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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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Wednesday, April 11
 

9:00am EDT

Youth Summit
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This student-planned and student-led ticketed Summit experience convenes high school students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia. Hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high-energy challenges that inspire entrepreneurial problem-solving. Mentoring provided by Tom Tom and the student-founded ReinventED Lab.

Speakers
avatar for Ace Callwood

Ace Callwood

CEO, Painless1099
Ace Callwood is the co-founder and CEO of Painless1099, a smart platform that manages 1099s, benefits, and taxes for independent contractors and their clients. Prior to Painless1099, Ace co-founded Coffitivity, an ambient sound app that was one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Sites of... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for ReinventED Lab

ReinventED Lab

We want Charlottesville to be the shining example of what the future of school can look like for everyone.How we're getting thereWe're working towards this mission by empowering students and designing custom curricula for educators and clients.We're also training education innovators... Read More →
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

UVA Curry School of Education

Advancing Society. Together. As the 18th Ranked School of Education we create a positive and lasting change - in the classroom, in the lab, in the community, and in the world at large.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

12:00pm EDT

Youth Summit: Makerville
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After a morning of sharing ideas and concepts at The Paramount Theater for the Youth Summit, students will showcase various projects at the IX Art Park for the Youth Summit’s first-ever Makerville! This will be a space for musical performances, art creation at interactive booths, trade-skilled showcases and services, pop-up dialogues, and much more.

Sponsors
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ReinventED Lab

We want Charlottesville to be the shining example of what the future of school can look like for everyone.How we're getting thereWe're working towards this mission by empowering students and designing custom curricula for educators and clients.We're also training education innovators... Read More →
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

UVA Curry School of Education

Advancing Society. Together. As the 18th Ranked School of Education we create a positive and lasting change - in the classroom, in the lab, in the community, and in the world at large.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
IX Art Park
  Design, Summit

6:00pm EDT

The Presidency at a Crossroads
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Explore the history and future of the American presidency with preeminent experts from both sides of the aisle. In two panels, influential political leaders, journalists, and scholars will explore the role of the presidency on the global stage—followed by an assessment of how the White House is doing after 15 months. The all-star panels include John Negroponte, director of national intelligence for Bush 43; Bill Kristol, editor at large for the Weekly Standard; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; and William Antholis, Douglas Blackmon, and Nicole Hemmer from UVA’s Miller Center.

Moderators
avatar for William Antholis

William Antholis

Director & CEO, Miller Center
William J. Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship. Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014. Antholis is... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Blackmon

Douglas Blackmon

Senior Fellow, The Miller Center
Blackmon is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. He recently served as Host and Executive Producer of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer

Assistant Professor of Presidential Studies, The Miller Center
Hemmer is an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, and works in the Center's Presidential Recordings Program. She is also a contributing editor to US News & World Report , co-host of the popular history podcast Past Present, and co-editor of the Washington Post's Made by History. Hemmer’s first book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States... Read More →
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor at Large, The Weekly Standard
William (Bill) Kristol is the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. He is also a regular on ABC’s This Week and previously led the Project for the Republican Future. 
avatar for John Negroponte

John Negroponte

Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates and Former First Director of National Intelligence, George W. Bush Administration
Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff... Read More →
avatar for Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden

President & CEO, Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, where she focuses on how to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns.

Sponsors
avatar for Miller Center at UVA

Miller Center at UVA

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance chal... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Government & Society, Summit

8:00pm EDT

An Evening with John Cleese
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In a special engagement with UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), meet the man behind Monty Python in a once-in-a-lifetime evening. John Cleese, known for his comical performances and stellar stand-up incorporating physical comedy, is bringing his perception and shticks to Tom Tom with thanks to DOPS.

Speakers
avatar for John Cleese

John Cleese

Founder, Monty Python
Monty Python icon, actor, author, playwright, Minister of the Silly Walk, and black humor extraordinaire has had a prolific career since the 1960s, continuously pushing boundaries in entertainment, and challenging audiences in the way they think and laugh.  

