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Base 11 to Join National Summit to Share Short-term Solutions to STEM Talent Development Strategies

Washington, D.C., April 26, 2017 – Base 11 will join the nation’s top employers and industry thought leaders at the Global STEM Talent Summit Initiative (GSTS) on April 27-28, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create solutions for developing the next generation of skilled talent necessary to drive innovation and economic growth within a global context.

“Base 11 is excited to present alongside our partners at the Global STEM Talent Summit to share some of the innovative strategies we’re piloting to solve the STEM talent shortage and simultaneously empower underserved communities,” said Landon Taylor, CEO of Base 11.

Taylor will present on “Innovative and Impactful STEM Talent Development Strategies” alongside Al Bunshaft, SVP of Global Affairs at Dassault Systemes, Gregory Washington Dean of engineering at UC Irvine, Susan Fallon, VP of Global Strategy and Business Development at Monster, and Sydney Garber, Director of Human Resources at Lockheed Martin. Their panel will be moderated by Politico’s deputy technology editor, Angela Greiling Keane at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. For those unable to join be available to join in person at the National Press Club, a live stream will be available online.

The summit is led by STEMconnector®, the leading organization working with industry, higher education, NGOs and the public sector to provide resources and leadership that supports smart STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) investments. This year’s theme is short-term STEM talent development strategies and impact on business performance.

“We are building off the success of last year’s first ever employer-lead annual Global STEM Talent Summit and bringing together major industry partners to address the STEM talent gap that exists in our country – and globally,” said Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President, Global R&D, PepsiCo and Chairwoman of the Global STEM Talent Summit. “We have fully transitioned from STEM theory into action and our industry partners are implementing STEM talent development strategies to deliver sustainable enterprise growth.”

Several keynotes will present a call to action, such as Jan Geldmacher, President of Sprint Business, in conjunction with “Pepper” the intelligent humanoid robot. Jay Bavisi, CEO, EC-Council, will address the need to upskill STEM talent for the projected 8.1 million global cyber jobs, with 2 million in the US alone.

“As disruption is evident, business leaders are shifting focus to talent investments and engagement in STEM and tackling the latest of new technology and skills required for jobs.” said Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector®. “As this GSTS initiative continues, leaders are intent on identifying and proselytizing investments in education proven to strengthen a sustainable, long-term talent pool.”

Join us at the Global STEM Talent Summit

The Global STEM Talent Summit will be held on April 27-28, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For more information visit:

For individuals unable to join in-person, a live stream of the event will be available for remote viewing. Conversations can be tracked on social media by using the hashtag #GSTS2017.


About STEMconnector®

STEMconnector® is a consortium of 165 member companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.


About Base 11

Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development accelerator focused on solving the STEM talent pipeline crisis being fueled by the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. By establishing Innovation Centers integrated with hands-on, project-based learning and STEM entrepreneurship training, Base 11 and its industry, academic and philanthropic partners set students on direct pathways to four-year STEM degrees, well-paid STEM jobs and the opportunity to launch their own STEM-related businesses. For more information, visit Base 11 is a DBA of the Center for Innovation in Education, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) – IRS exemption EIN#26-4365936.

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