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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Tuesday, April 10
 

5:00pm

Partner Event: Messy Democracy: From Founding Our Nation to Finding Our Way
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5-6pm Reception & Networking Hour
6-7pm Panel Discussion

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

Moderators
avatar for Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

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

Speakers
avatar for Sara Bon-Harper

Sara Bon-Harper

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

Leslie Greene Bowman

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

Kat Imhoff

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

Sponsors
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Presidential Precinct

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


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Wednesday, April 11
 

4:30pm

Rivanna River Clean Up
Join Charlottesville Families in Action and Rivanna River Company to get our beautiful river cleaned up and ready for the season! Meet at Rivanna River Company's headquarters to clean the river up by boat or by foot. Join us afterward for dinner by the river--food truck info coming soon! Information available at Charlottesville Families in Action's Facebook page


Wednesday April 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Rivanna River Company 1538 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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6:00pm

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

9:00am

OPENING KEYNOTE: Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America
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Included in all Summit passes. 


Special preview! Having spent three years criss-crossing America’s small cities by single engine plane, two of the nation’s leading journalists offer a unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal they discovered taking place beyond the headlines.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows

Author, Contributing Writer, Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Deborah Fallows is the author of two books that report on the people, culture, and values in the communities of two different countries, China and the U.S.  The first, Dreaming in Chinese, is based on 4 years of living and working in China. The newly-released Our Towns: A 100,000... 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 9:00am - 10:10am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

10:30am

Case Study: Building a Talent Pipeline in Milwaukee, WI
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Although sometimes overshadowed by its industrial past, Milwaukee is home to six Fortune 500 companies. Over the past few years these employers have partnered with public entities and an impressive network of junior and four-year colleges to engage top graduates and put them on career tracks locally, yielding tremendous outcomes for the employers, students, and the community at large.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Executive Director, The Commons/MiKE
Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. The Commons is an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chio Cabrera

Chio Cabrera

Commons Alumna & Student, The Commons
Rocio Chio Cabrera has spent the last three years working to innovate small and large businesses in the Milwaukee area. She is an alumna of The Commons program where she founded a start-up and worked with ManpowerGroup's innovation project. She continues to participate in The Commons... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Harper

Ruth Harper

Vice President Global Strategic Communications, ManpowerGroup
Ruth is responsible for strategic communications, research, thought leadership and content creation across ManpowerGroup’s 80 countries and family of brands - Manpower, Experis, ManpowerGroup Solutions and Right Management. Ruth also leads ManpowerGroup’s partnership with the... Read More →
avatar for Joe Poeschl

Joe Poeschl

Cofounder, The Commons
After graduating from Marquette and MIAD in 2008, Joe Poeschl founded a web software design and development consultancy, where he lead the product design, project management and business strategy for web startups across the country. Joe also co-founded Startup Milwaukee, an organization... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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10:30am

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
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902

2:00pm

Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide
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This session, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, will prompt participants to reexamine and challenge the conventional narrative about the urban-rural divide. The session will offer a state-by-state snapshot of urban and rural differences across key economic measures including broadband access, educational attainment, high-value business growth and prosperity growth, followed by a facilitated discussion about how communities are bridging the divide and in turn spurring local, regional and state economic growth.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday April 12, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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2:00pm

Unleashing the Power of Public Prototyping: An Inside Look at Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge
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In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 35 Champion Cities in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Selected from a pool of more than 320 applications, these cities and are now in the midst of a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas. Hear how Huntington, West Virginia will tackle compassion fatigue for emergency responders on the frontlines of the nation’s opioid epidemic; how Hartford, Connecticut will use gunshot detection technology to support traumatized youth; and how Durham, North Carolina will leverage behavioral insights to encourage alternatives to driving downtown.



