National Discussion Around 'TechHire' Should Prompt Discussion for Utah Solutions at March 12 Breakfast Club

SALT LAKE CITY, March 11 - The Utah Breakfast Club event on Thursday, March 12 will tackle the subject of training in Utah with a focus on ensuring a good match between the "output" of our secondary and higher education systems and the workforce needs the high-technology sector.

"With the increasing national focus on alternative career paths for students, there's no better time to accelerate the discussion of educational policy solutions to meet the need of the growing state of Utah," said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie and founder of the Utah Breakfast Club.

On Monday, after being introduced at the National League of Cities conference by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, President Obama announced the launch of "TechHire," a multi-sector effort and call to action for communities to collaborate in helping local employers fill critical local information technology jobs.

"TechHire is going to do is to help local leaders connect the job openings to the training programs to the jobs," said President Obama. "And if you’re not already involved in this, you’ve got to get involved, because your community needs this just like everybody else does.

Panelists for the Thursday Utah Breakfast Club event, "Making Education a Priority: Tackling the State's Workforce Challenges," include:

  • Cathy Donahoe, Vice President, Human Resources, Domo
  • Stephen Kroes, President, Utah Foundation
  • Michael Savoie, Dean, College of Tech/Computing, Utah Valley University
  • Teresa Schlegel, Vice President, Human Resources, School Improvement Network
  • Jeff Weber, Senior Vice President, People and Places, Instructure
  • Chase Winder, Utah Sales Executive, Graduation Alliance
  • Moderator: Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

The Utah Breakfast Club conversation will take place in the auditorium of the State Office Building at the Utah Capitol Complex. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m., and the discussion will begin shortly after 7:30 a.m., and conclude by 9 a.m.

With the no-cost three-month trial members in the Utah Breakfast Club, registration for the event (including breakfast!) is only $15 plus fee. The non-member charge for attending the event, including breakfast, is $25.

For further information about the event, or about sponsorship of the Utah Breakfast Club, please contact Drew Clark by e-mail at, or at 801-895-3640.

(Photograph by the White House)