October 26-28, 2014 Washington, DC
Special Thanks to Close It Summit and Jobs Madness Supporter
Agenda at a glance SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th 5:00 PM
Disruption Showcase & Opening Night Reception Capital Terrace
MONDAY OCTOBER 27th 7:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast Foyer 1
The Close It Morning Talk Show Presidential Ballroom
Opening Keynote: Setting Up the National Challenge Presidential Ballroom
Thoughts from the Chief Provocateur Presidential Ballroom
Ready for Job Day 1: Who is Responsible & How do we get there? Presidential Ballroom
Agenda Mash up
Federal A + B, S. American A + B 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Refreshments & Snacks Upper Lobby
Presidential Ballroom 12:00 PM
What will it Really take to Reach the Impossible Dream - City by City Presidential Ballroom
“If they will just show up on time” - what about Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Collaboration Presidential Ballroom
Deeper Learning Session #1: How to Train, Assess & Hire for Deeper Learning Skills Federal A
Deeper Learning Session #2: Integrating Deeper Learning into the Hiring Process Federal B
Deeper Learning Session #3: Employer Design Session - What Badges would you use to hire employees? Let’s design them right now! South American B
BREAK, Networking & Tweeting Foyer 1
The Three Legged Stool: Assessing, Training & Hiring Presidential Ballroom
The Foundation: The Cornerstone of Skills and Jobs for Youth Employment Presidential Ballroom
Closing Remarks & Intro to Jobs Madness Presidential Ballroom
Networking Reception Capital Terrace
Tuesday October 28th 7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast Foyer 1
It’s About the Economy - Duh. Employability Skills - The BRT Project Presidential Ballroom
Jobs Madness Pitches & Audience Voting Presidential Ballroom
BREAK, Networking & Tweeting Foyer 1
Paving the Way for a Transferrable Skills System Presidential Ballroom
Presidential Ballroom 12:30 PM
From Albuquerque to NE Ohio: Scaling a Skills-Based, Demand-Driven Model Presidential Ballroom
Remarks from the U.S. Department of Labor Presidential Ballroom
The Finished “Product”: Where Supply Meets Demand and Demand Meets supply Presidential Ballroom
Jobs Madness Grand Prize Winners & Giveaways Presidential Ballroom
Capital Hilton Floor Plan â€” 2nd floor
Welcome Welcome to the 2nd Close It Summit. Last year our theme was “Be a Game Changer”, playing on the theme of the film “Moneyball”, the famous baseball movie and the story of one rogue scout that analyzed data to find the hidden talent that existed to win the game. We heard from many of you that you learned things at the inaugural Close It Summit that you didn’t know. It was our attempt to begin a more disruptive conversation around the need for new solutions that use data and research to find a hidden talent pool. And most importantly a willingness for behavior change of all players— Demand, Supply, Intermediaries and Government. This year we continue the theme of disruption, with a focus on JOBS. We are grateful that you are here with us to participate not only as an onlooker but as an expert in the field of education to employment. This year’s attendees are extremely knowledgeable in education and workforce and bring thousands of years of combined experience in education, training, economic development and JOBS. My calculation is somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 YEARS of experience. Our lagging global competitiveness continues to be one of our country’s most pressing issues—what are the solutions going to be? Texas A & M’s recent definition of competitiveness is “the degree to which a country can, under free and fair market conditions, meet the test of international markets, while simultaneously maintaining and expanding the real incomes of its citizens.” At the heart of global competitiveness is employment and income for our citizens. Close It 2014 is about advancing more solutions that will do exactly that. Our global competitiveness will require more innovation and disruption, and a realization of what doesn’t work any longer. But most of all it will take tremendous collaboration. We at Innovate+Educate commit to collaboration, disruption and change in 2015 and beyond. Join us.
Jamai Blivin CEO Innovate+Educate
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Thank you to our close it sponsors
Thank you to our Media Partners The Close It Summit is grateful to our media partners for driving a national conversation around these critical issues.
