Closing the Skills Gap
19

Thursday, 19 January

6 8 pm MST

Kenzan Denver

1743 Wazee Street #200
Denver, CO 80202
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

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Closing the Skills Gap

Scott Miller Photo


General Manager, Galvanize

Brian Nishi Photo


People & Culture Evangelist, GoSpotCheck

Brooke Smith Photo


Regional Director, General Assembly

Annette Quintana Photo


CEO, Istonish Holding Company

Rona Kilmer Photo


Director of Engineering, Kenzan

Andi Rugg Photo


Executive Director, Skillful, Colorado

19

Thursday, 19 January

6 8 pm MST

Kenzan Denver

1743 Wazee Street #200
Denver, CO 80202
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Kenzan logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

Looking for technical talent to help your team? Involved in growing the tech talent pipeline in Colorado? Then this event is for you.

Kenzan and General Assembly have partnered to address the digital talent gap in Denver and discuss actionable solutions for Colorado companies looking to hire developers, designers, product managers, data analysts, and other technical talent.

According to The Denver Post, “In Colorado, one of the most in-demand STEM careers is computer science. Colorado currently has more than 16,000 open computing jobs, and the average salary of these occupations is $92,000. By contrast, the overall average salary in Colorado is around $50,000.”

From developers to designers to product managers, the shortage and unavailability of digital talent in Denver is high, but not insurmountable. Join us as we talk about what is being done to close the skills gap, how tech companies can skill-up their current employees, and learn more about the talent landscape in Colorado.

About the Panelists

Scott Miller Photo

General Manager,
Galvanize

Scott is the General Manager of Galvanize - Denver where he oversee's Galvanize's local operations including helping technology companies start, build and grow their businesses, helping students build the skills for careers in technology and connecting students with companies looking to hire developers and data scientists. Prior to Galvanize Scott was the co-founder and COO of Tandem - a cloud based software helping brands understand and delight their customer. Previously, Scott was the VP of Monetization at Grooveshark and spent four years in Investment Banking help Tech companies raise capital and get acquired.

Scott has been in Denver for 10 of the past 12 years and is passionate about helping the Denver tech scene continue to innovate and grow.

Brian Nishi Photo

People & Culture Evangelist,
GoSpotCheck

Brian is the People & Culture Evangelist with GoSpotCheck, a Denver-based mobile SaaS startup that focuses on data collection and reporting from field reps. Brian currently manages all talent acquisition operations at GoSpotCheck, including recruitment across the entire business. Prior to GoSpotCheck, Brian worked in agency IT staffing, working with businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 250's.

Brooke Smith Photo

Regional Director,
General Assembly

Brooke has been leading the GA Denver campus since its opening in February 2016. Prior to this move, Brooke managed marketing, operations and the instructional teams for GA's New York campus. Having spent the past 8 years working in secondary education spaces, Brooke is a strong supporter of lifelong learning. Her favorite recent classes outside of GA's offerings have included Inflatable Sculpture, Lockpicking 101 and Learn the Best Three Letter Words for Scrabble.

Annette Quintana Photo

CEO,
Istonish Holding Company

Annette Quintana is the CEO of Istonish Holding Company, a privately held, Native American information technology services company established in 1990. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Istonish helps organizations, individuals and communities to be great through innovative technology solutions. Annette’s unique capacity to inspire her team to deliver successful results stems from her enthusiastic commitment to this vision. Under Annette’s leadership, Istonish has grown and evolved to serve government agencies, private companies large and small, and mission-driven not-for-profit organizations throughout the Mountain West.

Her values emanate from the inside out. Annette has held steadfast to her values of building a company that’s a great place to work and delivers significant value to clients and the community. She actively serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including: Colorado Technology Association, Visit Denver, and The Nature Conservancy.

Annette is the recipient of multiple awards including: Outstanding Women in Business, Most Powerful Women in Colorado, the Top 100 Women-Owned Business award, and is the 2016 Colorado Technology Association APEX CEO of the Year award winner.

A Colorado native, Annette holds a degree in chemical engineering from Colorado State University, is a wife, the mother of two daughters, and is a self-proclaimed yoga enthusiast. She is well known for her prominent contributions to the community in which she does business and is a recognized advocate for women in the technology industry.

Rona Kilmer Photo

Director of Engineering,
Kenzan

Rona is a Director of Engineering for Kenzan where she leads technical teams in the production of web applications. She is active in the hiring of development resources and helps drive initiatives that encourage the growth of Kenzan's employees. Her career started in Washington DC almost 20 years ago where she accepted her first job out of school as a web designer and front-end developer. She moved to Denver 8 years ago and now considers it home.

Andi Rugg Photo

Executive Director,
Skillful, Colorado

Andi Rugg is the Executive Director of Skillful, Colorado. Skillful is a partnership with LinkedIn, ASU, edX and the State of Colorado and the City of Phoenix. Skillful aspires to build a skills-based labor market in which there are many pathways to career success. Andi currently leads the team on the ground in Colorado running day to day operations with key partners and stakeholders: employers, job seekers, educators.

Prior to Skillful, Andi was at American Express, where she has held a number of leadership positions in the OPEN and Global Commercial Payments businesses. She was a management consultant with Booz & Company and a software engineer and IT project manager. She is no stranger to entrepreneurship having worked for startups ranging from digital media convergence to health insurance claims processing.

Andi has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS from Arizona State University.

About Our Partners

Kenzan

Kenzan is a software engineering and digital consulting firm that provides customized end-to-end solutions for enterprise businesses including architecture, front and back end development business analysis and DevTest. Specializing in application development, Platform as a Service, cloud virtualization and big data, Kenzan works with clients to enable digital transformation. As a full service firm, Kenzan crafts custom solutions that leverage cutting-edge technology, from ideation and design to development and delivery.

More than 100 Kenzan architects, engineers and developers work across offices in Denver, NYC, Providence and Los Angeles. Through collaboration, imagination, curiosity and kindness, they deliver innovative solutions to tough problems.

Refund Policy

Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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