South Metro Denver Chamber Hosting Its First Colorado STEM Summit


August 12, 2015 – The South Metro Denver Chamber is hosting its first ever STEM Summit on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The mission of the 2015 Colorado STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit is to create a non-partisan, highly interactive and collaborative communication forum that aligns and connects business leaders, educators, policy makers, stakeholders, and thought leaders to assure STEM education and training for all Coloradans. The approximate 800-person summit will include keynotes by bestselling author Thomas Friedman as well as National STEM Spokesperson Norman Augustine.

The program will begin with comments from Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, followed by a keynote from Norman Augustine.

A business panel will follow, including panelists Mark Van Tine; CEO of Jeppesen/VP Digital Aviation Boeing, Ray Johnson; IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager, Tom Cycyota; President and CEO of Allosource, and Chris Gdowski, Esq; Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

There will also be an education panel featuring Becky Takeda- Tinker, Ph.D; President – CSU Global Campus, Bill Kurtz; CEO – DSST Public Schools, Linda Reed; Superintendent, Archuleta School District, and Brian Ewert; Superintendent, Littleton Public Schools.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Thomas Friedman.

Breakout sessions will be held in the afternoon; topics include: Engaging girls in STEM programs, Keeping educators ahead of the curve, Reviving careers with STEM skills, and Strengthening partnerships between business and education.

This event will also serve to celebrate the ongoing efforts of partners in advancing STEM with: the update on the progress of the Colorado STEM roadmap, the announcement of new commitments to ensure every Coloradan has access to the STEM education, and issuance of a call-to-action from the business community to policy makers.

In addition to Friday, the 2015 Colorado STEM Summit will continue on Saturday, October 31, by invitation only, at the University of Colorado South Campus – Wildlife Experience – from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. Saturday’s focus will be on legislation; there will be a policy discussion and forum for action session for key business leaders, state and federal officials, legislators, and school district leaders. Confirmed attendees include Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennet, both of Colorado.

Statistics have motivated change within the STEM community: By 2020, 74% of all jobs in Colorado will require some level of postsecondary education. 55% of the best jobs in Colorado – as defined by projected high openings, above average growth rates, and those offering at least a family supporting wage – require skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The Summit is addressing these issues; to build a talent pipeline that benefits citizens and the economy.

About our keynote speakers: Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia brings a passion for education and public service to the state Capitol. Before he was elected Lieutenant Governor, Joe was president of Colorado State University – Pueblo. During his four-year tenure at the University, Joe helped the university overcome financial difficulties, stagnant enrollment and a mediocre reputation through aggressive marketing and non-traditional solutions. Norman Augustine was chair of “The Rising Above The Gathering Storm” committee with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year. He is the National Spokesperson of STEM, has received the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, among numerous other honors. Bestselling author of The World is Flat and columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. As winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981.

Please visit for more information and registration dates. For additional questions and sponsorship opportunities, contact Brian Bartony of the South Metro Denver Chamber,