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Capitol Hill Power Lunch Briefing: Boosting AA/Latino/Women Tech/STEM Policy Advisors

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

You're invited to this year's first STEM Capitol Hill Power Lunch. Given recent events, the lunch seeks to discuss renewed efforts to boost energy, tech, and finance sector diversity. This plan centers on encouraging both Republican and Democratic Members of Congress to hire more African American, Latino, and women energy, tech, and finance policy advisors in their offices.

Enjoy a timely conversation about STEM & diversity, lunch and networking with energy, tech and finance industry execs, senior congressional staff, and advocates.

Please find below additional details for our lunch.

What: STEM4US! Congressional Power Lunch Briefing on Boosting Diversity of Tech, Energy, Finance Policy Advisors, Step towards Expanding Overall Diversity in Nation's Critical Sectors


When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12pm-1:30pm

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Buildings, Room 562, 1st Street and Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20510


  • Brent Wilkes - LULAC President

  • Virginia Zigras - VP, Government Relations, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

  • Janaye Ingram - Director, National Partnerships, Airbnb

  • Lorenzo Olvera - Director, Senator Charles Schumer's Diversity Initiative

  • Spencer Overton - President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Confirmed Lunch Briefing Partners: LULAC & NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

Purpose: This important conversation is set a week after the MLK federal holiday and a day before the start of Black History Month. STEM4US! hopes this event highlights the importance of increasing diversity within our nation's energy, tech, and finance sectors. Further, the event is designed to encourage policymakers in Washington to lead by example and add more diverse energy, tech, and finance advisors to their own staffs. Not only could this step serve as a good incentive, it could also create a pipeline of diverse talent from which energy, tech, and finance companies could tap to meet their own recruitment goals.

Expected Audience: We expect 75-100 congressional staff and officials from federal and local government agencies along with tech and energy sector executives, other STEM professionals, policy advocates, educators, and students.


12:00: Registration & Lunch

12:15: Welcoming Remarks & Introduction of Guests: Talib I. Karim – STEM4US!CEO

12:20: Sponsor Recognition

12:23: Audience Introductions

12:30: Moderator & Speaker Introductions

12:35: Question & Answer Session with Questions from Moderator

1:00: Audience Questions to Speakers

1:20: Closing Remarks

1:30: End

ARRIVAL: The Dirksen Senate Office Building is located on Constitution Avenue right after the intersection of First Street NE and Constitution Ave. in Washington, DC. The event will take place in Room 562. There are three Metro stops found within walking distance of the Capitol:

  • Union Station – Located at First Street, NW, and Massachusetts Avenue.

  • Capitol South – Located at First Street between C and D Streets, SE.

  • Federal Center, SW – Located at the southwest corner of Third and D Streets, SW.