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Monday, April 8
 

8:00am

Downtown Business Passport
To add this to your schedule, please register for a Free Festival Pass. 
Explore the historic Downtown Mall that makes up much of the Tom Tom campus and meet some of the most welcoming members of our hometown! Stop in, say hi, solve a puzzle, and get a stamp for your passport.
  1. Visit the Shops & Restaurants all week long
  2. Solve Puzzles and Collect Stamps from Local Businesses
  3. Turn your Passport in at the Block Party to enter the raffle for prizes from Tom Tom & the Local Businesses! Raffle will be drawn every intermission Friday, Saturday, & Sunday!
  • 10 Stamps = 1 Entry 
  • 20 Stamps = 2 Entries
  • All Stamps = 5 Entries!

 Thanks to all of the businesses for the generously donated prizes:
  • Cville Escape Room Gift Cards
  • A Jefferson Cup from Tuel Jewelers
  • Hamiltons' at First & Main Gift Card
  • Kilwins' Gift Cards
  • Telegraph Art & Comic Gift Cards
  • Marco & Luca Dumplings Gift Cards
  • Java Java Cafe Gift Card
  • Pawprints Boutique Gift Card
  • Darling Boutique 30% off coupon + Darling Prize Bag
  • Mudhouse Coffee Roasters Gift Cards
  • Various Tom Tom Swag

All Participating Businesses: 
  • ACAC
  • Alakazam Toys and Gifts
  • Angelo Jewelry
  • BitterSweet Clothing & Accessories
  • Blue Ridge Music Together
  • BOUTIQUE boutique & The SHOE STORE next door
  • Caspari
  • Citizen Bowl Shop
  • Citizen Burger Bar
  • Cville Escape Room 
  • Darling Boutique
  • Derriere de Soie
  • Feast!
  • Grit Coffee
  • Hamiltons' at First & Main
  • Java Java
  • Jean Theory:
  • Kilwins Charlottesville
  • Lynne Goldman Elements
  • Magpie Knits
  • Marco and Luca Dumpling Store
  • Maya Restaurant
  • McGuffey Art Center
  • Mudhouse Coffee Roasters
  • New Dominion Bookshop
  • Pawprints Boutique
  • Quattro Tizi
  • QUILTS UNLIMITED/ J. FENTON GIFTS
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Spring Street Boutique
  • Telegraph Art & Comics
  • The Bebedero
  • The Center for Vocal Study
  • The Hip Joint
  • The Paramount Theater
  • The Whiskey Jar
  • Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Treasures Through Time
  • Tuel Jewelers

Sponsors
avatar for Cville Escape Room

Cville Escape Room

Owner, Cville Escape Room
Cville Escape Room is a family-friendly environment. Our Rooms are themed stories, and the doors are never locked. All ages are welcome!  | We are independently owned and operated.  We take pride in creating our own original designs, clues, and puzzles for all of our Rooms... Read More →
avatar for Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville

Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville (DBAC) is an association created, managed, and funded by a group of Downtown's merchants, restaurants, and other interested businesses. The DBAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting commerce Downtown... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 6:00pm
Downtown Mall E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

The Charlottesville Intention Tree: Interactive Mural Project
The Charlottesville Intention Tree is a solitary dogwood tree amid a wide-open landscape ready to witness a declaration. The background of the tree (prepared prior to the event) is hand painted in silver gray on a blue canvas with dogwood blossoms representing the journey of life, with branches extending from a center trunk and roots, with spirals likened to Gustov Klimt’s “Tree of Life.”

This is a collaborative community project which allows participants to paint, write, and mark their intentions with what they are here to cause and create in the world. Creators will be able to contribute their words on dogwood blossoms or leaves, pre-cut from heavy paper, to be added to the branches. They may write intentions, prayers, blessings, gratitudes, or words and then adhere them to the mural.
The theme will be focused on how to live connected to each other in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being while being effective and useful to the world.

The Intention Tree Project is an invitation to engage in collaborative Intentional Creativity in answer to the question “What are you here to cause and create?” It provides a place to express an individual’s unique contribution, declare their intention, and be witnessed by adding their words to a blossom or leaf on the tree as a memorable art contribution to the community.

The efforts of a collaborative group changes the energy of the tree and those witnessing its growth, expressing the power of community intention. It remains as an example of how people can contribute individually and collectively, and have that energy move out into the world in ways that make change and growth possible.

The Intention Tree Mural is a local Charlottesville project that is one of many international projects organized by Journeywomen, Artists of the Intentional Creativity® Guild, originating from a TedX Berkley talk in 2017.

Additional notes: Trees are being painted on canvas in private classes, on community murals, and in collaborative projects in cities across the globe, connecting people in their own communities with the opportunity to write their own unique intentions, prayers, blessings, gratitudes and words for what each person wants to cause and create in their place of the world. Recently, prior to tragic events in the city of Christchurch NZ, a Grove of Trees was being painted by two of my colleagues. Tomorrow, March 23rd, thumbprints around the trees are being added to offer healing and support to the community there. https://www.facebook.com/TheGroveOfIntention/


Artists
avatar for Hobby Parent

Hobby Parent

Mural Artist, Intentional Creativity Foundation, Hobby Parent Artist
As a mural artist for Tom Tom Festival, my contribution is The Charlottesville Intention Tree Project, an invitation to engage in collaborative Intentional Creativity in answer to the question “What are you here to cause and create?” This mural provides a place to express an individual’s... Read More →



Monday April 8, 2019 5:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

Craft Cocktail Competition
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Top bartenders create specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails, featuring local spirits and ingredients. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winning cocktail and mixologist at the end of the festival.

Read more here! https://tomtomfest.com/craftcocktail/

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Monday April 8, 2019 5:00pm - Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00pm
Downtown Mall E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:30pm

Our Community Table
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.


Please note: seating is extremely limited at this free community event. Registration does not confirm
attendance, but enters your name into a raffle. United Way staff will contact you directly with confirmation. And, we will gladly contact you about the Tables to be hosted throughout the year.

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What is a Community Table?

It’s a simple idea: bring people in our community together to share a meal, a conversation, and build common ground. Getting to know one another can lead to greater awareness and understanding, can begin to build trust, and form new relationships. This begins with simply saying “hello.”

At this Community Table, UVA President Ryan will share opening remarks around his vision for bridging community around some of the newly identified goals put forth by the community Working Group such as: quality jobs with decent wages and a chance of promotion, quality housing that families can afford, quality affordable healthcare, and high quality educational opportunities from birth through higher education.

“A Community Table” captures the spirit and intention of the United Way by providing a platform for people in our community to come together around a table and build common ground, with equity and respect. These new relationships, perspectives, and understanding will inform how the United Way identifies solutions to issues challenging our community’s most vulnerable residents. In 2019, we will host a series of small Tables to give community members from all backgrounds the chance to come together over a meal to explore new ways to serve our community. Tables will focus on the United Way’s Impact Areas of School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency, and Community Health.

Attendees at the Community Tables embrace multiple viewpoints, welcome diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious and political beliefs etc.), act with respect, and exercise active listening. They want to foster relationships fueled by trust and respect to strengthen our community.

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Respeto

Ravi Respeto

President and CEO, United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area
Ravi is currently the President and CEO for United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area. She joined | UWTJA in July of 2018 and brings over 12 years of experience in nonprofits and a long history | of working on behalf of her community and its families around education, health, and | environmental... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Caroline Emerson

Caroline Emerson

Vice President for Community Engagement, UNITED WAY-THOMAS JEFFERSON AREA
The United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area convenes people in our community to come together to build common ground, with equity and respect, to identify solutions to issues challenging our community's most vulnerable residents. We focus our work on Early Education/ School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

Cville Gives Grant Night: Cocktail Hour Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.
The Third-Annual Cville Gives Grant Night will launch Tom Tom on Monday, April 8. Innovative nonprofits addressing 2019’s focus, “food insecurity,” will share their vision with Cville Gives, a philanthropic networking club made up of locals pooling their resources to have a greater impact on the community. Cville Gives will award a cash grant of up to $10,000, and the crowd will also be encouraged to donate. In past years, total grants have exceeded $25,000.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.


Monday April 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

The Whole Grain Truth about Nutrition and Gluten
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the milling of whole grains and how bread is made with Great Harvest Bread Co owner, Aileen Magnotto.

Please note that this workshop costs $10 to attend, to be paid at the door.

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Magnotto

Aileen Magnotto

Owner, Great Harvest Bread Company
Beginning her career in Western Pennsylvania as an interior plantscaper, evolving into a supermarket owner, and creating the first whole grain vegetable pasta on the market, Aileen and her husband Michael have now settled into Charlottesville as Great Harvest Bakery owners. Attracted... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Great Harvest Bread Co 1701 Allied Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

6:45pm

Cville Gives Grant Night
Limited Capacity filling up
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.
The Third-Annual Cville Gives Grant Night will launch Tom Tom on Monday, April 8. Innovative nonprofits addressing 2019’s focus, “food insecurity,” will share their vision with Cville Gives, a philanthropic networking club made up of locals pooling their resources to have a greater impact on the community. Cville Gives will award a cash grant of up to $10,000, and the crowd will also be encouraged to donate. In past years, total grants have exceeded $25,000.

Donate Early at: http://cvillegives.org/donate

A happy hour starting at 5:30PM will precede the presentations.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Festival Pass - Free.


Monday April 8, 2019 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

7:30pm

Bartenders Ball
Limited Capacity seats available

Charlottesville’s top mixologists will gather to showcase tricks and skills in a night of creative celebration. A team of curated judges and an audience vote will determine the top mixologist crowned at this kick-off event. Each ticket includes tasting flights of all competing cocktails.

Competitors:
Cierra Biel
Reid Dougherty
Timmy Faillace
Joe Koscielniak
Shannon Cruse Ranson
Andrea Rouillard
Alec Spidalieri
Clay Tolbert

Judges:
Kelly Cline
Morgan Roberts-Harrison
River Hawkins
Carrie Meslar

https://tomtomfest.com/block-parties/ou need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Bartenders Ball.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Cline

Kelly Cline

Marketing, Random Row Brewing & Craft Brewed Jewlery
I moved to Charlottesville a little over a year ago from Johnson City, TN (yes, like the song)! I am way into the art of a finely crafted beverage! From beer, to wine, to cocktails, I love a drink that sparks emotion and feeling! And, the beverage scene here in Charlottesville is... Read More →
avatar for River Hawkins

River Hawkins

Co-Owner, The Bebedero
I’m supposed to write something about myself in this section, but to be honest I don’t know myself that well.  I mean I talk to myself, but I wouldn’t say we’re close. | Here’s what I’ve ascertained in my travels with me so far. | | My name is River Running Free Hawkins... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Meslar

Carrie Meslar

Brand Development Manager, Altamar Brands
Carrie Meslar has worked in the Food and Beverage industry for over 20 years, including previous stints as the bar manager of Tigerlily in Edinburgh, Scotland and locally as the bar manager for Lost Saint. She is currently the Managing Director for the Elysium Honey Company and a... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Roberts-Harrison

Morgan Roberts-Harrison

Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery

Speakers
avatar for Cierra Biel

Cierra Biel

Mixologist, Citizen Burger Bar
avatar for Reid Dougherty

Reid Dougherty

General Manager, Brasserie Saison
avatar for Alec Spidalieri

Alec Spidalieri

Bar Program Manager, Junction
Alec Spidalieri is a Charlottesville-area native, and has been working behind the bar for nine years. He established and currently manages the bar program for Junction in Belmont, sister restaurant of the Local, where he originally learned the craft. He loves to create fun, light-hearted... Read More →
avatar for Clay Tolbert

Clay Tolbert

Mixologist, The Alley Light
avatar for Andrea Rouillard

Andrea Rouillard

Mixologist, The Alley Light
avatar for Joe Koscielniak

Joe Koscielniak

Mixologist, Common House
avatar for Shannon Cruse Ranson

Shannon Cruse Ranson

Mixologist, Peloton Station
Shannon is a Virginia gal through-and-through.  Originally from Alexandria; she came to Charlottesville in 1998 and spent her formative years working in area bars and restaurants.  She moved to Richmond in 2008 to complete a degree in Art History at VCU with a focus on Street Art... Read More →
avatar for Timmy Faillace

Timmy Faillace

Bar Program Manager, Commonwealth / Skybar

Sponsors

Monday April 8, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00pm

Music Matters Presents: Xhosa Collaborations and Makhanda at Dawn: a virtual link across the Atlantic with live arts in Makhanda (South Africa), and Charlottesville (VA).
Free entry, free food and drinks

The Music Matters series continues its relationship with the Black Power Station in a live arts event connecting painters, sound artists, and musicians via live digital links between Mahkanda and Charlottesville. Come participate in an evening of experimental performances and installations and be part of UVA’s growing collaborative engagement one of South Africa’s most progressive arts collectives"


9:30pm

Tom Tom After Party @ Miller's Downtown
Limited Capacity seats available

Miller’s Downtown will be hosting live music with a cash bar. Stop by and unwind. You might also catch the NCAA Championship game.

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Monday April 8, 2019 9:30pm - Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:00am
Miller's Downtown 109 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

8:00am

Countdown to 2026
Limited Capacity seats available

2026 marks the 250th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Considering Thomas Jefferson as the principal author of the Declaration, what role does Charlottesville (Jefferson’s hometown) play in the upcoming milestone celebration? As we approach America’s 250th, what is the country we want to celebrate in 2026? What kinds of opportunities for collaboration, public engagement, and big ideas might the semiquincentennial offer? How can Charlottesville think broadly about the challenges and opportunities the 250th anniversary will present?

Monticello serves as an important place to explore our common ground as Americans and consider our nation’s path moving forward. It starts with an honest, complicated, inclusive conversation about our history. A lot has changed over the past several years at Monticello and we hope to serve as a place where Charlottesville can learn about the past and contemplate the future as we move towards 2026.

Coffee & Pastries to be served during the discussion

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

Executive Producer, With Good Reason
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 100 public... 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 Gary Sandling

Gary Sandling

Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services, Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello)
Gary serves as Vice-President of Visitor Programs and Services at Monticello. His role is to leverage the Foundation’s scholarly work for Monticello’s more than 400,000 visitors annually through tours, workshops, and activities onsite and digital resources offsite. He has been... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to bring history forward into national and global dialogues by engaging audiences with Jefferson’s world... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:30am

Youth Innovation Conference
Limited Capacity seats available

PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT
CELEBRATING STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

For the 4th year, hundreds of students and educators will assemble in The Paramount Theater for a morning of ideas and inspiration. In the afternoon, students and educators will convene for the Makerville Project Expo, an expanded showcase of student work. More details will be announced soon!

Social Innovation Challenge: Students present problem statements and proposed social innovations with the opportunity to receive mini-grant funding to support their work.

Business Pitch Competition: Student elevator pitches about their entrepreneurial ventures, compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the iLab incubator at UVA.

Reinventing Middle School Challenge: Students present bold ideas to redesign the American middle school and help fuel conversation to reinvent middle school nationwide.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Youth Innovation Conference.

Speakers
avatar for Zyahna Bryant

Zyahna Bryant

Activist and Community Organizer, Charlottesville Youth Council, Student Representative for Charlottesville City School Board
Zyahna Bryant is an award-winning student activist, community organizer, and author who organized her first demonstration, a rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin, at age 12. Zyahna founded the Charlottesville High School Black Student Union at the age of 14. In the Spring of 2016... Read More →
avatar for Jaclyn Corin

Jaclyn Corin

Cofounder & Organizer, March For Our Lives
Jaclyn Corin is a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, United States. She is a survivor of the mass shooting that killed 17 of her classmates and teachers. Less than a week after the shooting, she mobilized 100 of her classmates and brought them... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.



Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 1:45pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Introductions & Spotlight Story: "Future of Learning Collective"
PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT
CELEBRATING STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

For the 4th year, hundreds of students and educators will assemble in The Paramount Theater for a morning of ideas and inspiration. In the afternoon, students and educators will convene for the Makerville Project Expo, an expanded showcase of student work. More details will be announced soon!

Social Innovation Challenge: Students present problem statements and proposed social innovations with the opportunity to receive mini-grant funding to support their work.

Business Pitch Competition: Student elevator pitches about their entrepreneurial ventures, compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the iLab incubator at UVA.

Reinventing Middle School Challenge: Students present bold ideas to redesign the American middle school and help fuel conversation to reinvent middle school nationwide.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Youth Innovation Conference.

Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:20am
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Recruiting Talent in a Tight Job Market
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Struggling to recruit talent for your organization? With the lowest US unemployment levels in decades, many organizations are in the same boat. Join Nathan Swanson, Co-Founder and CEO of Wellspring Workforce as he moderates a cross-industry panel discussion with Brendan Richardson, CEO and Co-Founder of Astraea (technology industry), Jim Powers, Chairman and CEO of HemoShear Therapeutics (biotechnology industry), and Brett Willsie, Regional Vice President of HR at Sentara (healthcare industry). These panelists will share recruiting trends in their industry, challenges they have faced along with solutions that have worked, ways to create a work culture that attracts hard-to-find talent, and more!

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Powers

Jim Powers

Chairman and CEO, HemoShear Therapeutics
Prior to joining HemoShear in August 2008, Mr. Powers was a member of the executive team that took PRA International (now PRA Health Sciences) public in 2004. He transitioned PRA from a clinical data management company to a global clinical trials management organization, recruited... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Swanson

Nathan Swanson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wellspring Workforce
In March 2017, Nathan co-founded Wellspring Workforce, an HR consulting firm that helps organizations scale systematically through custom recruiting frameworks and employee retention strategies. He also continues to serve as the People Operations Manager at Tech Dynamism, helping... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Richardson

Brendan Richardson

CEO and Co-Founder, Astraea
Brendan Richardson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Astraea, a Charlottesville based start-up using machine learning, AI and satellite image data to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Over his 30 year career he has been deeply involved with early-stage start-ups as a venture... Read More →
avatar for Brett Willsie

Brett Willsie

Regional Vice President of Human Resources, Sentara Healthcare
Brett Willsie is a Regional Vice President of HR with Sentara Healthcare with current responsibility and oversight for a HR Business Partner team over 6 Sentara divisions.  He has been employed and grown with Sentara over almost 23 years and has also worked with USAA Human Resources... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Community Investment Collaborative 300 Preston Ave #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:20am

Business Pitch Challenge
PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT
CELEBRATING STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

For the 4th year, hundreds of students and educators will assemble in The Paramount Theater for a morning of ideas and inspiration. In the afternoon, students and educators will convene for the Makerville Project Expo, an expanded showcase of student work. More details will be announced soon!

Social Innovation Challenge: Students present problem statements and proposed social innovations with the opportunity to receive mini-grant funding to support their work.

Business Pitch Competition: Student elevator pitches about their entrepreneurial ventures, compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the iLab incubator at UVA.

Reinventing Middle School Challenge: Students present bold ideas to redesign the American middle school and help fuel conversation to reinvent middle school nationwide.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Youth Innovation Conference.

Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:20am - 11:00am
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Reinventing Middle School Challenge
Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Creating Users Not Addicts: Social Media
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

As designers, creators and users alike, what’s our responsibility when it comes to creating media for an addiction-prone culture? The numbers aren’t looking good. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Technology is reshaping our brains. In real time we’re observing its effects, and in real time we’re suffering from its effects. As designers, we’re often creating media that is, at its core, engineered to persuade. We have an inherent responsibility in how we shape behavior. Causing users to be addicted to your platform may create a consistent revenue stream, but it will never contribute to humanity’s greater good. In this workshop, we'll explore philosophical pivots needed to embrace responsible digital design, tangible exercises we can use to navigate user experience, and ways we can infuse this new approach into our organizations in a meaningful and sustainable way.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Cherry

Jeremy Cherry

Senior Digital Designer, Journey Group
Jeremy Cherry is relentlessly optimistic about the power of design to make the world a better place. With over a decade of experience telling stories through brands and screens, he currently leads the digital design practice at Journey Group. He lives by the words “a better way is possible.” When he’s not designing, he writes about the intersection of hope and design. He lives and works in Charlottesville, VA... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Community Investment Collaborative 300 Preston Ave #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:15am

Project Expo & Lunch
PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT
CELEBRATING STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

For the 4th year, hundreds of students and educators will assemble in The Paramount Theater for a morning of ideas and inspiration. In the afternoon, students and educators will convene for the Makerville Project Expo, an expanded showcase of student work. More details will be announced soon!

Social Innovation Challenge: Students present problem statements and proposed social innovations with the opportunity to receive mini-grant funding to support their work.

