Past Meetup

Open Dialogue on IT Career for High School Students- Free Refreshments!

Hosted by Ed Tech DMV

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Come and join our networking and panel discussion event with free refreshments.


In this event, we discuss the following:

- What IT skills students need to learn before leaving the high school?

- What IT jobs will be available to students upon graduations?

- College versus technical training: what to choose?

- How parents perceive IT education in high schools?


6-6:15 pm- Networking
6:15-6:30 pm- Announcements
6:30-7:30 pm - Panel discussion & Q/A
7:30-8 pm- Networking


I- Marcus Noel

Marcus Noel is the founder and CEO of Heart of Man (HōM), an immersive entrepreneurship program and youth-powered online marketplace. HōM teaches design thinking and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills to middle and high school students, preparing them for success in the 21st century.

Noel is a recent alum of the U.S. Department of Education, where he supported and catalyzed the ed-tech entrepreneurial community as a ConnectED Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology. Previously, Noel worked in the private sector at J.P. Morgan and McMaster-Carr. In 2012, he transitioned into education through the ProInspire Fellowship, serving as a financial strategist to the CFO of Baltimore City Public Schools. Noel graduated with honors from Morehouse College with additional study at the London School of Economics.

This year, Noel was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in education. Other honors include a 2015 Camelback Ventures Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship, and being named to the 2015 class of “Emerging Innovators” by Ashoka and American Express.

2-Joseph Raczynski- Technologist/Futurist

Joseph is an innovator and early adopter of all things computer related. His primary bent is around the future of technology focused on specifically surrounding various fields including machine learning, mobile, security, cryptocurrency, and robotics (drone technology).

Joseph founded wapUcom, LLP, consulting with companies in web and wireless development. As a side project DC WiFi was created to help create a web of open wireless WiFi access points across cities and educate people about wireless security.

Currently he is with Thomson Reuters Legal managing a team of Technical Client Managers for both the Large Law and Government divisions. Joseph serves the top law firms in the world consulting on legal trends and customizing Thomson Reuters legal technology solutions for enhanced workflows. He graduated from Providence College with a BA in Economics and Sociology and holds a Masters in eCommerce and MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.

You can connect with Joseph at ( or ( or through Twitter @joerazz (

3- Dr. Jarvis Sulcer

Dr. Jarvis Sulcer serves as the Director of Education for STEMBoard where he leads STEM education programming. Prior to joining STEMBoard, he served as Academic Director, Director of Education Programs and President/Chief Education Officer of the Level Playing Field Institute in Oakland, California. During his tenure Dr. Sulcer led a myriad of programs including the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) academy, which U.S News and World Reports regarded as one of the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students.

Dr. Sulcer is a subject matter expert in STEM Education, a dynamic educator, entrepreneur and engineer with a track record of success in for-profit and non-profit organizations. A personal essay by Dr. Sulcer was featured in REACH: 40 Black Men Living Leading and Succeeding, edited by former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous. The Silicon Valley Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P also honored him with the 2015 W.E.B Du Bois Award. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Sulcer earned his master’s degree and doctorate in nuclear science and engineering from Cornell University. In 1998, he was the only African-American male in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in his field of study. Dr. Sulcer is a first-generation college graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Southern University, a historically black college.

4- Shanaz Chowdhery

Miss. Chowdhery has a passion for disruptive education and is currently the Regional Director at General Assembly. At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love by learning the most in-demand skills in technology, design, and business. Shanaz focuses on scaling and optimizing business operations, leading the team, and managing overall market health. She is a graduate of General Assembly's Front-End Web Development course. Prior to becoming the Regional Director, she worked as an Admissions Producer and Admissions Manager; before joining General Assembly, she taught 5th and 7th grade math at a charter school in southeast DC through Teach for America.

5- Torri Hayslett

Miss. Hayslett is an Engineering and IT NAF College and Career Coordinator for one of the top the DCPS high schools. As the College and Career Coordinator, Torri is responsible for providing individualized support and counseling to students surrounding college and career exploration, preparation, planning, and transition. She also engages students and business partners in preparation of students for the workplace. She develops and coordinates workshops using industry-specific trainers, knowledge and skills for students in the area of professional development, interviewing skills, resume writing, networking, communication, and life skills. Previously, Torri was employed as an accreditation coordinator, an adjunct online faculty member at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), and owner of Hayslett Consulting and Training Services, where she specializes in career counseling, resume revision, and training in the DC area and remotely. Speaking engagements on the topic of placement include the ACICS 2012 Annual Conference and the Florida Association of Post-secondary Schools and Colleges 2013 Annual Conference. She has worked with more than 500 clients on career counseling and resume revision since her company’s inception. Her previous work experience includes Corporate IT Auditor, College IT Department Head, and Director of Career Services.


We thank Living Social ( providing us with venue, free drinks, and snacks.

Why Attend?

When you attend this event, you will...

• Connect face to face with a diverse group of people interested in education, technology, and community development

• Extend and build your network of local allies and friends

• Accelerate your professional development through interpersonal interactions

• Get a chance to meet and greet with HSTS team members

About HSTS

According to research conducted by Education Week, over 3 million students drop out of high school per year. Many of the students who do graduate high school don’t attend college due to low grades and an absence of career goals. As a result, these young men and women lack the skills to achieve career success in today’s technology-driven world.

HSTS’s motto is "Educated Students Today, Educated Society Tomorrow,”. Through rigorous after-school computer training, HSTS boosts the rates of graduation and college admission for high school students. You can go to ( to learn more. Click here ( if you wish to support HSTS mission.