Thank you to our Organizing Partners Innovate+Educate and The Close It Summit would like to thank our Organizing Partners for their expertise, hard work and collaboration in making The Close It Summit a meaningful, action-oriented and multi-perspective event.
Disruption Showcase Apploi http://www.apploi.com - @Apploi Apploi is a hiring community that utilizes interactive tools, including audio and video interview questions, to allow candidates to apply to jobs. Employers can recruit talent using advanced filters and scoring tools to expedite the hiring process. Apploi can be accessed through personal devices and iPad kiosks at companies, community and job centers, shipping centers, and many other locations.
BraveNewTalent http://www.bravenewtalent.com - @BraveNewTalent BraveNewTalent is an enterprise platform to host knowledge sharing communities. Communities enable organizations such as Lockheed Martin, Right Management and CEB to use curated content to engage and develop members inside and outside of the organization. Communities of Purpose can be created around any stakeholder group such as Veterans, STEM, Women, Diversity, Sustainability, Innovation and Leadership development. The company is creating a ‘Knowledge Graph’ by tracking members’ informal learning consumption.
Burning Glass Technologies http://www.burning-glass.com - @Burning_Glass Burning Glass Technologies is a leading provider of real-time labor market data and analysis. Our solutions analyze millions of live job openings and career patterns to match people with jobs, map careers, and identify skill gaps. Our clients include national and state workforce agencies, educational institutions, Fortune 500 employers, and global recruitment organizations.
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th 5-7 PM College for America http://collegeforamerica.org - @CollforAmerica College for America—a part of the accredited, nonprofit Southern New Hampshire University—is built specifically to work for working adults and their employers and to better connect workforce research, higher education, and labor market needs. Driven by its mission to radically expand access to and improve the quality of higher education, College for America partners with companies and nonprofits nationwide to offer their employees rigorous associates’s and bachelor’s degrees. These degree programs are uniquely affordable ($2,500 per year), self-paced and built to develop competencies and promotable skills through project-based, real-world learning—instead of traditional lectures and credit hours.
College Track http://collegetrack.org - @collegetrack College Track is a college completion program working to increase high school graduation, college eligibility and enrollment, and college graduation rates.
Doran Jones http://www.doranjones.com - @DoranJonesInc In the past year, IT consulting firm Doran Jones has partnered with national nonprofit Per Scholas to initiate a uniquely powerful public-private partnership focused on the software testing industry. Through this partnership, Doran Jones will bring 150 software testing jobs to Per Scholas’ location in the South Bronx, in the city’s first Urban Development Center (UDC).
General Assembly https://generalassemb.ly - @GA At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive program long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing. Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at nine campuses across four continents. General Assembly spans 13 cities around the world.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th 5-7 PM
Job Market Maker http://www.jobmarketmaker.com - @JobMarketMaker Job Market Maker is a four-way multi-sided platform that mediates all parts of the job placement puzzle to create stable matches between employers and candidates. The system has three components that operate in unison with each other to Classify abilities, Identify matches/gaps, and Solve inequalities in the labor market equation.
Olin College of Engineering: An Act of “Philanthropic” Disruption http://www.olin.edu - @OlinCollege After years of giving millions of dollars to construct buildings on college campuses across the country, the Olin Foundation liquidated its remaining assets in 1997 to fund an entirely new engineering school. This Boston-based, small start-up college has an ambitious vision to change the status quo of engineering education, attracting diverse students to the field and graduating innovators who can solve the world’s complex future challenges. Olin has no academic departments or tenured faculty. It is gender balanced, and was co-founded by 30 partner students. Instead of the mind-numbing “math/science death march,” students at Olin are using their hands through project-based learning to engineer from Day One.
RealizeIt http://realizeitlearning.com - @RealizeItLearn Realizeit helps make commercially viable mass individualization of learning and skill development in a new and disruptive way that yields better and demonstrable results and returns for learners, educators, sponsors and employers alike. Realizeit is a platform powered by an intelligent, predictive learning engine that can be applied to any skill domain, using content from any source. It provides a highly personalized adaptive learning experience for the individual learner and continuous real-time actionable learning insights for the adult-learner, educator, sponsor and employer.
