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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

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
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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 →
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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
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902
 
Thursday, April 12
 

10:30am

Data and Trends for Ecosystem Developers
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What tools and data are available for ecosystem champions in cities across America to build more inclusive, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems? What are some lessons learned and implementation suggestions for governments and nonprofits alike?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Sean Carr, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Sean D. Carr, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Professor Carr provides administrative leadership for an endowed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eva Doss

Eva Doss

President and CEO, The Launch Place
Eva Doss has over twenty years of experience in pre-seed and seed investment fund establishment and management, fundraising, business consulting, and business development both in the United States and in Europe. During her career Eva established new business ventures and investment... Read More →
avatar for Melody Koh

Melody Koh

Venture Partner, NextView Ventures
Melody is a Venture Partner at NextView Ventures based in its New York office. Prior to joining NextView, Melody was Head of Product at Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN). Melody joined Blue Apron as the first product hire when the company was 18 months old with 20 HQ employees. She helped scale... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Magdaleno

Johnny Magdaleno

Communications Manager, Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Johnny Magdaleno is the communications manager for the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. He writes policy reports, leads grant applications, writes and distributes press releases, and works with UMA's partners on a variety of writing and research projects. Johnny also works as a journalist... Read More →
avatar for Christiana McFarland

Christiana McFarland

Research Director, National League of Cities
Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest advocacy, resource and research organization dedicated to strengthening cities. She directs the organization's research agenda and conducts NLC’s major research initiatives... Read More →
avatar for Joe Whitchurch

Joe Whitchurch

Vice President, Capital One
Joe Whitchurch is currently Head of Innovation for Capital One Small Business, leading a team creating best-in-class tools, technology and servicing experiences to help small businesses succeed. 

Sponsors
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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 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 10:30am - 11:40am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30am

How Ready for Funding Are You?
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This session will match up entrepreneurs and investors in boardroom-style guided discussions based on their Venture Investment Readiness and Awareness Level (VIRAL) scores, illustrating a faster, smarter approach to ecosystem building in the Commonwealth.



Moderators
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 →

Sponsors
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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 →
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Virginia is for Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a high-tech entrepreneur in Alexandria or a farmer in Abingdon, Virginia is for Entrepreneurs is here to make sure you’ve got a shot.Virginia is for Entrepreneurs connects entrepreneurs seeking financing with investors looking for opportunities and support resources... Read More →


2:00pm

Freelancing: A Survival Guide to the Future of Work
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What does the gig economy mean for workers, entrepreneurs, and YOU? An era of ultimate freedom or the collapse of the social contract? How does it look different for white collar workers versus trades professionals? For women versus men? Learn how to stay afloat in a sea of unpredictability.

Moderators
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John Reinhold

President, RVA Magazine
John Reinhold is CEO, owner and President of Inkwell Ventures. Inkwell owns RVA Magazine, the biggest independent media in Virginia. Inkwell also owns Gayrva, the largest LGBT Media in Virginia. Some of John's other projects include: Gallery 5, RVAlution, Richmond Mural Project, RVA... Read More →

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 →
avatar for Anna Payne-Fife

Anna Payne-Fife

Associate Director, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Anna Fife serves as the Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Anna worked in the executive office of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger in America... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tennery

Jeff Tennery

Founder & CEO, Moonlighting
Jeff is one of the nation's leading experts on the gig economy. He is the Founder & CEO of Moonlighting, the first nationwide mobile marketplace where anyone can hire or be hired in any community in the country. Jeff has spent more than 25 years in leadership roles at Verizon, AT&T... Read More →
avatar for Claire Wasserman

Claire Wasserman

Founder, Ladies Get Paid
As the founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire is the creative force and energy behind the community. She is currently touring the country, hosting town halls for thousands of women to talk about money, work, and self-worth.

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
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:00pm

KEYNOTE: Fighting Inequality with Finance
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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 →
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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 →


2:00pm

Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy
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Whether we grumble about sycophancy or grudgingly tolerate it as a price of getting along in a complex society, we rarely examine it closely. This session humorously considers flattery and bootlicking in history, literature, and especially in business. 

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Parker

Deborah Parker

Professor of Italian, University of Virginia
Deborah Parker is Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia and coauthor, with Mark Parker, of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown
avatar for Mark Parker

Mark Parker

Professor of English, James Madison University
Mark Parker, Professor of English at James Madison University, is the coauthor with Deborah Parker of INFERNO REVEALED: From Dante to Dan Brown

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 →


2:00pm

Why It Pays to Startup in Small Cities
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Tally up the costs and consider technology, and the best place to launch a global business might be the cities that get the least attention. If you’re looking for strategies to develop national client, investor, and user networks from a small metro, don’t miss this session.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Senior Program Officer - Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Chris Harris is a senior program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he focuses on building and expanding the most effective entrepreneurial support models addressing critical barriers for entrepreneurs across the United States. The strategy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Morris

Kendall Morris

Founder, Partner, Junior Founders Club, Authentic
Kendall Morris is a former teacher turned entrepreneur and parent of three great kids. Having launched her first business while home raising 3 kids, she successfully transitioned to co-founding an award winning digital marketing agency. Create Digital served many top clients such... Read More →
avatar for Will Morris

Will Morris

CEO, EdConnective, EdConnective
Will Morris is the Founder and CEO of EdConnective. Will received his Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. There he researched instructional coaching as a promising lever of teacher quality. 
avatar for Mary Stargel

Mary Stargel

Director of Innovation District Programs, The Enterprise Center
Mary Stargel works in Chattanooga’s Innovation District to bring together the growing innovation community through programs and organizational collaboration.

