What: STEM4US! Capitol Hill Power Lunch

Theme: Venture Capital for All: Boosting American innovation by Funding Great Ideas of Women, African American, and Hispanic Innovators

When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Where: US Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC203-02

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem4us-capitol-hill-power-lunch-tickets-12273661853

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Event Sponsors

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Event Overview

12:30pm-1pm: Registration

1pm: Introduction of Event – Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, STEM4US! Chairwoman

1:05pm: Welcoming Remarks from Sponsors & Members of Congress

Dr. Gary Harris
on behalf of Howard University Interim President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick 

1:20pm: Introduction of Moderator & Guest Speakers

1:25pm: Presentations by Federal and State Government Leaders

Nagesh Rao,
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Investment and Innovation
, Small Business Administration, Office of Investment & Innovation

1:45pm: Panel Discussion with Policy and Venture Leaders (confirmations as of today, additional speakers invited)

Dr. Gary Harris 
on behalf of Howard University Interim President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick 

Timothy Robinson
Senior Policy Counsel and Legislative Director for Congressman Bobby L. Rush

Lisa Foreman
Founder & CEO, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu 

Robert Bonner
Managing Director, All Star Code 

Darryl Gorman
Director, Office of Boards and Commission, Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray/Government of the District of Columbia 

2:00pm: Audience Question & Answer

2:20pm: Closing Remarks – Talib I. Karim, Esq. STEM4US! Executive Director

2:30pm: Event End

While there is no charge to attend the STEM Power Lunch, we need your support to fuel our great programs.  Click this link and make an investment in the next generation through a gift of $25, $50, $100, or an amount of your choosing to STEM4US! today.

STEM4US! Power Lunch Background:

Venture capital plays an integral role in the development of innovation. The artificial barriers that prevent the flow of venture capital for great ideas based solely on race or gender are harming our nation’s competitiveness. The lack of race or gender neutral venture capital not only limits diverse innovators from bringing their concepts to market, but it also leads to a lack of diversity at larger tech firms.  

In the tech industry, many senior employees of larger firms were once executives of smaller companies that were acquired by the more financed companies. Without venture capital money to fully launch their good ideas, diverse innovators have a harder time breaking into the ranks of the Silicon Valley elite. Google’s self-published report provides evidence for this point  in revealing that African Americans and Latinos just comprise 3% of the company’s world-wide staff. For women, the numbers are slightly better: 30% of Google’s employees are women, but the company has not a single female executive. For Facebook, the numbers are equally troubling. Latinos and African Americans comprise just 4% and 2% of the social networking giant’s staff respectively.

The STEM4US! Capitol Hill Power Lunch is designed to bring together key leaders and stakeholders to discuss and develop balanced solutions this dilemma. STEM4US! is an organization formed to excite young people and their parents about careers in technology, energy, manufacturing and other STEM fields. The Capitol Hill Power Lunch is the organization’s signature event and is generally held bi-monthly. These high-level policy conversations seek to examine ways to make science and technology jobs both attractive and accessible to more in the US, particularly youth of color and women.  More about STEM4US! can be found at www.stem4us.org.