Moderators
avatar for Katie Appel Duda

Katie Appel Duda

Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Katie Appel Duda co-leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation grant programs, which help city leaders and their teams in more than 250 cities around the world to better solve problems and share promising ideas that improve life for residents. Before Bloomberg Philanthropies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Devlin

Maureen Devlin

Transportation Planner, City of Durham
I help people find their “car-lite” lifestyle, including advice on how to break-up or “ghost” their car. I would be nowhere, personally or professionally, without a smartphone. GPS and transit apps rule.
avatar for Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, City of Hartford
As the Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Ryan works at the intersection of economic/community development, public policy, process improvement and innovation to help City of Hartford departments design initiatives and secure grant funds for implementation. Previously, Ryan... Read More →
avatar for Jan Rader

Jan Rader

Fire Chief, Huntington WV Fire Department
A Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Development from Marshall University... Read More →


3:30pm

Teaching Skills That Matter
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What can prepare kids for a future where nothing is certain? Don't miss this essential conversation about schools, skills, and student agency.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Aissa

Evelyn Aissa

Executive Director, Reaching Higher NH
Evelyn Aissa is the Executive Director of Reaching Higher New Hampshire, NH’s leading nonpartisan public education policy resource. Evelyn has fifteen years of experience in development, health, and education policy research and political strategy. She also serves as a director... Read More →
avatar for Jared Bigham

Jared Bigham

Executive Director, Chattanooga 2.0
Dr. Jared Bigham has worked as the state-wide Director of College & Career Readiness with TN SCORE, and before this, Dr. Bigham served as a K-12 supervising principal, a high school principal, and an elementary principal. Dr. Bigham has served on multiple state and national committees... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hostad

Michael Hostad

Executive Director, The Commons/MiKE
Michael Hostad is the Executive Director of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) and co-founder of The Commons, which is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks. The Commons is an... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Welcome Gallery 114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

3:30pm

The Death and Rebirth of Great American Cities
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The gap between thriving and wilting America seems to keep getting wider. Why are some places flourishing, while others seem locked in cycles of decline? Is is chance, destiny, or can leaders make the difference? Hear from mayors of two widely divergent, but notably resurgent communities.

Moderators
avatar for Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Executive Director and CEO, Federal City Council
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities... Read More →


3:30pm

Tour: The Surreal, Self-Driving Future
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Shuttle will pick up at the bus pull-off lane on Water Street on the west end of the Downtown Mall: past the ice rink, Omni entrance, and Federal Courthouse. Staff will be at the Whiskey Jar to spot and direct participants.

What does autonomous vehicle technology mean in the context of the city? Self-driving cars, trucks, buses, and bots may be closer than they appear. Are we ready? Join us as we try to understand the human impact and unintended consequences that might spring from this seismic technology.

Attendees will board a bus out to Crozet, VA to tour the Perrone Robotics site, a startup working on autonomous vehicles technology, housed on the former Barner Lumber site, which is on the cusp of redevelopment into a mixed use town center. After the tour, attendees will get back on the bus to Pro Re Nata, a farm brewery, to enjoy local brews, mountain views, and an expert panel from the “shipping container” bar.

3:30pm - Board Shuttle
4:00pm - Tour Perrone Robotics & Barnes Lumber site
4:45pm - Board shuttle for brewery
5:00pm - Panel
6:00pm - Networking with drinks and food, from onsite food truck
7:00pm - Shuttle back to Downtown

Moderators
avatar for Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Staff Writer, CityLab/The Atlantic
Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. Her work also appears in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Cardillo

Carlos Cardillo

Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Carlos Cardillo serves as the Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada Reno, and is currently the project manager for the Intelligent Mobility initiative in Northern Nevada.
avatar for T. Donna Chen

T. Donna Chen

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Donna Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies and the American Society of Civil Engineers... Read More →
avatar for Paul Perrone

Paul Perrone

Founder, Perrone Robotics
Paul Perrone is the Founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer of software for driverless cars and  mobile robots. He participated in historic Pentagon-backed races of self-driving vehicles in the Mojave Desert, and worked with rocker Nei... Read More →
avatar for Phil Tinn

Phil Tinn

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab - City Science Group
Phil Tinn, Research Scientist and co-lead of future mobility projects at MIT Media Lab, is a practitioner of innovation across scales and physical-digital media, with over 10 years experience in product, service, design, and organizational change strategies and execution.  

Sponsors
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Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious... Read More →


Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

4:45pm

 
Friday, April 13
 

10:00am

Community Workshop: Building a Better Congress
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Are you worried about what's happening in our country but aren't sure how to make a tangible difference? Do you know what your lawmakers are getting done on your behalf? Join Greer Kelly from the Center for Effective Lawmaking and learn how to be a part of the solution in Washington. You can help build a better Congress by electing the best possible candidates and holding members accountable.

