This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.

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. 

Featured Speakers

avatar for John Cleese

John Cleese

Monty Python
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

University of Virginia
Co-Director, Democracy Initiative & Professor of Practice, Miller...
avatar for Dan Rather

Dan Rather

News and Guts, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
President and CEO, Author
avatar for Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth Rosenthal

An American Sickness
avatar for Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder
avatar for Amy Goldstein

Amy Goldstein

The Washington Post, Janesville: An American Story
Staff Writer, Author
avatar for Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman

Beyond Meat, Honest Tea
Executive Chairman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus
avatar for Brent Leggs

Brent Leggs

National Trust for Historic Preservation and University of Maryland
Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund; Assistant...
avatar for Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

The Weekly Standard
Founder and Editor at Large

Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director
avatar for Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown

Civic Nation
Executive Director
avatar for Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara

Millennial Action Project
President and Co-Founder
avatar for Renee Diresta

Renee Diresta

Head of Policy
Data for Democracy
avatar for Brandon Anderson

Brandon Anderson

Raheem AI
Founder & CEO
avatar for Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers

The People's Supper
avatar for Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan

Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Director of Cities
avatar for Knatokie Ford

Knatokie Ford

Fly Sci Enterprise
Founder & CEO
avatar for Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen

BuzzFeed News
Senior Culture Writer
avatar for Gayle Jessup White

Gayle Jessup White

Community Engagement Officer
avatar for Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

Generate Capital
President and Co-Founder
avatar for Karen Seminara

Karen Seminara

CFO Nickelodeon, Production Management and Consumer Products...
avatar for Shan-Lyn Ma

Shan-Lyn Ma

avatar for Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin LLC
avatar for Zac Bookman

Zac Bookman

CEO and Co-Founder
avatar for Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden

Center for American Progress
President & CEO
avatar for Mark Warner

Mark Warner

United States Senator


avatar for Evelyn Aissa

Evelyn Aissa

Reaching Higher NH
Executive Director
avatar for Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

City of Boulder, Colorado
Inclusionary Housing Program Manager
avatar for William Antholis

William Antholis

Miller Center
Director & CEO
avatar for Joshua Anton

Joshua Anton

CEO and Founder
avatar for Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
avatar for George Ashton

George Ashton

Sol Systems
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

Village Capital
avatar for Roger Ballentine

Roger Ballentine

Green Strategies, Inc
avatar for Laura Barnes

Laura Barnes

University of Virginia
Assistant Professor
avatar for Lance Barrera

Lance Barrera

Product Designer
avatar for Peter Baumgartner

Peter Baumgartner

RTI International
Data Scientist
avatar for Elizabeth Beasley

Elizabeth Beasley

University of Virginia (UVA) Health System
Community Relations Lead
avatar for Evan Behrle

Evan Behrle

City of Baltimore
Special Advisor for Opioid Policy
avatar for Wes Bellamy

Wes Bellamy

City of Charlottesville
City Council Member
avatar for Jack Berry

Jack Berry

avatar for Jared Bigham

Jared Bigham

Chattanooga 2.0
Executive Director
avatar for Heidi Binko

Heidi Binko

Just Transition Fund
Executive Director
avatar for Nelsie Birch

Nelsie Birch

BIRCHbark Strategic Consulting
Founder/Managing Partner
avatar for Jane Black

Jane Black

avatar for Douglas Blackmon

Douglas Blackmon

The Miller Center
Senior Fellow
avatar for Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

CityLab/The Atlantic
Staff Writer
avatar for Robert Bobb

Robert Bobb

The Robert Bobb Group LLC
President and CEO
avatar for Sara Bon-Harper

Sara Bon-Harper

James Monroe's Highland
Executive Director
avatar for Katharine Bond

Katharine Bond

Dominion Energy
Senior Director
avatar for Denise Bonds

Denise Bonds

Thomas Jefferson Health District
District Director
avatar for Phil Bourne

Phil Bourne

University of Virginia
Dean and Professor, School of Data Science
avatar for Leslie Greene Bowman

Leslie Greene Bowman

Thomas Jefferson Foundation
avatar for Alan Bradstock

Alan Bradstock

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent
avatar for Vanessa Braganza

Vanessa Braganza

We Are Here
avatar for Yann Brandt

Yann Brandt

avatar for Jason Brewster

Jason Brewster

avatar for Z Bryant

Z Bryant

Journey Group
Creative Director
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.)
avatar for Natalie Brzezinski

Natalie Brzezinski

Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
avatar for Marland Buckner

Marland Buckner

MB2 Solutions
Cofounder & Principal
avatar for Margo Bulka

Margo Bulka

Senior Product Strategist
avatar for Chio Cabrera

Chio Cabrera

The Commons
Commons Alumna & Student
avatar for Ace Callwood

Ace Callwood

avatar for Carlos Cardillo

Carlos Cardillo

University of Nevada, Reno
Executive Director, Corporate Partnerships / Director, Nevada Center...
avatar for Jeff Carney

Jeff Carney

Berkshire Hathaway Media Group
Corporate Director
avatar for Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Sean Carr, Ph.D.

