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DECEMBER 4, 2019

555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20001

Join us at the 2019 #CHCIIndustrySummit

The 2019 CHCI Tech Summit 2.0 will target an audience of 250 key stakeholders interested in tech issues to discuss emerging trends, policy issues, and opportunities in technology such as equitable access to fifth generation mobile network (5G) in communities of color, digital privacy and cybersecurity, the digital skills gap, the future of work, and Ethics of the Future in the face of growing automation and super-intelligence. The day-long summit is intended to connect Members of Congress, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, CHCI program participants and alumni, as well as other stakeholders for high-level discussions and networking.


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Please join us for registration and a networking breakfast. Complimentary pastries, bagels, fruit and yogurt will be provided.

Thriving in an Automated World: A Human-Centered Approach to the Future of Work

Welcome Remarks:

Marco A. Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44)
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)


Jason Oxman, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council


Katie Branson, Executive Director of Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO)
Sandra Cano
, Executive Recruiter, Global Human Resources, Visa
Marc Goldberg, Chief Technology Officer, Society of Human Resource Management
Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez
, Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation, Accenture

The growing adoption of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation, coupled with the gig economy and a reinvented traditional job, have collectively been referred to as the “augmented economy.” This new era has created apprehension of job loss among today’s workforce, while at the same time presented opportunities to empower workers and generate business growth. With greater mobility, flexibility, and productivity, comes the need to be adaptable and agile in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

The future is here, and will require a comprehensive people-centered approach that will balance human capital with automated technology. This session will bring together corporate leaders, experts, and policymakers to address what steps and best practices companies and the public sector have already taken, and the work that remains in adapting to this new era.

Examining Trends in Cybersecurity: Ensuring Data and Privacy are Protected

Welcome Remarks:

Eric Hernandez, CHCI Alumnus; BlueLab Analytics


Nate Synder, Senior Advisor, Cambridge Global Advisors


Adam Bobrow, Founder and CEO, Foresight Resilience Strategies
Max Carranza, Senior Director of Strategic Platforms, LiveRamp
Rajan Kapoor, Director of Security, Dropbox

In an increasingly connected and data-driven world, cyber security (or the safeguarding of digital data) is often examined along with privacy (the protection of a user’s identity against unauthorized access). Emerging technologies have revolutionized how we live, process data, and how nearly every major industry sector operates. Unfortunately, each of these technologies, presents unique vulernatibilties that present risks to cybersecurity and data privacy.

As AI and computing powers advance, so does the risk that hackers will use these same technologies in the next generation of cyber attacks. The role of anonymization of data, or the sanitization of information through secure encryption, coupled with the removing of personally identifiable information has been key in protecting personal data or privacy against cyber attacks. As quantum computing becomes more advanced, so does the risk that encryption could be cracked and used to hack user data. Similarly deepfake, an AI generated video and audio, has been used to scam the average person into presenting a fake video or audio as authentic. These are just some examples of the issues that we will tackle during this session.

5G: A New Era of Connectivity – Opportunities and Challenges

Welcome Remarks:

Mariella Paulino, CHCI Alumnus; City University of New York

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09)


Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings Institute


Jaime Hjort, Vice President, Government Affairs, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA)
John Hunter, Senior Director of Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile
Virginia Zigras, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Charter Communications

The era of a Fifth Generation (5G) mobile network is intended to create a fully connected society – one that will maximize Internet of Things (IoT) applications, self-driving cars, and enable new industrial efficiencies within the most sophisticated communications infrastructure. Further, 5G will have ubiquitous effects – from smart cities, to virtual and augmented reality, real time precision medicine, IoT education solutions, precision mapping and so much more.

What will 5G prevalence mean to communities of colors? Specifically, what are the socioeconomic opportunities presented by 5G and what can be done to ensure that access to the benefits of 5G is equitable?

Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive WorkForce In Tech: Creating Opportunities for Women and People of Color

Welcome Remarks:

Lorraine Carrasco, CHCI Alumnus; Director of External Affairs, Nielsen

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)

Sponsor Remarks:

Miguel Mendoza, Public Policy Manager, Amazon


Rosa Mendoza Dávila, Founder, President & CEO, ALLvanza


Terry Perez, Director of Global Business Workforce Planning, HP Inc.
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Facebook
Phillip Wallace, Director of Federal Government Affairs, Walmart

Creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce in any industry requires a holistic approach – addressing implicit bias in the recruitment process, fostering an environment where diversity of thought is valued, and providing opportunities for growth for all talent. The technology sector presents unique challenges and opportunities, such as the role of machine learning in mitigating bias. This session will examine how companies are training an agile and diverse workforce that reflects the increasing diversity of our country. Specifically, industry leaders will share best practices that are being developed and adopted by companies in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining diverse talent.

Addressing the Digital Skills Gap in Education: A Proactive Approach

Welcome Remarks:

Cristina Antelo, Esq, Principal, Ferox Strategies

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) 


Ray Suarez, Jr., WorldAffairs


Brian Gonzalez, Senior Director for Public Sector Policy, Intel’s Governments, Markets and Trade Team
Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Policy & Strategic Alliances, Verizon
Allyson Knox, Senior Director, Education Policy, Microsoft Philanthropies
Corey Williams, Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association

Emerging technologies promise to bring benefits such as greater mobility and flexibility in the workforce, yet more than a third of the jobs of the future will require skills not common in today’s workforce. These changing demands have required upskilling and training – a popular approach from a reactive perspective, however a fully digital native generation requires a proactive approach. Specifically, the students of today need digital citizenship skills from the outset, in order to be active and productive participants, not only at school, but in the future workforce. This panel will explore potential solutions to expanding technological access for minority youth, that have been historically excluded from the digital economy, and how we can prepare the next generation of diverse leaders to be active digital citizens.

Ethics Of the Future: AI, Transhumanism and the Age of Super-Intelligence

Welcome Remarks:

Marco A. Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)


Dr. Maggie Little, Director, Ethics Lab, Senior Research Scholar and Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University


Dr. Elizabeth Edenberg, Senior Ethicist and Assistant Research Professor, Ethics Lab, Georgetown University
Sean Perryman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Counsel, Internet Association
Dr. Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for the Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation

The prevalence of Artificial intelligence is forcing us to confront ethical dilemmas in the realm of policy, that we have never faced before, yet issues that we have pondered from a philosophical perspective, such as what it means to be human. The use of drone technology, self-driver cars, and integrated robotics beg the question: how do we program AI technologies to foster an inclusive society and not a dystopian nightmare? Specifically, how will we ensure that AI is not picking up on human biases, while at the same time addressing gaps in perceptual capabilities or privacy invading insights? This session will address how policy-makers and corporate leaders can create policies reflecting these ethical dilemmas before it’s too late.

Members of Congress



Innovator Circle

Leader Circle

Trailblazer Circle


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