Apr 5, 2017

Highlights from the 2017 GlobeMed Summit

by Balungile Belz

The 11th annual GlobeMed Summit “Leading Bravely: Finding Strength in Diversity” took place on March 30 – April 1, 2017 in Chicago, IL.

Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:

Keynote: Art as a Catalyst for Change (Watch now) & Story Slam

We kicked off the Summit with a performance by RAPtivist Aisha Fukushima. Aisha is the founder of RAPtivism, and used her Opening Performance as an opportunity to explore how music and art can inspire collaboration, courage and change. We also heard from delegates who shared their powerful stories in the form or rap and poetry. Thank you to Camille Cooley, Leon Collins, Ally Malecha, Kalinda Ndayambaje, Gerald Guevarra, and Emilie Umuhire for sharing your thoughts with us. We learned so much from each of you!

Keynote: Courageous Public Leadership

US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky takes on the United States’ most important issues with commitment, passion and bravery. During her keynote, she shared about her experiences leading bravely as a public servant and advocate for the rights of working class people, the Affordable Care Act, and comprehensive immigration reform, among other issues.

Keynote: Women Leadership in the 21st Century (Watch now)

Jane Ekayu, founder of Children of Peace Uganda, and K. Sujata, President and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women. Their keynote focused on how they overcame great odds to attain power and resources to uplift other women and girls in their communities.

Thank you to Jane Ekayu, Aisha Fukushima, Jan Schakowsky, and K. Sujata for delivering impactful keynotes that reflected on brave leadership and the importance of diversity in global health and the social justice movement.

Leadership Tracks

This year, Summit curators Alexis Barnes and Priya Fremerman created four Leadership Tracks – Build, Innovate, Awaken and Learn – to help delegates discover their own leadership approaches and capacity to deal with complex challenges.

Closing Dinner: Senior Speeches (Read)

In concluding Summit, delegates heard from two graduating seniors, Bella Chavez from Indiana University and Juliana Madzia from the University of Cincinnati. Both leaders shared about their time as GlobeMed members and the impact that GlobeMed had had on their lives.

Closing Dinner Speech (Read or watch)

Outgoing GlobeMed Executive Director Alyssa Smaldino, who first joined the GlobeMed at The George Washington University chapter as a student, shared her Closing Speech. She reflected on the past nine years that she spent with GlobeMed, which contributed to her own growth as a leader who has worked bravely to steer GlobeMed past its first decade.

Thank you for being a part of the 2017 GlobeMed Summit

Thank you to all our sponsors, especially the foundational supporter of Summit, Northwestern University. Further thanks to the Office of the President and Provost, Weinberg College of Arts and Science, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the International Studies Program, Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the School of Education and Social Policy, and the Asian Studies Program.

Special thanks go to USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program II, Medtronic Foundation, Irvin Stern Foundation, and Becton Dickinson.

Thanks to speakers Ron Brenneman (Amún Shéa), Edgar Cahn and Christine Gray (TimeBanks USA), Leon Collins, Dr Roopa Dhatt (Women in Global Health), Dr Melissa Gilliam (Ci3 at the University of Chicago), Kelly Hayes (Chicago Light Brigade and Lifted Voices), Bonnie Koenig (Going International), Loyce Pace (Global Health Council), Ken Patterson (RESULTS US), Sharon Rudy, Juan Garcia and Maribel Sierra (Global Health Fellows Program II), Brent Savoie (Primeros Pasos), Shirley Seng (Kachin Women’s Association Thailand), Roger Thurow (Chicago Council on Global Affairs) and Robin Young (Child Family Health International). You delivered invaluable insights into the importance of awakening, building, innovating, and empowering global health leaders, now and into the future. Thank you for allowing GlobeMed to be your partner in thought leadership.

Our Alumni network was also really instrumental in making this year’s Summit an inclusive and inviting space, so we want to express our gratitude to Donya Ahmadian, Ankur Asthana, Beth Larsen, Fanny Lau, Mia Lei, and Gerald Guevarra for facilitating and creating phenomenal and engaging workshops that centred on leading bravely. We also want to thank the GlobeMed Alumni Association for your continued support in building GlobeMed’s impact and sustaining your legacy long after you have graduated.

Give to GlobeMed 

We want to continue #leadingbravely with you. Please consider giving $10 or more. Donate by Friday April 7th at 11:59pm EDT, and GlobalGiving will match your one-time donation of up to $50 at 50%. And if you set up a recurring donation, GlobalGiving will double it by matching at 200%!

To learn more about the 2017 Summit, check out the Storify to explore perspectives shared on social media throughout the conference. 


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