2018 Austin Agenda


Monday - Pre-Summit

WKKF Foundation Family Centered Employment Meeting

Year Three Kick-off Element Hotel Meeting Room – private meeting for grantees only

Lone Star Riverboat on Ladybird Lake:

Join this Austin classic pre-event for great networking with attendees and speakers of this year’s Close It Summit. DON’T BE LATE – BOAT WILL LEAVE BEFORE 6:00PM
Tuesday - Day 1

Close It Kick Off

Welcome to Close It 2018: Future Meets Now
Parminder Jassal

How to Think Like a Futurist

Tap into the world of futures thinking and tune-up our brains for the next two days.

Future Force #1: Equitable Futures

A conversation about education’s role in creating greater economic equity and social mobility. 

The View: Equitable Futures

Perspectives towards a better future.
Kelem Butts
Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Look Back to Look Forward

On-stage discussion on the importance of history in the understanding the future. Introduction: Mike Marriner, Road Trip Nation. Key Note: Dara Warn, Penn Foster.
Mike Marriner

The View: Credentials

Welcome back to mainstage and introduction to afternoon focus.

The View: Future of Assessments

Expanding on the discussion – deepening and adding perspectives from the Schmidt Foundation,  Rethink Education, and Pairin.

Discourse: The Future of Assessments

Moderated discussion with diverse perspectives and practices.
Fadekemi Adetosoye
Kathleen deLaski
Lois Johnson

How to Navigate the Future

Arm yourself with the tools to develop the skills to navigate an uncertain future. We will be releasing a report on AI forces shaping work and learning in 2030. Download...
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Parminder Jassal

Signal Solutions Spotlights: Hear from companies that will inform, inspire & educate you – the Future is Now.

Catalyte  |  Credly  |  Cristo Rey Network  |  CNM  |  Ed2Go  |  Dassault Systems  |  GPS Education Partners  |  Genesys Works |  Interplay Learning  |   PAIRIN   |   Pymetrics   |  Southern...
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Signal Solutions Reception + Roofdeck Networking

Solution Signal Spotlights Part 2: Join the Signal Spotlights on the rooftop for more collaboration and information from spotlight participants.
Wednesday - Day 2

Morning Welcome & Recap Day One

Close It, Founder, Jamai Blivin, starts the day and recaps day-one. Framing the day in Austin in work from Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

The View: Lens to the Future

Hear from our morning keynotes about their look into the future. Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Kazique Prince. The View: Mayor Steve Adler.  

Work+Learn Futures

Journey into the future of work+learn. Hope Clark will Socialize Working Learners and present the Work + Learn Futures Framework. Ginger Gossman (TX Higher Ed Coordinating Board-Innovation) will respond to the Framework from a state higher...
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Ginger Gossman
Parminder Jassal

Taking Our Influence Out

Explore our spheres of interest/influence/power, shifting to action and tapping into the collective power of community.
Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.

Networking and Post Event Happy Hour

Stay for open collaboration and networking. Short walk to Uncle Julio’s.