Business Pitch Competition: Student elevator pitches about their entrepreneurial ventures, compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the iLab incubator at UVA.

Reinventing Middle School Challenge: Students present bold ideas to redesign the American middle school and help fuel conversation to reinvent middle school nationwide.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Youth Innovation Conference.

Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Keynote Talk: Parkland Student and March For Our Lives Cofounder Jaclyn Corin
Limited Capacity seats available

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from headliner Jaclyn Corin, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior who co-founded March For Our Lives.

Jaclyn is a student from Parkland, Florida who survived a mass shooting that killed 17 of her classmates and teachers. Less than a week after the shooting, she mobilized 100 of her classmates and brought them on a lobbying trip to their State Capital. Soon after, she continued her advocacy and became a lead organizer of the March For Our Lives, the largest youth-led movement of her time in America. Recently accepted to Harvard, Corin remains in constant contact with student leaders from around the country, organizing local events and voter registration pushes. For a preview of her powerful message, check out this recent Vanity Fair profile.

At Tom Tom, Jaclyn will address an audience of the region’s top entrepreneurial and creative-mind students as part of the Youth Innovation Conference and discuss youth empowerment and what it takes for a group of teenagers to start a national movement.

The General Admission $25 ticket includes a midday meal and access to our third-annual Youth Innovation Conference.

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw

Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development, UVA Curry School of Education and Human Development
Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed. is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a master's of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Corin

Jaclyn Corin

Cofounder & Organizer, March For Our Lives
Jaclyn Corin is a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, United States. She is a survivor of the mass shooting that killed 17 of her classmates and teachers. Less than a week after the shooting, she mobilized 100 of her classmates and brought them... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Developing Healthier Employees
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Frustrated about the cost of employee healthcare? Confused about what you, the business owner, can do at the office to improve employee health? Want to learn strategies to help decrease your employees’ risks of developing a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or dementia? Navigating employee health and the healthcare system is often confusing and can feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be! Join Melanie Dorion, Integrative and Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner and Waverly Davis, Communications and Engagement Director at Community Investment Collaborative, for an empowering workshop on implementing in-office ideas to support employee health. Participants will learn and practice effective tools to support daily healthy habits, learn how to support their employees in making medical decisions and create a healthy work environment for all. Let’s build a healthier community by empowering employees to make better informed health decisions!

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Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Community Investment Collaborative 300 Preston Ave #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

What is Mediation?
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Have you ever wondered how to help others—or yourself—settle disputes in your personal or professional life? Conflict is inescapable, but it can be resolved with civility and respect when a mediator facilitates a dialogue between the disputing parties. But how does mediation work? Who can benefit from mediation? How can someone become a certified mediator in Virginia? In a discussion and demo presented by the Mediation Center of Charlottesville, these and other burning questions about mediation are answered. Participants will learn a time-tested, step-by-step process to help resolve different kinds of disputes encountered in all walks of life. If you have ever been curious about mediation and its benefits, this is the workshop for you.

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Speakers
avatar for Cathy S. Pales

Cathy S. Pales

Volunteer Instructor, Board Emeritus, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
Cathy Smalley Pales, Ed.D., has been a volunteer with the Mediation Center of Charlottesville for over 10 years. She has mediated disputes in Albemarle County General District Court, presented workshops on conflict management, served on the Mediation Center's board of directors, and... Read More →
avatar for Walter F. Megonigal, Jr.

Walter F. Megonigal, Jr.

Certified Mediator & Instructor, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
Walt Megonigal is an active volunteer at the Mediation Center of Charlottesville as a certified mediator and co-parenting course instructor. He has over 50 years of commercial and military experience at all levels of leadership and management and has held a variety of positions of... Read More →

Sponsors
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Anita Holmes

Exec. Director, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
The mission of the Mediation Center of Charlottesville (MCC) is to provide affordable and accessible dispute resolution services through mediation and education, enabling its clients to transform conflict into an opportunity for growth and change. | | The Mediation Center of Charlottesville... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:00pm

Social Innovation Challenge
PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT
CELEBRATING STUDENT-DRIVEN LEARNING
Students and educators from across Virginia assemble for a day-long celebration of student creativity, innovation, and passion. The Youth Innovation Conference inspires high school students to take charge of their education by pursuing their interests and ideas.

For the 4th year, hundreds of students and educators will assemble in The Paramount Theater for a morning of ideas and inspiration. In the afternoon, students and educators will convene for the Makerville Project Expo, an expanded showcase of student work. More details will be announced soon!

Social Innovation Challenge: Students present problem statements and proposed social innovations with the opportunity to receive mini-grant funding to support their work.

Business Pitch Competition: Student elevator pitches about their entrepreneurial ventures, compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the iLab incubator at UVA.

Reinventing Middle School Challenge: Students present bold ideas to redesign the American middle school and help fuel conversation to reinvent middle school nationwide.

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Sponsors
avatar for UVA Curry School of Education

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.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:30pm

Buti Yoga Beginners Playshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note: there is not a set price, but a pay-what-you-can suggested donation will be collected at the door. Also, an additional session of this workshop will be held from 1:15-4:15pm on Monday, April 8th.

Buti yoga intuitively blends primal movement with cardio bursts and vibrations to tone the body– physical, emotional + spiritual. Through tribal dance, asanas, and cardio sprints, students break down the emotional barriers that hold them back from achieving self– love and true human connection. Come learn about Buti Yoga's foundation and basic moves from a 200 Hour RYT Certified Buti Yoga Instructor. If you haven't tried Buti, if you practice Buti, but want help with technique, or if you can see yourself teaching Buti, come join our playshop! Personal form coaching for everyone and plenty of discussion time is included and we'll wrap up the session with an hour class. Bring a mat, water, a towel, and your laughter. If you are not an ACAC member, consider arriving 30
minutes early.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Weinstock

Jessica Weinstock

Buti Yoga Instructor

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACAC 111 Monticello Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

How to Tell Your Organization's Story to Get Media Coverage
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

This workshop is for the individual, startup, nonprofit, or mature organization seeking to enhance their media relations skills. Given the new media environment, media pitching is a lost art that can provide a large return on investment by generating earned media. Earned media demonstrates an organization's credibility, as the organization does not pay for placement ­­ instead media choose to cover them due to the importance of the story. Research demonstrates that approaching media relations through the lens of storytelling provides optimal results. We all love a good story. I will demonstrate how to dig into one's organization to identify compelling stories and translate these into pitchable media nuggets with strong news hooks; locate the "right" media member that gives you the top chance to place your story; and show how to maintain relationships and foster trust with media. Earned media is just that ­­ it’s earned. It doesn’t cost anything and can propel your organization to the next level with one perfectly placed piece or interview.

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Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Community Investment Collaborative 300 Preston Ave #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:30pm

Starting up Your Startup
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Got a great idea? Confident you can change the world? Before you dive in, there are some things to know and a proven approach to follow to improve your chances of success. The reality is that most startups that fail do so for surprisingly simple reasons. Join Bob Smith, Director of Virginia's Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) to learn the Five Things investors look for in a startup, and the proven method to developing a winning business model and a path to market. ICAP runs free Lean Startup-based programs throughout the commonwealth in partnership with a network of university and community accelerators. We provide guidance and assistance during the first years of business development: from idea to early sales. In 2018, ICAP helped over 140 aspiring companies position themselves for inclusion in top Virginia accelerators like 757 Accelerate and the RAMP, with many ultimately winning angel investment, non-dilutive government grants and early sales traction. ICAP is on track to serve a even more companies in 2019 through our growing network of partner organizations.

Startups are challenging, fun, and rewarding; if not always financially. ICAP, its instructors, and partners are a great place to begin or refocus your startup journey. Come fine out why.

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Speakers
avatar for Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Director, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
Bob is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP): a program of George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network. ICAP works with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the CV SBDC is one of 29 centers across Virginia providing professional business consulting, training and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses. The CV SBDC offers free business counseling services, assists with... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:00pm

New Way of Networking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Join Linnea White, owner of Darling Boutique, Jessica Norby, owner of Jessica Norby LLC, a social media consulting company, and Waverly Davis, Communications & Engagement Director for Community Investment Collaborative for a conversation about creating and sustaining authentic relationships in business. We'll discuss how to foster meaningful relationships that lead to organic collaboration and support. This workshop is for anyone looking to better connect themselves and their business with the Charlottesville community.

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Speakers
avatar for Waverly Davis

Waverly Davis

Communications & Engagement Director, Community Investment Collaborative
avatar for Jessica Norby

Jessica Norby

Social Media Consultant, Jessica Norby, LLC
avatar for Linnea White

Linnea White

Ownder, Darling Boutique

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Community Investment Collaborative 300 Preston Ave #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:45pm

Hoos in the Kitchen
Limited Capacity seats available
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Building Community through Food and Business:
 People are finding creative ways to connect through food.  Sharing a meal is an intimate experience, and those who sit beside us at the table share this experience, families become closer and strangers become known. Melissa Palombi published Hoos in the Kitchen in an attempt to learn more about the Charlottesville community, through her preferred lens of food experiences and love of all things culinary. 
 
A panel of contributors from the Hoos in the Kitchen cookbook get together to discuss the importance of food in nourishing community and share the creative and inspired ways they are creating experiences with their businesses. 
 
Please join Melissa as she talks with Walter Slawski of the Sheben and The Catering Outfit; Laura Brown representing The Local Food Hub;  Andy McClure restauranteur of The Virginian, The Biltmore and Tavern and Grocery; Sarah Cramer Shields, Charlottesville photographer extraordinaire about their perspectives and what might be next for the Charlottesville food scene. Additionally, Chef Tanya Holland will be joining virtually to contribute.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Palombi

Melissa Palombi

Author, Hoos in the Kitchen

Speakers
avatar for Andy McClure

Andy McClure

Owner, The Virginian Restaurant Group
avatar for Walter Slawski

Walter Slawski

Owner, The Shebeen Pub and Braai
avatar for Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Associate Director of Sales, Local Food Hub
avatar for Sarah Cramer Shields

Sarah Cramer Shields

Owner and Photographer, Cramer Photo
avatar for Tanya Holland

Tanya Holland

Chef and Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen
avatar for Kate Collier

Kate Collier

Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Feast!



Tuesday April 9, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

4:00pm

Race and Place Walking Tour: The Streets of Charlottesville
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

The history of racism is inscribed in the very streets of Charlottesville. This walking tour with Professor Louis Nelson traces the history of that racism from the construction of the University of Virginia in the early nineteenth century through the oppressive regime of the early twentieth century shaped most profoundly by Eugenics, through to the various practices of racial mockery that shapes our social practices to the present.

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Speakers
avatar for Louis Nelson

Louis Nelson

Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia
Louis P. Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach in the Office of the Provost. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Afric... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Rotunda, UVA 1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA

5:00pm

International Rescue Committee Open House
Limited Capacity seats available

The IRC in Charlottesville invites community members, partner agencies, current and former clients, donors and volunteers to an Open House. Guests will receive a tour of the office and learn more about our many community programs designed to help refugees and other immigrants rebuild their lives in Charlottesville. Guest will have the opportunity to chat with staff and former refugees to learn about their experiences. The tour will highlight new and innovative programs and partnerships, such as our Afghan women's support groups, after-school youth programming, and New Roots community garden and food access initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. Since 1998, the IRC in Charlottesville has assisted nearly 4,000 refugees from 31 countries to achieve economic self-sufficiency, a sense of security and social integration in the community.

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Tuesday April 9, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
International Rescue Committee 609 E Market St # 104, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

Entrepreneurship Cup and Venture Showcase
Launch! is the third and final stage of the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, and its goal is to showcase and provide seed capital to the most compelling student/post-doc ventures. Up to $50,000 in total prizes and in-kind resources will be awarded. Award selections will be announced in the evening, alongside a showcase of the Launch finalist and iLab summer incubator program teams. RSVP HERE.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cville Machine 609 E Market St. #114b Charlottesville, VA 22902

5:30pm

For Us, By Us? The Constitution 231 Years Later
Limited Capacity seats available

Madison told us that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” This radical idea of “government by the people” is as relevant today as it’s ever been, and it’s our responsibility as Americans to be engaged actors in learning about, arguably, the most important, and flawed, western document of the last 1,000 years. We, therefore, find ourselves ruminating on a fundamental question, “Is there a gap between how groups of Americans view the Constitution’s relevance, usefulness, and dependability? If so, is it as wide as we think it is?” Learn the answers to both questions, and why at this reflective evening.  

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Moderators
avatar for Price Thomas

Price Thomas

Director of Marketing and Communications, James Madison's Montpelier
Price Thomas is the Director of Marketing and Communications at James Madison's Montpelier, and is responsible for the site's internal and external communications. Prior to Montpelier, Price played soccer professionally in Europe, before returning home to work as a Copywriter at global... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Scruggs

Hannah Scruggs

Research Associate for the Descendants' Project, James Madison's Montpelier
Hannah Scruggs is a native central Virginian and 2013 graduate of The College of William & Mary with a BA in history. Following her time in Williamsburg she served in AmeriCorps at the Braddock Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA, before returning south to earn her MA in Public History... Read More →

Sponsors


Tuesday April 9, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

Untold Stories in Charlottesville: A Screening & Conversation with Local Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Local filmmakers Lorenzo Dickerson and Tanesha Hudson are making films that highlight important Charlottesville stories that have either been forgotten or never been told to a wide audience. Both self-taught filmmakers apply their passion and extensive community knowledge to shine a light on Charlottesville’s complex history, and further call for equity and racial justice in our city today and going forward.

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Moderators
avatar for Sarad Davenport

Sarad Davenport

Chief Innovation Officer, Davenport Strategic Innovation & Design
Sarad Davenport was the founding director of the, Department of Education funded, Charlottesville Promise Neighborhood, also known as City of Promise. Currently, Sarad serves as the Sr. Manager for Practice Innovation for the Communities In Schools National Office in Arlington, Virginia... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tanesha Hudson

Tanesha Hudson

The Executive Producer, A Legacy Unbroken: A Story of Black Charlottesville
Tanesha Hudson is launching a new project/movement to expand African American History in the education system. She has been a part of the fight for justice and equality in the city of Charlottesville for a very long time. She is committed to voicing African American concerns at every... Read More →
avatar for Lorenzo Dickerson

Lorenzo Dickerson

Storyteller, Maupintown Media
Lorenzo Dickerson is a Charlottesville area native, and founder of Maupintown Media, a film production company producing original documentary films that tell stories of historical, social and educational value. In addition, they produce promotional videos, video interviews and commercials... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

Intro to Jewelry Making: Wire Rings
Limited Capacity seats available

Make two delightful wire rings in only 90 minutes! Surround a favorite bead with a swirl of wire and decorative wraps while making the One Bead Ring. Then learn to bind multiple fine wires, use a ring mandrel for sizing and create elegant twists and curls while making the elegant wire only ring. These charming rings are a perfect introduction to wire wrapping.

Level: All.

Please note: The cost to attend is $15; please purchase your ticket at this link: Intro to Wire Jewelry Ticket.

Artists
avatar for Barbara Tilley

Barbara Tilley

Founder, Barbara Tilley School of Arts & Crafts Classes & Workshops
Barbara Tilley approaches her artwork the same way that she approaches a jelly donut, with both hands and no worries about the powdered sugar!  She never met a craft she didn’t want to try, or a craft supply she didn’t want to buy!  She would love to share all her fun with you... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:30pm

Community Fundraiser Mixer for Abundant Life, African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise
Limited Capacity seats available

This event is a reception for supporters of these important local organizations and is invitation only. Following the reception, attendees will come to the Paramount Theater for a free screening of Black Panther.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00pm

Free Screening of Black Panther and Community Fundraiser
Limited Capacity seats available

Black Panther is one of the most culturally significant, and highest grossing, movies of all time: #9 with $1.4B in worldwide sales! It is one of the first mega-budget films to have an African-American director and a predominantly black cast. Behind the mask of a superhero blockbuster, Black Panther tells the story of what it is to be black and empowered by a gifted, innovative community. Its themes of courage and identity make Black Panther so much more than a superhero movie. It offers inspiration for children and adults alike to harness and share our collective strength. This screening at Tom Tom is presented free of charge, but a donation portal will be open to raise funds for three essential organizations who are doing incredible work around education and opportunity in Charlottesville: Abundant Life Ministries, the African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise. Prior to the screening, these organizations will offer welcoming remarks to introduce their missions to the Charlottesville community. This year’s Tom Tom theme is “building better hometowns,” and one of the principal themes is the idea of equity and inclusion in our cities. Black Panther speaks to a hopeful narrative that has been inspirational to so many communities and invites the community to participate in a conversation surrounding some of the core values of Tom Tom’s conferences. Tamara Dias (CEO, African American Teaching Fellows) will be speaking the next day at the Civic Innovation Conference.

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Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00pm

Summit Speakeasy at Commonwealth Skybar
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

On the first night of the Tom Tom Summit, drop by Commonwealth for live music and a cash bar. Mojo Parker Local Singer steeped in flavors of blues and folk and drenched with soul will play in for the official after party.


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Artists
avatar for Mojo Parker

Mojo Parker

Vocalist and guitarist Daniel Parker has been making waves in the Virginia music scene playing blues, folk, funk and soul. Based in Staunton, he performs primarily with the acoustic duo, Parker & Gray, winners of the 2016 Central Virginia Blues Society Challenge and semifinalists... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:00pm - Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00am
Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar 422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Wednesday, April 10
 

7:00am

Civic Innovation Conference: Check-In and Badge Pick-Up @ Violet Crown Box Office
You may also check in and pick up your badge in advance. Please see our full week's box office hours here.

Wednesday April 10, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

7:00am

Renewable Energy Conference: Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
You may also check in and pick up your badge in advance. Please see our full week's box office hours here.

Wednesday April 10, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Ending Poverty in Charlottesville
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series

45-minute workshop with a demonstration of the poverty-eliminating and
award-winning N2Work “app.”

Three questions the session will answer:
1) How many families in the Charlottesville community do not earn enough to meet their
basic needs of food, housing, utilities and clothing and the costs associated with
working—childcare and transportation?
2) What is the solution to poverty?
3) How can technology help us end poverty for Charlottesville’s families?

Today in the Charlottesville region there are 12,024 families that do not earn enough income to
meet the costs of survival. That is nearly one out of every five families (19%) in our community.
Most are single mothers and their children.

PVCC built the Network2Work program to move these 12,024 families to income independence
and break the cycle of multi-generational poverty. We identify these struggling families through
our Peer Network, connect them to quality jobs through our Employer Network, and support
them through our Provider Network. We plan to help lift 4,000 families out of poverty over the
next eight years. We use locally-developed technology to connect these three networks.

Peer/Job-Seeker Network. Our initial challenge is finding these families. Most distrust or are
disconnected from the very institutions established to serve them. Network2Work uses a
political-style ground game of more than 150 well-connected “peers” in low-income
neighborhoods to identify job-seekers. These peers, people who “know everybody,” lie at the
heart of our approach. They identify low- and no-income individuals who would be a good fit
for a quality job available in our community.

Employer Network. Jobs are the solution to poverty because money is the solution to poverty.
Network2Work has recruited a broad base of local employers with available jobs that pay a
minimum of $25,000 per year and do not require a college degree.

Provider Network. Job-seekers often need support beyond the skills training that PVCC provides.
We collaborate with over 40 existing nonprofits and human services agencies to meet needs
ranging from childcare scholarships and loaner cars to emergency funds and housing vouchers.
The Network2Work program developed a smartphone-based “app” that allows peers to connect
their job-seekers automatically with providers who can address an identified need.

PVCC’s Network2Work has provided 500 job-seekers with pathways to survival and family-
sustaining wages. Our goal is to move ALL families to economic independence.

You will need a Free Festival Pass to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Friedman

Frank Friedman

President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
avatar for Ridge Schuyler

Ridge Schuyler

Dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and Chief Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia.In 2011, Ridge... Read More →
avatar for Frank Squillace

Frank Squillace

Director, Employer Relations, Network2Work Program, Piedmont Virginia Community College
GM

Garreth McAdam

Project Manager, Tech Dynamism

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Civic Innovation Conference: Networking Coffee
Networking Coffee for the Civic Innovation Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Renewable Energy Conference: Networking Coffee
Networking Coffee for the Renewable Energy Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Civic Innovation Conference
PART OF TOM TOM'S 2019 SUMMIT

What makes small cities prosper in the 21st century? Tackle this question from every angle at the Civic Innovation Conference and explore the policies and playbooks America needs to put into place to support its hometowns. Dig into data and decision-making, affordable housing, race and equity, creative placemaking, and more alongside the industry’s leading practitioners. Save the date and explore avenues for engagement at www.tomtomfest.com/civic.