Workshop Leaders
avatar for Greer Kelly

Greer Kelly

Operations Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking

10:30am

Case Study: Strategic Action for Economic Opportunity in Frederick, MD
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Frederick, Maryland’s collaborative spirit and cooperation between the public and private sectors has enabled the community to enhance and grow in ways that might only be possible within a small-city environment. Hear how you can apply their lessons on P3 partnerships to your community.

Moderators
avatar for Whitney Hahn

Whitney Hahn

Managing Partner, Digital Bard Video
Video Marketing Geek, Speaker, Podcast Host and StrategistWhitney Hahn is the managing partner of Digital Bard | Zesty Video Marketing in Frederick, MD, and leads a small, exuberantly geeky band of video marketers. We specialize in production and promotion for leisure and recreation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Cromwell

Elizabeth Cromwell

President & CEO, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
With 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Elizabeth Cromwell's background includes marketing, public relations, corporate partnerships, advocacy and large-scale event management. Previously, she was Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for Frederick... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Mayor, City of Frederick (Maryland)
Elected Mayor in 2017, O’Connor represents The City of Frederick on the Frederick Community Action Agency Board, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Municipal League, and the Tourism Council of Frederick. 
avatar for Helen Propheter

Helen Propheter

Director of Economic Development, Frederick County, Maryland
Helen began her career with Frederick County Government 25 years ago and was appointed to her current position in 2012. She has 20+ years of experience managing programs, staff and projects.
avatar for Scott Ryser

Scott Ryser

Founder & CEO, Yakabod
A "startup guy" at heart, with a passion to see his community prosper, Scott’s also active in the Frederick tech and business community through various board roles, including TechFrederick, the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), and others.


10:30am

After August 12th: Freedom of Speech and Domestic Terror
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The events leading up to and during the August 12th Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville opened up myriad questions about guns, rights of assembly, and freedom of speech, while raising the spector of a new and horrifying breed of domestic terror. How can we balance Constitutional protections with public safety and core social values?

Moderators
avatar for Landon Shroder

Landon Shroder

Managing Director, RVA Magazine
Landon Shroder is the Managing Partner and Editorial Director of RVA Magazine. Prior to that, he was a long-term foreign policy and intelligence professional who specialized in complex environments in Africa and the Middle East. He is also former writer and producer for VICE Media... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alan Bradstock

Alan Bradstock

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Alan Bradstock worked over 20 years as an FBI Special Agent and supervisor. He led the Louisville Field Intelligence Group, supervised teams in the FBI Counterterrorism Division, coordinated counterterrorism financing operations while assigned to CIA's Counterterrorism Center and... Read More →
avatar for Mary McCord

Mary McCord

Senior Litigator and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator from Practice at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Spanberger

Abigail Spanberger

Candidate for Congress in VA-7, Abigail Spanberger for Congress
Abigail Spanberger is a candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Abigail began her public service career as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service... Read More →

Sponsors
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RVA MAG

RVA Magazine is the #1 Independent Media in Virginia. RVA Mag is all about community empowerment. How do we do this? By delivering new and innovative ways to tell stories from our city and Commonwealth. In doing so, we give our readers an immersive experience which lives at the intersection... Read More →


12:00pm

Community Luncheon: Honoring Black America in the Public Realm
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This panel offers inspiration and reflection on what a more just story about race in our public places, including parks, museums, and the built environment, can look like. Lunch included for Summit badgeholders.

Moderators
avatar for Gayle Jessup White

Gayle Jessup White

Community Engagement Officer, Monticello
Gayle Jessup White became Monticello’s first community engagement officer in 2016. She is not only a direct Jefferson descendant, but is related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello - the Hemingses and the Hubbards.A former award- winning TV reporter, Jessup White... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brent Leggs

Brent Leggs

Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Preservation Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation and University of Maryland
Brent Leggs is the Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a $25,000,000 fundraising and preservation campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A Harvard Loeb Fellow, he co-authored "Preserving African American Historic Places," which is... Read More →
avatar for Eto Otitigbe

Eto Otitigbe

Artist
Eto Otitigbe recently joined the team led by Howeler and Yoon Architecture to design the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at University of Virginia.  The memorial will be a reflective gathering space that includes symbols of libation and liberation.  Otitigbe's role on the design team... Read More →
avatar for Levar Stoney

Levar Stoney

Mayor, City of Richmond
Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city. Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a janitor. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up on free and reduced... Read More →

Sponsors
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Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments... Read More →


12:00pm

Partner Event: “How to Fix American Democracy: Part I"
Presented with UVA Student Council, this series of rotating 30-minutes discussions on fifteen topics adapted from Richard Just’s article “How to Fix American Democracy – 38 Ideas for Repairing our Badly Broken Civic Life.” UVA faculty will engage participants in key issues such as Civil Rights Education, Reinvigorating Local Leadership, and Redefining Patriotism.

