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
Global Director, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development, Alcoa
City Of Albuquerque
CEO and Cofounder, Degreed
Principal, Year Up, Inc.
Portrait of Brandon Busteed
Executive Director, Gallup Education
Professor of Management at The Wharton School
President and Founder, LifeBound
Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Advancement, Goodwill Industries International
Founder/CEO, Fidelis Inc.
Founder & CEO, Engage Educate Employ
President, Business Roundtable
President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Senior Director, Walmart Foundation Walmart Stores, Inc.
Co-founder, CEO, and Chief Learning Architect of CSMlearn
Manager, Workforce Development, CGI America at Clinton Global Initiative
Technology Discovery and Business Development Executive, Wells Fargo Securities
Vice President, Global Philanthropy, Ohio for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Portrait of Scott Hudson
Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation
Vice President, Public Advocacy, CompTIA
Founding Executive Director, ACT Foundation
Executive Director of New York operations, Per Scholas
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
CEO, Apploi
Founder of Mayo Enterprises, LLC
Portrait of Jamie P. Merisotis
President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
Director for Education, Verizon Foundation
Vice President for External Affairs, Apollo Group
President/CEO, Charlotte Works
Director of Post-Graduate Planning, Olin College of Engineering
Communications and Public Affairs Manager, LeadersUp
Principal, Public Private Possibilities
Vice President for Global Employability and Career Success, Pearson
President and CEO, Hope Street Group
Co-Founder and CEO, General Assembly
Portrait of Eric M. Seleznow
Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training/Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
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
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