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Addison

Andreas Addison

Founder, Civic Innovator LLC
Andreas Addison is the founder of Civic Innovator, LLC, an innovation, strategy, and design partner. Over his ten-year career, Andreas has established himself, nationally and internationally, as an innovation thought leader through his work addressing social issues by leveraging equitable... Read More →
avatar for Wyatt Andrews

Wyatt Andrews

Professor of Practice, Dept. of Media Studies, Univ. of Virginia
`WYATT ANDREWSProfessor of Practice in Media StudiesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville VA 22904434 243 1675wga5ca@virginia.eduJan. 2016 to present Professor of Practice; Media Studies, UVaDeveloped and now teaches three new courses in Media Studies.1) The News Media, an overview... Read More →
avatar for David Bearinger

David Bearinger

Director, Grants & Community Programs, Virginia Humanities
David Bearinger is Director of Grants and Community Programs at Virginia Humanities. His work explores the story of Virginia; the history and diverse cultures that have shaped Virginia over four centuries (and for thousands of years prior to European arrival); and the issues that... Read More →
avatar for Missy Benson

Missy Benson

Inclusive Play Advocate, Magical Bridge Foundation and Playworld
Missy Benson graduated from Virginia Tech with a Landscape Architecture degree and from Norfolk Botanical Gardens with a horticulture certificate. She managed one of the largest street tree planting projects for the City of Boston and has owned both a photography and recreation consultation... Read More →
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Seyoum Berhe

State Refugee Coordinator, Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Newcomer Services
Seyoum Berhe is the Virginia State Refugee Coordinator. Before joining the state, he was Director of the Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services, from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Berhe has worked with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) and the American... Read More →
avatar for Chip Boyles

Chip Boyles

Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Chip Boyles is Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville, Virginia. He oversees a regional government agency that provides local government assistance in the areas of transportation planning, housing, environmental and water quality... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Brady

Jessica Brady

Editor in Chief, Collegiate Times
Jessica Brady is the editor in chief of the Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's student newspaper and Blacksburg's oldest paper. She is also a senior studying international relations, will be attending law school in the fall.
avatar for Derek Brown

Derek Brown

Co-Director, Peace Appeal Foundation
Derek Brown serves as Secretary and Co-Director of the Peace Appeal Foundation. In 2015-2016 he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining the Peace Appeal Foundation in 2005 , Derek was Vice President and Associate... Read More →
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James Burnett

Editorial Director, The Trace
James Burnett is the founding Editorial Director and Managing Director of The Trace, the only news organization dedicated to reporting on gun violence in America. The Trace’s nonprofit journalism has spurred bipartisan legislative proposals, law enforcement reforms, congressional... Read More →
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T. Donna Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
T. Donna Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems & Environment at the University of Virginia, where she is affiliate member of the cyber physical systems research Link Lab. Her research focuses on sustainable transportation systems, in particular the... Read More →
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José Cisneros

San Francisco Treasurer, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City’s banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. In office since 2004, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech... Read More →
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Ryan Coonerty

County Supervisor, Santa Cruz County
Ryan Coonerty, host of “An Honorable Profession” Podcast, is the Chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. A two-time former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, he also the cofounder of NextSpace Coworking, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, and co-author of The Rise of the... Read More →
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Roy Decker

Principal, Duvall Decker
Roy Decker is a founding partner of Duvall Decker in Jackson, Mississippi. Duvall Decker is an expanded practice whose award-winning work includes architectural design, community planning, real estate development, and building care. | | Throughout his career, Roy has been a teacher... Read More →
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Nora Demleitner

Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Nora V. Demleitner is the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, Virginia. She can be reached at demleitnern@wlu.edu and @NDemleitner. She teaches and has written widely on sentencing and collateral sanctions, on comparative and immigration law, and... Read More →
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Tamara Dias

Executive Director, African American Teaching Fellows
In her role as Executive Director, she works to eliminate the large racial disparity in public education. The under-representation of racial minorities in the public-school system acts as a barrier for children who do not see people from the same background as them in the staff. She... Read More →
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Timothy Dodson

Journalist, The Cavalier Daily
Tim Dodson is a former editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia, serving between January 2018 and January 2019. He has also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Charlottesville Tomorrow. Dodson grew up in Charlottesville and is finishing up his fourth... Read More →
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Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Sheila worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
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Bob Eiffert

Former Chair, Alexandria Commission on Aging
Bob has spent over 25 years in the aging network as the Director of the Alexandria City Agency on Aging from 1993 to 2002; Director of Senior and Specialized Housing for Fairfax County from 2005 to 2007; and Long Term Care Program Director for Fairfax County from 2007 until his retirement... Read More →
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Duanecia Evans

Senior Managing Director, Public Partnerships, Teach For America
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Duanecia Evans leads a Senior Managing Director Teach For America's national Public Partnerships Team. Duanecia's portfolio of partnerships specifically focuses on strengthening opportunities within the Black community. Duanecia has ensured the... Read More →
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Erik Fabian

CEO, Resource Exploration (ResourceX)
Chris Fabian is founder and CEO of both the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools... Read More →
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Harold Folley

Community Organzier, Legal Aid Justice Center
Harold Folley is an ambitious, hardworking individual that has committed himself fully to helping others He strives to make changes throughout the communities to make them better for the inner-city youth. Harold coordinated the Westhaven Afterschool Program in the Westhaven community... Read More →
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Georgia Geen

Executive Editor, The Commonwealth Times
Georgia Geen is the Executive Editor of The Commonwealth Times, the independent student newspaper at Virginia Commonwealth University where she studies print/online journalism, Spanish and Spanish-English translation and interpretation. She is a 2019 Dow Jones News Fund multiplatform... Read More →
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Elizabeth Grossman

National Partnerships, Cities Team, Microsoft Corporation
Elizabeth Grossman is Director of National Partnerships and Programs for the Cities Team - Civic Engagement at Microsoft Corporation. The Cities Team brings together Microsoft expertise, programs, and resources to strengthen metropolitan communities and regions. Microsoft works with... Read More →
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Juanita Hardy

Creative Placemaking Consultant, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy has over 43 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM leading initiatives in software development, systems engineering and management consulting. She also has over 35 years in the arts as a collector, trustee, advocate, and art administrator. Hardy served... Read More →
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Lee Harris

Mayor of Shelby County, Shelby County Government
In August 2018, Lee Harris was elected as the 6th Mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee. Prior to his election, Mayor Harris served in the Tennessee Senate and the Memphis City Council. Throughout his political career, Mayor Harris has been an unwavering voice for neighborhoods, public... Read More →
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Tim Heaphy

Founder and Board Chairman, The Fountain Fund
Timothy Heaphy founded The Fountain Fund in 2016 and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The Fund provides low interest loans to formerly incarcerated men and women in Central Virginia. Mr. Heaphy is a former federal prosecutor, working for 12 years as an Assistant... Read More →
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David Hofert

Chief Marketing Officer, Perrone Robotics
Dave Hofert is the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales for Perrone Robotics, Inc. (PRI) and has been in the role since January of 2017. Dave has developed new business for PRI in automotive, industrial, military, logistics, and Forestry sectors. He previously held... Read More →
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The Chattery

Operations Headmaster, The Chattery
Chat with people from this grassroots, community-based learning non-profit that enables people to make social connections through making.
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Bobby Hopewell

Mayor, City of Kalamazoo
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell has spent his entire adult career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he has demonstrated leadership and passion for improving the lives of... Read More →
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Noah Horowitz

Director Americas, Art Basel
Noah Horowitz has served as Director Americas for Art Basel since 2015. Prior to this, he held a four-year tenure as Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York, after directing the first ever online-only fair, VIP Art Fair in 2009. Noah holds a Ph.D. in art history from the... Read More →
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Philippa Hughes

Social Sculptor + Creative Placemaker, Philippa Hughes
Philippa P.B. Hughes is a creative placemaker and social sculptor who designs art-fueled projects, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful, humanizing dialogue, and catalyzes the curious to participate, innovate, act, and conspire with passion, generosity, empathy... Read More →
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Joe Iacobucci

Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants
Joe Iacobucci is the New Mobility Practice Leader and Director of Transit for Sam Schwartz. He is an internationally-recognized leader in new mobility; guiding clients to manage the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Mr. Iacobucci is responsible for managing several major projects... Read More →
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Robert Jackson

Lieutenant Colonel, Baltimore Police Department
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Jackson has been a member of the Baltimore City Police Department for 25 years. He began his career at age eighteen as a Police Cadet. A Baltimore native and proud city resident, his tenure in the agency includes service in six of Baltimore’s nine Police... Read More →
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Monique Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Better Housing Coalition
Monique Johnson is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), with responsibility for improving processes and gaining efficiencies in the company’s operations. Prior to joining BHC, she was a Senior Loan Officer for Virginia Community Capital (VCC) and a community housing... Read More →
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Marta Keane

CEO, JABA
Marta has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She came to JABA as COO in the Fall of 2012. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure- both internal and external. The opportunities grow as JABA works to help people age in community, through providing services and support... Read More →
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Gracie Kreth

Editor-in-Chief, The Cavalier Daily
Gracie is a third-year student double majoring in English and Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up working in the newspaper business at a small family newspaper in rural Northwest Arkansas. This past summer, she worked at Charlottesville... Read More →
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Paul Krutko

President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts... Read More →
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Harriet Kuhr

Executive Director, International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville and Richmond
Harriet Kuhr is the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville and Richmond. Prior to taking that position in April 2010, she was the Manager of Resettlement Services with the IRC in Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Virginia, her previous professional... Read More →
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Lev Kushner

Partner, Department of Here
Lev is a founding partner at Department of Here, an urban brand strategy agency that helps places identify their personality and express it through words, imagery, and action. Lev is a veteran of the Bloomberg Administration in New York City and both the Newsom and Lee Administrations... Read More →
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Isha Lee

Deputy Director, Welcoming America
Isha Lee is a non-profit practitioner fluent in external affairs, government relations, and organizational development. She has 15 years of experience at national and local organizations. Her recent roles include Chief Network Officer for Welcoming America, Chief of Staff for the... Read More →
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Chauncy Lennon

Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation
Chauncy Lennon joined Lumina Foundation in the newly created role of vice president for the future of learning and work in 2018, helping build out new ideas to advance the foundation's attainment agenda. Lennon came to Lumina after nearly five years as a managing director and head... Read More →
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Chris Little

Founder & Chair, SingleStone
One of ten children, Chris grew up in Limerick City, Ireland. He first came to the U.S. (and Virginia) in 1983 to visit family and returned three years later on scholarship to attend the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in... Read More →
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Zachary Markovits

Director of City Progress, What Works Cities, Results for America
Zachary Markovits is the Director of City Progress for What Works Cities, the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic initiative helping local leaders identify and invest in what works. There Zach leads the initiative's work helping cities across the United States use data and... Read More →
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Shawanda Mason-Moore

Co-Founder, The Chattery
Shawanda Mason-Moore is a communications specialist and freelance writer who partners with businesses and lifestyle brands to increase their digital presence using unique digital marketing strategies. For more than 10 years, she has worked in the event management, marketing and public... Read More →
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Sunshine Mathon

Executive Director, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Sunshine Mathon is the Executive Director of Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville, VA. Committed to deeply equitable and sustainable affordable communities, Sunshine has led the development of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia. As a nationally-recognized... Read More →
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Dayna Matthew

Professor, University of Virginia, School of Law
Dayna Matthew, a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care, joined the Virginia faculty in 2017. She is the author of the book "Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care."Matthew previously served on the University of Colorado... Read More →
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Cathy McGhee

Director of Research and Innovation, Virginia Department of Transportation
Cathy has been with VTRC, the Research Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation since 1993, becoming its Director in December of 2016. She has led VDOT’s research program on connected and automated vehicles and works with VDOT staff and University partners to develop... Read More →
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Lauren Mims

Former Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Lauren Mims is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. During the Obama Administration, Lauren was Assistant Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African... Read More →
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Andria McClellan

Norfolk City Councilwoman, City of Norfolk
Andria McClellan is using her experience as an entrepreneur, civic leader and community activist, parent of three, and former Planning Commissioner to make meaningful and progressive changes to the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Unseating a 16-year incumbent in 2016, she was elected to... Read More →
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Andrew Mondschein

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Andrew Mondschein, PhD AICP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He teaches and studies transportation systems and travel behavior, seeking to foster equitable, sustainable accessibility... Read More →
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Chas Moore

Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition
Chas Moore is the Cofounder of the Austin, Texas based - Austin Justice Coalition a grassroots activist-led organization aimed at demanding criminal justice reform and building community at both the local and national level. | | An advocate for the underserved, Chas champions efforts... Read More →
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Sutton Mora Hayes

Executive Vice President & COO, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Sutton Mora Hayes is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. After graduating from Webster University, she began working in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, which led her to pursue a Master’s degree in City and... Read More →
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Giles Morris

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Giles Morris grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Congressional press secretary and an international economics correspondent for the Times of London. He started working as a full-time journalist in 2007 as the general assignment reporter for the Rhinelander Daily News in Rhinelander... Read More →
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Louis Nelson

Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia
Louis P. Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach in the Office of the Provost. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Afric... Read More →
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Andrea Orlando

Community Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Andrea is Community Director of NCCP, a national leader in the creative placemaking field. She is host of the podcast, CreativePlace, which is about all things creative placemaking. She is also editor of the cpcommunities.org blog. She is a student in the Class of 2019 Certificate... Read More →
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Joanne Page

President/CEO, The Fortune Society
JoAnne Page has over 40 years’ experience in criminal justice, with the last 30 of those years at the helm of The Fortune Society. Under Ms. Page’s stewardship, The Fortune Society has been recognized as a national leader in criminal justice advocacy and as a pioneer in assisting... Read More →
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Melba Pearson

Deputy Director, ACLU of Florida, ACLU of Florida
Ms. Pearson is the Deputy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida. Before joining the ACLU, Ms. Pearson was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for 16 years. She ended her prosecutorial career as the Assistant Chief in the Career Criminal/Robbery... Read More →
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Christy Phillips

Chief Talent Officer, WILLOWTREE, INC.
Christy Phillips is the Chief Talent Officer for WillowTree®, a mobile innovation agency building products for some of the world’s leading brands. She feels fortunate to work at a company committed to hiring the best talent and creating an inclusive work environment. Both of these... Read More →
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Matt Pritchard

President/ Executive Director, HomeStart, Inc.
Matt Pritchard is the President and Executive Director of HomeStart. Matt’s commitment of serving Greater Boston’s most vulnerable neighbors began in the late 90’s when, while leading the social enterprises and training programs within a Boston-based homeless shelter, Matt moved... Read More →
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Beena Raghavendran

Engagement reporter, ProPublica
Beena Raghavendran is the engagement reporter for the Local Reporting Network. She works with several reporters around the country to boost audience voice and engagement in stories.
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Brandon Readus

Gifted Resource Teacher, BlackTeacherCode
Brandon Readus lives to disrupt the narrative; a social justice native, Brandon began his career as a kindergarten teacher within the 2013 cohort of African American Teaching Fellows (AATF). He currently serves as a Gifted Resource Teacher with Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville... Read More →
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Travis Rejman

Executive Director, Goldin Institute
Travis Rejman is the founding Executive Director of the Goldin Institute, a Chicago based global organization that has inspired, equipped and connected grassroots leaders in over 50 countries since 2002. We help community leaders learn together and build on their assets in order to... Read More →
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Joshua René

Founder, The Spill Teem
Joshua René is an innovative free thinker who serves as the Founder and CEO of The Spill Teem®. For over ten years, human services taught Joshua that serving people begins with serving how they think. He's held tight to this to build creative ways to bring thinking with clarity... Read More →
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Elliott Robinson

News Editor, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Elliott has spent more than 12 years in journalism as a reporter and editor, mostly in Central Virginia. He joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as its news editor in August 2018.
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Hana Schank

Director of Strategy, Public Interest Technology, New America
Hana Schank is the Strategy Director for Public Interest Technology at New America, where she works to develop the public interest technology field via research, storytelling and fostering connections. She founded and edits The Commons, a publication for people working in and around... Read More →
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Kristin Sharp

Director, Work, Workers, and Technology Initiative, New America
Kristin Sharp directs New America's Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. In 2016, she co-founded and ran Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg. Prior to launching Shift, she had an extensive career in technology... Read More →
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Rusty Smith

Associate Director, Auburn University Rural Studio
Rusty Smith is the Associate Director of Rural Studio, Auburn University’s internationally recognized design-build program. Established in 1993 Rural Studio gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama’s rural... Read More →
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Natalie Snider

Program Specialist, AARP Virginia
Beginning in October 2013, Natalie Snider became a Senior Program Assistant with AARP Virginia, working with advocacy and communications staff. In April of 2016, she moved into the role of Program Specialist, where she is responsible for recruiting, onboarding, and training new volunteers... Read More →
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Josh Spickler

Executive Director, Just City - Memphis
Josh is the executive director at Just City, an advocacy organization pursuing smarter criminal justice policies for Memphis and Tennessee. Too often, a person’s path through the criminal justice system is determined by wealth, and the burdens of that involvement can persist for... Read More →
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Tommye Sutton

Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police, University of Virginia Police Department
As the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police at the University of Virginia Police department, Tommye S. Sutton is the principal administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement and administrative components of the department. Chief Sutton began... Read More →
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Carl Swanson

Editor at Large, New York Magazine
Carl Swanson is editor at large for New York magazine and its affiliated digital sites, TheCut and Vulture. He graduated from U.Va.
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Robyn Tannehill

Mayor, City of Oxford, Mississippi
Thirty years ago, Robyn Tannehill arrived in Oxford to study art at the University of Mississippi. She met her future husband, fell in love with her college town, and ended up as its director of tourism just a few years after graduation. After years of both career and volunteer roles... Read More →
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Christine Tarquinio

Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Development, Greater Louisville Inc. - Live in Lou
Christine Tarquinio is the Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Development at Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the metro chamber of commerce in Louisville, KY. Prior to joining GLI, Christine worked in marketing, advertising and branding, representing local, regional, national... Read More →
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Larry Terry

Executive Director, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Dr. Larry D. Terry II is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. With over 20 years of public service and higher education experience, Dr. Terry has worked in California, New York, and most recently Dallas, Texas to improve... Read More →
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Chris Thompson

Director of Strategic Housing, Virginia Housing Development Authority
Chris Thompson is the Director of Strategic Housing at VHDA. He actively leads and participates in developing, communicating, and monitoring VHDA's strategic plan and divisional business plans. Mr. Thompson coordinates the design and delivery of trainings intended to strengthen the... Read More →
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Emma Violand-Sanchez

Chair and Founder, The Dream Project, Inc.
Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez was a member of the Arlington Public Schools Board from 2008 to 2016. Dr. Violand is an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University since 1998. She retired in 2007 as Supervisor in the Arlington Public Schools, VA. She received her B.S. and M. S. from Radford... Read More →
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Yulise Waters

Director of Dallas County Programs, Lone Star Justice Alliance
Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq. is the Director of Dallas Programs for Lone Star Justice Alliance, where she oversees the programmatic, data, and community engagement aspects of the Second Chance Community Improvement Program (SCCIP). Previously, Waters was an Assistant City Attorney and... Read More →
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Stelfanie Williams

Vice President, Duke Office of Durham Affairs
Stelfanie Williams has served as Duke’s vice president for Durham affairs since August 2018. In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce... Read More →
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Josh Yates

Founder and CEO, Thriving Cities Group
Josh Yates is a cultural sociologist and social entrepreneur whose work bridges the worlds of academic theory and social practice in order to help communities grapple with one of our society's grand challenges: what it will mean and take to thrive in contexts of increasing economic... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm
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At Tom Tom’s Renewable Energy Conference, dig into innovations in economic development, energy storage, and more alongside legislators, executives, and community stakeholders. Enjoy talks, keynote lunches, showcases, and a tech mixer—among other perks. Explore the conference in full at tomtomfest.com/energy.

