Wednesday 16, 2015 

Location:
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest
Room 150
Washington, DC 20001

 

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Schedule

9:30 am - 10:00 am: Energy & Tech Leaders Press Conference About $1B Innovation & Diversity Fund: Energy and technology leaders plan to join with civil rights and other advocates to announce a campaign to raise $1B for education, training, jobs, venture capital, and public relations.  The fund’s goal is to help the energy and technology sectors achieve 50% workforce diversity by 2040.

Confirmed Participating Organizations:

  • Thorpe Energy Services
  • Pepco
  • STEM4US!
  • Ghostnote
  • MMTC
  • National Urban League.

9:00 am - 6:00 pm (8am - Load-in): Innovation Marketplace & STEM Career Fair: Join leading businesses, governments, and academic institutions seeking talented professionals and students to diversify their workforce.  Spaces in this fair provide participants opportunities to conduct on-site interviews and collect resumes.  A pool of 200-300 potential candidates for jobs, co-op positions, and internships are expected to attend this fair.  This is also a perfect opportunity for large businesses and start-ups alike to showcase their products and services to government, business, and academic leaders expected to attend #EnergyTechEd2015.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)
  • Thorpe Energy Services; US Telecom
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Education
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • US Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • Interstate Natural Association of America (INGAA)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • National Urban League
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Energy & Technology Executives Roundtable: Why Workforce, Supplier Diversity Helps Innovation & Profitability:  Join energy and tech executives working to advance innovation and profitability of their sectors by ensuring that their workforce, executive suites and board rooms have ample diversity by attracting and promoting women, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.  

Confirmed Participants:

  • Marc Battle,  Washington, DC Region Vice President, Pepco
  • Walter B. McCormick, Jr., President & CEO of US Telecom
  • Scott Thorpe, CEO, Thorpe Energy Services
  • Paula Jackson, CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
  • Don Santa, CEO, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
  • Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association.  
  • Congressman G. K. Butterfield is invited to provide opening remarks.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Energy and Tech Leaders Power Lunch & Twitter Town Hall: This event is designed as a virtual and in person town hall discussion with Members of Congress as well as other federal and state-level leaders involved with  expanding opportunities for companies in the energy and tech sectors by opening up doors for women, African Americans, and other people of color.  Enjoy lunch while learning from government leaders about efforts to ensure opportunity for all in the energy and tech sectors.  To scale the audience, the event is expected to be live streamed and presented as a Google Hangout and Live Twitter Chat.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX)
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (GA)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI)
  • Kedric L. Payne, Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance for the United States Department of Energy.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Financial Services Leaders Roundtable: Role of Investment in Making Leveling the Energy and Tech Playing Field: We’ve invited the nation’s leading voices in financial services for a discussion of what it takes to ensure that investment dollars --- from angel investors to pension funds--- are color-blind to ensure that great ideas developed by innovators of color and women are properly funded and brought to the market.  

Confirmed Participants:

  • Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Javier Saade, SBA Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation
  • Sherri Harris, Esq., VP & Deputy General Counsel, Freddie Mac.  

Other invited special guests include:

  • Hon. Maxine Waters, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member
  • Hon. Joyce Beatty, House Financial Services Committee Member
  • Jameel Johnson, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, NASDAQ OMX.

3:15pm - 4:15pm: Education & Training Leaders Forum: Investments Needed to Training a Diverse Tech/Energy Workforce: This panel seeks to focus attention on educational institutions, vocational schools, and informal learning programs that America relies upon to create our STEM workforce.  

Confirmed Participants:

  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD)
  • Dr. Felicia J. Martin Latief, Ed.D., STEM Supervisor, Prince George's County Public Schools
  • Kim Cherry, District of Columbia Public Schools Deputy Chief for STEM
  • Scott Thorpe, Thorpe Energy Services
  • Don Cravins Jr., National Urban League, Senior Vice President for Policy
  • Jennifer Snyder, President-Elect, Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Patricia Ramsey, Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Bowie State University.