Sponsors
avatar for Division of Perceptual Studies

Division of Perceptual Studies

Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Art, Ticketed
 
Thursday, April 12
 

10:30am EDT

KEYNOTE: You've Got the Power
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American democracy is in trouble, and it's up to you fix it, starting with the community where you live. Learn to spark a movement, change the narrative, and demand more from leadership. Be inspired by these entrepreneurs for change and discover your power as a citizen.

Moderators
avatar for Atima Omara

Atima Omara

President, Omara Strategy Group
Atima Omara is the President & Founder of the Omara Strategy Group, focused on electing progressive candidates that are people color, women, and LGBTQ. Atima worked for Mark Warner when he served as Governor of Virginia and as staff on over 9 federal, state, and local Democratic campaigns... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown

Executive Director, Civic Nation
Prior to her current role, Jenn was the founding Executive Director of Battleground Texas, a long-term project dedicated to increasing voter turnout in Texas. Before starting Battleground Texas, Jenn was the Field Director for the Obama campaign in Ohio in 2012. There she oversaw... Read More →
avatar for Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers

Co-Founder, The People's Supper
Lennon Flowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of more than 20- and 30-somethings who have experienced significant loss. In January 2017, she, together with partners at Faith Matters Network and Hollaback!, launched The People’s Supper... Read More →
avatar for Steven Olikara

Steven Olikara

President and Co-Founder, Millennial Action Project
Steven is Founder & President of Millennial Action Project (MAP), the largest national, nonpartisan organization activating young policymakers in the U.S. Working with over 500 young lawmakers through “Future Caucuses” in state legislatures and Congress, MAP develops the next... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am EDT
The Jefferson Theater
  Government & Society, Summit

12:00pm EDT

Just Eat: The Future of Food
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From climate change to immigration, what we eat and where it comes from stands at the center of the world stage - without ever leaving the intimacy of our homes and daily rituals. In this session, three incredible innovators share how they changed the food we all eat, and offer insights into the next goalpost for a sustainable, fair, and healthy future. Lunch Included.

Moderators
avatar for Jane Black

Jane Black

Journalist, Freelance
Jane Black is a Washington, D.C. food writer who covers food politics, nutrition and sustainability issues. She is particularly interested in how culture shapes what and how we eat and the emerging science of behavior change. Her work appears in the publications such as The Washington... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed

Cofounder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a principal architect of the Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers... Read More →
avatar for Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Co-Director, Democracy Initiative & Professor of Practice, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Melody Barnes is co-director for Policy and Public Affairs for the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia. She is a Professor of Practice at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Law.From 2009 until January 2012, Melody was Assistant... Read More →
avatar for Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman

Executive Chairman, Co-founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Beyond Meat, Honest Tea
Seth Goldman is Co-Founder & TeaEO Emeritus of Honest Tea and Executive Chair of Beyond Meat.  Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, specializing in beverages that are organic and Fair Trade Certified™. Seth also serves on the board of Ripple Foods, the... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat

We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Food, Summit

2:00pm EDT

KEYNOTE: Fighting Inequality with Finance
Limited Capacity seats available

Income volatility, debt, and inadequate financial products prevent millions of Americans from starting and owning businesses. Learn how a new generation of financial institutions is leveling the playing field and unleashing a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Fairchild

Greg Fairchild

Professor, UVA Darden School of Business
Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and backing entrepreneurs and ideas overlooked and undervalued by mainstream markets. He co-founded Village Capital in 2009, and has invested in over 100 entrepreneurs in the last decade, and supported... Read More →
avatar for Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Portfolio Director, IDEO
Peter Jackson is a portfolio director at IDEO San Francisco, where he is focused on the intersection of consumer experience and organizational design. Prior to joining IDEO, Peter served as senior counselor to now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as the first Assistant Director for... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Nemorin

Jerry Nemorin

Founder & CEO, LendStreet
Jerry is responsible for developing the strategic direction and overseeing the operations of LendStreet. Prior to founding LendStreet, Jerry worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Corporate & Investing Banking division, helping major companies restructure their debt... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm EDT
The Jefferson Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

3:30pm EDT

KEYNOTE: Defending the Digital Space: Fake News, Hate Speech, and Big Brother
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The internet's core strengths—its freedom and openness—increasingly seem to be double-edged swords, undermining trust and available for exploitation for criminals and companies alike. Can we safeguard our society and privacy online?