Skills.com http://www.skills.com - @skillsdotcom_ Skills.com is a new way to develop and show off skills that can be put to work immediately. Our members learn from a community whose skills are recognized, current and relevant. We believe that when these skills are shared and practiced on an innovative platform, that there are no limits to what people can do!
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Agenda SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th 1:30 – 5:00
Registration Opens Registration & Badge Pick Up
5:00 – 7:00
Disruption Showcase & Opening Night Reception Keynote: Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
MONDAY OCTOBER 27th 7:00 – 8:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20
The Close It Morning Talk Show
HOSTS: Brandon Busteed, Chief Provocateur and Executive Director, Gallup Education Jamai Blivin, Founder & CEO, Innovate+Educate
8:20 – 8:45
Opening Keynote: Setting Up the National Challenge FEATURING: Byron Auguste, Deputy Director, The White House National Economic Council
8:45 - 8:50
Thoughts from the Chief Provocateur FEATURING: Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education
8:50 – 10:00
Ready for the Job, Day 1: Who is Responsible & How Do we get there? KEYNOTE: Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management, The Wharton School & Author “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs” A DISCUSSION WITH: Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management, The Wharton School & Author “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs” Mara Swan, Executive VP, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup Moderator: Martin Scaglione, CEO, Hope Street Group
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10:00 – 11:30
AGENDA MASH UP: Building Bridges between Supply & Demand
Federal A + B
Building bridges between supply and demand is accomplished through: technology, competency-based solutions, just in time training, new hiring models, industry specific training models, personalized learning and disruptive education models—all which will be explored during this working session. Subject matter experts from leading companies and organizations are available to share their information and experiences across the areas of: Youth Employment, Veteran Employment, Demand Driven Data, Skills & Training, Credentials to Success and Community Solutions. In this 90 minute session you can connect one-on-one with these experts and gather information & guidance that is relevant to you, your work and those you serve.
S. American A+B
*Please refer to your Agenda Mash Up Supplemental Guide for the full listing of participating organizations & companies. 11:30 – 1:00
LUNCH - Presidential Ballroom
12:00 – 1:00
What will it really take to reach the impossible dream – city by city Opening Remarks: Jamie Merisotis, CEO, Lumina Foundation
Roundtable Discussion FEATURING: Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque Mike Finney, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Kevin Stotts, President, TALENT 2025 Moderator: Jamie Merisotis, CEO, Lumina Foundation 1:00 – 1:15
Introduction: A Deep Dive on Deeper Learning and Employability FEATURING: Marc Chun, Program Director, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
1:00 – 1:15
“If they will just show up on time” — what about Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Collaboration Session 1: How to Train, Assess & Hire for Deeper Learning Skills ROOM: Federal A FEATURING Carol J. Carter, President, LifeBound Chris Chmura, PhD, President & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics Dr. Ron Young, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Pairin, Inc. Moderator: Scott Fast, National & State Strategy, Innovate+Educate SESSION DESCRIPTION What do we mean by deeper learning skills? How do we train to these to assure the most impactful training, facilitating and coaching? What is the real labor and economic data telling us about the desire for these skills from the demand side? And, how do we measure these skills effectively to assure that you can hire against them? Join this panel of experts working to assure we have a deeper understanding of what is behind these skills, from supply to demand.
Session 2: Integrating Deeper Learning into the Hiring Process ROOM: Federal B FEATURING Jeanne Contardo, Independent Education Consultant & Senior Advisor, BusinessHigher Education Forum Merrilea J. Mayo, Chief Information Research Officer, Innovate+Educate & Founder, Mayo Enterprises, LLC Dan Sturtevant, Founding Partner at Emtect Solutions and CEO, Silverthread, Inc. Moderator: Karen Elzey, Vice President, Policy, Business-Higher Education Forum SESSION DESCRIPTION Employers continue to face challenges identifying candidates with the right skills for their open jobs. What policies might we create to better align the education and workplace systems? The Business-Higher Education Forum developed the Aligned Workforce Model to help diverse stakeholders examine how workforce outcomes would change if policies were implemented that emphasized workforce competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and effective communication. Learn how you can use this model to see the impact of integrating deeper learning competencies and the impact on company and societal outcomes.
