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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 • 12:00pm - 1:40pm
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White House Champion of Change Knatokie Ford and former NASA astronaut and Dallas Cowboy Leland Melvin share what they’ve learned about inspiring and empowering the next generation of women and people of color to pursue careers in engineering, design, tech, math, and the sciences.

Moderators
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Natalia Brzezinski

CEO, Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek , and a 365-day-year-round movement, Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change... Read More →

Speakers
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Knatokie Ford

Founder & CEO, Fly Sci Enterprise
Dr. Knatokie Ford is Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. She recently completed service in the Obama Administration as a Senior... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Astronaut, Leland Melvin LLC
From playing for the Dallas Cowboys to exploring outer space, Mr. Melvin’s story of perseverance and passion has inspired the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.

Sponsors
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Lynchburg Economic Development Authority

What’s the secret behind prosperity for Lynchburg? Our diverse and dynamic community.Our community boasts a vibrant economy, nationally-ranked public schools and five colleges situated in historic and affordable neighborhoods, a world-class health care system, funky shops and fine... Read More →
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Virginia National Bank

VIRGINIA NATIONAL BANK OPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ON JULY 29, 1998 WITH MORE THAN 900 LOCAL SHAREHOLDERS.From the beginning, our mission has been to provide great personal service, local access to decision makers, fast response, and continuity in your relationship.  As a true community... Read More →




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