Speakers
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Chris Bast

Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Chris was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy of the Department of Environmental Quality in June, 2018. In addition to helping run the daily operations of the DEQ, Chris provides strategic communications and policy support for the agency and works across the Administration to... Read More →
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Marcy Bauer

Director, Program Operations, EVgo Services LLC
Marcy Bauer is Director of Program Operations for EVgo, the largest public fast charging network in the US. Marcy has been working in the clean transportation space for almost 10 years, and her experience spans the entire sector – consumer and fleet education on vehicles and charging... Read More →
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Steve Bowers

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Apex
Steve is the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Apex Clean Energy. He is a strategic communications professional with 24 years of experience in political, policy, corporate, and nonprofit communications, much of it in Washington, DC. He has lived in the Charlottesville... Read More →
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Sam Brumberg

Association Counsel, VA/MD/DE Association of Electric Cooperatives
Sam Brumberg is Association Counsel to the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. He joined the Association in 2012 after almost 7 years of private practice at an AmLaw 200 firm. | | Sam is part of the Governmental Affairs Department, and his practice... Read More →
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Dianne Corsello

Director, Business Development, Dominion Energy Power Generation
As Director of Business Development for the Dominion Energy Power Generation Group, Dianne is responsible for the development of new power facilities aligned with the Company’s generation growth plan. Within this role Dianne works with others across the Company in making decisions... Read More →
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Stephen Coughlin

CEO, Fluence
Stephen Coughlin leads the Fluence team and its efforts to accelerate energy storage adoption globally, to transform the way we power our world and ensure a more sustainable future.Before joining Fluence, Stephen led the AES Energy Storage business unit through a high-growth phase... Read More →
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Carlos Curbelo

Cofounder, Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus
Carlos Luis Curbelo is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. In 2018, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, he served on the school... Read More →
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Erik Curren

Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Secure Futures Solar
Erik Curren is the chief marketing and business development officer at Secure Futures Solar and the author of three books including 'The Solar Patriot: A Citizen's Guide to Helping America Win Clean Energy Independence.'
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Chip Dicks

Partner, Gentry Locke
John G. "Chip" Dicks, Partner at Gentry Locke, served as an elected member of the Virginia General Assembly during the 1980's. Since leaving the Legislature, Chip has represented associations and businesses on administrative, legislative and regulatory matters before state government... Read More →
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Mary Jane Elkins

Executive Director, Southside Virginia Community College Foundation
Mary Jane Elkins is the Executive Director of the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation and Director of Institutional Advancement at the College. She has been involved in creating partnerships to develop and help fund training programs for community college students.
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Hayes Framme

Government Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast, Orsted
Hayes Framme joined Orsted in November 2017 as Government Relations & Communications Manager for the Southeast. In this role, Hayes oversees state and local government outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increasing brand recognition to help power the Virginia economy entirely on... Read More →
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Harry Godfrey

Executive Director, Virginia AEE
Harrison Godfrey serves as Executive Director of Virginia AEE. Harry comes to the organization from the advanced energy sector, having managed government affairs and public engagement for renewable development and energy efficiency businesses. Prior to his work in the private sector... Read More →
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Andrew Gohn

Eastern Region Director, American Wind Energy Association
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Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Mark has dedicated more than 15 years of his career to the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 200 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy... Read More →
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Chris Gullickson

Director, Economic Development, The Port of Virginia
Chris Gullickson joined the Port of Virginia in August of 2013. He holds the position of Director, Economic Development, with a primary focus in building captive cargo volume at The Port of Virginia by working closely with state, regional and local economic development representatives... Read More →
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Katherine Hamilton

Chair; Cohost, 38 North Solutions; Energy Gang
Katherine is Chair of 38 North Solutions. In this role, Katherine has been listed on the #Solar100 board by kWh Analytics and received a Cleanie Award as Entrepreneur of the Year. Katherine is former President and serves on the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and is Co-Chair... Read More →
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Francis Hodsoll

CEO, SolUnesco
Francis Hodsoll is the co-founder and CEO of SolUnesco, where he leads strategy, business development, policy, human resources, and community engagement. Francis holds a BA in economics from Colby College and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has served as Board Member... Read More →
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Erik Johnson

Director of Engineering, Swinerton Renewable Energy
Erik Johnson is the Director of Engineering for Swinerton Renewable Energy. Erik has a broad background in the management, planning and design of public and private infrastructure improvements to support commercial, industrial and residential developments throughout Northern and Southern... Read More →
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Nico Johnson

SunCast, Creative Director
Nico Johnson is a solar sales and marketing veteran with over a decade of experience developing projects and territories for internationally recognized organizations. Nico's popular podcast, SunCast, is essential listening for anyone interested in better understanding how to grow... Read More →
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Katharine Kollins

President, Southeastern Wind Coalition
Katharine Kollins is President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to advancing wind power in the Southeast through outreach and education. Since September 2015 she has managed SEWC’s programming across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders... Read More →
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Kenneth McFadyen

Director of Economic Development, Botetourt County, Virginia
Ken McFadyen joined Botetourt County, Virginia in July 2016 as director of economic development, following economic development and local government management positions in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina. Located in the Roanoke Valley, Botetourt County is engaged in all facets... Read More →
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Karla Loeb

Chief Policy & Development Officer, Sigora
Karla is a veteran in clean energy policy and business development, specializing in green field projects, new market entry and regulatory and legislative affairs. As the Vice President of Policy & Development for Sigora, Karla is in charge of overseeing legislative, administrative... Read More →
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Elizabeth McGowan

Energy reporter, Energy News Network
Elizabeth H. McGowan is a longtime energy and environment reporter based in Washington, D.C. Since May, she has covered Virginia’s transition to clean energy for the Energy News Network, a nonprofit news organization based in the Twin Cities. Her freelance news reports and features... Read More →
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David Murray

Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
David Murray serves as Executive Director of the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, the state trade association for over 120 local solar energy firms. As Executive Director, David designs and implements legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level... Read More →
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Angela Navarro

Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of Governor Northam
Angela Navarro currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Ralph Northam. In this role, she works on energy, housing, and economic development policies. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor... Read More →
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Will Reisinger

Attorney, GreeneHurlocker, PLC
Will Reisinger is a lawyer specializing in energy law and regulation. Will advises renewable energy businesses regarding regulatory, business, and policy matters. He regularly represents clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia General Assembly. Prior... Read More →
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Sandy Reisky

Chairman, Apex Clean Energy
Sandy is the chairman of Apex Clean Energy, a leading renewable energy company that originates, builds, owns and operates utility-scale wind and solar energy generation facilities.  He is also founder of Generation 180, a non-profit focused on advancing the transition to clean energy... Read More →
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Taylor Sloane

Manager, C&I Market Applications, Fluence
Taylor Sloane serves as global lead for Commercial & Industrial (“C&I”) energy storage applications on the Market Applications team at Fluence, a leading energy storage technology and services company formed as a joint venture between Siemens and AES. With 10 years of experience... Read More →
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Tony Smith, Ph.D.

CEO, Secure Futures LLC
CEO of Secure Futures, a B Corp certified solar development company headquartered in Staunton VA. Founded in 2004, Secure Futures has helped lead the spread of solar power on the commercial scale in Virginia. | | Secure Futures has always been committed to inventing new ways to... Read More →
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Rachel Smucker

Policy Analyst, Secure Futures, LLC.
Rachel joined Secure Futures in 2017, after working for several years in higher education. As Policy Analyst, Rachel analyzes key policy issues within the Virginia solar market and coordinates the company's outreach to state government officials and other key stakeholders. Rachel... Read More →
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David Toscano

Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
David Toscano is the Delegate to the Virginia House from Charlottesville. He has served in the body since 2006, including a 7 year stint as Democratic Leader. He has lived in Charlottesville since 1981 with his wife Nancy. He served for 12 years on the Charlottesville City Council... Read More →
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Danny Van Clief

President, Coronal Energy
Danny Van Clief is the President of the utility scale solar development firm, Coronal Energy. Mr. Van Clief has worked in the solar industry for more than a decade, helping launch HelioSage Energy in Charlottesville, VA in 2008, and overseeing the sale of the company to Coronal in... Read More →
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Elizabeth Weir

COO, Sol Systems
As Chief Operating Officer, Liz Weir focuses on organizational development and operational excellence for Sol Systems.Liz comes to Sol Systems with over 15 years of experience in renewable energy development. During her career, Liz has worked on the development and financing of more... Read More →
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Devin Welch

Cofounder, Sun Tribe Solar
Devin Welch is a Cofounder of Sun Tribe Solar, Virginia’s largest distributed clean energy company.At Sun Tribe, Mr. Welch leads the company's business development and strategy teams, working with stakeholders in both the public and private sector sectors to build a more sustainable... Read More →
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Michael Wu

Principal, Converge Strategies
Michael Wu has strong working relationships within the U.S. military, and a deep expertise related to how defense energy business is transacted. Michael previously served as a senior advisor on energy resilience and clean energy in the U.S. Air Force. In that role, he founded the... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Civic Innovation Conference: Opening Remarks
Speakers
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Dayna Matthew

Professor, University of Virginia, School of Law
Dayna Matthew, a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care, joined the Virginia faculty in 2017. She is the author of the book "Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care."Matthew previously served on the University of Colorado... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

9:00am

The Economic Development Opportunity of Renewable Energy


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Moderators
avatar for David Murray

David Murray

Executive Director, MDV-SEIA
David Murray serves as Executive Director of the Maryland DC Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, the state trade association for over 120 local solar energy firms. As Executive Director, David designs and implements legislative and regulatory campaigns related to state-level... Read More →

Speakers
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Mary Jane Elkins

Executive Director, Southside Virginia Community College Foundation
Mary Jane Elkins is the Executive Director of the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation and Director of Institutional Advancement at the College. She has been involved in creating partnerships to develop and help fund training programs for community college students.
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Chris Gullickson

Director, Economic Development, The Port of Virginia
Chris Gullickson joined the Port of Virginia in August of 2013. He holds the position of Director, Economic Development, with a primary focus in building captive cargo volume at The Port of Virginia by working closely with state, regional and local economic development representatives... Read More →
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Kenneth McFadyen

Director of Economic Development, Botetourt County, Virginia
Ken McFadyen joined Botetourt County, Virginia in July 2016 as director of economic development, following economic development and local government management positions in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina. Located in the Roanoke Valley, Botetourt County is engaged in all facets... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

The Politics of Carbon


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Moderators
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Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Mark has dedicated more than 15 years of his career to the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 200 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy... Read More →

Speakers
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Carlos Curbelo

Cofounder, Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus
Carlos Luis Curbelo is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Florida's 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. In 2018, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, he served on the school... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Why Schools Need to Go Solar


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Moderators
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Erik Curren

Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Secure Futures Solar
Erik Curren is the chief marketing and business development officer at Secure Futures Solar and the author of three books including 'The Solar Patriot: A Citizen's Guide to Helping America Win Clean Energy Independence.'

Speakers
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Sandy Reisky

Chairman, Apex Clean Energy
Sandy is the chairman of Apex Clean Energy, a leading renewable energy company that originates, builds, owns and operates utility-scale wind and solar energy generation facilities.  He is also founder of Generation 180, a non-profit focused on advancing the transition to clean energy... Read More →
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Tony Smith, Ph.D.

CEO, Secure Futures LLC
CEO of Secure Futures, a B Corp certified solar development company headquartered in Staunton VA. Founded in 2004, Secure Futures has helped lead the spread of solar power on the commercial scale in Virginia. | | Secure Futures has always been committed to inventing new ways to... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Band Together
Over the course of 90 minutes, MIMA Teaching Artists will guide participants through a number of improvisational exercises with the goal of composing a short song by the workshop’s end. The MIMA curriculum does not presume any formal musical training on the part of participants, so there is no need to bring anything but your already-musical bodies.

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Speakers
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Caleb Dance

Teaching Envoy, MIMA Music, Inc.
Caleb Dance, a saxophonist and flautist who lives in Staunton, VA, began teaching with MIMA in 2005 and has served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2014. He has played with jazz combos and bands in New Orleans, New York, and the Shenandoah Valley.
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Jordan Perry

Regional Education Director, MIMA Music, Inc.
Jordan Perry is a guitarist, composer, and educator living and working in Charlottesville.  Since August of 2017, Jordan has served as regional education director for MIMA Music which has run local programming with numerous area organizations.  In addition to his work with MIMA... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Music Resource Center 105 Ridge St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Fireside Chat: Education, Opportunity, and the 21st Century Workforce


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Moderators
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Kristin Sharp

Director, Work, Workers, and Technology Initiative, New America
Kristin Sharp directs New America's Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. In 2016, she co-founded and ran Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg. Prior to launching Shift, she had an extensive career in technology... Read More →

Speakers
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Chauncy Lennon

Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation
Chauncy Lennon joined Lumina Foundation in the newly created role of vice president for the future of learning and work in 2018, helping build out new ideas to advance the foundation's attainment agenda. Lennon came to Lumina after nearly five years as a managing director and head... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

How Do We Support an Age-Friendly Community?


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Moderators
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Marta Keane

CEO, JABA
Marta has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She came to JABA as COO in the Fall of 2012. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure- both internal and external. The opportunities grow as JABA works to help people age in community, through providing services and support... Read More →

Speakers
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Bob Eiffert

Former Chair, Alexandria Commission on Aging
Bob has spent over 25 years in the aging network as the Director of the Alexandria City Agency on Aging from 1993 to 2002; Director of Senior and Specialized Housing for Fairfax County from 2005 to 2007; and Long Term Care Program Director for Fairfax County from 2007 until his retirement... Read More →
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Chip Boyles

Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Chip Boyles is Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville, Virginia. He oversees a regional government agency that provides local government assistance in the areas of transportation planning, housing, environmental and water quality... Read More →
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Natalie Snider

Program Specialist, AARP Virginia
Beginning in October 2013, Natalie Snider became a Senior Program Assistant with AARP Virginia, working with advocacy and communications staff. In April of 2016, she moved into the role of Program Specialist, where she is responsible for recruiting, onboarding, and training new volunteers... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

How Does Your City Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles?


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Moderators
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Cathy McGhee

Director of Research and Innovation, Virginia Department of Transportation
Cathy has been with VTRC, the Research Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation since 1993, becoming its Director in December of 2016. She has led VDOT’s research program on connected and automated vehicles and works with VDOT staff and University partners to develop... Read More →

Speakers
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T. Donna Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
T. Donna Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems & Environment at the University of Virginia, where she is affiliate member of the cyber physical systems research Link Lab. Her research focuses on sustainable transportation systems, in particular the... Read More →
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David Hofert

Chief Marketing Officer, Perrone Robotics
Dave Hofert is the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales for Perrone Robotics, Inc. (PRI) and has been in the role since January of 2017. Dave has developed new business for PRI in automotive, industrial, military, logistics, and Forestry sectors. He previously held... Read More →
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Joe Iacobucci

Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants
Joe Iacobucci is the New Mobility Practice Leader and Director of Transit for Sam Schwartz. He is an internationally-recognized leader in new mobility; guiding clients to manage the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Mr. Iacobucci is responsible for managing several major projects... Read More →
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Andrew Mondschein

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Andrew Mondschein, PhD AICP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He teaches and studies transportation systems and travel behavior, seeking to foster equitable, sustainable accessibility... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 2 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Let’s Talk About Policing: Public Safety, Innovation, and Your Town


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Moderators
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Larry Terry

Executive Director, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Dr. Larry D. Terry II is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. With over 20 years of public service and higher education experience, Dr. Terry has worked in California, New York, and most recently Dallas, Texas to improve... Read More →

Speakers
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Harold Folley

Community Organzier, Legal Aid Justice Center
Harold Folley is an ambitious, hardworking individual that has committed himself fully to helping others He strives to make changes throughout the communities to make them better for the inner-city youth. Harold coordinated the Westhaven Afterschool Program in the Westhaven community... Read More →
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Robert Jackson

Lieutenant Colonel, Baltimore Police Department
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Jackson has been a member of the Baltimore City Police Department for 25 years. He began his career at age eighteen as a Police Cadet. A Baltimore native and proud city resident, his tenure in the agency includes service in six of Baltimore’s nine Police... Read More →
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Tommye Sutton

Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police, University of Virginia Police Department
As the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police at the University of Virginia Police department, Tommye S. Sutton is the principal administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement and administrative components of the department. Chief Sutton began... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Welcome, “New” Virginians: How Immigrants Contribute to a City’s Vitality


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Moderators
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David Bearinger

Director, Grants & Community Programs, Virginia Humanities
David Bearinger is Director of Grants and Community Programs at Virginia Humanities. His work explores the story of Virginia; the history and diverse cultures that have shaped Virginia over four centuries (and for thousands of years prior to European arrival); and the issues that... Read More →

Speakers
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Seyoum Berhe

State Refugee Coordinator, Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Newcomer Services
Seyoum Berhe is the Virginia State Refugee Coordinator. Before joining the state, he was Director of the Catholic Charities, Migration and Refugee Services, from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Berhe has worked with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) and the American... Read More →
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Chris Little

Founder & Chair, SingleStone
One of ten children, Chris grew up in Limerick City, Ireland. He first came to the U.S. (and Virginia) in 1983 to visit family and returned three years later on scholarship to attend the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in... Read More →
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Emma Violand-Sanchez

Chair and Founder, The Dream Project, Inc.
Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez was a member of the Arlington Public Schools Board from 2008 to 2016. Dr. Violand is an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University since 1998. She retired in 2007 as Supervisor in the Arlington Public Schools, VA. She received her B.S. and M. S. from Radford... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Energy Keynote: Katherine Hamilton


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Speakers
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Katherine Hamilton

Chair; Cohost, 38 North Solutions; Energy Gang
Katherine is Chair of 38 North Solutions. In this role, Katherine has been listed on the #Solar100 board by kWh Analytics and received a Cleanie Award as Entrepreneur of the Year. Katherine is former President and serves on the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and is Co-Chair... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Budgeting for Inclusivity


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Moderators
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Erik Fabian

CEO, Resource Exploration (ResourceX)
Chris Fabian is founder and CEO of both the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools... Read More →

Speakers
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Bobby Hopewell

Mayor, City of Kalamazoo
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell has spent his entire adult career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he has demonstrated leadership and passion for improving the lives of... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

How Data Helps Build Hometowns Residents Can Count On
Across the country, cities big and small are showing themselves to be leading laboratories of democracy. As with any effective lab, the most successful cities are grounding their practices in data and evidence. By doing so, local governments are uncovering ways to make public funds go further, improve city services, better meet residents' needs, and tackle challenges from affordable housing to public safety. Hear from What Works Cities Director of City Progress Zachary Markovits about the initiative's work helping hundreds of US cities build the most well-managed local governments possible—and why your city should join them.

