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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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Tuesday, April 10 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Partner Event: Messy Democracy: From Founding Our Nation to Finding Our Way Almost Full

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5-6pm Reception & Networking Hour
6-7pm Panel Discussion

The core ideas and principles of the American experiment have shaped not only our nation, but also the world more broadly. It is an ongoing experiment rather than a finished product, and at times we struggle to live up to the vision of the Founding Fathers as we navigate our imperfect democracy. This facilitated discussion will draw on the expertise and perspectives of three visionary women who are leading the charge to examine and share the lessons and legacies of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison.

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Sarah McConnell

Executive Producer of With Good Reason, Virginia Humanities
Sarah is executive producer and host of the weekly public radio show and podcast With Good Reason. With Good Reason, a production of Virginia Humanities, features lively conversations with the best minds at Virginia's public colleges and universities. The program is heard on 98 public... Read More →

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Sara Bon-Harper

Executive Director, James Monroe's Highland
Sara Bon-Harper is Executive Director of James Monroe's Highland. Research she directs there has recently discovered a lost presidential home and transformed the understanding of that property. Highland’s work offers an opportunity to re-examine Monroe and his time and place, building... Read More →
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Leslie Greene Bowman

President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello -- the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to bring history forward into national and global dialogue, propelling... Read More →
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Kat Imhoff

President and CEO, Montpelier Foundation
Under the leadership of President and CEO Kat Imhoff, Montpelier has become a leader in the research of slavery in the Early Republic, and garnered the attention of patriotic philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, whose $10 million gift in 2014 jumpstarted efforts to reconstruct the... Read More →

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Presidential Precinct

The Presidential Precinct is a Physical and Virtual destination for young leaders to learn how others have built successful civil institutions, to debate the issues surrounding successful nation building, and to collaborate with others facing similar challenges. By partnering... Read More →

Tuesday April 10, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall
  Government & Society, Festival (FREE)
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)