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The Third Annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference April 23-25

STEM Solutions Conference
STEM Solutions Conference
U.S. News & World Report

Believing that there is a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) crisis, U.S. News & World Report started a conference as a solution. The idea was to bring corporate and educational leadership together.

U.S. News & World Report will bring together leaders in education, industry and policy for the third annual STEM Solutions Conference, taking place Wednesday, April 23 – Friday, April 25. It is at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center which is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown DC, right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

This year's conference will focus on how to develop the pipeline of talent needed to fill current and future jobs requiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Twelve tracks covering K-12, higher education, industry and more will include breakout sessions on the Common Core Backlash, the STEM Crisis Myth, Serving Underserved Youth, Online Education, Next Gen Science Standards, and the Gender Gap.

Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS Newshour, Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, and other top journalists will moderate the conversations.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Norm Augustine, former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
  • Nate Ball, Host, PBS Kids' "Design Squad"
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code
  • Mitchell Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Glenn DuBois, Ph.D., Chancellor, Virginia Community College System
  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Ph.D., Assistant Director, National Science Foundation
  • Michael Gallagher, President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association
  • Linda Gojak, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director, Intel Foundation
  • Gwenne Henricks, Chief Technology Officer, Caterpillar
  • Freeman Hrabowski III, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Xiaochun Luo, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Avon
  • Col. Rich Morales, Executive Director, Joining Forces, The White House
  • Eduardo Padron, Ph.D., President, Miami Dade College
  • Hadi Partovi, Co-founder and CEO,
  • Kim Reynolds, Iowa Lieutenant Governor
  • Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO, YWCA USA
  • James Shelton III, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • William Swanson, Chairman, Raytheon Company

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