Speakers
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Zachary Markovits

Director of City Progress, What Works Cities, Results for America
Zachary Markovits is the Director of City Progress for What Works Cities, the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic initiative helping local leaders identify and invest in what works. There Zach leads the initiative's work helping cities across the United States use data and... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 2 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Race, Class, and The Press: How New Journalism Models Can Help With Local Equity Conversations


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Moderators
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Giles Morris

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Giles Morris grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Congressional press secretary and an international economics correspondent for the Times of London. He started working as a full-time journalist in 2007 as the general assignment reporter for the Rhinelander Daily News in Rhinelander... Read More →

Speakers
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Beena Raghavendran

Engagement reporter, ProPublica
Beena Raghavendran is the engagement reporter for the Local Reporting Network. She works with several reporters around the country to boost audience voice and engagement in stories.
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Elliott Robinson

News Editor, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Elliott has spent more than 12 years in journalism as a reporter and editor, mostly in Central Virginia. He joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as its news editor in August 2018.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Role Models in Schools: Why You Need Us & How to Retain Us


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Moderators
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Tamara Dias

Executive Director, African American Teaching Fellows
In her role as Executive Director, she works to eliminate the large racial disparity in public education. The under-representation of racial minorities in the public-school system acts as a barrier for children who do not see people from the same background as them in the staff. She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Duanecia Evans

Duanecia Evans

Senior Managing Director, Public Partnerships, Teach For America
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Duanecia Evans leads a Senior Managing Director Teach For America's national Public Partnerships Team. Duanecia's portfolio of partnerships specifically focuses on strengthening opportunities within the Black community. Duanecia has ensured the... Read More →
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Lauren Mims

Former Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Lauren Mims is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. During the Obama Administration, Lauren was Assistant Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African... Read More →
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Brandon Readus

Gifted Resource Teacher, BlackTeacherCode
Brandon Readus lives to disrupt the narrative; a social justice native, Brandon began his career as a kindergarten teacher within the 2013 cohort of African American Teaching Fellows (AATF). He currently serves as a Gifted Resource Teacher with Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Business Model Innovation in Clean Energy


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Moderators
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Nico Johnson

SunCast, Creative Director
Nico Johnson is a solar sales and marketing veteran with over a decade of experience developing projects and territories for internationally recognized organizations. Nico's popular podcast, SunCast, is essential listening for anyone interested in better understanding how to grow... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Mark has dedicated more than 15 years of his career to the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 200 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy... Read More →
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Danny Van Clief

President, Coronal Energy
Danny Van Clief is the President of the utility scale solar development firm, Coronal Energy. Mr. Van Clief has worked in the solar industry for more than a decade, helping launch HelioSage Energy in Charlottesville, VA in 2008, and overseeing the sale of the company to Coronal in... Read More →
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Elizabeth Weir

COO, Sol Systems
As Chief Operating Officer, Liz Weir focuses on organizational development and operational excellence for Sol Systems.Liz comes to Sol Systems with over 15 years of experience in renewable energy development. During her career, Liz has worked on the development and financing of more... Read More →
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Devin Welch

Cofounder, Sun Tribe Solar
Devin Welch is a Cofounder of Sun Tribe Solar, Virginia’s largest distributed clean energy company.At Sun Tribe, Mr. Welch leads the company's business development and strategy teams, working with stakeholders in both the public and private sector sectors to build a more sustainable... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Your Legislators’ Role in Clean Energy


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Moderators
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Francis Hodsoll

CEO, SolUnesco
Francis Hodsoll is the co-founder and CEO of SolUnesco, where he leads strategy, business development, policy, human resources, and community engagement. Francis holds a BA in economics from Colby College and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has served as Board Member... Read More →

Speakers
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Will Reisinger

Attorney, GreeneHurlocker, PLC
Will Reisinger is a lawyer specializing in energy law and regulation. Will advises renewable energy businesses regarding regulatory, business, and policy matters. He regularly represents clients before the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia General Assembly. Prior... Read More →
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Chip Dicks

Partner, Gentry Locke
John G. "Chip" Dicks, Partner at Gentry Locke, served as an elected member of the Virginia General Assembly during the 1980's. Since leaving the Legislature, Chip has represented associations and businesses on administrative, legislative and regulatory matters before state government... Read More →
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Rachel Smucker

Policy Analyst, Secure Futures, LLC.
Rachel joined Secure Futures in 2017, after working for several years in higher education. As Policy Analyst, Rachel analyzes key policy issues within the Virginia solar market and coordinates the company's outreach to state government officials and other key stakeholders. Rachel... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:30am

LEAP into Energy Savings
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Join Local Energy Alliance Program certified Building Analysts to learn the basics of home energy efficiency. You'll leave with a roadmap to improving your home's comfort and efficiency and get the chance to put your hands on some DIY tools of the trade.

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Kara West

Communications and Outreach Director, Local Energy Alliance Program
Kara West has worked in news and nonprofit communications her entire career, spending the last decade at a foundation-funded environmental and climate news site. She cares deeply about preventing the wasting of resources, particularly food and energy.
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Heather Eggleston

Building Analyst, Local Energy Alliance Program
Heather Eggleston holds a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and has a passion for fixing things and knowing how things work. After spending some time as a framer for a construction crew, Heather completely rebuilt her home in Asheville almost... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

How to Breathe
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

We have all been breathing our whole life. Learning to control breathing, understanding the nuances of breathing physiology and blood gases and how that can change our mind-state are not common knowledge. How does stress impact breathing and how can breathing impact stress? Kuttner will share that we have so much more in us as it relates to oxygenation - it is truly transformative.

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Fabian Kuttner

Blue Moon Consulting
Fabian has been studying the human experience his whole life; From studying Buddhist Arts and Sciences with Tibetan monks to climbing mountains throughout the world, from a masters in Body Centered Psychotherapy at a Buddhist University to raising two kids, from flying passengers... Read More →

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The Whole Man

The whole man conceptualizes an inner and outer experience of grit, joy and integrity.  It is beyond gender, while still embracing the roles that we are taught and that may have some basis in biology. For each man becoming whole is a different, unique and uplifting journey, albeit... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Strategies for Telling Your Story Without Fear, Stress, or Angst
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series.

If we know stories have the power to connect us with others and inspire them to take positive actions they might not have otherwise, why do so many of us collide with fear, stress and angst at the very idea of sharing our own unique experiences? Through hundreds of conversations with women in business over the course of nearly two decades as a journalist-turned podcast host and media entrepreneur, Lorraine Sanders will tell you she has encountered women of all ages, career levels and walks of life who are hesitant to put their stories out into the world.

At the same time, becoming a voice in a conversation that's larger than you are is increasingly crucial to gaining visibility, strengthening a brand and reaching the right audiences in our noisy, frenetic digital world. The good news: telling your story doesn't have to go hand-in-hand with fear, stress and angst. This workshop will explore practical strategies for finding the story you want to tell, starting to share it with the right audiences and bringing value to those who hear it.

You will walk away from this workshop with actionable advice and tips for developing an empowered storytelling mindset and beginning to share your unique story by:
* Overcoming fear, stress and angst associated with telling your story
* Finding the right story to tell right now
* Knowing your story's unique worthiness
* Creating talking points (and why they matter) 
* Becoming part of a conversation that's larger than you

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avatar for Lorraine Sanders

Lorraine Sanders

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

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Studio IX 969 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Civic Innovation Conference: Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch for the Civic Innovation Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Renewable Energy Conference: Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch for the Renewable Energy Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Community Home Cooking at the Haven
Limited Capacity seats available

People experiencing homelessness in our community know how it feels to get a warm welcome and a good meal at The Haven. The Haven Homecooking is an opportunity for those same people who normally receive services at The Haven to flip the script and provide services there. They work in partnership with Haven staff and volunteers to transform the day shelter dining room into a pop-up restaurant. The public is invited in for a great meal, served with a side of famous Haven hospitality. Expect a large and delicious 3+ course meal including dessert and a fresh beverage. Vegetarian options are available. The crew will be available to give individual tours of The Haven on request. The Haven Homecooking experience is available for a suggested donation of $10.00 to benefit The Haven and the Homecooking crew.

Please note that suggested donations to the Haven taken at the door."

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Haven 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:30pm

Creativity Between the Coasts: A keynote talk with Noah Horowitz
Limited Capacity seats available



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Moderators
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Carl Swanson

Editor at Large, New York Magazine
Carl Swanson is editor at large for New York magazine and its affiliated digital sites, TheCut and Vulture. He graduated from U.Va.

Speakers
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Noah Horowitz

Director Americas, Art Basel
Noah Horowitz has served as Director Americas for Art Basel since 2015. Prior to this, he held a four-year tenure as Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York, after directing the first ever online-only fair, VIP Art Fair in 2009. Noah holds a Ph.D. in art history from the... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

1:30pm

An Honorable Profession Podcast: A Live Show


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Moderators
avatar for Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty

County Supervisor, Santa Cruz County
Ryan Coonerty, host of “An Honorable Profession” Podcast, is the Chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. A two-time former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, he also the cofounder of NextSpace Coworking, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, and co-author of The Rise of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Harris

Mayor of Shelby County, Shelby County Government
In August 2018, Lee Harris was elected as the 6th Mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee. Prior to his election, Mayor Harris served in the Tennessee Senate and the Memphis City Council. Throughout his political career, Mayor Harris has been an unwavering voice for neighborhoods, public... Read More →
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Robyn Tannehill

Mayor, City of Oxford, Mississippi
Thirty years ago, Robyn Tannehill arrived in Oxford to study art at the University of Mississippi. She met her future husband, fell in love with her college town, and ended up as its director of tourism just a few years after graduation. After years of both career and volunteer roles... Read More →
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Andria McClellan

Norfolk City Councilwoman, City of Norfolk
Andria McClellan is using her experience as an entrepreneur, civic leader and community activist, parent of three, and former Planning Commissioner to make meaningful and progressive changes to the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Unseating a 16-year incumbent in 2016, she was elected to... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:30pm

Second Chance Cities: How Does Your Community Best Integrate the Formerly Incarcerated?


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Moderators
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Tim Heaphy

Founder and Board Chairman, The Fountain Fund
Timothy Heaphy founded The Fountain Fund in 2016 and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The Fund provides low interest loans to formerly incarcerated men and women in Central Virginia. Mr. Heaphy is a former federal prosecutor, working for 12 years as an Assistant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for José Cisneros

José Cisneros

San Francisco Treasurer, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. As Treasurer, he serves as the City’s banker and Chief Investment Officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. In office since 2004, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech... Read More →
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Chas Moore

Executive Director, Austin Justice Coalition
Chas Moore is the Cofounder of the Austin, Texas based - Austin Justice Coalition a grassroots activist-led organization aimed at demanding criminal justice reform and building community at both the local and national level. | | An advocate for the underserved, Chas champions efforts... Read More →
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Joanne Page

President/CEO, The Fortune Society
JoAnne Page has over 40 years’ experience in criminal justice, with the last 30 of those years at the helm of The Fortune Society. Under Ms. Page’s stewardship, The Fortune Society has been recognized as a national leader in criminal justice advocacy and as a pioneer in assisting... Read More →
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Josh Spickler

Executive Director, Just City - Memphis
Josh is the executive director at Just City, an advocacy organization pursuing smarter criminal justice policies for Memphis and Tennessee. Too often, a person’s path through the criminal justice system is determined by wealth, and the burdens of that involvement can persist for... Read More →
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Yulise Waters

Director of Dallas County Programs, Lone Star Justice Alliance
Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq. is the Director of Dallas Programs for Lone Star Justice Alliance, where she oversees the programmatic, data, and community engagement aspects of the Second Chance Community Improvement Program (SCCIP). Previously, Waters was an Assistant City Attorney and... Read More →

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1:45pm

Creative Placemaking for All


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Barbara Brown Wilson

Author | Professor, Resilience for All | University of Virginia
Barbara Brown Wilson’s research and teaching focus on the ethics, theory, and practice of sustainable community design and development, and on the history of urban social movements. Wilson's current research projects include understanding how grassroots community networks reframe... Read More →

Speakers
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Juanita Hardy

Creative Placemaking Consultant, Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy has over 43 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM leading initiatives in software development, systems engineering and management consulting. She also has over 35 years in the arts as a collector, trustee, advocate, and art administrator. Hardy served... Read More →
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Philippa Hughes

Social Sculptor + Creative Placemaker, Philippa Hughes
Philippa P.B. Hughes is a creative placemaker and social sculptor who designs art-fueled projects, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful, humanizing dialogue, and catalyzes the curious to participate, innovate, act, and conspire with passion, generosity, empathy... Read More →
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Lev Kushner

Partner, Department of Here
Lev is a founding partner at Department of Here, an urban brand strategy agency that helps places identify their personality and express it through words, imagery, and action. Lev is a veteran of the Bloomberg Administration in New York City and both the Newsom and Lee Administrations... Read More →
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Andrea Orlando

Community Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
Andrea is Community Director of NCCP, a national leader in the creative placemaking field. She is host of the podcast, CreativePlace, which is about all things creative placemaking. She is also editor of the cpcommunities.org blog. She is a student in the Class of 2019 Certificate... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

What Role Should the University Play in Affordable Housing?


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Moderators
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Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Sheila worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →

Speakers
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Stelfanie Williams

Vice President, Duke Office of Durham Affairs
Stelfanie Williams has served as Duke’s vice president for Durham affairs since August 2018. In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

A Conversation about Energy Storage


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Moderators
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Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Professor Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he teaches business strategy. Professor Lenox serves as the school’s Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Office, and has served as a tenured professor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin

CEO, Fluence
Stephen Coughlin leads the Fluence team and its efforts to accelerate energy storage adoption globally, to transform the way we power our world and ensure a more sustainable future.Before joining Fluence, Stephen led the AES Energy Storage business unit through a high-growth phase... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

The Eviction Challenge: How Do We Prevent Homelessness Before It Starts?


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Speakers
avatar for Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard

President/ Executive Director, HomeStart, Inc.
Matt Pritchard is the President and Executive Director of HomeStart. Matt’s commitment of serving Greater Boston’s most vulnerable neighbors began in the late 90’s when, while leading the social enterprises and training programs within a Boston-based homeless shelter, Matt moved... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

College Journalism: Impact and Challenges


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Moderators
avatar for Wyatt Andrews

Wyatt Andrews

Professor of Practice, Dept. of Media Studies, Univ. of Virginia
`WYATT ANDREWSProfessor of Practice in Media StudiesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville VA 22904434 243 1675wga5ca@virginia.eduJan. 2016 to present Professor of Practice; Media Studies, UVaDeveloped and now teaches three new courses in Media Studies.1) The News Media, an overview... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Brady

Jessica Brady

Editor in Chief, Collegiate Times
Jessica Brady is the editor in chief of the Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's student newspaper and Blacksburg's oldest paper. She is also a senior studying international relations, will be attending law school in the fall.
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Timothy Dodson

Journalist, The Cavalier Daily
Tim Dodson is a former editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia, serving between January 2018 and January 2019. He has also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Charlottesville Tomorrow. Dodson grew up in Charlottesville and is finishing up his fourth... Read More →
avatar for Georgia Geen

Georgia Geen

Executive Editor, The Commonwealth Times
Georgia Geen is the Executive Editor of The Commonwealth Times, the independent student newspaper at Virginia Commonwealth University where she studies print/online journalism, Spanish and Spanish-English translation and interpretation. She is a 2019 Dow Jones News Fund multiplatform... Read More →
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Gracie Kreth

Editor-in-Chief, The Cavalier Daily
Gracie is a third-year student double majoring in English and Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up working in the newspaper business at a small family newspaper in rural Northwest Arkansas. This past summer, she worked at Charlottesville... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Community Foundation Nation: Why Cities Need a Partnership between Public-Interest Tech and Community Philanthropy


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Moderators
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Josh Yates

Founder and CEO, Thriving Cities Group
Josh Yates is a cultural sociologist and social entrepreneur whose work bridges the worlds of academic theory and social practice in order to help communities grapple with one of our society's grand challenges: what it will mean and take to thrive in contexts of increasing economic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Grossman

Elizabeth Grossman

National Partnerships, Cities Team, Microsoft Corporation
Elizabeth Grossman is Director of National Partnerships and Programs for the Cities Team - Civic Engagement at Microsoft Corporation. The Cities Team brings together Microsoft expertise, programs, and resources to strengthen metropolitan communities and regions. Microsoft works with... Read More →
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Sutton Mora Hayes

Executive Vice President & COO, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Sutton Mora Hayes is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. After graduating from Webster University, she began working in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, which led her to pursue a Master’s degree in City and... Read More →
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Travis Rejman

Executive Director, Goldin Institute
Travis Rejman is the founding Executive Director of the Goldin Institute, a Chicago based global organization that has inspired, equipped and connected grassroots leaders in over 50 countries since 2002. We help community leaders learn together and build on their assets in order to... Read More →
avatar for Hana Schank

Hana Schank

Director of Strategy, Public Interest Technology, New America
Hana Schank is the Strategy Director for Public Interest Technology at New America, where she works to develop the public interest technology field via research, storytelling and fostering connections. She founded and edits The Commons, a publication for people working in and around... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Small City, Global Reach: Welcoming Refugee Populations into Your Community


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Moderators
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Derek Brown

Co-Director, Peace Appeal Foundation
Derek Brown serves as Secretary and Co-Director of the Peace Appeal Foundation. In 2015-2016 he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.. Prior to joining the Peace Appeal Foundation in 2005 , Derek was Vice President and Associate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Harriet Kuhr

Harriet Kuhr

Executive Director, International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville and Richmond
Harriet Kuhr is the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville and Richmond. Prior to taking that position in April 2010, she was the Manager of Resettlement Services with the IRC in Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Virginia, her previous professional... Read More →
avatar for Isha Lee

Isha Lee

Deputy Director, Welcoming America
Isha Lee is a non-profit practitioner fluent in external affairs, government relations, and organizational development. She has 15 years of experience at national and local organizations. Her recent roles include Chief Network Officer for Welcoming America, Chief of Staff for the... Read More →

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2:45pm

Let’s Talk About Offshore Wind


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Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth McGowan

Elizabeth McGowan

Energy reporter, Energy News Network
Elizabeth H. McGowan is a longtime energy and environment reporter based in Washington, D.C. Since May, she has covered Virginia’s transition to clean energy for the Energy News Network, a nonprofit news organization based in the Twin Cities. Her freelance news reports and features... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hayes Framme

Hayes Framme

Government Relations & Communications Manager, Southeast, Orsted
Hayes Framme joined Orsted in November 2017 as Government Relations & Communications Manager for the Southeast. In this role, Hayes oversees state and local government outreach, stakeholder engagement, and increasing brand recognition to help power the Virginia economy entirely on... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Gohn

Andrew Gohn

Eastern Region Director, American Wind Energy Association
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Katharine Kollins

President, Southeastern Wind Coalition
Katharine Kollins is President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to advancing wind power in the Southeast through outreach and education. Since September 2015 she has managed SEWC’s programming across 11 states working with a wide variety of stakeholders... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Where We Are Headed: Virginia’s Energy Grid in 2030


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Moderators
avatar for Katherine Hamilton

Katherine Hamilton

Chair; Cohost, 38 North Solutions; Energy Gang
Katherine is Chair of 38 North Solutions. In this role, Katherine has been listed on the #Solar100 board by kWh Analytics and received a Cleanie Award as Entrepreneur of the Year. Katherine is former President and serves on the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic and is Co-Chair... Read More →

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avatar for Sam Brumberg

Sam Brumberg

Association Counsel, VA/MD/DE Association of Electric Cooperatives
Sam Brumberg is Association Counsel to the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. He joined the Association in 2012 after almost 7 years of private practice at an AmLaw 200 firm. | | Sam is part of the Governmental Affairs Department, and his practice... Read More →
avatar for Dianne Corsello

Dianne Corsello

Director, Business Development, Dominion Energy Power Generation
As Director of Business Development for the Dominion Energy Power Generation Group, Dianne is responsible for the development of new power facilities aligned with the Company’s generation growth plan. Within this role Dianne works with others across the Company in making decisions... Read More →
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Angela Navarro

Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of Governor Northam
Angela Navarro currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Ralph Northam. In this role, she works on energy, housing, and economic development policies. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor... Read More →
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David Toscano

Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
David Toscano is the Delegate to the Virginia House from Charlottesville. He has served in the body since 2006, including a 7 year stint as Democratic Leader. He has lived in Charlottesville since 1981 with his wife Nancy. He served for 12 years on the Charlottesville City Council... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Workshop: Problem-Solving with Data & Analytics
Cities around the world are using data to generate insights and address key community challenges. Drawing on best practices from successful performance analytics programs, this workshop will walk participants through a framework designed to help city leaders take a data-driven approach to solving city problems. GovEx will share concrete examples from cities around the world.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define the components of one standard analytical framework
- Develop a problem statement Identify the elements of an analytics plan
- Identify the elements of an analytics plan
- Apply an analytical approach to problem solving

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Sheila worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:45pm - 4:30pm
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:30pm

Affordable Housing: Five Innovative Strategies


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Moderators
avatar for Chip Boyles

Chip Boyles

Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Chip Boyles is Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville, Virginia. He oversees a regional government agency that provides local government assistance in the areas of transportation planning, housing, environmental and water quality... Read More →

Speakers
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Roy Decker

Principal, Duvall Decker
Roy Decker is a founding partner of Duvall Decker in Jackson, Mississippi. Duvall Decker is an expanded practice whose award-winning work includes architectural design, community planning, real estate development, and building care. | | Throughout his career, Roy has been a teacher... Read More →
avatar for Monique Johnson

Monique Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Better Housing Coalition
Monique Johnson is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), with responsibility for improving processes and gaining efficiencies in the company’s operations. Prior to joining BHC, she was a Senior Loan Officer for Virginia Community Capital (VCC) and a community housing... Read More →
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Sunshine Mathon

Executive Director, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Sunshine Mathon is the Executive Director of Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville, VA. Committed to deeply equitable and sustainable affordable communities, Sunshine has led the development of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia. As a nationally-recognized... Read More →
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Rusty Smith

Associate Director, Auburn University Rural Studio
Rusty Smith is the Associate Director of Rural Studio, Auburn University’s internationally recognized design-build program. Established in 1993 Rural Studio gives architecture students a hands-on educational experience while assisting the underserved communities of Alabama’s rural... Read More →
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Chris Thompson

Director of Strategic Housing, Virginia Housing Development Authority
Chris Thompson is the Director of Strategic Housing at VHDA. He actively leads and participates in developing, communicating, and monitoring VHDA's strategic plan and divisional business plans. Mr. Thompson coordinates the design and delivery of trainings intended to strengthen the... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:45pm

Criminal Justice Reform Must Start With the Franchise: Is Florida a Model for Virginia & Beyond?
Moderators
avatar for Nora Demleitner

Nora Demleitner

Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Nora V. Demleitner is the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, Virginia. She can be reached at demleitnern@wlu.edu and @NDemleitner. She teaches and has written widely on sentencing and collateral sanctions, on comparative and immigration law, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melba Pearson

Melba Pearson

Deputy Director, ACLU of Florida, ACLU of Florida
Ms. Pearson is the Deputy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida. Before joining the ACLU, Ms. Pearson was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for 16 years. She ended her prosecutorial career as the Assistant Chief in the Career Criminal/Robbery... Read More →

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3:45pm

Flash Talks: 3 Big Ideas In Civic Innovation


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Andreas Addison

Founder, Civic Innovator LLC
Andreas Addison is the founder of Civic Innovator, LLC, an innovation, strategy, and design partner. Over his ten-year career, Andreas has established himself, nationally and internationally, as an innovation thought leader through his work addressing social issues by leveraging equitable... Read More →
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Missy Benson

Inclusive Play Advocate, Magical Bridge Foundation and Playworld
Missy Benson graduated from Virginia Tech with a Landscape Architecture degree and from Norfolk Botanical Gardens with a horticulture certificate. She managed one of the largest street tree planting projects for the City of Boston and has owned both a photography and recreation consultation... Read More →
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The Chattery

Operations Headmaster, The Chattery
Chat with people from this grassroots, community-based learning non-profit that enables people to make social connections through making.
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Shawanda Mason-Moore

Co-Founder, The Chattery
Shawanda Mason-Moore is a communications specialist and freelance writer who partners with businesses and lifestyle brands to increase their digital presence using unique digital marketing strategies. For more than 10 years, she has worked in the event management, marketing and public... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:45pm

How Do Small Cities Attract & Retain Talent?