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and...
avatar for May Casterline

May Casterline

Senior Solutions Architect
avatar for Lee Catlin

Lee Catlin

Albemarle County
Economic Development Project Manager
avatar for Ric Cavender

Ric Cavender

Charleston Main Streets
Executive Director
avatar for Becky Ceperley

Becky Ceperley

Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council
avatar for Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Happily Natural Day
Community Engagement Coordinator
avatar for T. Donna Chen

T. Donna Chen

University of Virginia
Assistant Professor
avatar for Bobby Chhabra

Bobby Chhabra

University of Virginia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
avatar for Kris Cody

Kris Cody

avatar for Dan Conant

Dan Conant

Solar Holler
avatar for Chelsea Conrad

Chelsea Conrad

Creative Director
avatar for Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty

Santa Cruz County
County Supervisor
avatar for Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin

avatar for Bob Creeden

Bob Creeden

UVA LVG Seed Fund
Managing Director
avatar for Elizabeth Cromwell

Elizabeth Cromwell

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO
avatar for Emily Crose

Emily Crose

avatar for Eric Culbertson

Eric Culbertson

Astaea, Inc.
Data Scientist
avatar for Shamaine Daniels

Shamaine Daniels

City of Harrisburg, PA
avatar for Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
avatar for Kimberly Deas

Kimberly Deas

Rutgers University
Health Data Scientist
avatar for Hannah Dehradunwala

Hannah Dehradunwala

Cofounder and CEO
avatar for Brandon Dennison

Brandon Dennison

Coalfield Development
avatar for Maureen Devlin

Maureen Devlin

City of Durham
Transportation Planner
avatar for Jordan Devries

Jordan Devries

Brave UX
Director of UX
avatar for Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Winona Dimeo-Edgar

Managing Editor
avatar for Ethan Dmitrovsky

Ethan Dmitrovsky

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Leidos Biomedical Research, I
Laboratory Director and President
avatar for Eva Doss

Eva Doss

The Launch Place (TLP)
President & CEO
avatar for David Doyle

David Doyle

City of Seattle
Open Data Program Manager
avatar for Cait Dreisbach

Cait Dreisbach

University of Virginia
PhD Candidate
avatar for Katie Appel Duda

Katie Appel Duda

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Government Innovation
avatar for Melissa Maddox Evans

Melissa Maddox Evans

Charleston Redevelopment Corporation
President & Chair
avatar for Greg Fairchild

Greg Fairchild

UVA Darden School of Business
avatar for Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows

Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Author, Contributing Writer
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

The Atlantic
National Correspondent
avatar for Liz Farmer

Liz Farmer

Governing magazine
Public Finance Writer
avatar for Roben Farzad

Roben Farzad

Full Disclosure on NPR One
Host, Author
avatar for Andrew Fast

Andrew Fast

CounterFlow AI, Inc
Chief Data Scientist
avatar for Jen Finn

Jen Finn

Capital One
SVP, Small Business Bank
avatar for Emily Flannery

Emily Flannery

Team Lead, Marketing Engineering
avatar for Lesley Fore

Lesley Fore

Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
Executive Director
avatar for Anthony Fox

Anthony Fox

Chief Technology Officer
avatar for Hayes Framme

Hayes Framme

Government Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast
avatar for desiree venn frederic

desiree venn frederic

Combing Cotton Co./Local Merchant Independent Retailers Association
Founder/Chief Creative Officer/Cultural Strategist
avatar for Derrick Freeman

Derrick Freeman

City of Port Arthur
avatar for Bryce Freshcorn

Bryce Freshcorn

The MITRE Corp.
Senior AI Engineer
avatar for Miriam Friedel

Miriam Friedel

Elder Research
Director & Senior Scientist
avatar for Allen Gannett

Allen Gannett

Founder & CEO
avatar for Brett Gibson

Brett Gibson

NextGen Venture Partners
Managing Partner
avatar for Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson

The Washington Post
Chief Financial Officer
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

Union Kitchen DC
avatar for Jen Giovannetti

Jen Giovannetti

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Regional Community Development Manager
avatar for Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Miriam Gordon-Stewart

Victory Hall Opera
Co-founder & Artistic Director
avatar for Alec Gosse

Alec Gosse

Metis Machine
Lead Data Scientist
avatar for Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff

Cybersecurity and Technology Program
Executive Director
avatar for Jason Green

Jason Green

CEO & Co-founder
avatar for Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and...
avatar for Stephen Grubbs

Stephen Grubbs

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Vice President Clinical Affairs
avatar for Whitney Hahn

Whitney Hahn

Digital Bard Video
Managing Partner
avatar for Alice Handy

Alice Handy

avatar for Juanita Hardy

Juanita Hardy

Urban Land Institute
Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking
avatar for Ruth Harper

Ruth Harper

Vice President Global Strategic Communications
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship
avatar for Fred Harris

Fred Harris

Jonathan Rose Companies
Special Advisor
avatar for Natalie Evans Harris

Natalie Evans Harris

Chief Operating Officer
avatar for Patrick Harrison

Patrick Harrison

S&P Global
Director, AI Engineering
avatar for Adam Hastings

Adam Hastings

Dean, Business, Mathematics, and Technologies
avatar for Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer

The Miller Center
Assistant Professor of Presidential Studies
avatar for Magnus Hierta

Magnus Hierta

Founder & Executive Creative Director
avatar for Kate Hofstra

Kate Hofstra

Creative Services Director
avatar for Matthew Honnibal

Matthew Honnibal

avatar for Yuri Horwitz

Yuri Horwitz

Sol Systems
avatar for Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

The Commons/MiKE
Executive Director
avatar for Tina Hovsepian

Tina Hovsepian

avatar for Ned Howe

Ned Howe

Enterprise Homes, Inc.
Vice President New Business
avatar for William Huang

William Huang

City of Pasadena
Director of Housing
avatar for Tyler Hutcherson

Tyler Hutcherson

Metis Machine
Data Science Engineer
avatar for Henry Hwong

Henry Hwong

Cunningham Collective
avatar for Mark Ibrahim

Mark Ibrahim

Capital One
Machine Learning Engineer
avatar for Matt Illian

Matt Illian

Virginia Impact Investing Forum
Managing Director
avatar for Kat Imhoff

Kat Imhoff

Montpelier Foundation
President and CEO
avatar for Andrew Ive

Andrew Ive

Managing Director
avatar for Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

Abacus Property Solutions
avatar for Vincent Kadlubek

Vincent Kadlubek

Meow Wolf
avatar for Shaival Kapadia

Shaival Kapadia

Chief Medical Officer
avatar for Marta Keane

Marta Keane

avatar for Shauna Keating

Shauna Keating

TurnTo Networks
Product Designer
avatar for Kristen Keiser

Kristen Keiser

avatar for Christine Keller

Christine Keller

Head of Product & Marketing
avatar for Edward Kelly, Ph.D.

Edward Kelly, Ph.D.

Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of...
avatar for Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.

Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies,...
avatar for Mona El Khafif

Mona El Khafif

UVA School of Architecture
Associate Professor
avatar for Andrew Kleine

Andrew Kleine

Andrew Kleine Consulting
avatar for Tom Kleinhanzl

Tom Kleinhanzl

Frederick Regional Health System
President & CEO
avatar for Melody Koh

Melody Koh

NextView Ventures
Venture Partner
avatar for Darcey Lacy

Darcey Lacy

Watermark Design
Founder & Creative Director
avatar for Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer
avatar for Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

Slate Magazine
Senior Legal Editor Slate
avatar for Christina Liva

Christina Liva

Yay Lunch
avatar for Jessica Luck

Jessica Luck

C-VILLE Weekly
avatar for David Luebke

David Luebke

VP Graphics Research

Andrea Luecke

The Solar Foundation
President and Executive Director
avatar for Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons

City of Gainesville
City Manager
avatar for Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies, Bonner-Lowry...
avatar for Beth Macy

Beth Macy

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Journalist, Author of Dopesick
avatar for Johnny Magdaleno

Johnny Magdaleno

Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Communications Manager
avatar for Cliff Majersik

Cliff Majersik

Institute for Market Transformation
Executive Director
avatar for Bradford Manning

Bradford Manning

Two Blind Brothers
avatar for Mary Mannix

Mary Mannix

Augusta Health
President & CEO
avatar for Brian Marks

Brian Marks

Belle Isle Moonshine
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
avatar for Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

Virginia Humanities
Executive Producer of With Good Reason
avatar for Mary McCord

Mary McCord

Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Fmr. Acting Asst. Attorney General Dep. of Justice
avatar for Christiana McFarland

Christiana McFarland

National League of Cities
Research Director
avatar for Meagan McGinnes

Meagan McGinnes

Project NOSH
Senior Reporter
avatar for Grey McLean

Grey McLean

Charlottesville Climate Collaborative
avatar for Antonia de Medinaceli

Antonia de Medinaceli

avatar for Heather Metcalf

Heather Metcalf

Association for Women in Science
Director of Research and Analysis
avatar for Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer

University of Virginia School of Architecture
avatar for Thom Miano

Thom Miano

RTI International
Data Scientist
avatar for Ceena Modarres

Ceena Modarres

Capital One
Data Scientist
avatar for Andrew Montalenti

Andrew Montalenti

avatar for Ines Montani

Ines Montani

Explosion AI
avatar for Greg Montgomery

Greg Montgomery

CleanSource Capital
Managing Director
avatar for Enjoli Moon

Enjoli Moon

Afrikana Film Festival, ICA @ VCU
Founder & Creative Director, Assistant Film Curator
avatar for Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

University of Virginia, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
Associate Professor
avatar for Derek Moore

Derek Moore

Independent IT Researcher
Senior Technical Consultant
avatar for Randall Moorman

Randall Moorman

Chief Medical Officer
avatar for Kendall Morris

Kendall Morris

Junior Founders Club, Authentic
Founder, Partner
avatar for Will Morris

Will Morris

CEO, EdConnective
avatar for Joe Morrison

Joe Morrison

Business Lead, Raster Foundry
avatar for Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH

Matthew Trowbridge MD MPH

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Associate Professor
1 2