Sponsors
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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 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
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

3:30pm

CIT Lab: An Empirical View of the Art and Science of Entrepreneurship and Investment
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Hosted by representatives from the Center for Innovative Technology’s (CIT) GAP Fund, this session will showcase fundable investment opportunities from across Virginia and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from regional angel investors and fund managers, and some of the exceptional startups they have issued term sheets to. Part pitch competition, part case study, both groups will come together to discuss the rationale behind their investments, share perspectives from both sides of the table, and collaborate to answer questions from an outstanding panel of experienced VC’s and founders.

Sponsors
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Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies. Created in 1985, CIT, a non-profit corporation, plugs gaps at the earliest stages... 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 →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902
 
Friday, April 13
 

9:00am

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
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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 →
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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 →


10:30am

Founding Stories - CREATIVITY: Building Outside the Box
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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
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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 →
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Willowtree

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


10:30am

A Better Startup Ecosystem for Student Founders
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What mentorship, money, and community resources are needed to create and empower student entrepreneurs? In this interactive design session we'll craft the ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem for young founders. Participants include competitors in Tom Tom’s inaugural Innovator’s Cup, the best and brightest student entrepreneurs from Virginia universities. The session is designed and led by HackCville, a non-profit entrepreneurial talent accelerator in Charlottesville, VA.

Scholars
avatar for Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Manager, UNCW CIE
Entrepreneur ecosystems, community engagement, applied learning, event management

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 →
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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.


10:30am

Master Class: Design the Future You Love
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Knowing where you want to go and charting your path takes guts and courage. And, most of all it takes leadership. In this talk, Marie shares 10 lessons about how to lead positive change for yourself and others in today's world. 

Moderators
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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 →
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Marie Schacht

Provost, altMBA
Marie leads Seth Godin's altMBA, The Bootstrapper's Workshop and The Marketing Seminar. She believes in a culture of possibility, responsibility and creativity.Marie loves design and making things better. Prior to her work with Seth, she was the director of Hopscotch Design Festival... Read More →

10:30am

The Founders Who Aren't: Inclusion in Entrepreneurship
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Eighty-nine percent of venture capital partners are male; 85% of those men are white. Unsurprisingly then, only 2.2% of venture capital went to startups run by women in 2017, and just 1% to black entrepreneurs. Companies run by black female founders account for just 0.2% percent of all deals.

Beyond lamenting these statistics, what can each of us do to level the playing field and unlock the enormous potential of overlooked innovators? This session is a safe, candid opportunity to discuss practical strategies for overcoming bias and founding a more equitable future.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Siegfried

Courtenay Siegfried

Vice President of Communications, Alice
Courtenay leads Alice's external communication efforts, including marketing and public relations strategy, as well as impact partnerships. On the entrepreneurial front, Courtenay previously was owner and president of 20K Group, a global communications agency that worked with a diverse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Conrad

Chelsea Conrad

Creative Director, Causeway
Chelsea Conrad is the Creative Director at Causeway, a nonprofit social innovation studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since 2014, Causeway has helped over 600 grassroots leaders develop and test their early-stage ideas so that they are prepared for growth. Chelsea is a graphic designer... Read More →
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Shamaine Daniels

Councilwoman, City of Harrisburg, PA
Shamaine is a champion for the rights of women and migrants in the United States and abroad. Over the years she has served various underrepresented communities, with Lozano, et al v City of Hazleton being her most recognized case to date. In politics, she is the first Latina to be... Read More →
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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desiree venn frederic

Founder/Chief Creative Officer/Cultural Strategist, Combing Cotton Co./Local Merchant Independent Retailers Association
Desiree Venn Frederic is an agent of alternatives. The Sierra Leonean born writer, social entrepreneur, public speaker, educator and installation artist is inspired by her transnational experiences. Through her work, the thought leader explores the commons and commoning discourse... Read More →
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Brad Wolverton

Investigative Reporter, NerdWallet
Brad is part of NerdWallet’s public interest reporting team, whose goal is to uncover abusive practices in consumer finance. Since forming in December 2016, NerdWallet’s team has examined student loan scams, companies that have wrongly wrecked customers’ credit, and the country’s... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 10:30am - 11:40am
Second Street Gallery 115 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville VA 22902

