TechNet, University of California Washington Center , UC Berkeley &
The California Institute for Federal Policy Research

– Invite You to Attend –

“Maintaining America ’s Competitiveness:
Recruiting and Retaining the Best and Brightest Minds”

A forum on highly-skilled worker immigration policies and their  impact on US higher education and employment

 Monday, March 27, 2006
Senate Russell Caucus Room
(325 Senate Russell Building Washington , DC )

8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

RSVP:  [email protected]  

Proudly Sponsored By

Oracle        Cisco Systems        Intel
National Venture Capital Association        Compete America



8:30 a.m.



Welcome & Introduction: Lezlee Westine , President, TechNet & Bruce E. Cain, Director, University of California Washington Center



8:35 – 9:05



Key Note Speaker:  The Honorable John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury (invited)



9:05 – 10:20



Panel I:  Education: The Foundation of US Competitiveness at Risk

This panel will examine what is behind the decline in attracting the best, most talented minds in the world to study in the US and its long-term implications for national security, higher education, and international competitiveness.


·          Stuart Anderson, Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy (confirmed)

·          Victor Johnson, Associate Executive Director,  National Association of Foreign Student Advisers:  Association of International Educators (confirmed)

·          Debra Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools (confirmed)

·          Ray Orbach, Director of the Office of Science, Dept. of Energy and former Chancellor of UC Riverside (invited)

·          The Honorable George Miller (D-CA, 7th Congressional District) (invited)

Moderator: Robert Berdahl, President-elect of the Association of American Universities



10:30 – 11:45



Panel II:  Talent Gap:  Maintaining a Skilled Workforce that Advances Innovation and Economic Security

The leaders of our nation’s most innovative companies agree that our current immigration system works against US-based innovation and our broader economic security interests.  Issues to be discussed include:  highly skilled worker visa and legal immigration policies; the challenges US companies face in recruiting and retaining the world’s best minds; the boom in competitive sources of skilled talent overseas; and proposals for immigration reform that will advance economic development, innovation, and job creation.


·          Tod Loofbourrow, Chairman and CEO, Authoria, Inc. (confirmed)

·          Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation (invited)

·          John W. Thompson, Chairman and CEO, Symantec Corporation (invited)

·          The Honorable Spencer Abraham (Former Secretary of Energy and US Senator)  (invited)

·          Sandy Boyd, Chair, Compete America and VP, Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (confirmed)

Moderator:  Evan Thomas, Newsweek Magazine



Noon – 1:15 p.m.

(Box Lunches Provided)


Lunch Conversation with Policy Makers: The Outlook for Immigration Reform:

Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek Magazine will moderate a discussion among Senators Cornyn (confirmed), Specter (invited), Leahy (invited), Alexander (invited), Bingaman (invited), and Kennedy (invited), on immigration legislation that advances US innovation in higher education, employment and economic security. This session will conclude with a 20 minute Press and Audience Q&A.


For More Information Contact:


Andrea Hoffman, Director of Public Policy


1717 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 630
Washington , DC 20036

Phone 202.587.4470