Discussion Leaders include University of Virginia Professors such as Carah Ong Whaley, Andrew Kropko, and Bruce Williams, Emily Morrison, Rosanna Bencoach, and other Charlottesville Community Leaders, and Scholars at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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 →
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University of Virginia

In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a better institution of higher learning, one that would prepare America's citizens to lead and govern the new nation. His University would be the first to engineer cross-disciplinary exchange between the sciences and... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
The Lawn at the University of Virginia (12-2 pm)

2:00pm

Get Smart: Beyond the Buzzwords on Open Data
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New tools can vastly empower both local government and citizens to make better decisions, but do they? This session explores where big data, transparency, and performance management are fostering equity and leadership, and how the field might change the face of government.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Farmer

Liz Farmer

Public Finance Writer, Governing magazine
Liz covers fiscal policy including state and local budgets, tax policy and pensions. She’s also appeared on national programs such as NPR's 1A and CSPAN's Washington Journal.

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 David Doyle

David Doyle

Open Data Program Manager, City of Seattle
Doyle is the Open Data Manager at the City of Seattle, where he oversees the implementation of the City’s Open Data Policy and the development of the City’s Open Data platform. Previously, he had a long career at Microsoft where he managed software engineering and data science... Read More →
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Andrew Kleine

President, Andrew Kleine Consulting
Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform. He consults, teaches and writes to help cities get better results from their available resources. Andrew served as Baltimore’s... Read More →
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Clarence Wardell

Director of Repurpose for Results, Results for America
Dr. Clarence Wardell III is currently the Director of Repurpose for Results at Results for America, supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities Initiative. In that role he works with mid-size cities across the country to help them use data and evidence to guide their programming... Read More →


2:00pm

Sex in Public: Gender and Political Office
Limited Capacity seats available
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Women have mobilized in unprecedented numbers to make their voices heard in political office and organizing. What are the rules of gender in public leadership and how are they changing?

Moderators
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Jennifer Wright

Author, Columnist, Author of Get Well Soon and It Ended Badly, Harper's Bazaar
Jennifer Wright is the author of It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Break-Ups in History and Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them. On a less historical note, she writes about issues facing modern feminists in the age of Trump for Harper's Bazaar.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →


2:00pm

Partner Event: "How to Fix American Democracy: Part 2"
Presented with UVA Student Council, this discussion uncovers how the average American citizen can make an impact on democracy. Speakers with a variety of backgrounds and experiences will share how their interest in positively affecting American democracy at the academic, community, and national levels has shaped their careers.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, and other speakers to be announced at https://www.facebook.com/uvastudco/

Sponsors
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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 →
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University of Virginia

In 1819 Thomas Jefferson fulfilled his lifelong ambition to create a better institution of higher learning, one that would prepare America's citizens to lead and govern the new nation. His University would be the first to engineer cross-disciplinary exchange between the sciences and... Read More →


Friday April 13, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Miller Center of Public Affairs

3:00pm

Solving Civic Problems with Data
Limited Capacity seats available
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Cities are rapidly developing their analytical capacity, sometimes leaving the rest of the organization unsure about how to use these new abilities. This workshop will give participants greater insight into how cities can apply advanced analytics to achieve real outcomes, and help them understand what it takes to create a successful data science project. We will discuss real-world projects, learn a process for teeing up opportunities, and work together to explore potential applications within your own practice.

Speakers
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Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Sheila Dugan is Director of Cities at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining GovEx, Sheila worked on state and national broadband adoption programs. As a 2013 Code for America fellow, Sheila helped the City of Oakland develop RecordTrac... Read More →


3:00pm

Case Study: Getting a City Back to Good in Petersburg, VA
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What brings cities to the brink of crisis, and what can get public institutions back on track? A veteran team of turnaround management and restructuring experts talks about taking on the toughest projects in city government, with a focus on recent troubles in Petersburg, VA as a case study.