Moderators
avatar for Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Director of Center for Media and Citizenship, Center for Media and Citizenship at UVA
@sivavaid">Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia.He is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Renee Diresta

Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Program
Graff is a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, spending more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Longreads... Read More →
avatar for Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil

Author, Weapons of Math Destruction
Cathy O’Neil is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View and wrote the book "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy." She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College... Read More →

Sponsors
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C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:40pm EDT
The Jefferson Theater
  Machine Learning, Summit |   Media, Summit

5:00pm EDT

Life After Death with John Cleese and UVA DOPS
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Keynote: Is There Life After Death? UVA DOPS Faculty Panel Discussion with John Cleese as Moderator

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Legendary actor, writer and comedian John Cleese, friend and supporter of the research being done at UVA's Division of Perceptual Studies, will be moderating a 90 minute discussion of the scope of the research being done at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. 

In a panel discussion moderated by John Cleese, the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research faculty will convene to present an overview of the research to which they have dedicated their academic careers. The UVA DOPS panel presenters will be: director of UVA DOPS, Jim Tucker, MD; Ed Kelly, PhD; Emily Kelly, PhD; Bruce Greyson, MD; and  Kim Penberthy, PhD. The UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research unit is part of the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences within the University of Virginia School of Medicine. 

The scope of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies research portfolios include: investigating children who have memories of past lives; the nature of consciousness and the mind-body relationship; neuro-imaging studies of psi events; and individuals who report experiencing near-death experiences(NDEs).


Moderators
avatar for John Cleese

John Cleese

Founder, Monty Python
Monty Python icon, actor, author, playwright, Minister of the Silly Walk, and black humor extraordinaire has had a prolific career since the 1960s, continuously pushing boundaries in entertainment, and challenging audiences in the way they think and laugh.  

Speakers
avatar for Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Jim B. Tucker M.D.

Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies, Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Jim B. Tucker, M.D., the Director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, is a child psychiatrist who studies children’s reports of past-life memories.  His book Return to Life was a New York Times bestseller.
avatar for Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Bruce Greyson, M.D., is Professor Emeritus at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. Since 1975 his research has focused on near-death experiences, resulting in more than 100 publications in academic journals and three edited books.
avatar for Kim Penberthy, Ph.D.

Kim Penberthy, Ph.D.

ABPP, Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences UVA. Her research interests include studying the mind-body relationship, exploring human consciousness as well as extraordinary human abilities and mindfulness.
avatar for Edward Kelly, Ph.D.

Edward Kelly, Ph.D.

Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D., of UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies was lead author of Irreducible Mind (2007) and Beyond Physicalism (2015), and is now doing neuroimaging studies of altered states and psi in exceptional subjects.
avatar for Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.

Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D., of UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies since 1978, has studied many kinds of experiences suggesting survival after death. She is co-author of Irreducible Mind, and editor of Science, Survival, and the Self.

Sponsors
avatar for Division of Perceptual Studies

Division of Perceptual Studies

Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Health & Biotech, Summit

5:00pm EDT

Silverchair 25th Anniversary Reception
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Silverchair is celebrating its Silver (25-year) Anniversary with a reception in their beautiful and historic downtown offices (formerly home of the Hardware Store). Community members are invited to join us for drinks and appetizers as we toast 25 years as a Charlottesville business.
 
Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content and creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content. Founded in 1993, the company began as a packager for medical textbooks, changing shape over time and launching the Silverchair Platform in 2010 as a hosting solution for digital journals, books, multimedia, and more. Since its inception, Silverchair has worked with some of the most accomplished names in scholarly and professional information, spanning the worlds of commercial publishing, professional societies and associations, governmental agencies, and academic medical centers. In 2017, the Silverchair Platform hosted an average of over 150 million user sessions each month. Rooted in Charlottesville for 25 years, Silverchair stands apart from its Silicon-Valley-based competitors, and was honored in 2017 with the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s Business of the Year Award.


Sponsors
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Silverchair

Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content and creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content. Founded in 1993, the company began as a packager for medical textbooks, changing shape over time and launching the Silverchair Platform... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Silverchair
  Media, Ticketed

8:00pm EDT

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
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Keynote: Dan Rather: What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

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At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

Moderators
avatar for Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Editor, Slate Magazine
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rather

Dan Rather

President and CEO, Author, News and Guts, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
A news icon and pioneer of broadcast journalism, Dan Rather’s career has spanned more than six decades-- including 24 years as the anchor of CBS Evening News.

Sponsors
avatar for C-Ville Weekly

C-Ville Weekly

C-VILLE Weekly is a free newspaper with a weekly circulation of 23,000 copies distributed in Charlottesville and its surrounding counties. In addition, we publish seven magazines throughout the year: Abode, a monthly home and landscape magazine; C-BIZ, a quarterly business publication... Read More →
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University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciencesis the largest of the University of Virginia's ten schools. Consisting of both a graduate and an undergraduate program, the College comprises the liberal artsand humanities section of the University... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 8:00pm - 9:10pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Media, Summit

10:00pm EDT

Silent Disco
Limited Capacity full
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Individual tickets are $15 and available at here: Silent Disco
Don a wireless headset, choose from three ridiculously fun DJs-in-residence, and prepare to get down on the dance floor for a disco party that needs no words.

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Thursday April 12, 2018 10:00pm - 11:59pm EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall
  Music, Ticketed
 
Friday, April 13
 

9:00am EDT

Founding Stories - GRIT: Overcoming Adversity
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What is the one superpower that heroes in sports, business, and social impact all have in common? Grit. Learn how these incredible individuals have found the power to endure through setbacks and transform misfortune into strength.

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Brzezinski

Natalie 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 →
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bradford Manning

Bradford Manning

Cofounder, Two Blind Brothers
Bradford and Bryan Manning are brothers on a mission to cure blindness. At the age of 7, they were both diagnosed with an eye disease that destroys central vision over time. To fight back, they left their former careers in finance to propel a small charitable clothing label, Two Blind... Read More →
avatar for Leland Melvin

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.
avatar for Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Cofounder, Two Blind Brothers
Bradford and Bryan Manning are curing blindness! Within one year they propelled a small charitable clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, into one of the fastest growing brands in the country with endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Branson, NBC Nightly News... Read More →
avatar for Mark Warner

Mark Warner

United States Senator
Governor Warner was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, where he serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

10:30am EDT

Founding Stories - CREATIVITY: Building Outside the Box
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Keynote: Founding Stories

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Truly big ideas, the kind that change communities and expand our horizons, where do they come from? In a world of accelerating disruption, meet three entrepreneurs who are breaking the mold and building the unprecedented.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Kadlubek

Vincent Kadlubek

Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into a remarkable, award-winning Arts Production Company. Vince is passionate about alternative realities and immersive storytelling.

Sponsors
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

11:00am EDT

Founding Stories: Success to Scale
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Moderators
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →

Speakers
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Shan-Lyn Ma

Founder, Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology.
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Nancy Twine

CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
Relying on her traditional, modest roots and deep-seeded passion for clean beauty, Nancy vacated her position as Vice President of the Commodities Sales division at Goldman Sachs, to follow her dream of becoming a natural beauty entrepreneur. Briogeo was inspired by a family tradition... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Summit, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Art, Fantasy, and Mystery: Meow Wolf
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Vince Kadlubek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meow Wolf, the exciting immersive art installation in Santa Fe that has attracted attention from around the world. He created the business plan that brought life to the House of Eternal Return.

