GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Carol Carter in December 2013. After years of speaking at international conferences—and witnessing the power of technology, innovation, collaboration, and student involvement to change educational outcomes—Carter, Bena Kallick, and Art Costa were inspired to establish a conference with both a global and local emphasis. The GlobalMindED conference brings talented thinkers from around the world to Denver each June, including leaders in education, business, government and nonprofits, to seek solutions for persistent educational and workforce challenges that are holding back economic growth and social change throughout the world.
A top priority for GlobalMindED is to increase access and opportunities in the United States to higher education and STEM-related courses and careers for first-generation-to-college students. At the GlobalMindED conference, students start to prepare themselves for 21st century jobs as they develop the confidence to succeed. They learn professional skills, find internships, and form mentoring relationships that they take with them when the conference ends. At the same time, professional attendees collaborate on innovative and impactful approaches to student and workplace success.