Session 3: Employer Design Session—What Badges Would You Use to Hire Employees? Let’s Design Them Right Now! ROOM: South American B FEATURING Kathleen DeLaski, President, Education Design Lab Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder of Cred.ly David Gastwirth, Director, Higher Education Programs at CAE, Council for Education Lisa Grocott, Learning Framework Researcher, Parsons School of Design Facilitator: Dawan Stanford, Director, Design Strategy & Operations, Education Design Lab SESSION DESCRIPTION Participants will briefly hear about the Education Design Lab’s badging design work and emerging 21st century mindset/skills framework. Using the framework, each participant will join a team that chooses a 21st century skill and designs a badge. Badging experts will be on hand from Cred.ly and our design partner, Council for Aid in Education (creators of the CLA+ critical thinking assessment), will have assessment advice. Your input will contribute to the Lab’s cohort design challenge for universities “Badging the Co-Curriculum” and making deeper learning visible and valuable to employers. 2:15 – 2:40
BREAK, NETWORKING & TWEETING — Brought to you by ETS and our Partner Sponsors
2:50 – 4:10
The Three Legged Stool: Assessing, Hiring and Training— A ‘Meet the Press’ Style Interview and Round Robin Discussion
Scouting: FEATURING Interviewer: Brian Kelly, Editor & Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report Mary LeFebvre, Principal Research Associate, ACT Mott Nolley, Vice President, Special Sales for Consumer Retail & Homeschool, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Jason Tyszko, Senior Director, Policy, Education & Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
HIRING: FEATURING Interviewer: Tammy Johns, CEO, Skills.com Greg Bashore, Global Director, Talent Acquisition & Workforce Development, Alcoa Jeffery Wallace, Executive Director, LeadersUp Richard Nelson, CEO, Utah Technology Council 17
Training: FEATURING Interviewer: Danielle Goonan, Director, Workforce, Clinton Global Initiative Wendi Copeland, VP Mission Advancement, Goodwill Industries Jane Oates, VP External Affairs, Apollo Group Liz Simon, Assoc. General Counsel & Director of Public Policy, General Assembly 4:10 – 5:10
The Foundation: The Cornerstone of Skills and Jobs for Youth Employment FEATURING: Abigail Carlton, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director for Education, Verizon Foundation Julie Gehrki, Senior Director, Walmart Foundation Srini Rao, Program Director, Wadhwani Foundation Moderator: Madhuri Kommareddi, Program Director, Clinton Foundation
5:10 – 5:20
Closing Remarks FEATURING: Michael Norris, COO, Sodexo NA
Introduction to JOBS MADNESS FEATURING: Brandon Busteed, Chief Provocateur
5:30 – 7:00
Networking Reception Live crowd-funding for the 6 JOBS MADNESS finalists
TUESDAY OCTOBER 28th 7:30 – 8:30
8:30 – 9:30
It’s About the Economy — Duh. Employability Skills – the BRT Project
FEATURING: Governor John Engler, President, Business Round Table Dr. Parminder Jassal, Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation Jeff Finkle, CEO, International Economic Development Council Moderator: Emily Stover DeRocco, Founder & CEO, Engage Educate Employ
9:30 – 10:30
JOBS MADNESS PITCHES The 6 JOBS MADNESS finalists each have 7 minutes to convince us and the judges why they should win!
