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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


Community Workshop: Under the Veil: Inside the Wedding Industry
Limited Capacity full
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In 2016, there were over 1,600 weddings in Charlottesville at an average cost of $28,000 each. This is a huge industry and it continues to grow. Are you an entrepreneur looking to get into the wedding industry in Charlottesville? If so, this workshop is for you! Join Waverly Davis, the Communications and Engagement Director at Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), Charlottesville's wedding industry expert Mark Hahn, the cofounder & president of Harvest Moon Catering, and Angelica Laws, founder and owner of Angelica and Co. Weddings on what it takes to get into and be successful in Charlottesville's wedding industry.

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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative initially grew from the personal experience of Toan Nguyen, owner of C’ville Coffee during the recession. After numerous conversations, a workgroup of 48 people with nonprofit, business and education backgrounds came together to better understand... Read More →

Workshop Leaders
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Waverly Davis

Communications & Engagement Director, Community Investment Collaborative

Mark Hahn

Entrepeneur, Harvest Moon Catering

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Community Workshop: Increasing Productivity and Workflow Using Digital Tools
Limited Capacity full
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Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who wants and needs to get more done with a small team and a lean budget? Good news: there are more digital tools available today that can help you reach more people, automate regular business operations, up-level productivity, streamline workflow and facilitate collaboration than ever before. Join this workshop to learn strategies for assessing what kinds of digital tools your business needs and explore examples that can change the way your team functions through automations, improved processes and better group communication.

Workshop Leaders
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Lorraine Sanders

Founder, Spirit of 608
Lorraine Sanders is a media entrepreneur and podcast producer devoted to sharing female entrepreneurs’ stories through her weekly podcast, the Spirit of 608, and helping women in business increase visibility and earn more media coverage through the podcast’s sister business, PressDope... Read More →

Wednesday, April 11


Community Workshop: Listening Like You Mean It
Limited Capacity full
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Listening poorly has become second nature. With so much noise, we've become numb. Between email, text, Slack, and the latest social media craze, we've forgotten - or never learned - how to really listen. We are trained to listen to the content or for the problem that needs to be fixed rather than to the person speaking. We listen for information and then when we think we've got it, we stop listening. Or we listen just enough so we can simultaneously formulate the response we want to make. But the other person is attempting to connect with us, not just exchange data. But true listening is how we develop deeper understanding and connection. It's how we open conversation for a more creative path. Listening is at the heart of how we relate to our colleagues, our friends and family, and our community. In this workshop, participants will see the power of listening globally. We'll build skills to help participants learn to listen to everything observable by sense: what your hear, see, smell, feel, and intuit. They will understand how curiosity and listening with purpose can transform their relationships and their leadership.

Workshop Leaders
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Lisa Rogoff

Founder and Leadership & Career Coach, Launch Project

Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Community Workshop: Developing Microenterprise to Employ Adults with Autism
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Fewer than 20% of young adults with autism have any kind of regular job experience connecting them to community. Join Virginia Institute of Autism Executive Director Ethan Long, and i.Lab at UVA Incubator Program Director Jason Brewster as they discuss an innovative new model for providing sustainable, gainful employment for adults on the autism spectrum. They will be joined by Dr. Micah Mazurek of UVA’s Curry School and Dave Kearon, Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks who will talk about nationwide outcomes and initiatives for adults with autism.

Workshop Leaders
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Jason Brewster

Incubator Director, i.Lab
Jason directs the i.Lab Incubator program while also leading the mentor community and other i.Lab initiatives. He is a CodeX Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and the co-founder of Nimbus Law, which provides solutions for virtualizing legal teams and tracking client... Read More →
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David Kearon

Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for the nationwide advocacy organization Autism Speaks. He has a background in psychology and special education. His work at Autism Speaks focuses on national initiatives promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their... Read More →
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Ethan Long

Executive Director, Virginia Institute of Autism
Ethan Long holds a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has delivered more than 100 presentations and workshops, nationally and internationally, related to autism and developmental disorders. Dr. Long is responsible not only for VIA’s... Read More →
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Micah Mazurek

Associate Professor, Curry School of Education
Micah has broad clinical experience in psychological assessment and intervention, with specific expertise in assessment and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also been active in efforts to enhance quality of care through training, and capacity-building... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Thursday, April 12


Community Workshop: Intro to Ethical Hacking
Limited Capacity seats available
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Learn about hacking as it pertains to systems security development in a gamified workshop, featuring a guest lecture followed by a capture-the-flag challenge. Mike Erman, a creative systems and security expert, will give a short talk covering the basics of security/hacking, then give the developers a pre-made environment that they have to “hack” to get ahead in the game. People from Silverchair's Red Team (a security-focused hacking group) will be on hand to give tips and teach tricks.

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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 →

Workshop Leaders
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Mike Erman

Mike Erman was a Nuclear Reactor Operator on Submarines in the US Navy for 6 years but has spent the past 23 years doing systems and security engineering, forensics and incident response, and penetration testing in the commercial, Intelligence, and DoD communities. Mike has a Bachelor... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Silverchair 316 E Main St #300, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Community Workshop: Design Thinking and Talent Development: For Job-Seekers
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Career Design is back this year! Learn from UVA’s career development experts Julia Lapan and Carolyn Kalantari as they lead participants through an interactive workshop that will give you the tools to “build your way forward” in designing your career path. Using design thinking activities and career coaching methods, participants will engage in a process of self-discovery, leading to the development of multiple career path options and ideas for new courses of action. Innovate your own career!

Workshop Leaders
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Carolyn Kalantari

Dual Career Program Director, University of Virginia
Carolyn Kalantari is the Director of the UVA Dual Career Program, which works with spouses/partners of UVA employees and recruits who are seeking Charlottesville area employment. The Dual Career Program recently collaborated with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and local... Read More →
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Julia Lapan

Director for Engineering Career Development, University of Virginia
Julia Lapan has more than fifteen years of higher education experience in career services, employer relations, and alumni development. After earning a master’s degree in Counselor Education/Student Affairs from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she served... Read More →

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