11:00am

Founding Stories: Success to Scale
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Moderators
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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 →
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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 →
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 →


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2:00pm

Master Class: The Creative Curve
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We have been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius — of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. And if we are not a genius, we might as well pack it in and give up. Either we have that gift, or we don’t. But recent research has shown that there is a predictable science behind achieving commercial success in any creative endeavor, from writing a popular novel to starting up a successful company to creating an effective marketing campaign. Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Gannett

Allen Gannett

Founder & CEO, TrackMaven
Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, the all-in-one marketing analytics platform which is used by brands including Microsoft, Marriott, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Gannett is also a writer with a regular online column for Fast Company and an upcoming book, "The Creative... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


2:00pm

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
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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
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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 →
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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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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 →


2:00pm

Master Class: The ABCs of Socially Responsible Investing
Limited Capacity seats available
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Sometimes referred to as Socially Responsible Investing or as Sustainable, Responsible & Impact investing, SRI focuses on the opportunity to invest for return AND make a difference at the same time.  This masterclass will run through the evolution of SRI, review the different methodologies, how to select the right vehicle and then discuss growth in the market.

Speakers
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Kathleen Neumann

President, SerenityShares Investments
Please talk with me about Impact Investing and potential ways to invest using public equities.As President of SerenityShares Investments, the adviser to the SerenityShares Impact ETF (NYSE: ICAN), Kathy is in charge of day-to-day operations including partner relationships and compliance... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


3:00pm

Master Class: Growth Hacking
Limited Capacity full
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You have a brilliant app / widget / fill-in-the-blank. How do you get it to market? This session brings together veterans of businesses with explosive growth to talk about how they did it, what to avoid, and simple frameworks for smarter marketing and sales.

Moderators
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Joshua Anton

CEO and Founder, X-Mode
Joshua Anton (UVA-Comm 14) - CEO of X-Mode launched the Drunk Mode App in 2014, the living map for ‘when you go out'. Drunk Mode garnering over 2 Million users in eighteen months, stops you from making regrettable mistakes (drunk dialing) and keeps you safe (allowing you to find... Read More →

Speakers
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Brett Gibson

Managing Partner, NextGen Venture Partners
Brett is the co-founder and managing partner of NextGen Venture Partners, a network-powered venture fund focused on Seed and Series A technology companies. A graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia, Brett has served in the US Army and Reserves for over... Read More →
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Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer, [solidcore]
Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer for [solidcore]. In his role as COO, Bryan works to ensure that our Studio Managers and Coaches deliver an exceptional experience for our clients and leads the effort to bring [solidcore] to new communities all over the country.

Sponsors
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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 →


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3:00pm

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
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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
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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 →
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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
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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 →


3:30pm

Roundtable: Virginia Is For Impact Investing Lovers
Limited Capacity filling up
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Central Virginia has the ingredients to be a national, even global leader in the nascent field of impact investing. Join this conversation with Virginia Impact Investing Forum, a consortium of leaders from the academic, business, government, non-profit and foundation sectors, to talk about building the knowledge, profile and practice of impact investing in Virginia.

Moderators
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Matt Illian

Managing Director, Virginia Impact Investing Forum
Matt Illian is the Managing Director of the Virginia Impact Investing Forum (VIIF). His passion for more intentional investing strategies grew out of a response to the needs that he witnessed in his own community in Richmond, VA for affordable housing, workforce development, and prosperity... Read More →

Speakers
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Jen Giovannetti

Regional Community Development Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Jennifer Giovannitti is a Regional Community Development Manager with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she works to address challenges confronting low- and moderate-income communities. Jen specializes in working with rural communities and focused much of her attention on... Read More →
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Sandy Wiggins

Principal, Concillience LLC
Principal of Consilience, a national consultancy with a mission to foster vibrant and sustainable communities, Sr. Advisory to RSF Social Finance and Chair of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). 

Scholars
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Sydney England

Client Development Manager, LOCUS Impact Investing/ Virginia Community Capital
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Roberta Keller

CEO, Alexis Advisors, LLC
I am a long-time yoga practitioner and investment manager. I started Alexis Advisors to offer investors a more intentional approach to their financial life - both investing and planning. As a Certified B Corp, our focus is on building a company that has a positive social impact... Read More →
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Elena Loutskina

Associate Professor, Darden School, UVA
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Alexander Neckles

Regional Director, ImpactAssets
Impact investing using philanthropic capital.
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Kathleen Neumann

President, SerenityShares Investments
Please talk with me about Impact Investing and potential ways to invest using public equities.As President of SerenityShares Investments, the adviser to the SerenityShares Impact ETF (NYSE: ICAN), Kathy is in charge of day-to-day operations including partner relationships and compliance... Read More →
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Caroline Nowery

Vice President of Community Investments, Virginia Community Capital

Sponsors
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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 →


 


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