10:30 – 10:50 18
BREAK, NETWORKING, TWEETING & JOBS MADNESS VOTING
10:50 – 11:00
Keynote: Paving the way for a transferrable Skills System FEATURING: Rich Baich, Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo
11:00 – 12:00
Paving the Way for a Transferrable Skills System FEATURING: Steve Partridge, CEO, CharlotteWorks Lucian Tarnowski, Founder & CEO, BraveNewTalent Lt. General William J. Lennox, Jr., Retired, United States Army David Blake, CEO, Degreed Andrew L. Barnes, Human Resources, Wells Fargo; Veteran and advisor to Charlotte Bridge Home Moderator: Manoj Govindan, Innovate+Educate Board Member, Wells Fargo Remarks from the U.S. Department of Defense: Wayne C. Boswell, Director of Operations & Outreach, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel & Readiness
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:20
From Albuquerque to Northeast Ohio: Scaling a Skills Based, Demand Driven Model FEATURING: Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for our Economic Future Scott Hudson, Program Director, Alcoa Foundation Dr. Judith Crocker, Executive Director of Workforce & Talent Development, MAGNET
1:20 – 1:30
Remarks from the U.S. Department of Labor FEATURING: Eric Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training and Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
1:30 – 2:15
The Finished Product: Where Supply Meets Demand and Demand Meets Supply FEATURING: Paulette Altmaier, Head of Education and International Partnerships, Khan Academy Sally J. Phelps, Director of Post-Graduate Planning, Olin College of Engineering Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, President of the University of Louisiana System Moderator: Kim Admire, Chief Human Resource Officer, SAIC
2:15 – 2:30
JOBS MADNESS Grand Prize Winners & Giveaways We’re giving away another trip to Santa Fe! Must be present to win! 19
Close iT Speakers Kim Admire, Chief Human Resource Officer, SAIC Ellen Alberding, President, The Joyce Foundation Paulette Altmaier, Head, Education and International Partnerships, Khan Academy Byron Auguste, Deputy Director, National Economic Council (NEC) Rich Baich, Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo Andrew L. Barnes, Human Resources, Wells Fargo; Veteran and advisor to Charlotte Bridge Home Greg Bashore, Global Director, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development, Alcoa Richard J. Berry, Mayor, City Of Albuquerque Jamai Blivin, Founder & CEO, Innovate+Educate David Blake, CEO and Cofounder, Degreed Wayne C. Boswell, Director of Operations & Outreach, Office of the Secretary of Defense Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management at The Wharton School Abigail Carlton, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation Carol J. Carter, President & Founder, LifeBound Marc Chun, Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Dr. Chris Chmura, Ph.D, President & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics Wendi Copeland, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Goodwill Industries International Jeanne Contardo, Independent Education Consultant & Senior Advisor, Business Higher Education Forum Dr. Judith M. Crocker, ED.D., Executive Director of Workforce and Talent Development, MAGNET Kathleen deLaski, Founder, Education Design Lab Emily Stover DeRocco, Founder & CEO, Engage Educate Employ Karen Elzey, Vice President, Policy, Business Higher Education Forum Governor John Engler, President, Business Roundtable Scott Fast, National & State Strategy, Innovate+Educate Michael A. Finney, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder of Cred.ly Jeff Finkle, CEO, International Economic Development Council David Gastwirth, Director, Higher Education Programs, CAE Julie Gehrki, Senior Director, Walmart Foundation Danielle Goonan, Manager, Workforce Development, CGI America at Clinton Global Initiative Manoj Govindan, Technology Discovery and Business Development Executive, Wells Fargo Lisa Grocott, Learning Framework Researcher, Parsons School of Design Scott Hudson, Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation 20
Close iT Speakers Dr. Parminder K. Jassal, Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation Tammy Johns, CEO, Skills.com Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News and World Report Madhuri Kommareddi, Director, Program Development, Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton Mary LeFebvre, Principal Research Associate, ACT Lt. General William J. Lennox, Jr., Retired, United States Army Dr. Merrilea Mayo, Ph.D., CIRO, Innovate+Educate, Founder of Mayo Enterprises, LLC Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation Richard Nelson, CEO, Utah Tech Council Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director for Education, Verizon Foundation Mott Nolley, Vice President, Special Sales for Consumer Retail & Homeschool, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Michael Norris, COO, Sodexo NA Jane Oates, Vice President for External Affairs, Apollo Group Ron Painter, CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards Steve Partridge, President & CEO, CharlotteWorks Sally J. Phelps, Director of Post-Graduate Planning, Olin College of Engineering Srini Rao, Program Director, Wadhwani Foundation Martin Scaglione, President & CEO, Hope Street Group Eric M. Seleznow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training & Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor Matthew Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies Liz Simon, Associate General Counsel and Director of Public Policy, General Assembly Dawan Stanford, Director of Design Strategy and Operations, Education Design Lab Kevin Stotts, President, TALENT 2025 Dan Sturtevant, Founding Partner at Emtect Solutions & CEO, Silverthread, Inc. Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup Lucian Tarnowski, Founder & CEO, BraveNewTalent Jason A. Tyszko, Senior Director, Policy, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education Jeffery T.D. Wallace, Executive Director, LeadersUp Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for Our Economic Future Jamie Womack, Vice President of Marketing and Branding, CareerBuilder Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, President, University of Louisiana System Dr. Ron Young, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Pairin, Inc. 21
Jobs Madness is a national contest designed to discover, elevate and reward radical new ways of disrupting the status quo in education and employment. At Close It, you and a panel of esteemed national judges determine who wins at each prize level, $50,000, $35,000 and $15,000! The madness is finally here! #youdecidewhowins
How it Works Round 1 – From a national search, twenty-four of the most original ideas addressing the skills gap and bridging the opportunity divide competed through an open, online voting platform with 90 second pitch videos. Round 2 – Twelve contestants advanced and were asked to answer ‘deeper dive’ questions around their innovations. A panel of expert judges had the difficult task of choosing six to advance to the finals. Round 3 – The top six finalists compete live at Close It for a chance to win their share of $100,000!
Thank you to the jobs madness Key Partners
The White House National Economic Council
Round 1 Contestants
Round 2 Contestants
Doran Jones Inc
Doran Jones Inc
Learning Blade/Thinking Media
Global Skills X-Change
Madison Strategies Group operating Transportation WorkAdvance
Hirepurpose Job Market Maker LeadersUp Learning Blade/Thinking Media Learning Games Network Madison Strategies Group operating Transportation WorkAdvance
Mindsumo Skill Scout, Inc The Reset Foundation thethings.biz Treehouse Island, Inc WorkAmerica
Mindsumo Pairin, Inc Ranku Skill Scout, Inc SkillSmart Student Dream The Reset Foundation thethings.biz Treehouse Island, Inc WorkAmerica WorkHands, Inc
Top 6 Finalists Akimbo http://www.akimboconnect.com - @AkimboConnect
Akimbo is building a more inclusive workforce by connecting individuals who face significant boundaries to employment with professional opportunities.
Enstitute http://www.enstitute.org - @Enstitute
Enstitute, a national non-profit, is reinventing apprenticeships for 21st century careers. Working to address the growing cost of higher education and the current youth unemployment crisis, Enstitute provides Millennials with full-time apprenticeships at high growth businesses around the country to prepare them for the workforce and accelerate their career trajectory.
Hirepurpose https://www.hirepurpose.com - @HirepurposeJobs
Hirepurpose is committed to addressing the incredible gaps in the transition from military service to civilian careers. We combine technology (job discovery and matching tools) with career advocacy (a physical presence at military bases) to help candidates imagine more possibilities and help companies recognize the value of hiring veterans.
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MindSumo https://www.mindsumo.com - @MindSumo
MindSumo connects college students to employers through real-world projects. Students showcase their skills and prove they have the chops for open positions, while companies vet candidates based on work samples that provide much more value than a resume. The result: better matches for both parties.
The Reset Foundation http://theresetfoundation.org - @TheResetFndn
The Reset Foundation is tackling persistent poverty by transforming the justice system. Instead of going to prison, sentenced young men live at a Reset campus: a 24/7 environment focused on education, career, and healthy living. By repurposing resources, this new approach will improve public safety, save money, and transform communities.
