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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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Heather Metcalf

Association for Women in Science
Director of Research and Analysis
Washington, DC
Heather Metcalf, PhD is Director of Research and Analysis at the Association for Women in Science. She is also Director of AWIS' STEM to Market program, an inclusive STEM entrepreneurship and investing program funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science, master’s degrees in computer science and gender studies, and a doctorate in higher education science and technology policy. She has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as bias; educational and workplace cultures; harassment and discrimination; innovation and entrepreneurship; career pathways; organizational and systemic change; recruitment and retention; mentoring; sense of fit; self-efficacy; organizational and federal policy; and more. Throughout her career, her work has influenced change in academic, industry and public policy spaces. She holds a patent on unconscious bias training materials, which help researchers and practitioners build equity into their work.


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