The 2017 Summit will spark dialogue about the courage needed to find strength in the diversity of our global community.

2017 Summit

Leading Bravely: Finding Strength in Diversity

March 30 – April 1, 2017 | DoubleTree Chicago, Magnificent Mile

Humanity is approaching a critical tipping point. With public leaders polarizing issues and discontent rising from neighborhoods across the globe, our diverse global community could become more fragmented instead of more connected. Fear could prevail over love.

Every day, however, GlobeMed provides a counterpoint to this possibility. Our commitment to working towards health equity is a vehicle to transcend fragmentation. Our network proves that it is possible to find strength in diversity.

As we enter our second decade, we can become leaders who have the courage to bridge divides. We can be leaders who have the capacity to solve problems with individuals who hold opposing views. We can be leaders who advance health equity in our daily actions.

This year’s Summit will create opportunities for delegates to tap into the relationships, values, and spirit of the GlobeMed network to help us lead bravely in the years ahead.

Purchase your tickets here.

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Thursday, March 30

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Delegate Registration

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Small Group Facilitator Training

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Opening Reception

Exhibits by regional artists

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Keynote Performance & Story Slam, Art as a Catalyst for Change

Aisha Fukushima, raptivist, singer, educator

Friday, March 31

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Opening Session

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Leadership Track Workshops

Build: Ron Brenneman, Founder of Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, El Salvador

Innovate: Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow on Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Dr. Brent Savoie, Co-Founder of Primeros Pasos, Guatemala

Awaken: Jane Ekayu, Founder of Children of Peace, Uganda

Empower: Shirley Seng, Co-Founder of Kachin Women’s Association, Thailand

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Community Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Networking Session

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Leadership Track Seminars

Build: Edgar Cahn, Founder of Timebanks USA

Awaken: Aisha Fukushima, raptivist, singer, educator

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | Small Group Reflection

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Keynote Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Keynote Speech, Courageous Public Leadership

Jan Schakowsky, United States Congresswoman

Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia

Saturday, April 1

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Creating Bridges: A Journey Towards Community

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Leadership Track Seminars 

Innovate: Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Innovation for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Empower: Kelly Hayes, Native writer and organizer, Founder of Chicago Light Brigade and Lifted Voices

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Lunch + Learn

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Keynote Speech, Women Leadership in the 21st Century

K. Sujata, CEO/President of Chicago Foundation for Women

Jane Ekayu, Founder and Director of Children of Peace Uganda

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Alumni Reception (Open to all graduating seniors)

6:45 PM – 7:30 PM | Small Group Reflection

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Closing Dinner

Alyssa Smaldino, Executive Director of GlobeMed

Our Speakers


Leadership Tracks

The 2017 Summit content will allow delegates to explore four approaches for engaging with complex challenges. Every leader has a combination of these approaches within us and around us. The question is: how do we bravely tap into each approach to advance equity?

Build: Learn from leaders who build systems to tackle complex challenges. For example, data analysts use this approach to structure health care policy recommendations around data.

Innovate: Learn from leaders who see possibility where others do not. For example, entrepreneurs use human-centered design methods to develop urban farming products for communities with low access to fresh foods.

Awaken: Learn from leaders who use creative communication to express ideas. For example, social activists use this approach to produce media to shift public dialogue.

Empower: Learn from leaders who organize our communities to advance human and civil rights. Community organizers use this approach to inspire individuals to take targeted actions that advance systemic change.

We are excited to spark dialogue about these leadership approaches and highlight the work of brilliant individuals who model the courage needed to find strength in the diversity of our global community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application in addition to the Eventbrite registration?

For paying participants, the Eventbrite registration is all you need to complete. For participants who are requesting financial assistance to attend, there is ALSO an application for that, which is located on the GlobeMed Collaboratory. Step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Financial Assistance Application can be found here.

Read more FAQs here.