Moderated By: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
Evan Burfield, Founder, 1776
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, United States Small Business Administration
Robb Hilson, Small Business Executive, Bank of America
Evan Burfield is a cofounder of 1776, driven by his passionate belief in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing America and the world today—from education to energy efficiency.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. She is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.
Robb Hilson is the Small Business executive at Bank of America. Hilson leads a national organization that provides banking solutions to more than 3 million businesses with annual revenues up to $5 million across the U.S. Most recently, he served as the Client Development Group executive within Global Commercial Banking.