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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Monday, April 9
 

3:00pm

5:00pm

5:30pm

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7:00pm

 
Tuesday, April 10
 

5:00pm

6:00pm

6:30pm

7:00pm

 
Wednesday, April 11
 

9:00am

12:00pm

3:00pm

4:30pm

5:00pm

6:00pm

6:30pm

7:00pm

8:00pm

 
Thursday, April 12
 

9:00am

9:45am

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10:15am

10:30am

ICA and RVA: Creating a Cultural Landmark Welcome GalleryNow OpenMichael Orlove • Melody Barnes • Charlottesville Area Community Foundation • RVA MAG Master Class: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition Old Metropolitan HallNow OpenHenry Hwong • StoryWare • Willowtree Partner Event: Affordable Housing in High Growth Small Cities Water Street CenterFullLisa Sturtevant • Michelle Allen • William Huang • Rhoda Stauffer • Urban Land Virginia Institute Data and Trends for Ecosystem Developers Second Street GalleryNow OpenSean Carr • Eva Doss • Melody Koh • Johnny Magdaleno • Christiana McFarland • Joe Whitchurch • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation • Capital One How Ready for Funding Are You? The Paramount Theater - Balcony LoungeFullRoss Baird • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Virginia is for Entrepreneurs • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Roundtable: Redefining Farm to Table Common House - Vinegar Hall NorthFullMarland Buckner • Bettina Ring • Greg Asbed • Dominic Barrett • Duron Chavis • Tom McDougall • Doug Pick • Sally Schwitters • Sam Speedie • Kristen Suokko • Tom Thompson • Ellen Moncure Wong • MB2 Solutions Case Study: Building a Talent Pipeline in Milwaukee, WI Guma GalleryAlmost FullMichael Hostad • Chio Cabrera • Ruth Harper • Joe Poeschl KEYNOTE: You've Got the Power The Jefferson TheaterNow OpenAtima Omara • Jenn Brown • Lennon Flowers • Steven Olikara Roundtable: Ageism in Public Policy Common House - Vinegar Hall SouthNow OpenMarta Keane • Ayn Welleford • Denise Bonds • Mozell Booker • Chip Boyles • Jonathan Davis • Heather Hill • Steve Nichols • Pamela Sutton-Wallace • Peter Thompson

11:00am

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11:40am

12:00pm

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Partner Event: Financing Affordable Housing Water Street CenterFullMelissa Maddox Evans • Anthony Williams • Julie Anderson • Philip d'Oronzio • John Desmond • Susan Dewey • Mark Graham • Monica Hawkins • Heather Hill • Ned Howe • Sunshine Mahon • Anita Morrison • Audrey Oliver • Maurice Perry • Stacy Pethia • Linda Stanley • Aakash Thakkar • ACAC • Urban Land Virginia Institute Freelancing: A Survival Guide to the Future of Work Welcome GalleryAlmost FullJohn Reinhold • Ace Callwood • Anna Payne-Fife • Jeff Tennery • Claire Wasserman • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation KEYNOTE: Fighting Inequality with Finance The Jefferson TheaterNow OpenGreg Fairchild • Ross Baird • Peter Jackson • Jerry Nemorin • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy Old Metropolitan HallNow OpenDeborah Parker • Mark Parker • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Why It Pays to Startup in Small Cities Second Street GalleryFullChris Harris • Kendall Morris • Will Morris • Mary Stargel • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation • Capital One Grow Different: AgTech and Urban Farming Common House - Vinegar Hall NorthNow OpenDuron Chavis • Jason Green • Christine Keller • April Philips • Jack Ross Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide Guma GalleryNow OpenChristiana McFarland Unleashing the Power of Public Prototyping: An Inside Look at Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge The Paramount Theater - Balcony LoungeNow OpenKatie Appel Duda • Maureen Devlin • Ryan Pierce • Jan Rader The Future of Patient Care Violet Crown - Theater 6Almost FullChristopher Moore • Laura Barnes • Kimberly Deas • Miriam Friedel • Randall Moorman Roundtable: The Story of a Place Common House - Vinegar Hall SouthFullJessica Luck • Deborah Fallows • Roben Farzad • Miriam Gordon-Stewart • Enjoli Moon • Michael Orlove • Anne Helen Petersen • Ben Speggen • Brennan Gilmore • Nathan Moore • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences • C-Ville Weekly

