportunity is not universal, but we hope to change that. All of the educational programs we offer are designed to facilitate access for all of our stakeholders - students, teachers, families and the community.
You will be leading a main stage panel at GlobalMindED this June entitled: Creating Unlikely Partnerships to Close the Equity Gap. What made you think of that title and why are those partnerships so important to reach uncommon and much needed results?
Developing an innovative culture requires that we learn to work with and adapt to changing conditions. As we partner with organizations that seemingly don't "fit", it creates an opportunity for conversation, reflection and ultimately the creation of something amazing. On a basic level, the world continues to change, so staying in the status quo inhibits growth and creativity. It is in everyone's best interest to seek unlikely partnerships to remain viable and produce the greatest impact.
During this International Week of Women, what is one wish you hold most for all women? 
One wish I have for women around the world is for them to seek every opportunity to lift one another up. In a world where women still struggle for equity it is most important that we make a point to celebrate our achievements and those of others. Take time to not only mentor other women but also be an advocate on their behalf. 
Katherine Bihr Ed.D. is the Vice President of Programs and Education for  TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity, providing direction to the personnel programs and operations of the TGR Learning Lab and the Earl Woods Scholar Program. TGR Foundation provides STEM career exploration and college preparation programs to high-potential, low-opportunity youth and families. Through this work, she realized the importance of sharing these programs with educators and created TGR EDU: Create - a professional learning program, and TGR EDU: Explore - a digital resource designed for educators to use with students.  
Prior to joining TGR Foundation, Dr. Bihr was the principal of Vista View Middle School in Fountain Valley, CA. She is the 2019 Chair of the STEM Funders Network; a national organization providing resources and professional learning to help teachers, parents, and out-of-school providers to better inspire and prepare youth in STEM. She also serves on the board of directors for Project Tomorrow, which supports the innovative use of science, math, and technology resources in K-12 schools and communities. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty for the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
Meet Katherine in person June 6-8 at GlobalMindED as she leads the panel -  The Future of Work is Collaborative: Unlikely Partnerships Closing the Equity Gap.

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. 

We hope you can join us for virtual unplugged conversations around advancing women and activating solutions for change. Discussions will be held from Monday, March 9 - Thursday, March 12 via this link:

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.
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."
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