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ETE16 Sponsors

Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs

  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Ranking Member, House Science & Technology Committee)Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (Ranking Member, House Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee) and
  • Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (Ranking Member, House Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (Ranking Member, House Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee)

Schedule of Activities

8:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Energy, Tech & Education Leaders Press Conference About $400 Million Cyber Security Initiative: STEM4US!, plans to announce a partnership with energy, technology, and education leaders, a plan to create a network of cybersecurity incubators at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and other higher education institutions serving people of color and women, The initiative’s goal is to help increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of our nation’s cyber workforce over the next 10 years.

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Cyber Security Showcase, Job Fair & STEM Education 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 300-500 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 to the 10,000+ people (including government, business, and academic leaders) expected to attend the annual conferences of the Congressional Hispanic Institute (Sept. 13-15) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (Sept. 14-17).  Colleges, K-­12 schools, as well as STEM related after-school programs are also invited to promote their programs to the hundreds of parents and anticipated to take part in the festival.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: CEOs Roundtable: Protecting Confidential Infrastructure, Email, & Data; C-Suites Top Priority: A panel of CEOs and senior executives from energy, technology, financial services, health, and telecom companies discuss the importance of cybersecurity to their bottom line and the need for increasing the ranks and diversity of the Cyber workforce. Participants can also expect to learn about current and future innovations that seek to protect online networks used by businesses, governments, and individual consumers.  Confirmed panelists include:

  • Scott Thorpe, Thorpe Energy CEO
  • Paula Glover, American Association of Blacks in Energy CEO
  • Hassan Karim, PNC Bank (Cybersecurity Specialist)
  • Donna Cooper, Pepco President (tentative)


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: STEM Power Lunch & Congressional/Regulators Roundtable:  This event is designed as a virtual and in-person town hall discussion with Members of Congress, federal, and state regulators involved with oversight of energy, technology, and telecom infrastructure and cyber security needs.  To expand the audience, the event is expected to be live streamed and presented as a Google Hangout and Live Twitter Chat.  Following a moderated discussion, members of the audience have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.Confirmed panelists include:

  • Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, House Science & Technology Committee
  • Hon. Dot Harris, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Thomas Reed, Federal Communications Commission Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities
  • Commissioner Willie L. Phillips, DC Public Service Commission
  • Sandra Mattavous-Frye, DC Office of People’s Counsel Director


2:00 PM- 3:00 PM: Black, Brown, Female Venture Capital Matters:  This forum seeks to analyze the reasons why venture capital investment in businesses led by people of color and women is below 5% combined, even though these groups make up a majority in the US.  We have brought together venture capitalists together with women and entrepreneurs of color to discuss strategies for democratizing capital and ensure that it flows equitably into the hands of all people in our nation.  Through this conversation, we hope to provide policy makers and the public alike with tangible actions to help African American, Latino, and women innovators access the capital they deserve, thus making #AllLivesMatter more than a slogan.  Confirmed panelists include:

  • Jameel Johnson, Vice President, NASDAQ
  • Terry Jones, SYNCOM
  • Larry Irving, CEO Irving Group
  • Ebony Pope, Senior Associate at Village Capital


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: From Social Media to Social Justice: Creating New Social Innovation Ventures to Hack Racism, STEM Diversity: This session features a conversation between leading social justice and social media innovators to discuss collaborations designed to cure the social disease of racism and expand diversity in the STEM fields.  Confirmed panelists include:

  • Hon. Arthur Burnett, (Retired Judge), Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition
  • Major General (US Army Retired) John R. Hawkins,  III, JD, MPA, President and CEO of Hawkins Solutions International, LLC
  • Michael Lyles, Executive Director, Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Education & Training Leaders Forum; Incubators and Other Innovations for Scaling the Cyber Workforce:  Join University Presidents, Engineering Deans, K-12 administrators, corporate leaders and officials with federal and local governments working to boost the nation’s ranks of cyber security and other IT workers.  We intend to survey best practices for building cyber incubators and other innovations for boosting the cyber workforce. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Dr. Patricia Ramsey, Provost, Lincoln University
  • Dr. George Acquaah, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Bowie State University
  • Dr. Ivory Toldson, CEO of The Quality Education for Minorities Network (Former Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
  • Vennard Wright, Prince George’s County Chief Information Officer
  • Ralph Smith, CEO Global Solutions (Cyber Security Contractor with the Department of Homeland Security)
  • Christina Sullivan-Mutia, STEM Education Initiative Director, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation


6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Energy, Tech, Ed Presidential Debate & Reception @ NASDAC-DC:  In the days leading up to the November elections, come listen to a policy driven conversation between representatives of Presidential campaigns from the Democratic, Green, Independent, and Republican parties.  Participants also have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments during the conversation.  To expand the audience, the event is expected to be live streamed and presented as a Google Hangout and Live Twitter Chat.  Following a moderated discussion, members of the audience have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.


#ETE16 provides a unique opportunity for executives and professionals in the energy, technology, and venture capital sectors to network with government, academic, and nonprofit leaders.  #ETE16 seeks to incubate innovative business and public policy initiatives by creating a space for exchanging information, debating ideas, and forging key relationships.  Guests can expect to enjoy interactive workshops, networking, and receptions.  


STEM4US! held its first #ETE festival in 2014 and featured a host of speakers, companies, and institutions including Congressman Bobby Scott (VA) and David Owens, Executive Vice President with the Edison Electric Institute.  Like in past years, #ETE16 coincides with both the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference (Sept. 14-17) and the Congressional Hispanic Institute’s Annual Conference (Sept. 13-15). These two large conferences attract over 10,000 of the top executives, policy makers, and academic leaders. Over the years, the festival has become known as the nation’s top forum on innovation and STEM diversity.  A video from last year’s festival, #ETE15, can be found at: http://stem4us.org/stem4us-historic-cbc-week-tech-stem-fest-a-hit-see-for-yourself/.

Target Audience:

300-500 energy, tech, 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.  

About STEM4US!:

Launched in 2013, STEM4US! is a non-profit advocacy organization formed to increase investments in colleges, schools and nonprofit organizations to expand the quantity and diversity of people trained for careers in energy, technology, and other STEM professions.