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Moderators
avatar for Joshua René

Joshua René

Founder, The Spill Teem
Joshua René is an innovative free thinker who serves as the Founder and CEO of The Spill Teem®. For over ten years, human services taught Joshua that serving people begins with serving how they think. He's held tight to this to build creative ways to bring thinking with clarity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Kalantari

Carolyn Kalantari

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

President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts... Read More →
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Christy Phillips

Chief Talent Officer, WILLOWTREE, INC.
Christy Phillips is the Chief Talent Officer for WillowTree®, a mobile innovation agency building products for some of the world’s leading brands. She feels fortunate to work at a company committed to hiring the best talent and creating an inclusive work environment. Both of these... Read More →
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Christine Tarquinio

Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Development, Greater Louisville Inc. - Live in Lou
Christine Tarquinio is the Director of Talent Attraction, Retention & Development at Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the metro chamber of commerce in Louisville, KY. Prior to joining GLI, Christine worked in marketing, advertising and branding, representing local, regional, national... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:45pm

Climate Change and the Benefits of Clean Energy Technologies


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Moderators
avatar for Karla Loeb

Karla Loeb

Chief Policy & Development Officer, Sigora
Karla is a veteran in clean energy policy and business development, specializing in green field projects, new market entry and regulatory and legislative affairs. As the Vice President of Policy & Development for Sigora, Karla is in charge of overseeing legislative, administrative... Read More →

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avatar for Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson

Director of Engineering, Swinerton Renewable Energy
Erik Johnson is the Director of Engineering for Swinerton Renewable Energy. Erik has a broad background in the management, planning and design of public and private infrastructure improvements to support commercial, industrial and residential developments throughout Northern and Southern... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Sloane

Taylor Sloane

Manager, C&I Market Applications, Fluence
Taylor Sloane serves as global lead for Commercial & Industrial (“C&I”) energy storage applications on the Market Applications team at Fluence, a leading energy storage technology and services company formed as a joint venture between Siemens and AES. With 10 years of experience... Read More →
avatar for Michael Wu

Michael Wu

Principal, Converge Strategies
Michael Wu has strong working relationships within the U.S. military, and a deep expertise related to how defense energy business is transacted. Michael previously served as a senior advisor on energy resilience and clean energy in the U.S. Air Force. In that role, he founded the... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:45pm

Energy & Transportation


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avatar for Harry Godfrey

Harry Godfrey

Executive Director, Virginia AEE
Harrison Godfrey serves as Executive Director of Virginia AEE. Harry comes to the organization from the advanced energy sector, having managed government affairs and public engagement for renewable development and energy efficiency businesses. Prior to his work in the private sector... Read More →

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avatar for Chris Bast

Chris Bast

Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Chris was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy of the Department of Environmental Quality in June, 2018. In addition to helping run the daily operations of the DEQ, Chris provides strategic communications and policy support for the agency and works across the Administration to... Read More →
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Marcy Bauer

Director, Program Operations, EVgo Services LLC
Marcy Bauer is Director of Program Operations for EVgo, the largest public fast charging network in the US. Marcy has been working in the clean transportation space for almost 10 years, and her experience spans the entire sector – consumer and fleet education on vehicles and charging... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

4:45pm

Students as Change Agents: Bringing Participatory Budgeting to Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is becoming an increasingly popular form of direct democracy allowing communities greater control in managing budgets and inspiring change. In the fall of 2018, Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA piloted #PBatWalker.
Program designer, Serena Gruia, will discuss the experience of #PBatWalker revealing how this design thinking-based program fostered compassion, understanding, creativity, critical thinking, and student voice as students designed projects to improve their school experience. Learn more about #PBatWalker in advance of the workshop here: http://www.pbatwalker.com

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Speakers
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Serena Gruia

Founder, Creative Might
Serena Gruia is a design strategist with expertise in fostering creativity and facilitating creative problem solving. In 2016 she founded Creative Might to work with teams and organizations that want to approach their work with human-centered compassion and creative vigor. She works... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

Civic Innovation Conference: Networking Happy Hour
First Drink on Us!
Netowrking Happy Hour for the Civic Innovation Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Common House 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

Renewable Energy Conference: Networking Happy Hour
2 Drink on Us!
Networking Happy Hour for the Renewable Energy Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm

Bushman Dreyfus Architects Invisible C'Ville - Charlottesville Identity & Design Competition
Limited Capacity seats available

The BDA Prize, an annual ideas competition presented in partnership with Bushman Dreyfus Architects, champions and promotes design, dialogue, and engagement to better the community. The 2019 theme, “Invisible C’Ville,” calls for imaginative and provocative works on paper which communicate invisible qualities, systems, and stories that are central to Charlottesville’s identity. Contestants will compete for one of eight unranked $1,000 prizes. The exhibition opens Friday, March 1, and public voting, a panel discussion, and an awards program will take place on Wednesday, April 10 at Tom Tom." There will be public voting at 5:00pm and panel discussion and awards at 6pm.

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Speakers
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Bernard Hankins

Co-Founder, Cypher
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Alan Goffinski

Executive Director, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative / Charlottesville Mural Project
Alan is the director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and The Charlottesville Mural Project. He spends his nine-to-five facilitating, devising and implementing inventive ways use art as a catalyst for social change and meaningful connection. With a background in social work... Read More →
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Ézé Amos

Photojournalist, Ézé Amos Photography
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Beth Meyer

Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

5:30pm

Hello Data, Meet the People
Limited Capacity seats available

This evening dialogue hosted by Charlottesville Tomorrow, Smart Cville, and Uva Data Science Institute in partnership with the Tom Tom Festival 2019 Civic Innovation Conference explores the intersection of local government open data initiatives, emerging nonprofit journalism models, and community engagement strategies as a focus for civic innovation and public dialogue. Data alone cannot solve problems for local governments, but paired with dynamic public engagement efforts, data can help organize issues into policy frameworks that yield more accountable, transparent, and equitable systems.

Engagement presentation from UVa. DSI and Smart Cville

$30 Ticket includes full bar and light fare by Kitchen

Moderators
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Giles Morris

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Giles Morris grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Congressional press secretary and an international economics correspondent for the Times of London. He started working as a full-time journalist in 2007 as the general assignment reporter for the Rhinelander Daily News in Rhinelander... Read More →

Speakers
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Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Sheila worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
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Beena Raghavendran

Engagement reporter, ProPublica
Beena Raghavendran is the engagement reporter for the Local Reporting Network. She works with several reporters around the country to boost audience voice and engagement in stories.
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Larry Terry

Executive Director, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Dr. Larry D. Terry II is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. With over 20 years of public service and higher education experience, Dr. Terry has worked in California, New York, and most recently Dallas, Texas to improve... Read More →
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John Killeen

Executive Director, DataWorks
John is an urban planner and the executive director of DataWorks. His work with neighborhoods and community organizations includes mapping and other data visualization related to demographics, housing, health, economic development and the intersection of these in communities.Since... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

A Sense of Place: How Preservation Creates the Future
Limited Capacity filling up

Recent research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab shows that across the country older, smaller buildings are contributing to thriving local economies and diverse communities. This event will stimulate productive community conversations among citizens, elected officials, academics, and the private sector about what creates a sense of place, what we value in our communities, and how we ensure that new development is both respectful of existing neighborhoods and addresses affordability and access. In his keynote address, Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, will address the intersection of affordable housing and retaining existing building fabric by sharing insights into the preservation movement in the 21st century, with a focus on affordable housing, gentrification, and displacement. Rypkema’s perspective promises to be highly relevant given ongoing discussions in Charlottesville of affordable housing, large-scale redevelopment, and density. Following Rypkema’s remarks, a four-person panel moderated by Ellen Bassett will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities facing Charlottesville. Joining Rypkema and Bassett are Ebony Walden, and Overton McGehee.

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Speakers
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Overton McGehee

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Virginia
Overton McGehee has been executive director of Habitat for Humanity Virginia since2008. Habitat for Humanity Virginia is dedicated to eliminating substandard housinglocally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; byadvocating for fair and just housing... Read More →
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Donovan Rypkema

Principle, Place Economics
Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics , a Washington, D.C.-based realestate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at thenexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments forpublic and non-profit sector clients in 49... Read More →
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Ellen M. Bassett

Chair and Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Ellen M. Bassett is a Chair and Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planningin the School of Architecture. Her areas of research interest and expertise are land useplanning and law, climate change planning, health and the built environment, andinternational development... Read More →
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Ebony Walden

Founder, Ebony Walden Consulting
Ebony Walden has over a decade of experience as a urban planner, consultant andfacilitator working with a diversity of practitioners, organizations and residents totransform communities. She leverages her experience to design and facilitateworkshops, retreats and engagement processes... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm

The New Radio: WTJU 91.1 FM
Limited Capacity seats available

WTJU 91.1 FM has long been Charlottesville's community radio station dedicated to eclectic music. But what does the future look like for the really old technology of radio? WTJU has some ideas.

Come see WTJU's new digs on Ivy Road, have a drink during our Rock Marathon, and find out how legacy media like WTJU are re-imagining themselves as community institutions. Doors open at 6pm for an open house with a reception featuring Rob Sheffield and other community radio pioneers at 7pm.

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Speakers
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Rob Sheffield

Columnist, Rolling Stone
Rob Sheffield has been covering music, TV and pop culture for Rolling Stone since 1997. (His first issue had Tori Spelling on the cover.) He is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including 'Love Is A Mix Tape,' 'Talking To Girls About Duran Duran,' 'Turn Around... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
WTJU 91.1 FM 2244 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

8:00pm

The Future of Cannabis: A Headlining Conversation about Legalization
Limited Capacity seats available

This prime-time panel will take a candid look at the entrepreneurial, social, and political opportunities and challenges that accompany legalization from both a national perspective as well as a Virginia lens. The conversation will feature some of the marijuana world’s leading voices: Jane West, known as “The Martha Stewart of Cannabis” and the architect of networking megagroup Women Grow; Steve Hawkins, Executive Director of powerhouse advocacy group the Marijuana Policy Project; Hope Wiseman, a financial analyst turned small-town cannabis entrepreneur—not to mention the country’s youngest black female dispensary owner—and John Hudak, a Brookings Institute research and policy expert and the author of Marijuana: a Short History. It all adds up to a memorable evening about America’s buzziest industry, one that will impact our cities in myriad ways big and small in the 21st century.

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Moderators
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John Hudak

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
John Hudak is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. His research examines campaigns and election, regulation, bureaucratic process, and cannabis policy. He is the author of the 2016 book... Read More →

Speakers
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Jenn Michelle Pedini

Executive Director, Virginia NORML
Jenn Michelle Pedini is the development director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and serves as the executive director of Virginia NORML. Regarded as the foremost expert on Virginia marijuana policy, Jenn Michelle successfully expanded the state’s... Read More →
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Steven Hawkins

Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Foundation
Steven Hawkins is Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the most effective organization in the United States advancing legalization of cannabis for adult use and medical treatment. He has held a number of leadership positions within the nonprofit sector, including Executive... Read More →
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Jane West

CEO, Jane West
Jane West is the CEO of the eponymous cannabis lifestyle brand Jane West, where she designs and develops products, accessories, and home goods that invite mainstream consumers to experience the benefits of cannabis and take part in the legal lifestyle. She is also the founder of ... Read More →
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Hope Wiseman

Founder, Mary and Main
Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Hope Wiseman has always been passionate about serving her community. In 2014, Hope Wiseman graduated with an economics degreefrom the illustrious Spelman College. On campus, Hope was known for her exceptional leadership skills... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00pm

Rapture After Party with the Mammoths
Limited Capacity seats available

Rapture will be hosting live music with a cash bar. Stop by, unwind, and celebrate with live music from the Mammoths. 
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Artists
Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:00pm - 11:59pm
Rapture Restaurant & Night Club 5233, 303 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:30pm

The Future of Cannabis: VIP Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

Purchase a VIP ticket to The Future Of Cannabis: A Headlining Conversation about Legalization and join us for a post-event cocktail party at Old Metropolitan Hall. 

Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Thursday, April 11
 

7:00am

Creative Ecosystems Conference: Check-In and Badge Pick-Up @ Violet Crown Box Office
You may also check in and pick up your badge in advance of the day of the conference. Please see our full week's box office hours here.

Thursday April 11, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

7:00am

Applied Machine Learning Conference: Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
You may also check in and pick up your badge in advance of the day of the conference. Please see our full week's box office hours here.

Thursday April 11, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

A Black Feminist Archaeology of Adornment
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ayana will examine sartorial practices of self-making among African American tenant, sharecropping and landowning farmers post-emancipation. Sartorial practices are defined as social-cultural practices, shaped by many intersecting operations of power and oppression including racism, sexism, and classism, that involve modifications of the corporal form -- scarification, body piercings, and hair alteration -- and three-dimensional adornments such as clothing, hair combs, and jewelry.

Speakers
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Ayana Flewellen

Co-Founder, Society of Black Archaeologists
Ayana Omilade Flewellen is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley. Her research and teaching interests are shaped by and speak to Black Feminist Theory, historical archaeology, public and community-engaged archaeology, processes of identity... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Creative Ecosystems Conference: Networking Coffee
Networking Coffee for the Creative Ecosystems Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors

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Thursday April 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Common House 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Applied Machine Learning Conference: Networking Coffee
Networking Coffee for the Applied Machine Learning Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

8:00am

Creative Ecosystems Conference
Because a city is only as strong as its artists’ community.
The Creative Ecosystem Conference is a daylong meeting of the minds for arts administrators, curators, artists, and supporters from the Mid Atlantic and beyond. Focused on fostering productive alliances, this event will demystify how small organizations with limited resources can achieve outsized impact for the artists and communities that they serve.

Full list of programs to be announced in February! 

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Speakers
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Pamela Abalu

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Pamela Abalu, co-founder of The Love and Magic Company, pioneers human-centered design practices that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations.A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, Pamela Abalu is inventing the future of workplace design... Read More →
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Rhonda Bellamy

Executive Director, The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County
Rhonda Bellamy has served as executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County since launching the organization in July 2012. She has served on a variety of arts-related boards, including the Black Arts Alliance, Inc. and the North Carolina Black Film Festival... Read More →
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Anna Bentson

Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism, City of Lynchburg
Anna Bentson is the Assistant Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Lynchburg. In her role, Anna leads tourism and economic development marketing, entrepreneurship and business development for the City of Lynchburg and its Economic Development Authority. Anna... Read More →
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Krista Bradley

Director of Programs and Resources, Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Krista R. Bradley joined the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) as the Director of Programs and Resources in July 2017.  In this capacity she develops and implements APAP's year-round and conference-related professional development programs, grantmaking, services... Read More →
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Junious Brickhouse

Founder/ Executive Director, Urban Artistry Inc.
Junious “House” Brickhouse is an internationally established educator, choreographer and cultural preservationist with over 30 years of experience in Urban Dance Culture. Born in Virginia Beach, VA, his dance training began at family gatherings dancing the funk styles of the era... Read More →
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A.D. Carson

Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, University of Virginia
A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator who writes rap songs, poems, stories, and essays. He was born in Decatur, Illinois and received a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Dr. Carson is a 2016 recipient of the... Read More →
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Marc Cheatham

Founder, The Cheats Movement
Marc Cheatham is a freelance writer and photographer. In 2011, he launched The Cheats Movement Blog, a platform that celebrates the Richmond region as a hub for music, art, culture, and diversity. The Cheats Movement Blog and collection of podcasts have been voted one of the best... Read More →
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Nicholas Cohen

Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Over the past 12 years, Nicholas Cohen has been a strong advocate for the arts in Maryland as a musician, educator, and administrator. Currently, Mr. Cohen is the Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). In this role, he oversees the statewide strategy, implementation... Read More →
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Theresa Colvin

Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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Sara Crickenberger

Executive Director, Carnegie Hall, Inc.
Sara M. Crickenberger joined Carnegie Hall as Executive Director in January 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marshall University, her Master of Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University, and her Master of... Read More →
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Melani Douglass

Family Arts Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Melani N. Douglass, NMWA’s Director of Public Programs, heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) initiative. At NMWA, Melani is cultivating a network of artists, curators, collectors, journalists, change agents and entrepreneurs who understand the power of art... Read More →
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Rosamond Fletcher

Director of Programs, Design Trust for Public Space
Rosamond Fletcher, Assoc. AIA, is Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization that unlocks the potential of New York City’s shared spaces. She leads the strategic development, implementation, and assessment of Design Trust’s programs. Rosamond... Read More →
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Beth Flowers

Director, Berea College
Beth Flowers has decades of e-level experience with non-profits, governmental agencies, broadcast media, and the arts. She is a visionary thinker and a talented communicator. Beth has created messaging for victorious political candidates and issues, inspired citizen participation... Read More →
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Vanessa German

Founder, ARThouse and Love Front Porch
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love... Read More →
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Robert Gipe

Producer, Higher Ground
Robert Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. His second novel is Weedeater (2018). Both novels were published by Ohio University Press. From 1997 to 2018, Gipe directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College... Read More →
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Marian Glebes

Art Space Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO)
Marian April Glebes brings a multifaceted practice to her role as BARCO’s Arts Space Technical Assistance Program Coordinator. As an emerging artist, Glebes became the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Patricia and Mark Joseph Centre for Education... Read More →
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Alan Goffinski

Executive Director, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative / Charlottesville Mural Project
Alan is the director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and The Charlottesville Mural Project. He spends his nine-to-five facilitating, devising and implementing inventive ways use art as a catalyst for social change and meaningful connection. With a background in social work... Read More →
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Amy Grossmann

Director, North Carolina Folk Festival
Amy Grossmann is the Interim President & CEO of ArtsGreensboro, the leading arts funding organization in Guilford County that financially supports more than 50 arts organizations and projects each year, connects the public to arts and entertainment, and financially supports the area... Read More →
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Noah Horowitz

Director Americas, Art Basel
Noah Horowitz has served as Director Americas for Art Basel since 2015. Prior to this, he held a four-year tenure as Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York, after directing the first ever online-only fair, VIP Art Fair in 2009. Noah holds a Ph.D. in art history from the... Read More →
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Jeannie Howe

Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Leading the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Jeannie Howe is responsible for convening the region's cultural community by connecting artists and organizations to one another and to vital resources, as well as advocating for the strategic needs of the sector and promoting... Read More →
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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 →
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Kian Kamas

Chief of Economic Development, City of Tulsa
Kian Kamas serves as Chief of Economic Development for Mayor G.T. Bynum and the City of Tulsa. In this role she is responsible for directly managing a team of ten staff who focus on managing and developing tools and programs crucial to successful economic development, and supporting... Read More →
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Jon Lohman

Director, Virginia Folklife, Virginia Humanities
Jon Lohman is the Virginia State Folklorist and director of the Virginia Folklife Program. Jon earned a Ph.D. degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Since coming to Virginia Humanities in 2001, Lohman has been actively showcasing Virginia’s rich cultural... Read More →
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Renee Margocee

Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation
Renée Margocee has served as the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts since March 2017. Renée received her B.A. in English Literature from Marshall University and studied ceramics at West Virginia University. With a background in liberal arts and arts administration... Read More →
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Andi Mathis

State & Regional Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Andi Mathis is the State & Regional Partnerships Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. Her primary work involves advancing the NEA’s relationship with its state and regional arts agency partners through policy development and management of NEA’s investment in their... Read More →
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Michael Mikel

Director of Advanced Social Systems, Burning Man
Michael Mikel is both an historian and a futurist with an interest in technology and social communities. He serves Burning Man as Director of Advanced Social Systems and Ambassador. Michael was instrumental in bringing Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, and is responsible... Read More →
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Lisa Murch

Director of Art Education, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Lisa Murch, the Director of the Education Program at Mural Arts Philadelphia, brings 18 years of experience to her role. Murch moved to Philadelphia to get her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and painted her first mural in 2001. She has since acted as a Lead Teaching... Read More →
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Cliff Murphy

Director, Folk & Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Cliff Murphy has served as the Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts since 2015. He is the past Director of Maryland Traditions, the Folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, where he served from 2008-2015. Cliff has co-produced radio... Read More →
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Janet Newcomb

Executive Director, National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response
Prior to becoming Executive Director of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness Project in 2017, Jan Newcomb had a career in arts management and education that spanned 30+ years. Jan... Read More →
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Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities, International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Orlove has been Director of Artists Communities, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works and International Activities for the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read More →
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Ricky Parker

Professor, Virginia Union University
Ricky Parker is a social entrepreneur that believes in using art as a means to effect social change. Currently, he serves as the Creative Director of Dream For Purpose, a creative agency that focuses on providing marketing solutions and brand management services to clients within... Read More →
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Sheri Parks

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Maryland Institute College of Art
Sheri Parks, Ph.D. is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming and Director of the Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland... Read More →
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Steven Pedigo

Director and Professor, New York University Schack Insitute of Real Estate
Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative... Read More →
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Bill Royall

Richmond Arts Supporter
Pam and Bill both fell in love with the arts at an early age. Today they are avid collectors and actively support emerging artists, arts organizations, and a host of educational opportunities offered through the arts. Pam is a former board member of Richmond’s Neighborhood School... Read More →
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Pam Royall

Richmond Arts Supporter
Pam and Bill both fell in love with the arts at an early age. Today they are avid collectors and actively support emerging artists, arts organizations, and a host of educational opportunities offered through the arts. Pam is a former board member of Richmond’s Neighborhood School... Read More →
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Alison Russo

Director, Artist Protection Fund
Alison Russo, Senior Director of the Artist Protection Fund (APF), joined IIE in September 2015 having most recently curated and managed the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Programs and arts portfolio. Alison has spent the last years designing and developing the APF program—which... Read More →
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Walker Sanders

President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc.
H. Walker Sanders is president of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG). Its mission is to inspire giving, maximize opportunities and strengthen communities for present and future generations. CFGG manages more than $220 million in assets through 650 component funds... Read More →
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Sarah Sargent

Writer
Raised in New York City, Sarah Sargent received her BA from Wellesley College and her MA from Columbia University (both in Art History). She worked in the art world in New York at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the Robert Miller Gallery, for the industrial designer Eva Zeisel and antiquarian... Read More →
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Cathey Sawyer

Producing Artistic Director, Greenbrier Valley Theatre
Cathey Sawyer is Producing Artistic Director of the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV, the State Professional Theatre. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, the Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence, the Order of Arts & Historical... Read More →
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Jim Walker

CEO and lead artist, Big Car Collaborative
Jim Walker is CEO of Big Car Collaborative, an Indianapolis-based socially engaged art nonprofit he helped found in 2004. Walker is lead artist for Big Car’s Spark Placemaking work that brings engagement-based public programming and people-focused design to communities across Indiana... Read More →
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Michele Walter

Managing Director, AMS Planning & Research Corp.
Since its founding in 1988, AMS has gained particular recognition for its work on important cultural facilities planning projects, having had participated in the successful development of $9 billion in capital facilities for the arts, ranging from small projects to those costing hundreds... Read More →
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Julie Walters Steele

Director, Reynolds Homestead
Julie Walters-Steele is honored to serve as the Director of Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center at Virginia Tech, where she manages a Community Enrichment Center and the historic Rock Spring Plantation. During the past seven years, Julie has initiated a growth in programs... Read More →
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Phillip Wiggins

Musician, Chesapeake Sheiks
Pioneering blue harmonica players and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.
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ALLISON WRIGHT

Executive Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Allison Wright is the Executive Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches Journalism in New York City at the University of Virginia and is a member of the... Read More →
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Kibibi Ajanku

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
The Baltimore arts community was the platform that nurtured Kibibi Ajanku’s passion for art, and started an artistic journey that began with the study of western forms of movement and training in the visual arts, and continued into an exploration, execution, and deep passion for... Read More →
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Kristen Chiacchia

Executive Director and Chief Curator, Second Street Gallery
Executive Director and Chief Curator of Charlottesville, VA-based Second Street Gallery (a 501(c)3 art space), Kristen Chiacchia has been collaborating with high profile American and international art collectors for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Second Street Gallery, Chiacchia... Read More →
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Lyn Bolen Warren

Owner/Director, Les Yeux du Monde
After receiving her Ph.D. in Art History, Lyn Bolen Warren opened the gallery Les Yeux du Monde (the eyes of the world) in 1995 in her mountaintop home. After years in downtown Charlottesville, the gallery returned in 2009 to its original location, this time in a W.G. Clark designed... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 8:00am - 6:00pm
Common House 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

8:30am

Applied Machine Learning Conference
The Best Boutique Machine Learning Conference on the East Coast
The Applied Machine Learning Conference has sold out for two years running and continues to generate excitement with its focus on applied science and practitioner-driven content. This premier, day-long event features a who’s who of researchers, entrepreneurs, and writers, as well as numerous opportunities for networking and recruitment at mixers, power lunches, and afterparties, all on Charlottesville’s picturesque Downtown Mall.

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Joaquín Alori

Research Engineer, Tryolabs
Joaquin Alori is a Research Engineer at Tryolabs, where he works on object tracking, pose estimation, and person re-id problems. Prior to joining Tryolabs he worked at ABB Uruguay as a Control Systems Engineer. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Universidad de Montev... Read More →
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Will Badart

Machine Learning Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Will is a web developer turned software engineer turned data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen, Will designs and builds novel, AI-driven cyber defenses and systems to deliver them. Will has a passion for design, vim, martial arts, and open source software.
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Derek Bivona

PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
Derek is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. As a member of the Cardiac Biomechanics Group, he develops computer models to study heart growth and remodeling in response to both disease and therapy. Derek utilizes machine... Read More →
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Carlos Blancarte

Data Scientist, Elder Research
Carlos Blancarte is drawn to analytics for its power to capture complex relationships and influence decision making. Previously, Carlos was lead statistician for a marketing research firm where he engaged in every stage of the project lifecycle from collecting, cleaning and analyzing... Read More →
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Ben Bland

Student, James Madison University
Ben Bland is a senior ISAT student from James Madison University, with a dual concentration in Information Knowledge Management and Energy. He is currently working on a capstone project using TensorFlow to train a small autonomous vehicle.
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Adam Blum

CEO, Deep Learn
CEO/CTO of several technology startups, adjunct professor at CMU and UC Berkeley, author of Neural Networks in C++, several patents in machine learning and related disciplines
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Drew Bollinger

Developer, Development Seed
Drew is a developer and data analyst at Development Seed. He has rich experience running advanced analysis and machine learning algorithms on large geospatial data sets. He is passionate about using powerful analysis and visualization techniques to promote social change. He is a firm... Read More →
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Tom Brock

CEO, ConvergentAI
Tom brings over 30 years experience in software and analytics.  He has had roles ranging from COO, CIO, GM and Strategy, spanning from industrial automation to healthcare analytics.  He has BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, is a graduate of GE’s management... Read More →
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Taylor Brown

Lecturer of Statistics, University of Virginia
Broadly interested in Bayesian statistics, time series, and computation.
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Tatyana Casino

Platform Software Engineer, WillowTree
Tatyana Casino is a software engineer at WillowTree, a mobile innovation agency. Tatyana has been building mobile apps for a variety of leading brands and clients. She has been developing for Android for 5 years, has done cross-platform development with Xamarin and worked on native... Read More →
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Martin Chobanyan

Data Scientist, Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. (CCRi)
Martin is a data scientist at Commonwealth Computer Research. His most recent work involves using computer vision and deep learning to localize targeted behaviors from maritime vessel trajectory data. He recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelors in mathematical... Read More →
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Nate Day

Data Scientist, HemoShear Therapeutics
Nathan builds analysis pipelines for drug discovery data. He utilizes Shiny applications and SQL databases to give researchers tools to explore their own experimental results. For fun Nathan practices yoga, plays squash, and helps on civic data projects. He's been living in Belmont... Read More →
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Kimberly Deas

Health Data Scientist, Rutgers University
Kimberly is a Health Data Scientist Consultant who works with for and non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies, providing statistical and data analytical support to their programs. Formerly educated in Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of... Read More →
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Pierre DeBois

Founder / CEO, Zimana
Pierre DeBois is the founder and CEO of Zimana, an analytics services that help organizations achieve profitability improvements in marketing, Web development, and within their business operations. Zimana has provided services for businesses from many industries.Pierre has provided... Read More →
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Ryan Duve

Using Google's BERT to Ask Financial Documents Questions, S&P Global
Ryan holds a PhD in physics from the University of Virginia, where his research focused on optical quantum computing, graphene synthesis and cryonuclear physics. His first exposure to data science was while working at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory and Duke University, where... Read More →
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Chris Eichelberger

Senior Software Developer / Data Scientist, CCRi
Chris is a long-time liberal arts and sciences advocate hiding behind a STEM career, so he talks funny, dresses worse, and is fond of the Oxford comma. In consideration of these faults, he has spent much of his adult life trying to divest of prescriptivism, which has unfortunate side... Read More →
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Daniel Emaasit

Data Scientist, Haystax
I am a Data Scientist at Haystax in Washington, D.C. My interests involve developing principled probabilistic models for problems where training data are scarce by leveraging knowledge from subject-matter experts and context information. In particular, I am interested in flexible... Read More →
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Andrew Fast

Chief Data Scientist, CounterFlow AI, Inc
Andrew Fast is the Chief Data Scientist and co-founder of CounterFlow AI, where he leads the implementation of streaming machine learning algorithms for CounterFlow's next-generation network forensics platform, ThreatEye.Previously, Dr. Fast served as the Chief Scientist at Elder... Read More →
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Kashaun Finch

Student, James Madison University
I’m Kashuan Finch, a senior ISAT Major, with a concentration in Telecommunications, Networking and Security, and Robotics Minor at James Madison Univerisity. My interests in work and research are in applied machine learning, IT technology, software-defined devices, sustainable energy... Read More →
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Miriam Friedel

Director of Data Science, Skafos.ai
Dr. Miriam Friedel has spent over fifteen years in scientific and technical fields spanning theoretical physics, software engineering, transportation, neuroscience, and machine learning. She currently leads the data science team at Skafos.ai (formerly Metis Machine) in Charlottesville... Read More →
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William Goodrum

Data Scientist, Elder Research, Inc.
Will Goodrum is a Data Scientist with Elder Research, Inc., a Data Science and Machine Learning consultancy based in Charlottesville, VA. During his time with ERI, Will has provided Data Science and strategy consulting services to clients in industries like maritime risk, logistics... Read More →
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John Harris

Data Scientist, Cogit Analytics
John is the chief data scientist for Cogit Analytics. He has extensive experience designing and building advanced analytics, machine learning, and other quantitative solutions in supply chain, finance, and healthcare.
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Henry Harris

Student, University of Virginia
Henry is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Computer Science and Economics. He spent this past summer as an intern with Elder Research’s Data Science team here in Charlottesville, working primarily on time series predictive software. Outside of data science... Read More →
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Elizabeth Harrison

Dual Degree Candidate, University of Virginia School of Medicine & School of Data Science
Elizabeth Harrison is a fourth year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a recent graduate of UVA's Master of Science in Data Science degree program. She is currently working on a number of clinical research projects involving the application of data... Read More →
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Matthew Hendrickson

Principal Data Analyst, HelioCampus
Matthew is passionate about data, analytics, and research. Since completing his Doctorate in Law and Policy, with a focus on Data Privacy, he muses over the legal implications of big data. However, he must balance those concerns against the tremendous benefit of amassing and analyzing... Read More →
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Sakshi Jawarani

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
I'm currently pursuing a Graduate degree in Data Science at the University Of Virginia. I look forward to using the technical competencies gained through my program and apply it to real world business problems. I believe like the human brain, data too has limitless potential and as... Read More →
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Brad Johnson

Data Scientist, TwinThread
With a background in startup tech and consulting, Brad’s career in machine learning and industrial IoT kicked into high gear with a project helping Hershey produce Twizzlers more efficiently. As lead Data Scientist at TwinThread, Brad enjoys working on applying (and explaining... Read More →
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Mo Johnson

Community Lead, Data for Democracy
Maureen (Mo) Johnson has a background in public health, anthropology and social science research. She has worked and studied in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Because of these diverse cultural and linguistic experiences, she became interested in digital cooperation, data... Read More →
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Neeyanth Kopparapu

Student, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Neeyanth Kopparapu is a High School Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA. As a student, he is interested in mathematics, computer science, and physics. He is especially interested in developing computer science (specifically artificial intelligence) models to help... Read More →
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Anton Korinek

Associate Professor, UVA Economics and Darden
Anton Korinek is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. His current research focuses on the implications of rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence for inequality, work, and for the future of humanity... Read More →
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Olivera Kotevska

Postdoctoral researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Olivera Kotevska is a postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science and Mathematics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee, USA. Olivera received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France in 2018. Before joining ORNL, she... Read More →
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Stephen Levin

Special Projects, Zapier
Stephen does Special Projects for the CEO at Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over 3 million people to connect the work apps they use every day. He uses data to help inform decisions in product, strategy, marketing, and operations. He also founded Think Analytically, where... Read More →
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Steven Lott

Master Software Engineer, Capital One
Steve has been developing software since computers were large, expensive, and rare. He's written several books on Python, published by Packt.
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Malcolm MacLachlan

Software Engineer, CCRi
Malcolm is a software engineer at CCRi. He has experience building web and mobile applications for data analytics. He is interested in the intersection of music and technology and co-owns a record label based out of Detroit, MI.
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Sean Mullane

Data Scientist, UVA Health System
Sean is currently working as a data scientist in the UVA Health System while completing a Master's degree at the UVA Data Science Institute, where he is researching the applications of machine learning to protein structure prediction. He has lived in Charlottesville, VA since graduating... Read More →
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Sarah Olson

Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sarah Olson is a Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, with current focus areas in cyber security, machine learning models, and natural language processing. Her projects at the company have supported a variety of her interests, ranging from developing models to detect credential... Read More →
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Esther Onega

Senior Project Manager for Alderman Renovation, University of Virginia Library
Ms. Onega has worked at the UVA Library since 1997, in a variety of librarian and project management positions. She received her MLS from University of Maryland and her Project Management certificate from the University of Virginia. Her strengths include a thorough knowledge of the... Read More →
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Bill Panak

Vice President, Data Science, Halo, the Supply Chain Intelligence Company
As VP of Data Science, my role is to create proprietary supply chain algorithms and foundational data workflow assets, and to productize and monetizing these assets on behalf of our customers. To do this, I draw on my experiences as a PhD “quant” and 25 years of work in psychology... Read More →
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Murugesan Ramakrishnan

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Murugesan is a current Graduate student at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. His research interest lies in solving problems in Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision using Deep Learning techniques, He also has a considerable experience in consulting solving... Read More →
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Rakesh Ravi

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
Rakesh is a graduate student in Data Science at the University of Virginia and has substantial industry experience in complex data analysis, text mining, data visualization and deploying machine learning models on real-world data. He is passionate about finding machine learning applications... Read More →
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Charu Rawat

Graduate Student, University of Virginia
Charu is currently a graduate student at UVA pursuing her Masters in Data Science at the Data Science Institute. Prior to this, she earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and worked at The D.E. Shaw Group for 3 years leveraging alternative data for investment decisions. | Her... Read More →
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Austin Rochford

Chief Data Scientist, Monetate
Austin Rochford is Principal Data Scientist and Director of Monetate Labs. He is a founding member of Monetate Labs, where he does research and development for machine learning-driven marketing products. He is a recovering mathematician, a passionate Bayesian, and a PyMC3 developer... Read More →
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Erin Ryan

Astronomer, SETI Institute
Erin Lee Ryan is an asteroid that can be found approximately 4 AU from the Sun. It's human namesake can be mostly frequently found in the Charlottesville area trying to do science on some form of imagery. She holds a bachelors in astronomy from the University of Arizona and a PhD... Read More →
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Arnab Sarkar

Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
Budding Data Scientist, with more than 3 years of experience in Oracle PL/SQL, Oracle E-Business Suite ERP platform, Oracle Demantra and Talend Data Integration tool. Currently pursuing a Master's degree in the field of Data Science and looking to expand my knowledge in both the statistical... Read More →
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Aman Shrivastava

Student, University of Virginia
I am a Data Science masters student at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. With an eclectic background through my education and engagements with organizations in different domains, I am passionate about finding interdisciplinary applications of data science, particularly... Read More →
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Sameer Singh

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Sameer Singh is currently pursuing M.S. in Data Science at the University of Virginia.He has considerable work experience in data analytics and consulting. At ZS Associates, he provided analytics based sales and marketing solutions such as promotion response modeling, marketing mix... Read More →
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Varshini Sriram

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Varshini is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing her Masters in Data Science. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision. She is currently working on the Collective Biographies of Women project at UVA where the goal... Read More →
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Anthony Teate

Professor, James Madison University
Dr. Anthony A. Teate is a tenured Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences located in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at James Madison University, where he is also the Director of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory. His current areas of... Read More →
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Renee Teate

Data Scientist, HelioCampus
Renee M. P. Teate is a Data Scientist at HelioCampus, and the creator of the Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account. She has worked with data for her entire career - designing relational databases, creating reports and analyses, and most recently developing... Read More →
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Andrew Therriault

Manager, Infrastructure Data Science, Facebook
Andrew Therriault has spent the past decade building and leading data science programs for organizations across the political, nonprofit, government, and technology sectors. He founded the Democratic National Committee’s data science team in 2014 and was appointed the City of Boston’s... Read More →
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Samantha Toet

Partner Marketing, RStudio
Samantha Toet is a C'ville native, UVA alum, and the Founder of R-Ladies Charlottesville, a local chapter of a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the R and data science community. She currently works as partner marketing specialist for RStudio, the company... Read More →
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Alli Torban

Data Visualization Designer, American Enterprise Institute
Alli Torban is a Data Visualization Designer for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. where she transforms public policy research into meaningful graphics for decision-makers and the general public. She’s passionate about revealing the patterns and insights hidden... Read More →
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Sri Vaishnavi Vemulapalli

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Sri is a Graduate Student pursuing her Masters in Data Science at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. She has a background in Information Systems and experience as a Software Development Engineer. Her areas of interest are Natural Language Processing and Visual Re... Read More →
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Tianlu Wang

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
Tianlu Wang is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. She has been working with Prof. Vicente Ordóñez Román since Fall 2016. Her research focus lies at the intersection of computer vision and natural language processing. More recently... Read More →
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Courtney Whalen

Data Scientist, Astraea, Inc.
Courtney Whalen is a data scientist at Astraea, Inc., where she is using satellite imagery and machine learning techniques to answer complex global questions. She has been working as a data scientist for 5 years and has experience developing machine learning models across several... Read More →
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Joy Williams

JMU Undergraduate Student, James Madison University, ISAT
Joy Williams is a senior at James Madison University and will graduate with an Integrated Science and Technology degree with a concentration in Information and Knowledge Management. She is passionate about finding new ways to integrate machine learning in different softwares to help... Read More →
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Vida Williams

Data Solutions Lead/Innovator in Residence, Singlestone Consulting/VCU DaVinci Center
Vida is an innovation advocate who is determined that innovation not leave humanity behind. She utilizes her experience as a data scientist to drive social and economic change in communities. A promising start as a tech writer spurred a nearly 20 year career with data, technology... Read More →
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Ken Zamkow

General Manager for United States, run:ai
Ken leads the US activity for run:ai, a startup that helps deep learning engineers and data scientists to significantly speed up the training of their neural network models, while reducing compute costs and workflow complexities.Previously, Ken was the Founder and CEO of SportsGuru... Read More →
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Michael Zelenetz

Analytics Project Lead, NewYork-Presbyterian
Michael is a paramedic turned data scientist. He works on the analytics team at NewYork-Presbyterian and is passionate about using data to improve healthcare.