Moderator: Melissa Moniz, Deputy Director of STEM, Department of Education

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Brainstorming Session: Let’s Make Energy, Tech, & STEM Cool: Join media execs, STEM-focused government agencies, and leaders of some the nation’s most preeminent universities and foundations for a discussion about innovative initiatives to excite youth and adults alike about STEM.  We intend to spotlight examples of success in this space.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director, All Star Code
  • Christina D. Sullivan-Mutia, Manager-Leadership Education and Scholarship Programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Dr. Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA; Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Dr. Greg Monty, North Carolina A&T University
  • Maya Garcia, Director of STEM, District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Demetrius A. Curry, CEO, College Ease.

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Energy, Tech, & Education Leaders Soiree: Come network with executives and senior government leaders in energy, technology, and education during CBC Week.  At this event, we intend to honor Congressional Black Caucus Members for their service in pushing for greater diversity and innovation.

Soiree Location: NASDAQ-DC Office, 1100 New York Avenue Suite 310.  

EVENT BACKGROUND

Concept: Launched in 2014, the event provides a unique opportunity for executives and professional in the energy, technology, and venture capital sectors to network with an expected government, academic, and nonprofit leaders assembled in Washington, DC for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC). This event is inspired by South by Southwest Interactive Festival, which is held in Austin, TX and considered the world’s largest emerging tech leaders festival.  

Likewise, #EnergyTechEd2015 seeks to incubate innovative business and public policy ideas by connecting leaders in energy, technology and education.  Guests can expect to enjoy interactive workshops, networking, and receptions. We plan to announce, at our opening press conference,  the launch of a $1B diversity fund, designed to achieve racial and gender equity in the energy and technology fields over the next 25 years.  

Target Audience: Tech, energy, and other STEM industry executives along with Members of Congress and other senior federal government officials, venture capitalists, academic leaders, professionals at large, parents and students. .

Confirmed Partners:

  • Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  • Thorpe Energy Services
  • US Telecom, Interstate Natural Association of America (INGAA)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Hampton University
  • Spelman College
  • Bowie State University
  • National Urban League
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Prince George's County Public Schools
  • American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
  • American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
  • Minority Media and Technology Council (MMTC).

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX), Ranking Member, House Crime Subcommittee
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (GA), Ranking Member of the. Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI)
  • Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Dr. Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA, Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Kedric L. Payne, Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance for the United States Department of Energy
  • Javier Saade, SBA Associate Administrator, Office of Investment
  • Melissa Moritz, Deputy Director of STEM at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. Patricia Ramsey, Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences & Former Interim President, Bowie State University
  • Dr. Kim Cherry, District of Columbia Public Schools Deputy Chief for STEM
  • Dr. Felicia J. Martin Latief, Ed.D., STEM Supervisor, Prince George's County Public Schools
  • Marc Battle,  Washington, DC Region Vice President, Pepco
  • Scott Thorpe, CEO, Thorpe Energy Services
  • Don Santa, CEO, INGAA
  • Don Cravins Jr., Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League
  • Don Cravins Jr., National Urban League, Senior Vice President for Policy
  • Jennifer Snyder, President-Elect, Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
  • Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director, All Star Code
  • Christina D. Sullivan-Mutia, Manager-Leadership Education and Scholarship Programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Paula Jackson, CEO, AABE
  • Sherri Harris, Esq., VP & Deputy General Counsel, Freddie Mac.

Honorary Congressional Hosts:

  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressman Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH), House Financial Services Committee.

 

History: Launched in 2014, the first event featured a host of speakers, companies, and institutions including Congressman Bobby Scott (VA) + David Owens, Edison Electric Institute + Former Montgomery County Council Member Cherri Branson ‎+ an advisor to the Prince George’s County Executive + representatives from the FCC, Department of Energy, and GMU.  A video from last year’s event can be found at: http://stem4us.org/stem4us-historic-cbc-week-tech-stem-fest-a-hit-see-for-yourself/.

STEM4US! is an advocacy organization formed to provide additional resources to universities, schools, and non-profits to train young people for careers in technology, energy, manufacturing and other STEM fields.

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