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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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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

3:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

5:00pm

5:15pm

6:25pm

8:00pm

9:30pm

10:00pm

 


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