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AstrumU Forum for Education & Enterprise

Thursday July 13, 2023
Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.

Historically, we’ve relied on three, static pieces of paper to define an individual: a transcript, a resume and a job description. In order to begin filling the 12 million open recs, we must move from degree-based hiring to skills-based hiring.

The 2023 Forum connected thought leaders from education, enterprise, military and government with a DEI focus on career and workforce development that brings the talent to the opportunity.

Attendees are committed to breaking down workforce barriers through AI and quantitative data that can be leveraged by anyone, but particularly the underserved and underrepresented populations, to answer a simple question:
Do I have the necessary skills to succeed in this role, and if not, what can I do about it ?
Workforce training can close the gap through certifications, apprenticeships, etc. to upskill individuals into in-demand positions if skills based hiring can be enabled. Using artificial intelligence and data science we can more fully quantify an individual’s learning and working experiences into a richer set of skills. 
By transforming an individual from a static 2D-view into a robust 3D-view, we can enable employers to hire based upon skills versus degrees, or other limited signals.

The 2023 Forum


thought leaders from government, military enterprise, education and nonprofits

Engaging, intimate panels focused on workforce development in higher education, military and federal government featuring CEOs, CHROs, Generals and Vice Presidents.
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Fireside chat with David L. Steward

Founder & Chairman of the Board, World Wide Technology, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Kingdom Capital

Under Mr. Steward’s leadership, WWT has grown to employ over 9,000 people globally and generates $17 billion annually in revenue.

Mr. Steward is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and serves on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Greater St. Louis, Inc. and National Academy Foundation (NAF) boards, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Concordance Academy, Washington University, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Boy Scouts of America and many other organizations.

“Talent is equally distributed; opportunity is not. We need to change that by inspiring and igniting untapped potential. Diversity and inclusion are essential to innovation; both foster stronger business outcomes.”
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Featuring thought leaders from higher education, enterprise, federal government and military

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Grand Hyatt Washington

Independence East
1000 H Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Located in Downtown, D.C. with direct access to the Metro Center Station. The red, orange, blue or silver lines can take be taken to Union Station, Reagan National Airport (DCA), Virginia and Maryland.

two photos of the Grand Hyatt Washington; one from the front and another from across the street

Please join us for a hosted cocktail hour and hors d’oevures following the Forum

Photos of Modena restaurant, one from the outside front and other of the dining room

Thursday, July 13
4-6 p.m.
Corner of H and 1100 New York Ave NW, 12th St NW

Modena is a 3 min. walk NW of the Grand Hyatt. Entrance is on the corner of 12th St and H St NW

photos from AFEE 2022


Thursday, July 13, 2023

full schedule updated regularly

9:30 am

Check In + Breakfast + Meet & Greet

10:15 am | Welcome

Adam Wray, CEO AstrumU

10:30-11 am | Kickoff

11-11:15 am | Break

11:15-12 pm | Panel

Rethinking the College to Career Pipeline: How Higher Education Can Develop In-Demand Skills for High-Value Careers

Moderated by Jim Martin, Dean Emeritus, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College with panelists

  • Rick Torres | President & CEO, National Student Clearinghouse
  • Linda Head | Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College
  • Kyle Hartung | Associate Vice President, Jobs for the Future

12-1 pm | Networking Lunch

Build your network among C-level executives in higher education, enterprise, government and military.

1:15-2 pm | Panel

Blunt Force Filters: Solving the Right Problem by Quantifying Experiential Learning for Veterans

Moderated by Major General (Ret.) Chris Hughes featuring panelists:

  • LTG Ross Coffman, Deputy Commanding General, AFC
  • Adam Rocke | Senior Director, External Engagements, Hiring Our Heroes
  • Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army Retired, Vice President, Association of the US Army
2-2:15 pm | Break

2:15-3 pm | Panel

Building the Future Workforce: Upskilling and Reskilling Federal Employees for Economic Mobility

Moderated by Joe Paiva, Host & Creator of A Deeper Look Federal News Network

  • Chang Suh | Principal Strategist for Organizational Culture
  • Kitty Wooley | Senior Fellows and Friends

3-3:30 pm | Closing Remarks

4-6 pm | Hosted Happy Hour + Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

Corner of H and 1100 New York Ave NW, 12th St NW

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Thank you.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you at AFEE 2024.