Motlow State President earns GlobalMindED Leader of the Year award

Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence was presented with the GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the 2 Year and Post Graduate Higher Education category at the GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Awards dinner in Denver. Pictured, l-r: Michael Celiberti, Motlow graduate; Robin Keel, human resources analyst; Dr. Torrence; Dr. Phyllis Adams, communications professor; Kirsten Moss, dean of students; Dr. Milton Nettles, Motlow adjunct faculty member; and Dr. Mika’il Petin, assistant vice president for student success. Motlow Staff Photo.

Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence was presented with the GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the 2 Year and Post Graduate Higher Education category at the GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Awards dinner in Denver. Pictured, l-r: Michael Celiberti, Motlow graduate; Robin Keel, human resources analyst; Dr. Torrence; Dr. Phyllis Adams, communications professor; Kirsten Moss, dean of students; Dr. Milton Nettles, Motlow adjunct faculty member; and Dr. Mika’il Petin, assistant vice president for student success. Motlow Staff Photo.

Since his arrival in May 2018, Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence has positioned the College as a national leader through its ranking as the top performing college in Tennessee.

GlobalMindED recently announced Torrence as the winner of the Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the 2 Year and Post Graduate Higher Education category for his outstanding work and commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. Torrence was one of three finalists in the category.

Dr. Michael Torrence is a generous, inclusive and innovative leader. We are delighted that he earned this award and we look forward to his influence on inclusive leaders who follow after him in the GlobalMindED community.
— Carol Carter, president and founder of GlobalMindED

“Dr. Michael Torrence is a generous, inclusive and innovative leader,” said Carol Carter, president and founder of GlobalMindED. “We are delighted that he earned this award and we look forward to his influence on inclusive leaders who follow after him in the GlobalMindED community.”

Torrence’s selection as a 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leader Award winner is an endorsement of the vision and outcomes he has achieved during his first year as president at Motlow State. The College’s ability to do good work for the communities it serves grows exponentially as its resources and collaborative relationships expand.

GlobalMindED, a Denver-based nonprofit promoting education and employment opportunities for first generation to college students, presented the inaugural Inclusive Leader Awards at a June 5 dinner in Denver. The dinner was the opening event in GlobalMindED’ s annual conference that convenes thought leaders in education, government and business to increase access to education, entrepreneurship and employment for first-generation to college students.

GlobalMindED seeks out and recognizes international leaders for their innovative ideas and actions promoting access and equity for people of color, women, LGBTQ and underrepresented groups through initiatives related to recruiting, professional development and advancement. Candidates for awards are among the world’s best at setting new standards for the education-to-employment pipeline.

“We are so fortunate to be able to honor this incredibly talented group of leaders,” added Carter. “They inspire all of us with their dedication and commitment to opening doors for people from diverse backgrounds and building a better future for the next generation of leaders.”

More than 1,200 inclusive leaders gathered across industries to open the doors of equity through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility at the GlobalMindED awards dinner. According to the organization, the awards recognize the most inclusive leaders 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.

The twelve industries recognized were Health and Wellness, Banking and Finance, Foundations and Funders, Non-Profits, Colleges/Higher Education, K-12 Education, Early Childhood Education, Technology, Space and Aerospace, Media and Arts, Entrepreneurship, General Inclusive Leadership and Equity.

GlobalMindED is a 501c3 organization dedicated to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline. Programs through the year include collaboratives providing more equity on college campuses and in the pipeline to post-secondary success. The Bold Goal is by 2025 to have 25 million ‘first generation to college graduates’, those who work with them and those who want to hire them, algorithmically connected to role models, mentors, internships and jobs.