Speakers
avatar for Vincent Kadlubek

Vincent Kadlubek

Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Co-founder and the CEO of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into a remarkable, award-winning Arts Production Company. Vince is passionate about alternative realities and immersive storytelling.

Sponsors
avatar for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations... Read More →
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WHURK

Whurk publishes a free monthly magazine dedicated to Virginia's creative communities. A fierce supporter of independent culture since 2013, it features interviews and art from local painters, poets, sculptors, authors, musicians, thespians, chefs, brewers, filmmakers, and cartoonists. Distributed to hundreds of location... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
The Bebedero
  Art, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Brands in the Age of Distraction
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What makes some brands soar in our multi-channel, user-generated world, while others crash and burn? Branding veterans trade insights - and horror stories - from the front lines.

Moderators
avatar for Margo Bulka

Margo Bulka

Senior Product Strategist, WillowTree
Margo is a Senior Product Strategist at WillowTree in Charlottesville, Virginia. She works with Fortune 500 clients (including HBO, Regal Cinemas, and Wyndham Hotels) to develop and hone concepts for mobile, web and IoT applications by performing user-centered research in tandem with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Z Bryant

Z Bryant

Creative Director, Journey Group
Zack Bryant leads Journey Group’s digital studio—crafting web and video projects that are goal driven and people centered. He’s dogged about carving the right path from intention to outcome, pursuing results in which a few seconds on a screen give way to meaningful experiences... Read More →
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Magnus Hierta

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Hue&Cry
Magnus Hierta is the Creative Director at The Martin Agency and Founder / ECD of Hue&Cry. From design to animation, advertising, architecture, photography, or any other creative field, he prefers not to think of each as a professional silo standing on its own. The act of applying... Read More →
avatar for Darcey Lacy

Darcey Lacy

Founder & Creative Director, Watermark Design
Over the last 10 years, Darcey has grown Watermark Design into an award-winning branding and package design studio, serving businesses nationally, and gathering accolades from The Dieline and HOW Magazine, among others.
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Lindsey Norment

Interim Brand Director, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Lindsey Norment serves as the Interim Brand Director for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. In this capacity, she leads the Brand department to strategically execute the vision of the iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand. Ms. Norment was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate... Read More →

Sponsors
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Sir Speedy

Decades of experience. Industry leadership. Attentive customer service. These & more define Sir Speedy Print, Signs and Marketing. For decades, companies have made us part of an iconic ritual: Got a challenge, go to Sir Speedy. Our people have a "whatever it takes" attitude. Add... Read More →
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StoryWare

We are a team of experienced, creative, and hard-working designers, developers, and strategists who are passionate about our craft.
avatar for Willowtree

Willowtree

Creating beautiful digital products engineered to drive growth for the world’s leading brands.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Downtown Grille
  Design, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: The Energy End Game
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In their implications, changes in the power landscape today mirror those of the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. Beyond the incremental fluctuations in regulation, technology, and the market, where is all this innovation headed? What will the grid look like in 25 years, or storage, or utilities? Join renewable energy legend Jigar Shah for a conversation about the big picture of power.

Moderators
avatar for Devin Welch

Devin Welch

Co-Founder, Sun Tribe Solar
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development, Devin Welch is responsible for sales and marketing strategy for Sun Tribe Solar, Virginia’s fastest growing renewable energy solutions provider. Passionate about sustainability, Mr. Welch has spent his career championing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison... Read More →

Sponsors
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Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance

The Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance aims to establish Charlottesville as the renewable energy hub of the Southeast, to advocate for the growth of the renewable energy economy, and to support the community’s transition to sustainable energy practices.
avatar for Sigora Solar