Treehouse Island, Inc. http://teamtreehouse.com - @treehouse
Treehouse provides affordable, accessible tech education for high-paying jobs in a digital economy..Our online interactive tutorials teach job-ready skills in web design, programming, and app design â€“ without crushing student debt..Treehouse expands access to high poverty, rural, and underserved communities to empower people to economic independence and inspire innovators.
Jobs Madness Judges Rich Baich Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo Rich Baich is Wells Fargo’s Chief Information Security Officer. The five Technology and Operations Group teams encompassed by Rich’s world include Enterprise Information Management, Information Security Architecture, Information Security Implementation, Information Security Technology, and Security Threat Management. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2012, Rich was a Principal at Deloitte & Touche where he led the Global Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management practice. Rich’s other security leadership roles include Naval Information Warfare Officer for the National Security Agency (NSA), Senior Director for Professional Services at Network Associates (now McAfee) and after 9/11, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Rich retired after 20+ years of military service serving in various roles. In 2005, Rich authored Winning as a CISO, a leadership sourcebook for security executives. He received the “Information Security Executive of the Year in Georgia” award in 2004 for his security and pioneering leadership. He was selected as an advisor for the 44th President’s Commission on Cybersecurity and is currently serving as an advisor for California Governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force. Rich holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy. Rich is also a Joint Forces Staff College and Naval War College graduate. He qualified as an Information Warfare Officer and has numerous security industry certifications.
Mary Basil Director–Talent Acquisition, Assessment & Operations, Verizon Communications Mary is Director–Talent Acquisition, Assessment & Operations at Verizon Communications. This is a role she has held since October 2012. She is responsible for leading the development and execution of best in class policies, processes, tools and employment brand strategy to meet the human capital needs of the business. Mary has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She joined Verizon in 2004 as member of their Compensation team. Over the years, she has held positions of increasing responsibility and authority. She was named the Manager – Compensation for Verizon Business, a unit that was formed with Verizon’s acquisition of MCI in 2006. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Director Human Resources Business Partner. In this role, Mary was responsible for providing HR leadership to business executives on the acquisition, development and management of human capital required to deliver the business strategy and performance. She held this role until she was appointed to her current position. A native of Middleburg, Virginia and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, Mary spends time with her family and traveling.
Ryan Craig Founding Managing Director, University Ventures Ryan Craig is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures. Prior to University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004 where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the U.S. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 - 2001. Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor’s degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School. Ryan is a member of the Board of Directors of Claremont Lincoln University and is on the Advisory Board of UCLA Extension. Ryan is also the author of the upcoming College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Available on Amazon.com.
Ron Hammond Entrepreneur, Government Services, Board Member, Technologist Ronald Hammond is currently the Executive Vice President of Strategy at RAIGovernment Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Radiant Group, a specialized government consulting services and technology company, and serves as a member of The Radiant Group’s board of directors. Mr. Hammond has held these positions since June 2013 when he sold a majority interest in Ronin Associates International, LLC, a security consulting and technology company that he founded in July 2010 and of which he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors, to Aston Capital. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Hammond was the co-Founder and Executive Vice President of SpecTal, LLC (“SpecTal”), a specialized consulting company focused on assisting the U.S. government in areas of security, risk assessment and technology development. During his tenure at SpecTal, the company expanded from six to over 360 specialized employees performing U.S. federal government consulting and was acquired in October 2006 by L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ID), which was subsequently acquired in May 2010 by Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF). SpecTal was ranked number one on the list of Virginia’s fastest growing companies in May 2006 with 4002% growth over the years 2001 to 2005. Prior to SpecTal, Mr. Hammond had a 13-year career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; serving as an operations officer specializing on issues pertaining to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, global terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During his career, Mr. Hammond has worked for and with federal agencies on issues including intelligence matters, security, combating global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hammond served on the board of directors of Brijot. Mr. Hammond received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Hammond is a former officer in the U.S. Army National Guard and a graduate of the Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School and the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Officer basic course.
