Global Inclusion Forum (GIF)

The Global Inclusion Forum (GIF) is designed by and for
international participants

The Global Inclusion Forum (GIF) is designed by and for international participants

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Note: Breakfast is included.
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
Session Co-Hosts: Nene Molefi and Lynda White
Session Co-Presenter: Bjørn Z. Ekelund
Cost: $1695
Note: The registration fee covers all three conference days and includes: the Global Inclusion Forum (Day 1, April 10), 3 breakfasts and lunches, breaks, opening reception, 4 general sessions, 84 concurrent sessions. The 30th Anniversary and Awards Celebration dinner and keynote (Day 2, April 11) is optional and an additional $60
Participation: Intended for participants living and working outside of the United States or those whose work is international or global in scope. Contact the Forum office for more information about participation.

Session Co-Hosts

Session Co-Presenter

Nene Molefi
Lynda White
Bjørn Z. Ekelund

Session Co-Hosts

Nene Molefi
Lynda White

Session Co-Presenter

Bjørn Z. Ekelund

Immigration, Migration and Integration: It’s OUR Issue

As the world globalizes and political unrest heightens, issues of migration and immigration are on the rise. Western countries are challenged to integrate immigrant populations into their systems, and news headlines often fail to capture issues and challenges of non Western countries. Cross border conflicts force refugees to leave their native countries, while economic migrants are voluntarily leaving in search of greater opportunity. Regardless the motivation, the demand or decision to uproot can be difficult and finding new ground for stability, economic viability and belonging comes with risks. GIF welcomes international speaker(s) who will create a shared context; lead an exploration of the issues unearthing obstacles and tensions; explore patterns and trends; and lead and invite sharing of programs and best practice so that participants can learn from the experiences of those present.

Sample Topics


What must we do as a global, national, or local, community to understand and manage the complexities of migration, immigration and integration?


How can we understand the variables that most impact individual countries and regions within the universal context?


How can we minimize trafficking and exploitation of migrant workers and deal with the aftermath of these on new immigrants to our countries?


What skills, programs, policies, training are needed to integrate new talent? How do we consider skills transfer and professional accreditations?


How can we work together to ensure overall positive impact: for migrants and immigrants, their host/adopted country and their country of origin?


8:00 - 8:45 am

Networking breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 am

Welcome, with guest author Howard Ross

9:30 - 10:15 am

GIF session opening

10:15 am - 12:30 pm

Keynote presentation, dialogue and active participation

12:30 - 1:15 pm

Lunch break, informal networking

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Transition to Open Space Technology (OST)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

OST participation, with breaks as needed

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Reconvene, report outs, closing