Sigora Solar

By providing cutting edge solar and energy efficiency technology, world-class service and competitive pricing, Sigora Solar is leading our community and the world to a brighter energy future one home, business, school, and farm at a time. The Sigora family is committed to creating... Read More →
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Sun Tribe Solar

The solar space is dynamic, and keeping in front of advancements can be challenging.  Sun Tribe Solar is a partner with the technical and financial expertise to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities to strengthen financial operations while reinforcing your... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Downtown Grille
  Energy, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Founding While Female
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A practical, candid and supportive conversation about challenges for women in entrepreneurship, with strategies for current entrepreneurs and ecosystem allies on how to overcome barriers. 

Moderators
avatar for Heather Metcalf

Heather Metcalf

Director of Research and Analysis, Association for Women in Science
Heather Metcalf, PhD is Director of Research and Analysis at the Association for Women in Science. She is also Director of AWIS' STEM to Market program, an inclusive STEM entrepreneurship and investing program funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She has undergraduate degrees... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Renee Diresta

Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →
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Alice Handy

Founder, Investure
Alice Handy founded Investure in December 2003 where she currently serves as Managing Member. Investure serves as the investment office to non-profits where building a high-quality investment staff in-house is not economical or preferable. Investure provides a comprehensive, full-service... Read More →
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Shan-Lyn Ma

Founder, Zola
Shan-Lyn Ma is CEO and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience by combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology.

Sponsors
avatar for 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
avatar for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →
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FastTrac

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Red Pump Kitchen
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Reasons to Stay - Cities for Young Founders
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What can small cities do to retain young entrepreneurs? How do recent grads evaluate their opportunities in large metros versus staying put? Current and former student entrepreneurs will present what would make the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. 

Moderators
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Daniel Willson

COO, HackCville
Daniel is the COO at HackCville, a hub for top U.Va. students pursuing entrepreneurial careers. He also is program director for HackCville's Elliewood Fellowship, a one-year program to enable top graduates to stay and start impactful ventures in Charlottesville. He was part of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Capital One

Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
avatar for Chamber Frederick

Chamber Frederick

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses organized to ensure the economic and social vitality of Frederick County. We connect businesses and community through leadership, advocacy, and education.
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Hack Cville

HackCville is a platform for experiential education and career development.HackCville trains students in high-demand skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. We accelerate our students’ ideas, projects, and startups through our experiential programs and tight-knit community.
avatar for The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is the catalyst for public and private initiatives that create employment opportunities and a vibrant and sustainable economy.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Zocalo
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: STEAM Ahead: Inclusive Innovation
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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
avatar for Natalie Brzezinski

Natalie 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
avatar for Knatokie Ford

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
avatar for Lynchburg Economic Development Authority

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 →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Brasserie Saison
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Dopesick - Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America-an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. In some of the same distressed communities featured in her bestselling book Factory Man, the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Macy

Beth Macy

Journalist, Author of Dopesick, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling “Factory Man” and "Truevine.” Her forthcoming book on the opioid crisis, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” publishes Aug. 7, 2018.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Bashir's
  Health & Biotech, Ticketed
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: Taking Back Healthcare
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In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal and Natassia Rozario of the renowned Camden Coalition don't just explain the symptoms, they diagnose and treat the disease itself, spelling out exactly how communities and patients can recapture agency over a system that’s lost touch with its purpose.

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Rosenthal

Elisabeth Rosenthal

Author, An American Sickness
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.” She was a reporter and senior writer at the New York Times for 22 years, winning numerous awards for her coverage... Read More →
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Natassia Rozario

Asso. Counsel Senior Director of External Affairs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Natassia Rozario is the associate counsel and senior director of external affairs at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of individuals facing the most complex health and social challenges. Since their inception... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Commonwalth Restaurant
  Health & Biotech, Ticketed

12:00pm EDT

Founders Luncheon: An American Story
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Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America’s biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

Moderators
avatar for James Fallows

James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for more than thirty years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Goldstein

Amy Goldstein

Staff Writer, Author, The Washington Post, Janesville: An American Story
Amy Goldstein is a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer at The Washington Post, where much of her work over 30 years has focused on social policy. She is the author of Janesville: An American Story, a close-up of a small Midwestern city that lost a slew of jobs when the nation’s... Read More →

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Royer Caramanis & McDonough

The attorneys of Royer, Caramanis & McDonough have decades of experience assisting clients in a wide range of legal specialties. We take personal interest in our clients and strive to provide efficient, effective and responsive representation in addressing their legal needs.