2:05pm

2:45pm

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3:30pm

News Article Classification for Improving Estimates of Arrest-Related Deaths in the US Violet Crown - Theater 5Now OpenPeter Baumgartner Partner Event: Community Engagement in Affordable Housing Water Street CenterFullLiz Chapman • Mark Graham • Charlene Green • Heather Hill • Janette Kawachi • Karen Klick • Audrey Oliver • Annie Stup • Urban Land Virginia Institute Roundtable: Revitalizing Main Street Common House - Vinegar Hall SouthAlmost FullWinona Dimeo-Edgar • Ric Cavender • Becky Ceperley • Juanita Hardy • Mona El Khafif • Johnny Magdaleno • Hana Passen • Melody Warnick Fueling the Next Wave: Food Incubators Common House - Vinegar Hall NorthNow OpenMeagan McGinnes • Cullen Gilchrist • Andrew Ive • Brian Marks Teaching Skills That Matter Welcome GalleryNow OpenKendall Morris • Evelyn Aissa • Jared Bigham • Michael Hostad The Death and Rebirth of Great American Cities The Paramount Theater - Balcony LoungeNow OpenAaron Renn • Anthony Williams The Future of the Community Hospital Violet Crown - Theater 6Now OpenAmy Goldstein • Jonathan Davis • Tom Kleinhanzl • Mary Mannix • Pamela Sutton-Wallace KEYNOTE: Defending the Digital Space: Fake News, Hate Speech, and Big Brother The Jefferson TheaterNow OpenSiva Vaidhyanathan • Renee Diresta • Garrett Graff • Cathy O'Neil • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences • C-Ville Weekly Tour: The Evolution of Industry at Woolen Mills Woolen MillsAlmost FullLee Catlin • Brian Roy • Albemarle County CIT Lab: An Empirical View of the Art and Science of Entrepreneurship and Investment Second Street GalleryFullCenter for Innovative Technology (CIT) • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Tour: The Surreal, Self-Driving Future Pro Re Nata Farm BreweryNow OpenLaura Bliss • Carlos Cardillo • T. Donna Chen • Paul Perrone • Phil Tinn • Albemarle County

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4:00pm

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Friday, April 13
 

8:00am

9:00am

10:00am

10:30am

Closed Session: A Systems Approach to the Opioids Crisis in Our Region CitySpaceFullGail Maddox Taylor • F. Michael Ashby • Rosa Atkins • Kyle Austin • Lisa Beitz • Marny Bentley • Denise Bonds • Neta Davis • Kaki Dimock • Elizabeth Driscoll • David Driscoll, PhD, MPH • Thierry Dupuis • Joe Evans • William Fulkerson • Mary Davis Hamlin • Holly Hatcher • Jody Herndon • Matt Holland • Michelle Hottinger • Mary Jackson • Marta Keane • Rebecca Kendall • Martin Kumer • Albie LaFave • Gabrielle Marzani • Anna Mendez • Susan Morrow • Jennifer Oldham MD MPH • Cristine Nardi • Cyndi Richardson • Ronnie Roberts • Ann Mason Rumble • Katya Sracic • Nassima Ait Daoud Tiouririne • Dorothy Tompkins • Robert Tracci • Erin Tucker • Renae Vance • Tom VonHermert • Rebecca Wade • Emily Warren • Lori Wood • Region Ten Founding Stories - CREATIVITY: Building Outside the Box The Paramount TheaterNow OpenMark Brzezinski • Vincent Kadlubek • Willowtree • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Designing Products with Purpose Welcome GalleryFullPeter Jackson • Brandon Anderson • Kris Cody • Hannah Dehradunwala • Tina Hovsepian • Tim Scott • StoryWare • Willowtree Partner Event: Meeting the Need for Affordable Development Water Street CenterAlmost FullGregory Powe • Fred Harris • Ned Howe • Dan Rosensweig • Aakash Thakkar • Mel Thompson • Urban Land Virginia Institute Clean Capital: Financing the Transition to Renewable Energy Violet Crown - Theater 5Now OpenYann Brandt • Yuri Horwitz • Greg Montgomery • leap • Abundant Power The Darkest Hour: Leading through Natural Disaster Violet Crown - Theater 4Now OpenDavid Murray • Derrick Freeman • Andrea Luecke • Sun Tribe Solar A Better Startup Ecosystem for Student Founders Old Metropolitan HallNow OpenLaura Brogdon-Primavera • Hack Cville • Galant Center for Entrepreneurship • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Master Class: Design the Future You Love Common House - Vinegar Hall NorthAlmost FullUVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation • Marie Schacht The Founders Who Aren't: Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Second Street GalleryNow OpenCourtenay Siegfried • Chelsea Conrad • Shamaine Daniels • Knatokie Ford • desiree venn frederic • Brad Wolverton • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Case Study: Strategic Action for Economic Opportunity in Frederick, MD Common House - Vinegar Hall SouthFullWhitney Hahn • Elizabeth Cromwell • Michael O'Connor • Helen Propheter • Scott Ryser After August 12th: Freedom of Speech and Domestic Terror The Paramount Theater - Balcony LoungeNow OpenLandon Shroder • Alan Bradstock • Mary McCord • Abigail Spanberger • RVA MAG From Search to Suggest Violet Crown - Theater 3Now OpenGarrett Graff • Joshua Anton • Allen Gannett • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences • C-Ville Weekly Community Workshop: Design Thinking for the Greater Good Guma GalleryNow OpenRandy Salzman

