Vail Mountain School hosts ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ conference, Oct. 25-27 |

Vail Mountain School hosts ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ conference, Oct. 25-27

VAIL — Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder is again hosting its annual Global Solutions Forum at Vail Mountain School through Friday, Oct. 27. The event includes a keynote session with Vail Mountain School graduate and Colorado State Sen. Mike Johnston, as well four non-governmental organization leaders from around the world, on the transformative power of education.

A limited number of tickets are available for the keynote session, which takes place Friday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 a.m.

The annual Global Solutions Forum is a gathering of Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder partners: non-governmental organizations, alumni, educators, and businesses. This event creates opportunities for the Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder community to collaborate in support of effective strategies in global education and ethical leadership. The forum includes sessions at Vail Mountain School on the morning of Friday, Oct. 27 that are open to the public and two days of educational and professional opportunities for each partner segment in the organization. This event is presented by the Borgen Family Foundation.

In addition to Johnston, other forum presenters include Dr. Karambu Ringera, Founder and Director of International Peace Initiatives, Karma Sherpa, Founder and Director of The Small World, Alejandra Arias-Stella, Founder and Director of The Llama Pack Project, and Joselo Balderrama Hurtado, Director of the Rio Beni Health Foundation. Dr. Rebecca Stilwell, Professional Facilitator, will also present and facilitate during the education conference portion of the event.

This year’s forum will include a two-day professional development conference for educators. Teacher led workshops will showcase how global citizenship education is being infused through existing school programming in areas such as community service, arts, college admissions, core academics, athletics, travel abroad, advisories, parent education, and youth-led initiatives.

“The Global Solutions Forum is first and foremost a resource for our youth, but also a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to participate in a lively and informative session around the topic of ethical leadership,” said Bob Bandoni, Executive Director for Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder. “We believe that ethical leadership is the solution to bettering society, and it’s a topic which we can all agree is timely, and critical in today’s global environment. We hope members of the public will join us and participate.”

To buy tickets, go to and clicking the “general public” tab. The event will be streamed live on Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder Facebook page.

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