Jobs Madness Judges Nazzic S. Keene Sector President, SAIC Nazzic S. Keene is SAIC Sector President, with overall executive responsibility for customer relationship management, expanding the company’s long-term strategic business pipeline, driving growth and executive oversight of program execution across the enterprise. Aligning as direct reports under her are the organizational groups representing SAIC’s clients to include: defense, civilian, state and local, commercial, and international. Upon joining SAIC in 2012, Nazzic became the senior vice president for Corporate Strategy and Planning. Nazzic has three decades of diversified experience in the information systems and technology services industries, with more than 20 years in executive management. Prior to joining SAIC, Nazzic was the senior vice president and general manager for U.S. Enterprise Markets at CGI, and led the company’s U.S. expansion. This included all aspects from strategy development and execution to operational excellence and leadership development. Nazzic began her career in the communications and IT industry after completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. She also serves on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. SAIC is a leading technology integrator providing full lifecycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC’s deep domain knowledge and customer relationships enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex government and commercial projects. SAIC’s approximately 13,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. federal government, state/local, and global commercial markets, specializing in providing a broad range of higher-end, differentiated technical capabilities. Headquartered in McLean, Va.,SAIC has annual revenues of about $4 billion. For more information, visit http://www.saic.com/.
Martha Laboissiere Senior expert, McKinsey & Company Martha Laboissiere is a Senior Expert in McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector office and leader of the Americas human capital and higher education practice. Based in San Francisco, CA, Martha’s work focuses on labor markets, post- secondary education, workforce development, and talent and human capital. She serves private companies, higher education institutions and philanthropic foundations on topics including strategy, operations and organization. Martha is an active writer and speaker on education, labor markets and workforce development. She has led several knowledge efforts on these topic including the reports: “Winning by degrees: The strategies of highly productive higher education institutions”, “Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce: A human capital challenge”, and “The economic impact of the achievement gap in America’s schools.” Prior to joining the SSO, Martha was a senior consultant at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a private economics research group within McKinsey where she led knowledge efforts focused on labor markets and productivity of workforce systems around the world.
Erik Martin Student, University of Maryland, College Park (@EriKlaes) Erik is currently a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, making his own major in New Media and Global Civics. Erik currently works at the US Department of Education’s edtech office and used to work as a game design consultant with FHI 360, creating games for positive social impact in developing nations; and he has worked with the Federation of American Scientists, the U.S. Department of Energy on games, along with contributing content for McGraw Hill Higher Education. He also wears the hat of an education reform activist, working closely with other students on student-centered initiatives such as the Student Voice Live conference, the Edvengers Super PAC and previously the ScienceOnlineTeen unconference. He was appointed a page in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Maryland General Assembly. Erik has spoken at a number of events on the power of games and the need for holistic education reform, including at TEDxRedmond, ScienceOnline, and the AdvancED Global Summit.
Mitzi Montoya Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Arizona State University Mitzi Montoya is responsible for advancing Arizona State University as a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation and for strategic direction of ASU’s broad portfolio of entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives, including student and faculty entrepreneurship as well as advancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously Mitzi served as dean of ASU’s College of Technology & Innovation and vice provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus. She led the development of a new model for higher education that embedded hands-on, real-world projects in the curriculum. Mitzi established ASU as a national leader in the growing maker movement and developed innovative partnerships to advance higher education, including a first-of-its-kind partnership with TechShop that united a public open-prototyping facility with higher education curriculum. Prior to joining ASU, she held the Zelnak Chair in Marketing and Innovation in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University, where she founded and led the university-wide Innovation Lab. Mitzi serves on the board of several startups and has advised many organizations on topics related to innovation strategy. Her consulting experience includes work with organizations such as Center for Creative Leadership, EDUCAUSE, Xerox, Dow Chemical Company, IBM, Mead Westvaco, Glaxo Smith Kline, Eli Lilly, Raytheon, Martin Marietta Materials, Daimler Chrysler, Cotton Incorporated and Koch/ INVISTA. Mitzi earned a Ph.D. in marketing and statistics and a B.S. in applied engineering science, both from Michigan State University.
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