10:45am

11:00am

12:00pm

Founders Luncheon: Art, Fantasy, and Mystery: Meow Wolf The BebederoNow OpenVincent Kadlubek • WHURK • UVA Arts • Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Founders Luncheon: Brands in the Age of Distraction Downtown GrilleAlmost FullMargo Bulka • Zack Bryant • Magnus Hierta • Darcey Lacy • Lindsey Norment • StoryWare • Willowtree • Sir Speedy Founders Luncheon: The Energy End Game Downtown GrilleAlmost FullDevin Welch • Jigar Shah • Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance • Sigora Solar • Sun Tribe Solar Founders Luncheon: Founding While Female Red Pump KitchenNow OpenHeather Metcalf • Renee Diresta • Alice Handy • Shan-Lyn Ma • FastTrac • 1 Million Cups • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Founders Luncheon: Reasons to Stay - Cities for Young Founders ZocaloNow OpenDaniel Willson • Steve Huffman • Hack Cville • The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development • Galant Center for Entrepreneurship • Chamber Frederick • Capital One Founders Luncheon: STEAM Ahead: Inclusive Innovation Brasserie SaisonAlmost FullNatalia Brzezinski • Knatokie Ford • Leland Melvin • Lynchburg Economic Development Authority • Virginia National Bank Community Luncheon: Honoring Black America in the Public Realm The Jefferson TheaterNow OpenGayle Jessup White • Brent Leggs • Eto Otitigbe • Levar Stoney • Office for Diversity and Equity Founders Luncheon: Dopesick - Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America Bashir'sAlmost FullBeth Macy Founders Luncheon: Taking Back Healthcare Commonwalth RestaurantNow OpenElisabeth Rosenthal • Natassia Rozario Founders Luncheon: An American Story Hamilton'sNow OpenJames Fallows • Amy Goldstein • Royer Caramanis & McDonough Partner Event: “How to Fix American Democracy: Part I" The Lawn at the University of Virginia (12-2 pm)Miller Center at UVA • University of Virginia

2:00pm

Solving Design Problems with Prototyping Welcome GalleryAlmost FullKate Hofstra • Emily Flannery • Kristen Keiser • Todd Wickersty • StoryWare • Willowtree Life After Coal Violet Crown - Theater 4Almost FullHeidi Binko • Dan Conant • Brandon Dennison • Adam Hastings • Nicole Steele • Sun Tribe Solar Master Class: The Creative Curve Common House - Vinegar Hall NorthAlmost FullAllen Gannett • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Get Smart: Beyond the Buzzwords on Open Data Common House - Vinegar Hall SouthFullLiz Farmer • Zac Bookman • David Doyle • Andrew Kleine • Clarence Wardell Sex in Public: Gender and Political Office The Paramount Theater - Balcony LoungeNow OpenJennifer Wright • Jenn Brown • Atima Omara Collective Action for Public Health Outcomes Old Metropolitan HallNow OpenElizabeth Beasley • Ryan Coonerty • Stephen Grubbs • Natassia Rozario The Future of Journalism Violet Crown - Theater 3Almost FullDahlia Lithwick • Jeff Carney • Steve Gibson • Brad Wolverton • The Daily Progress • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences • C-Ville Weekly Founding Stories - VISION: From success to scale The Paramount TheaterNow OpenNatalia Brzezinski • Steve Huffman • Jigar Shah • Galant Center for Entrepreneurship • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Partner Event: Affordable Housing Design Water Street CenterFullMel Thompson • Gregory Powe • Kathleen Galvin • Andrew Gast-Bray • Laura Goldblatt • Ned Howe • Sunshine Mahon • Mike Osteen • Rush Otis • Brian Revere • Aakash Thakkar • Bruce Wardell • Urban Land Virginia Institute Master Class: The ABCs of Socially Responsible Investing Second Street GalleryNow OpenKathleen Neumann • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Community Workshop: Hydroponics: The Future of Food Production Babylon Micro Farms OfficeNow OpenAlexander Olesen • Graham Smith • Babylon Micro Farms Partner Event: "How to Fix American Democracy: Part 2" Miller Center of Public AffairsMiller Center at UVA • University of Virginia Closed Session: Crafting a Regional Plan to Address to the Opioid Crisis CitySpaceFullRegion Ten • Denise Bonds • F. Michael Ashby • Rosa Atkins • Kyle Austin • Lisa Beitz • Marny Bentley • Denise Bonds • Neta Davis • Kaki Dimock • Elizabeth Driscoll • David Driscoll, PhD, MPH • Thierry Dupuis • Joe Evans • William Fulkerson • Mary Davis Hamlin • Holly Hatcher • Jody Herndon • Matt Holland • Michelle Hottinger • Mary Jackson • Marta Keane • Rebecca Kendall • Martin Kumer • Albie LaFave • Gabrielle Marzani • Anna Mendez • Susan Morrow • Jennifer Oldham MD MPH • Cristine Nardi • Cyndi Richardson • Ronnie Roberts • Ann Mason Rumble • Katya Sracic • Nassima Ait Daoud Tiouririne • Dorothy Tompkins • Robert Tracci • Erin Tucker • Renae Vance • Tom VonHermert • Rebecca Wade • Emily Warren • Lori Wood

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Saturday, April 14
 

7:00am

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Sunday, April 15
 

2:00pm

3:10pm

4:40pm

6:15pm

7:00pm

 


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