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HireEd-Bridging the Education and Workforce Gap

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George Mason University - Founders Hall

3351 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, VA 22201

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The HireEd Conference will bring together entrepreneurs, corporations, business leaders, educators and non-profits to discuss successful solutions and strategies to place students, graduates and workers at all levels, and bridging the gap between educating, finding and placing talent.

A Business/Education SOLUTION Conference.

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8:00- 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:30-9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Deb Crawford, Vice President of Research at George Mason University
  • Libby Garvey, County Board Member
  • Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe

9:00-9:45 am Business/Education Panel Presentations

A moderated discussion that informs the breakouts and further answers questions like: Do our schools adequately prepare talent for the growth industry ies? Do area businesses invest in talent via training opportunities? What responsibility does business and education have for jointly developing the programs which retain talent in our region?

• Victor Hoskins, AED Executive Director

9:45-10:00 am Networking Break

10:00-11:30 am Solutions Sessions

Comprised of representatives in education and business, moderated sessions will explore the challenges and possible solutions to bridging the gaps between workforce needs and education in three key growth sectors.

Education Technology

• Mike Knapp, Co-Founder, SkillSmart

• Hobsons, Susan Van Devanter, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner
• Curiosity Media, Chris Cummings, CEO
• 1776, Rusty Greiff (Managing Director)
• Jefferson Education Accelerator, Bart Epstein, CEO

Big Data

• Michael Hoffman, TandemNSI

• Deep Learning Analytics, Dr. John Kaufhold, Managing Partner
• Excella Consulting, Claire Walsh, Head of Data Analytics
• Matthias Renz – George Mason University, Professor, Computational and Data Sciences
• VA Tech - Dr. Sallie Keller, Director and Professor of Statistics for the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory


• Dr. Diana Burley, GWU, Professor, Human & Organizational Learning


  • Endgame, Dr. Andrea Limbago, Chief Social Scientist

  • George Mason University - Paulo Cesar G Costa, Associate Professor, Department of Systems Engineering & Operations Research

  • Distil Networks, Rami Essaid, Co-Founder and CEO

  • Marymount University - Dr. Diane Murphy, Chair, Department of Information Technology

11:30- 12:45 pm Keynote Luncheon Donald Graham, Graham Holdings

12:45 – 1:00 pm Closing Remarks

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