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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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Thursday, April 12
 

9:00am

Changes in Appetite: Pathbreaking Food Businesses
Limited Capacity filling up

A host of businesses less than a decade old are redefining the food business in its own unique way. Learn how these explosively successful brands satisfy the tastes of a new generation of consumers.

Moderators
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution... Read More →

Speakers
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 Christina Liva

Christina Liva

Founder, Yay Lunch
Christina started in food editorial reviewing restaurants as an Editor for Zagat/Google, and served as the Food & Travel Editor of goop where ran the test kitchen alongside Editor-in-Chief Gwyneth Paltrow and ate her way through everywhere from Tokyo to West Marin. She later headed... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Myers

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.


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10:30am

Roundtable: Redefining Farm to Table
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The "Farm to Table" movement has the power to create equitable, sustainable wealth in rural and urban communities. To do so requires that it's products be understood not as luxury or "positional" goods, but as a set of resources for building community wealth across demographic boundaries.

Moderators
avatar for Marland Buckner

Marland Buckner

Cofounder & Principal, MB2 Solutions
Marland Buckner serves as Cofounder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, an impact development firm.From 2001 to 2008, Buckner was Director of Federal Government Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Washington, DC. Prior to Microsoft, Buckner served in several Congressional staff roles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bettina Ring

Bettina Ring

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of the Governor
Governor Ralph S. Northam appointed Bettina Ring in 2018 to serve as the fourth Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she supports the Governor’s mission of building a strong Virginia economy in agriculture and forestry, two of... Read More →

Scholars
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 Dominic Barrett

Dominic Barrett

Executive Director, Shalom Farms
Dominic Gibbons Barrett is the Executive Director of Shalom Farms, a nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia focused on working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. He came to Shalom Farms from Palmetto Project in Charleston, SC where... Read More →
avatar for Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Tom McDougall

Tom McDougall

Founder, 4P Foods
He is the founder of 4P Foods, a Benefit Corporation that works with over 200 local farms, delivering their sustainably produced food to customers in and around DC. The goal is to use food as a tool to create a more equitable, socially just and sustainable food system of tomorrow... Read More →
avatar for Doug Pick

Doug Pick

CEO, FeedMore
Douglas “Doug” Pick joined FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, as Chief Executive Officer in November 2012. Under his leadership, FeedMore is focused not only on nourishing the community but also on empowering lives. FeedMore collaborates with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Sally Schwitters

Sally Schwitters

Executive Director, Tricycle - Urban Ag Culture
Sally comes from a long line of family gardeners, farmers and cooks. She loves the process of growing seed to harvest, and sharing the preparation and celebration of good food with friends and family. For several years she ran programs and events for nonprofits in Northern California... Read More →
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Sam Speedie

Principal, Forth Bridge Associates
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Kristen Suokko

Executive Director, Local Food Hub
Kristen came from the environmental and philanthropic world to become Executive Director of Local Food Hub in 2013. The hub is a non-profit organization that works with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. In addition to managing the aggregation and sale of... Read More →
avatar for Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech
Dr. Tom Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He leads the college’s global mission to build partnerships, create opportunities, and serve globally.
avatar for Ellen Moncure Wong

Ellen Moncure Wong

VP of Growth and Development, FoodCorps
For more than two decades, Ellen Moncure Wong has helped connect philanthropic dollars with organizations driving major social and environmental change. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Ellen worked in resource development for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Coro New York Leadership... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for MB2 Solutions

MB2 Solutions

MB² (MB Squared) is a Washington, DC and Richmond, VA based public policy and domestic strategy firm co-founded by Melody Barnes and Marland Buckner. We deliver value for clients by providing strategic counsel that utilizes our teams’ decades long experience across the public... Read More →


12:00pm

Just Eat: The Future of Food
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Keynote: 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
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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
The Paramount Theater 215 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

2:00pm

Grow Different: AgTech and Urban Farming
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How are we going to feed the next billion? As populations continue to urbanize, the future of food might be more concrete jungle than farm to table. Join these visionaries on the cutting edge of biology, architecture, and nutrition.

Moderators
avatar for Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Green

Jason Green

CEO & Co-founder, Edenworks
Jason Green is CEO + Cofounder at Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor agriculture company. Jason has spent his career at the nexus of hardware, software, and biology. Prior to Edenworks, Jason developed virtual reality-based neurorehabilitation technologies and served as a Howard Hughes... Read More →
avatar for Christine Keller

Christine Keller

Head of Product & Marketing, Plenty
Christine Keller brings twenty years of consumer packaged goods expertise to Plenty, having worked with some of the largest food and produce companies in the world including Albertsons/Safeway, Chiquita, and Dole. Christine has also directed innovation projects for global brands such... Read More →
avatar for April Philips

April Philips

President, April Philips Design Works
April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, thought leader, artist, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. April is a national leader in both research... Read More →
avatar for Jack Ross

Jack Ross

Co-founder, Beanstalk Farms LLC
Jack started Beanstalk with his brother, Michael, to create a sustainable abundance of food through technological innovations. He graduated from UVA’s engineering school in 2017 and is working on building a fully automated indoor farm, capable of growing pesticide free, non-GMO... Read More →


3:30pm

Fueling the Next Wave: Food Incubators
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How do food companies access the networks and expertise to expand operations and achieve significant growth? A panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs discuss tricks, tactics, and systems for connecting producers to markets and innovators to scale.

Moderators
avatar for Meagan McGinnes

Meagan McGinnes

Senior Reporter, Project NOSH
Meagan McGinnes is a foodie who shares her love of snacks as a senior reporter at Project NOSH—a trade publication by BevNET that covers natural, organic, healthy, or sustainable packaged food companies and products.

Speakers
avatar for Cullen Gilchrist

Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distribution... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ive

Andrew Ive

Managing Director, Food-X
Andrew is the Managing Director at Food-X, #1 global food accelerator. While leading Food-X, Andrew has invested in 30+ early stage food companies across multiple business models including software, hardware, consumer products and biotech. Helping them with their strategies, launch... Read More →
avatar for Brian Marks

Brian Marks

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Belle Isle Moonshine
Brian serves as Chief Executive Officer of Bonfire.com, a custom apparel platform he co-founded in 2011 and as the Chief Strategy Officer of Belle Isle Moonshine, an American craft moonshine distillery that he co-founded in 2013.


 


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