The Close It Summit

Join us for an evening reception

Disruption Showcase: Opening reception at the Capital Hilton

Sunday, October 26, 5PM

The Close It Summit is a national call to action for industry, education, workforce, government, youth innovators, foundations and social impact organizations actively engaged in creating new pathways from education to employment. Building on key takeaways and attendee surveys from 2013, Close It is focusing on four key issues critical to jobs and employability in the U.S. — youth employment, skills & credentials in high demand fields, increasing access and opportunity to curriculum and training (Skill Up) and the critical importance of employability (soft) skills.

Some essential questions we will be exploring

Is there a true skills gap – OR– is it a gap between the continued reliance on the centuries old resume (originally invented in 1482) and the dynamic digital age we now live in?

Is it a training gap and if so, who is responsible for training the existing and future workforce in the U.S.?

Is it a language gap between employers and job seekers that prevents the two from finding an appropriate match?

The degree still rules…what does the future look like for non-traditional learners who need to acquire content knowledge, workplace skills and soft skills in today’s highly competitive hiring environment?


President, Joyce Foundation
Portrait of Paulette Altmaier
Head, Education and International Partnerships, Khan Academy
Portrait Byron Auguste
Deputy Director, National Economic Council (NEC)
Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo
Corporate Recruiter, Wells Fargo Consumer Lending
Global Director, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development, Alcoa
City Of Albuquerque
CEO and Cofounder, Degreed
Principal, Year Up, Inc.
Director of Operations & Outreach, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness
Professor of Management at The Wharton School
Associate Director, Secure Livelihoods, The Rockefeller Foundation
President and Founder, LifeBound
President and Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics
Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Goodwill Industries International
Executive Director of Workforce and Talent Development, MAGNET
Founder, Education Design Lab
Founder & CEO, Engage Educate Employ
President, Business Roundtable
President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Director, Higher Education Programs, CAE
Senior Director, Walmart Foundation Walmart Stores, Inc.
Manager, Workforce Development, CGI America at Clinton Global Initiative
Technology Discovery and Business Development Executive, Wells Fargo Securities
Director of Employer Initiatives, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Portrait of Scott Hudson
Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation
Vice President, Public Advocacy, CompTIA
Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation
Cofounder & CEO,
Executive Director of New York operations, Per Scholas
Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News and World Report
CEO, Doran Jones Testing
Portrait of Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter
Senior Vice President Global Foods R&D, PepsiCo, Inc.
Portrait of Madhuri Kommareddi
Director, Program Development, Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Principal Research Associate, ACT
Retired, United States Army
CEO, Apploi
Founder of Mayo Enterprises, LLC
Portrait of Jamie P. Merisotis
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
President and CEO, Utah Technology Council
Director for Education, Verizon Foundation
Chief Operating Officer, Sodexo North America
Vice President for External Affairs, Apollo Group
President/CEO, Charlotte Works
Director of Post-Graduate Planning, Olin College of Engineering
Program Director, Wadhwani Foundation
Communications and Public Affairs Manager, LeadersUp
Principal, Public Private Possibilities
Director of Public and Nonprofit Partnerships, SNHU
President and CEO, Hope Street Group
Portrait of Eric M. Seleznow
Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training/Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
Associate General Counsel and Director of Public Policy, General Assembly
Director of Design Strategy and Operations, Education Design Lab
President, TALENT 2025
Portrait of Mara Swan
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup
Senior Director, Policy, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education—Biography, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)
Executive Director, LeadersUp
President, Fund for Our Economic Future
Vice President of Marketing and Branding, CareerBuilder
President, University of Louisiana System
Program Director, Building Economic Opportunity, Jobs for the Future