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:40pm EDT
Hamilton's
  Media, Ticketed

2:00pm EDT

Founding Stories - VISION: From success to scale
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Most founders dream of exponential growth, but what does scale really mean? What preserves a company's mission, culture, and reputation when a product or community grows to thousands, and even millions, of customers? Hear how these entrepreneurs grew their ventures to that point, and what happened when they got there.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Brzezinski

Natalie 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
avatar for Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

CEO & Cofounder, Reddit
Steve Huffman is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, the "front page of the internet" and fourth most visited site in the U.S. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Hipmunk, the popular online travel company. Raised in northern Virginia, Huffman pursued his passion for programming... Read More →
avatar for Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

President and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

3:00pm EDT

Founding Stories - PURPOSE: Founding for Impact
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Are tech and business healing our world or exploiting it? These founders have found a way to combine the scale and ingenuity of private enterprise with social good. Learn how they have built strategies that recognize the two as mutually reinforcing.

Tom Tom Founding Stories is a day of inspiration and learning with entrepreneurs who have revolutionized industries and enriched our world. Learn how these ordinary people have harnessed grit, creativity, vision, and purpose to build extraordinary ventures, touching tens of thousands of lives. Each session begins with a series of talks, followed by unscripted dialogue and audience questions.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Brzezinski

Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador (ret.), Makena Capital
Ambassador (ret.) Mark Brzezinski is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he leads Makena’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Makena, Mark served as the first Executive Director of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee and as the United... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zac Bookman

Zac Bookman

CEO and Co-Founder, OpenGov
Zac Bookman co-founded OpenGov in 2013. Today over 1,800 public agencies in 48 states leverage the platform to achieve better budgeting, improved performance, and comprehensive transparency.  Before co-founding OpenGov, Zac served as Advisor to U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster on... Read More →
avatar for Renee Diresta

Renee Diresta

Data for Democracy, Head of Policy
DiResta is a founding advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, and an advocate for vaccination in California. She is a cofounder of Haven, a private marketplace for booking ocean freight shipments. Previously, Renee was a principal at seed-stage... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Director, Galant Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia
Eric Martin’s twenty-five-year career includes successful operating experience as a Chief Executive (Software, Consumer Products & Services, Professional Services), Strategist (Global Consultancy Partner), Entrepreneur, Change Agent (Business Transformation, Turnarounds, and Start-Ups... Read More →
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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Entrepreneurship & Investment, Summit

10:00pm EDT

Partner Event: Back That Thing Up Dance Party
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--AGES 18+--

Thomas Dean’s popular Nasty. Dance Party is back with a new and exciting multi-media dance experience: Back That Thing Up will feature your favorite funky jams from the ’70s-‘00s and everywhere in between; accompanied by throwback TV/movie footage from JJ Cohoon that’s sure to get that thing movin’!

Key Features:
• Green screen dance booth!!
• Awesome tunes!
• Weird videos!
• Horse and/or bunny camera??!
• Painted cardboard stage decorations!
• Costumes!
• MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!t


Sponsors
avatar for The Jefferson Theater

The Jefferson Theater

Located on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, the Jefferson Theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that played host to silent movies, vaudeville acts and a historic list of live performers, ranging from Harry Houdini to The Three 
Stooges.The Jefferson... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday April 14, 2018 1:00am EDT
The Jefferson Theater
  Music, Ticketed
 


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