The Global Solutions Forum

An international collaboration of SStS partners

What is the Global Solutions Forum?

 

The annual Global Solutions Forum is a gathering of all SStS partners: NGOs, students, alumni, course instructors, global liaisons, and businesses. This three-day event from October 13 -16 creates opportunities for the SStS community to collaborate in support of effective strategies in global education and ethical leadership. True partners create time to work together in shared space, to laugh, to remind each other of our shared value. The Forum includes a half day of sessions at Vail Mountain School on October 14 that is open to the public and two days of specific educational and professional opportunities for each partner segment in our organization. This event is presented by Borgen Family Foundation.

Presenters

Schedule

Friday Morning, Oct. 14

Keynote presentations by Natalie Warne and Bob Vanourak.
Classroom sessions by NGO presenters and SStS alumni.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available. To reserve seats, click on the box below and use the coupon code SStS2016.

Location

The keynote addresses will occur in the Peter Abuisi Theater at Vail Mountain School.
The classroom sessions will be held in various locations throughout the school.

Lodging and Meals

Antlers at Vail is the Forum’s sponsoring hotel. In addition to being awarded Vail’s highest-level Platinum lodging rating, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and GreenLeader status, Antlers at Vail was recently named a “Best Ski Hotel for Families” by Curbed Ski. 

We are fortunate to call Antlers at Vail a Shoulder-to-Shoulder partner and encourage you to book accommodations directly through their front desk for a Forum discounted rate. 

Beautiful one bedroom condos start at $139. Forty percent discounts are offered for larger units. Use the code SSTS16 on their website to access these generous deals.

Thurs. Oct. 13

4 p.m. opening session with other students and introduction to forum programs.
Settle into home stays with evening activities planned by host families.

Fri. Oct. 14

Attend and participate in Global Solutions sessions run by SStS alumni at VMS.
Interactive workshops in advocacy and leadership skills.
Dinner and evening social activities planned by SStS and hosts.

Sat. Oct. 15

Interactive workshops in global citizenship and creating an action plan.
Afternoon session focused on sharing ideas with school representatives.
Celebratory dinner with members of the SStS community and other guests.

Sun. Oct. 16

Closing session for sharing and feedback.
Depart by 10 a.m.

Location

All events and workshops that are part of the Global Solutions Forum will occur on or near the campus of Vail Mountain School and Antlers at Vail.

Lodging and Meals

Upon your arrival in Vail on Thursday until your departure on Sunday, all meals will be provided by your homestay hosts or arranged by SStS. Similarly, your homestay hosts will handle lodging.  

Travel and Transportation

Guests who will be traveling to Colorado for the forum are asked to arrive at Denver International Airport before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 so that they are able to arrive in Vail for the opening session at 4 p.m. In order to attend the full conference, flights home should be arranged after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Upon your arrival in Vail, SStS will handle all necessary transportation. Shuttles to and from the airport are also being arranged. More information on this logistical detail is forthcoming. For parents attending the forum, if you need assistance securing lodging, please contact Susanne Johnson ([email protected]) for discounted options.

If you are coming from Colorado, Mike Beerntsen will be in contact as the forum approaches to help organize carpools.

Tues. Oct. 11

NGO guests begin to arrive.

Wed. Oct. 12

Preparing for presentations.
Tour of Vail and cultural experiences.
Dinner at the Bandoni home.

Thurs. Oct. 13

Lead classroom presentations at Vail Mountain School for younger students.
3 p.m. meet and greet session with SStS Executive Board.
4 p.m. opening session with all attending members of the SStS community.
Celebratory opening dinner at the cabin.

Fri. Oct. 14

Attend keynote presentations and participate in Global Solutions sessions with SStS alumni.
Participate in afternoon collaborative workshops with emBOLDen Alliances.
Dinner reception at Antlers at Vail.

Sat. Oct. 15

Interactive seminars focused on capacity building by emBOLDen Alliances.
Celebratory dinner with members of the SStS community and other guests.

Sun. Oct. 16

Closing session.
Depart by noon for other SStS partner schools.

Location

All events and workshops that are part of the Global Solutions Forum will occur on or near the campus of Vail Mountain School and Antlers at Vail.

Lodging and Meals

Upon your arrival in Vail until your departure on Sunday, all meals will be provided or arranged by SStS. Lodging will be provided free of charge courtesy of Antlers at Vail. After leaving Colorado, the faculty and hosts at our partner schools will provide your lodging and meals.

Travel and Transportation

If traveling from overseas, SStS will also handle all of your travel arrangements. We will purchase your international and domestic flights. While in Colorado, we will take care of all of your transportation needs. You will then depart from Colorado on Sunday, Oct. 16 with faculty members from the partner schools you will be visiting. They will handle all of your transportation needs until you leave the United States.

Thurs. Oct. 13

4 pm opening session with all attending members of the SStS community.
Celebratory opening dinner at the cabin.

Fri. Oct. 14

Morning Global Solutions sessions run by SStS alumni, NGOs, and keynote speakers.
Afternoon session on developing a culture of authentic ethical leadership on GSC campuses led by Rebecca Stilwell and Bill Cotter.
Dinner reception at Antlers at Vail.

Sat. Oct. 15

Continue workshops dedicated to developing a culture of authentic ethical leadership on GSC campuses.
Meeting with students and course instructors – students as active players.
Celebratory dinner with members of the SStS community and other guests.

Sun. Oct. 16

Closing session for sharing and feedback.
Depart by 10 a.m.

Location

All events and workshops that are part of the Global Solutions Forum will occur on or near the campus of Vail Mountain School and Antlers at Vail.

Lodging and Meals

Travel and Transportation

Guests who will be traveling to Colorado for the forum are asked to arrive at Denver International Airport before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 so that they are able to arrive in Vail for the opening session at 4 p.m. In order to attend the full conference, flights home should be arranged after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. If you need assistance arranging a shuttle to Vail or a rental car, please contact Mike Beerntsen at [email protected].

If you are coming from Colorado, Mike Beerntsen will be in contact as the forum approaches to help organize carpools if you are interested.

Thurs. Oct. 13

4 pm opening session with all attending members of the SStS community.
Celebratory opening dinner at the cabin.

Fri. Oct. 14

Morning Global Solutions sessions run by SStS alumni, NGOs, and keynote speakers.
Afternoon session on developing a culture of authentic ethical leadership on GSC campuses led by Rebecca Stilwell and Bill Cotter.
Dinner reception at Antlers at Vail.

Sat. Oct. 15

Continue workshops dedicated to developing a culture of authentic ethical leadership on GSC campuses.
Meeting with students and course instructors students as active player.
Celebratory dinner with members of the SStS community and other guests.

Sun. Oct. 16

Closing session for sharing and feedback.
Depart by 10 a.m.

Location

All events and workshops that are part of the Global Solutions Forum will occur on or near the campus of Vail Mountain School and Antlers at Vail.

Lodging and Meals

Travel and Transportation

Guests who will be traveling to Colorado for the forum are asked to arrive at Denver International Airport before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 so that they are able to arrive in Vail for the opening session at 4 p.m. In order to attend the full conference, flights home should be arranged after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. If you need assistance arranging a shuttle to Vail or a rental car, please contact Mike Beerntsen at [email protected].

If you are coming from Colorado, Mike Beerntsen will be in contact as the forum approaches to help organize carpools if you are interested.

Event Sponsors

TownOfVail
VailMountain-School
TheAntlers

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