The Close It Summit

  • The Capital Hilton 1001 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States

The TechHire Initiative: What, Why & How

In March 2015 the White House announced the national TechHire initiative to empower Americans with skills for jobs in IT. This panel will address the what, why and how of the TechHire initiative. This session is brought to you by AT&T.

Panel 1 – 1:00PM


  • Laura Lai, Sr. Program Manager, Philanthropy, AT&T, moderator
  • WHAT: Ryan Burke, Senior Policy Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House
  • WHY: Catherine Foca, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Capital One
  • HOW: Zhalisa Clarke, Director, Business Development, Udacity
  • HOW: Liz Simon, VP Legal & External Affairs, General Assembly

Panel 2 – 1:30PM


  • Byron Auguste, Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work, moderator
  • WHY: Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque
  • WHY: Ben Hart, Managing Director, Business Services, Office of the Governor, Utah
  • WHAT: Nicole Isaac, Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships, LinkedIn
  • WHAT: Ned McCulloch, Global Issue Manager, Skill Development & Education, IBM
  • HOW: Blake Hunsaker, Vice President, Government, Pluralsight

Audience Q&A with all speakers – 2:00PM