U.S. News & World Report Brings National STEM Leaders to Baltimore

MIT's Susan Hockfield; National Urban League's Marc Morial; Arizona State University's Michael Crow; The College Board's David Coleman; and more to speak at STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Mar 17, 2016, 10:07 ET from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the STEM Index and A Parent's Guide to STEM, today announced that it will bring its annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference to Baltimore, May 18-20, 2016. With a focus on increasing the ranks of women, minorities and the underserved in STEM fields, the summit will highlight solutions and best practices to ensure that the nation's future workforce boasts the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a global economy.

"With a concentration of health care systems, high-tech companies, research universities, government agencies and defense contractors in its backyard, the Baltimore area has a great need for a STEM-proficient workforce," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "The region illustrates the broader STEM challenge we face as a country, and we're looking forward to bringing national and local leaders together to shed light on this important issue."

To date, keynote speakers include:

Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
David Coleman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Ronald Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
Norman C. Francis, President Emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana
Susan Hockfield, President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; President-elect, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ellen Kullman, Retired Chair of the Board and CEO, DuPont
Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
Edward B. Rust Jr, Chairman, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer, Boeing

Additionally, presidents of local colleges and universities and Baltimore-based industry leaders will discuss their current efforts to develop STEM-savvy students and employees:

M. Jason Brooke, CEO and General Counsel, Vasoptic Medical
Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee
Ron Gula, CEO, Tenable Network Security
Karl Gumtow, CEO, CyberPoint International
Stephanie C. Hill, Vice President and General Manager, Ship and Aviation Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Dawn Lindsay, President, Anne Arundel Community College
Maria Thompson, President, Coppin State University
Robert L. Wallace, CEO, Bithenergy
David Wilson, President, Morgan State University

Dozens of other top experts in education, workforce development, industry and policy will also highlight STEM initiatives that are working in their sectors.

At the conference, U.S. News will release the third annual U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the only comprehensive index of its kind that tracks key economic- and education-related STEM activity in the United States over time. Profiles of the speakers, sessions and solutions discussed at the event will be featured on the U.S. News STEM hub, usnews.com/STEM, alongside U.S. News' STEM content, including the Best High Schools for STEM and the Best Jobs for STEM.

To register or find the latest agenda for the STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, visit USNewsSTEMSolutions.com and connect with U.S. News STEM Solutions on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

U.S. News STEM Solutions
The U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is focused on improving America's science, technology, engineering and math skills. Produced by U.S. News & World Report, the conference highlights STEM issues on a national stage and assembles major corporations, leading educators and top policymakers to find solutions to the STEM crisis. Now in its fifth year, the conference will take place May 18-20, 2016 at the Hilton, Baltimore, Maryland.

U.S. News & World Report
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