Moderators
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Jack Berry

President, BerryRVA
Jack Berry has been a leader in the public and non-profit sectors in the Richmond Region for almost 40 years. He served as the Deputy City Manager of Richmond and the County Administrator of Hanover. He led Venture Richmond, a public-private partnership that focuses on downtown economic... Read More →

Speakers
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Nelsie Birch

Founder/Managing Partner, BIRCHbark Strategic Consulting
Nelsie L. Birch is a consultant in the areas of city management, budget, and operations. Her experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to the City Administrator of Washington, DC; Director of Management and Budget at the City of Alexandria, VA; management and analytical roles... Read More →
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Robert Bobb

President and CEO, The Robert Bobb Group LLC
Robert C. Bobb is the Owner, President, and CEO of The Robert Bobb Group, LLC. The Robert Bobb Group, LLC (RBG) is a global, minority-owned consulting firm specializing in public sector consulting and advisory services for city and state governments, including K-12 school districts... Read More →
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Dileep Rajan

Founder, Mondrian Consulting
Dileep founded Mondrian Consulting and SharedLending. Previously, Dileep was a managing consultant at KPMG and Accenture working with senior technology and finance officers in companies such as Hilton and Lowe’s. Dileep’s career started as a math teacher in a DC high school and... Read More →
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Tom Tyrrell

CEO, Via Novus Financial; COO, Chicago Public Schools (2012-15)
Colonel, USMC (ret) retired 2002. For the last 16 years I have been an executive (either CEO or COO) for distressed public facing organizations.


Friday April 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Guma Gallery 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

4:00pm

Roundtable: The 21st Century Chamber of Commerce
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The Chamber of Commerce is a stakeholder in cities big and small across the country, providing an invaluable resource for decisions makers, business owners, and community leaders. This roundtable of Chamber executives from across the mid-Atlantic examines what the role of the Chamber has been and should be moving forward.  

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Saturday, April 14
 

10:00am

Partner Event: We Are Here Diversity Festival
Limited Capacity seats available
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A show of community solidarity and a celebration of local diversity through art, activism and engagement: come see live dancing from a variety of cultures, hear poetry performed in many languages, donate to local non-profits, experience Google Earth Virtual Reality, contribute to a community mural designed by local high school students, and listen to Khizr Khan and Susan Bro deliver keynote speeches on diversity in Charlottesville.

10:00-10:05 am – Introductory remarks (Vanessa Braganza, We Are Here)
10:05-10:50 am – Zumba Baileton (with Dr. Max Luna and the Latino Health Initiative)
11:00-11:05 am – FLASH TALK: The Women’s Initiative
11:10-11:15 am – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 1, with Prof. Esther
Poveda)
11:20 – 11:25 am – FLASH TALK: The International Rescue Committee
11:30-11:45 am – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 2, with Prof. Esther
Poveda)
11:50-11:55 am – FLASH TALK: Sin Barreras (Without Barriers)
12:00-12:15 pm – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 3, with Prof. Esther
Poveda)
12:20-12:25 pm – FLASH TALK: The Adult Learning Center
12:30-12:35 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Women in Math and Science
12:40-12:45 pm – FLASH TALK: NAACP
12:05-1:05 pm – UVA Taekwondo Club demo performance
1:15-1:20 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Side By Side Peer Support Group
1:25-1:45 pm – We the People music video screening and discussion (Stephan Said and
Charlottesville High School students)
1:50-1:55 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Muslim Students Association
2:00-2:05 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Queer Student Union
2:15-2:35 pm – Keynote address: Susan Bro
2:40-3:00 pm – Keynote address: Khizr Khan

Featured Activities (10 am – 3 pm)

 Contribute to a community mural: Planned and designed by Charlottesville High School
art students, in collaboration with muralist Chicho Lorenzo

 Google Earth Virtual Reality: Sign up for the ultimate virtual reality experience and
travel anywhere in the world; provided by Jeff Dobrow and Flowlab.

Speakers
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Vanessa Braganza

Founder, We Are Here
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Khizr Khan

Khzir Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. army captain Humayun Khan, a... Read More →

Sponsors
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Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments... Read More →


Saturday April 14, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
IX Art Park 521 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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