Sponsors

Thursday April 11, 2019 8:30am - 6:00pm
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Art, Appalachia, and the Opioid Crisis: A Conversation with Robert Gipe


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Moderators
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ALLISON WRIGHT

Executive Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
Allison Wright is the Executive Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches Journalism in New York City at the University of Virginia and is a member of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Gipe

Producer, Higher Ground
Robert Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. His second novel is Weedeater (2018). Both novels were published by Ohio University Press. From 1997 to 2018, Gipe directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Case Study: Mural Arts Philadelphia


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Moderators
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Alan Goffinski

Executive Director, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative / Charlottesville Mural Project
Alan is the director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and The Charlottesville Mural Project. He spends his nine-to-five facilitating, devising and implementing inventive ways use art as a catalyst for social change and meaningful connection. With a background in social work... Read More →

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Lisa Murch

Director of Art Education, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Lisa Murch, the Director of the Education Program at Mural Arts Philadelphia, brings 18 years of experience to her role. Murch moved to Philadelphia to get her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and painted her first mural in 2001. She has since acted as a Lead Teaching... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Equity & Inclusion in Arts Communities


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Moderators
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Sheri Parks

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Maryland Institute College of Art
Sheri Parks, Ph.D. is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming and Director of the Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland... Read More →

Speakers
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Kibibi Ajanku

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
The Baltimore arts community was the platform that nurtured Kibibi Ajanku’s passion for art, and started an artistic journey that began with the study of western forms of movement and training in the visual arts, and continued into an exploration, execution, and deep passion for... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

9:00am

Data is Rarely Neutral: Bias in the Practice of Data
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Speakers
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Vida Williams

Data Solutions Lead/Innovator in Residence, Singlestone Consulting/VCU DaVinci Center
Vida is an innovation advocate who is determined that innovation not leave humanity behind. She utilizes her experience as a data scientist to drive social and economic change in communities. A promising start as a tech writer spurred a nearly 20 year career with data, technology... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Case Study: How did 4,000-person Lewisburg, West Virginia become a cultural hot spot?


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Moderators
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Renee Margocee

Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation
Renée Margocee has served as the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts since March 2017. Renée received her B.A. in English Literature from Marshall University and studied ceramics at West Virginia University. With a background in liberal arts and arts administration... Read More →

Speakers
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Sara Crickenberger

Executive Director, Carnegie Hall, Inc.
Sara M. Crickenberger joined Carnegie Hall as Executive Director in January 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marshall University, her Master of Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University, and her Master of... Read More →
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Cathey Sawyer

Producing Artistic Director, Greenbrier Valley Theatre
Cathey Sawyer is Producing Artistic Director of the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV, the State Professional Theatre. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, the Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence, the Order of Arts & Historical... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

History, Family, and the Role of the Institution in Modern Life: A Conversation with Melani Douglass


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Moderators
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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 →

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Melani Douglass

Family Arts Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Melani N. Douglass, NMWA’s Director of Public Programs, heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) initiative. At NMWA, Melani is cultivating a network of artists, curators, collectors, journalists, change agents and entrepreneurs who understand the power of art... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am

Now What: How Arts Communities Prepare for (and Deal With) Tragedy and Natural Disasters


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Moderators
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Andi Mathis

State & Regional Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Andi Mathis is the State & Regional Partnerships Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. Her primary work involves advancing the NEA’s relationship with its state and regional arts agency partners through policy development and management of NEA’s investment in their... Read More →

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Rhonda Bellamy

Executive Director, The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County
Rhonda Bellamy has served as executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County since launching the organization in July 2012. She has served on a variety of arts-related boards, including the Black Arts Alliance, Inc. and the North Carolina Black Film Festival... Read More →
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Janet Newcomb

Executive Director, National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response
Prior to becoming Executive Director of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness Project in 2017, Jan Newcomb had a career in arts management and education that spanned 30+ years. Jan... Read More →
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Alison Russo

Director, Artist Protection Fund
Alison Russo, Senior Director of the Artist Protection Fund (APF), joined IIE in September 2015 having most recently curated and managed the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Programs and arts portfolio. Alison has spent the last years designing and developing the APF program—which... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:15am

Social Media Sentiment Analysis with R - Bot or Not?
There has been an upsurge in conference twitter bots arising to promote conferences and I plan on investigating the efficacy of these further. In this session I will explore interfacing with the Twitter API, perform multiple types of sentiment analysis on Twitter content, and demonstrate how machine learning can predict whether an account is a bot and what that bot or person might say through wordwalking. I will primarily focus on tweets pertaining to technology conferences, and will include @TomTom and #AMLCville hashtags as examples.


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Samantha Toet

Partner Marketing, RStudio
Samantha Toet is a C'ville native, UVA alum, and the Founder of R-Ladies Charlottesville, a local chapter of a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the R and data science community. She currently works as partner marketing specialist for RStudio, the company... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:15am

Auto-What? A Taxonomy of Automated Machine Learning
AutoML is one of the most robust areas of innovation in applied machine learning. New products in this space from the likes of Google and new AI-focused startups are appearing constantly, all of which promise to make machine learning accessible to the masses without the need for trained data scientists. At its base, AutoML involves some selection and configuration of machine learning algorithms. However, each product seems to have its own take of what parts of the machine learning process to automate and how they do it.   

We believe the industry could use a taxonomy of capabilities of AutoML tools. These capabilities include the following: choosing algorithms, setting hyperparameters, controlling model search and training time, cross-validation, data preprocessing, and feature creation. While Gartner has yet to offer a Magic Quadrant for AutoML, perhaps this overview can help inform a future effort as the automated machine learning sector matures.

This talk will cover each of these topic and discuss tools and techniques available in each area. 


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Adam Blum

CEO, Deep Learn
CEO/CTO of several technology startups, adjunct professor at CMU and UC Berkeley, author of Neural Networks in C++, several patents in machine learning and related disciplines

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10:15am

Don't Stop Disbelieving
This session is meant to summarize hard lessons learned from decades of data processing, data analysis, data mining, and recently data science.  We discuss the subtleties of GIGO -- Garbage In, Garbage Out -- and how this lurks within every data task we undertake, from deep learning to service orchestration, in ways that can be difficult to recognize.  Real-life case studies highlight the various ways in which well-meaning data scientists and their clients can do harm if we do not practice our core skepticism.  These personal lessons learned and supporting examples are organized into three themes:
  • the data is not the thing
    • a medical model to bolster physician exposure to rare cases:  mistaking choices we made for choices we should have made
  • the model is not the thing
    • predicting fraud to generalize a curated set of rules:  mistaking machine learning for human learning
  • the data scientist is not the thing
    • a financial-services model of customer satisfaction:  mistaking modeller integrity for solution integrity
The synthesis / take-home message -- what the thing IS -- is to recognize modeling as metaphor:  Every instance is imperfect, but some can be useful.  The right approach is to iterate on not only modeling and development but on communication and cross-expertise vetting so as to constrain and characterize the imperfections.


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Chris Eichelberger

Senior Software Developer / Data Scientist, CCRi
Chris is a long-time liberal arts and sciences advocate hiding behind a STEM career, so he talks funny, dresses worse, and is fond of the Oxford comma. In consideration of these faults, he has spent much of his adult life trying to divest of prescriptivism, which has unfortunate side... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:20am

The Hamiltonian Monte Carlo Revolution is Open Source: Probabilistic Programming with PyMC3
In the last ten years, there have been a number of advancements in the study of Hamiltonian Monte Carlo and variational inference algorithms that have enabled effective Bayesian statistical computation for much more complicated models than were previously feasible. These algorithmic advancements have been accompanied by a number of open source probabilistic programming packages that make them accessible to the general engineering, statistics, and data science communities. PyMC3 is one such package written in Python and supported by NumFOCUS. This talk will give an introduction to probabilistic programming with PyMC3, with a particular emphasis on the how open source probabilistic programming makes Bayesian inference algorithms near the frontier of academic research accessible to a wide audience.

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Austin Rochford

Chief Data Scientist, Monetate
Austin Rochford is Principal Data Scientist and Director of Monetate Labs. He is a founding member of Monetate Labs, where he does research and development for machine learning-driven marketing products. He is a recovering mathematician, a passionate Bayesian, and a PyMC3 developer... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:20am - 10:50am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:30am

Featured Student Research Lightning Talks: Collective Biographies of Women - A Deep Learning Approach to Paragraph Annotation
The Collective Biographies of Women Project (CBW) investigates cultural representations of women through a large corpus of British and American biographical texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The texts belong to the collective biography genre, with volumes containing several chapter-length biographies of different women organized around a common theme. The CBW project is supported by Dr. Alison Booth, Director of Scholars Lab at the University of Virginia
CBW seeks to annotate these biographies at the paragraph level using a controlled vocabulary to label each paragraph according to a set of literary-critical dimensions. These dimensions are defined in a controlled vocabulary known as BESS, Biographical Elements and Structure Schema. The BESS vocabulary consists of tags such as - Stage Of life, Persona, Event, Topos, Discourse. The BESS tag Event has labels such as marriage, birth, death. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to develop a complete annotated corpus drawn from 1,270 known books, comprising around 13,000 chapters of about 8,000 women. 
Each paragraph in the biography will be classified with its corresponding BESS annotation. Textual features like Bag of Words, TF-IDFs and linguistic features like semantic and syntactic parameters among others will be used as the model features. Our initial approach to classification will be using a variety of Machine Learning models like Logistic Regression, Tree-Based Models and SVMs. The results of the above model will be considered as our baseline result for our deep learning results.
With the baseline scores from Machine Learning models, the biographiles are annotated using a Recurrent Neural Network approach. Multi-layered bidirectional LSTM based model will be used to understand the context and theme of a paragraph and identify the corresponding BESS annotation. Every word will be initiated with their predefined GloVe embeddings which will further trained to get their meaning aligned with the context of biographies. Different architectures with be tried and tested before selecting the best one suited to this use case. Especially because biographies have not been worked upon a lot in Natural Language Processing, it should be a challenging task arriving at an optimal architecture.
The next objective is to find common events associated with a women in each biography. This is done by drawing parallels with Market Basket Analysis. Just like in Market Basket Analysis where there is some % of probability of the presence of an item in a cart given another item is present, here a cart is represented by a paragraph and the items are words in a paragraph. So, all words (non-trivial word) with higher probability associated with each woman is identified. This is useful in getting a quick gist/summary of the life events of a woman. Thus, with the above objectives, we identify what each paragraph in a biography is talking about and at the same time what are the important life events associated with every woman.

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Sakshi Jawarani

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
I'm currently pursuing a Graduate degree in Data Science at the University Of Virginia. I look forward to using the technical competencies gained through my program and apply it to real world business problems. I believe like the human brain, data too has limitless potential and as... Read More →
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Murugesan Ramakrishnan

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Murugesan is a current Graduate student at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. His research interest lies in solving problems in Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision using Deep Learning techniques, He also has a considerable experience in consulting solving... Read More →
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Varshini Sriram

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Varshini is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia pursuing her Masters in Data Science. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision. She is currently working on the Collective Biographies of Women project at UVA where the goal... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:30am

Featured Student Research Lightning Talks: Cyber Harassment Detection and Prediction of User Blocks in Wikipedia
The advent of the Internet can be easily heralded as oneof the key events which led to the “Information age” as it is colloquially known. Sharing of thoughts, ideas and opinions reached new heights when people were able to engage in meaningful debates through online forums. However, a darker aspect to this medium – online harassment, has become became rampant in these communities. The Wikipedia usercommunity is no stranger tothis phenomenon.As of January 2019, Wikipedia has 35 million users and on average 250k users register every month. Also, as per the Wikipedia Community Engagement Insights 2018 report - 68% of the respondents reported having experienced harassment at some point in the past and as a result about22% of Wikipedians reported a decrease in their contribution levels. To combat harassment, currently Wikipedia has an organic, human-driven process in place, where cases of abuse reported are evaluated and enacted upon by Wikipedia administrators.Butrelying on human evaluation works in someways but it is not a solution which scales with the growth of Wikipedia, as there were ~170k user blocks in 2018 alone. 
Our goal is to develop a data-driven approach in combating cyber harassment that will address a variety of issues that are otherwise faced by the human driven process, from errors and bias in human judgement to efficiently evaluating a larger magnitude of cases. By analyzing user activity in form of editing behavior and discussions, we will be able to predict users who are at risk of getting blocked in the future. 

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Charu Rawat

Graduate Student, University of Virginia
Charu is currently a graduate student at UVA pursuing her Masters in Data Science at the Data Science Institute. Prior to this, she earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and worked at The D.E. Shaw Group for 3 years leveraging alternative data for investment decisions. | Her... Read More →
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Arnab Sarkar

Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
Budding Data Scientist, with more than 3 years of experience in Oracle PL/SQL, Oracle E-Business Suite ERP platform, Oracle Demantra and Talend Data Integration tool. Currently pursuing a Master's degree in the field of Data Science and looking to expand my knowledge in both the statistical... Read More →
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Sameer Singh

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Sameer Singh is currently pursuing M.S. in Data Science at the University of Virginia.He has considerable work experience in data analytics and consulting. At ZS Associates, he provided analytics based sales and marketing solutions such as promotion response modeling, marketing mix... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:30am

Featured Student Research Lightning Talks: derML: A Machine Learning, Image Recognition Mobile Application That Assists in Skin Cancer Detection
Each year in the United States, over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated. Fortunately, skin cancer is the easiest cancer to cure if diagnosed and treated early; however, early detection is not always easy. The aim of this project was to develop a solution for early skin cancer detection that is readily available to 70%-80% of smart phones users. derML is a mobile application developed for the Android platform that uses machine learning and image recognition technology with Google’s TensorFlow framework to find patterns in pictures of skin moles, lesions, or other anomalies. The intent is for the algorithms to accurately predict if a given image of a skin anomaly is cancerous or benign and deliver that information to the user through an easy-to-use app.

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Joy Williams

JMU Undergraduate Student, James Madison University, ISAT
Joy Williams is a senior at James Madison University and will graduate with an Integrated Science and Technology degree with a concentration in Information and Knowledge Management. She is passionate about finding new ways to integrate machine learning in different softwares to help... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:30am

Featured Student Research Lightning Talks: Detection of Malicious Cyber Activity at University of Virginia using Machine Learning
In the last six months of 2018, there were over 181 million ransomware attacks, marking a 229% increase from the same time frame in 2017. While most corporations are making progress in finding elegant solutions to counteract malware attacks, university networks remain vulnerable targets due to a lack of appropriate security mechanisms. In 2017, atleast 5 universities in the United States were victims of ransomware attacks. 
Constructing intrusion detection systems using machine learning is an area that has enticed researchers for a long time. Data acquisition is one of the biggest challenges in building such a system. Data on malware attacks is generally not made public by organizations due to privacy concerns. As a result, many of the cybersecurity solutions that have been built thus far are based on attack simulations generated by cybersecurity experts. 
In our project, we are utilizing the connection logs acquired from the cybersecurity team at the University of Virginia. In order to label the connection logs, we collect data on malicious attacks using low interaction honeypots, systems designed to appear as vulnerable targets in order to lure attackers, on to sub networks at the University of Virginia. 
One issue that plagues intrusion detection systems is class imbalance which occurs due to the overwhelming majority of benign traffic that exists across networks. In the field of cybersecurity, the cost of misclassifying minority class samples, false positives, is much higher the cost of misclassifying majority class samples. We remedy the issue of class imbalance using SVM-SMOTE (Support Vector Machines - Synthetic Minority Over Sampling Technique) to create synthetic samples which will balance the class labels in the dataset. SVM-SMOTE is an oversampling technique that generates new minority class instances near borderlines with SVMs so as to help establish boundaries between different classes. 
Our hypothesis is that the approach of detecting malicious activity using honeypots, which has been proven to work on partially simulated datasets, will effectively predict malicious attacks on active network data. In our project, we label the university network connections as ‘benign’ or ‘malicious’ using data captured by the honeypots. We treat the labelled data with SVM-SMOTE to resolve class imbalance and build a machine learning classifier. We use deep learning and ensemble learning on the dataset to further improve performance of the model. The proposed system would improve the overall accuracy of detecting malicious activity and minimize false positives. 

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Rakesh Ravi

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Data Science Institute
Rakesh is a graduate student in Data Science at the University of Virginia and has substantial industry experience in complex data analysis, text mining, data visualization and deploying machine learning models on real-world data. He is passionate about finding machine learning applications... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:30am

Featured Student Research Lightning Talks: Using TensorFlow Machine Learning to Develop and Train a Small-Scale Autonomous Vehicle
Autonomous features are slowly being introduced into recent car models. Our team is aiming to create our own autonomous robotic car using a Raspberry Pi, Python, the Google Vision API, and TensorFlow. The first stage of the project focused on allowing the car to recognize logos, and having it “speak” what it saw through a speaker. The second stage of the project focuses on creating our own algorithm in TensorFlow and embedding the algorithm onto the Raspberry Pi, allowing it to recognize traffic signs and navigate accordingly. The car will also be able to upload its algorithms to a cloud environment, where other cars with lower-scoring accuracy models will be able to download the more accurate model. This models how cars could be maintained in the future by downloading updates from the manufacturer.

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Ben Bland

Student, James Madison University
Ben Bland is a senior ISAT student from James Madison University, with a dual concentration in Information Knowledge Management and Energy. He is currently working on a capstone project using TensorFlow to train a small autonomous vehicle.
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Kashaun Finch

Student, James Madison University
I’m Kashuan Finch, a senior ISAT Major, with a concentration in Telecommunications, Networking and Security, and Robotics Minor at James Madison Univerisity. My interests in work and research are in applied machine learning, IT technology, software-defined devices, sustainable energy... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:50am

A Deep Learning Approach to Meme Generation
Natural language is used in day to day life to evoke and convey thoughts, feelings, and emotions. One of the emotions commonly expressed through language is humor. It is a universal phenomenon that occurs in all languages and has a wide appeal.With the advent of social media platforms, new forms of creative expression such as memes and gifs have become really popular. 
Generating humor is challenging because it is not always direct. It can have different styles such as sarcasm, satire, irony etc. In the context of memes, the joke has to be expressed in a few words, usually 20 or less and support the background image. Hence, the syntax of the language used in memes is different and does not follow the conventional language structure. 
In this project, we introduce a model using encoder-decoder framework with attention mechanism to generate memes where the attention mechanism is applied on an abstract vector space representing the image and thematic linguistic representation of the meme. 
An attention based encoder decoder framework was implemented where the encoder extracts an abstract representation of the image from a pre-trained Resnet101 model while the decoder was composed a an LSTM network that generated the output word by word. The attention mechanism was incorporated to inspect and take into account the presence of certain objects that guide the process of generating any given word by focusing on a certain area of the image. 
To provide more context to the memes, in addition to the above architecture pre-trained GloVe embedded vectors were used as the initial weights for the input text. Unconventional words like 'bae' were pre-assigned with a random vector. All of these vectors were again trained to fine-tune their weights. This initialization approach assisted in faster convergence of embedding weight matrix. 
A descriptive representation of the meme was introduced in the encoder in order to better capture the sentiment and thematic structure of the meme. Keywords representing the sentiment of the meme were converted to GloVe embeddings and concatenated with the image vector. This encoding was passed to the attention mechanism so that it could generate words based on an abstract combination of the pictorial and thematic properties of the meme. 

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Murugesan Ramakrishnan

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Murugesan is a current Graduate student at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. His research interest lies in solving problems in Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision using Deep Learning techniques, He also has a considerable experience in consulting solving... Read More →
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Sri Vaishnavi Vemulapalli

Graduate Student, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
Sri is a Graduate Student pursuing her Masters in Data Science at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. She has a background in Information Systems and experience as a Software Development Engineer. Her areas of interest are Natural Language Processing and Visual Re... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:50am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:50am

Automated Time-Series Model Selection at Scale
In logistics, accurate forecasting of incoming demand is the first and most crucial step in a long value chain leading all the way down to getting a package through the last mile. Near term forecasts are necessary for resource balancing and shift staffing, with long-term forecasts instrumental in large-scale capital purchases and network modifications (“How many 747s do we need to buy this year, anyway?”). Across a network of more than 2000 sites, each with its own schedules and services, the number of forecasts and planning permutations begins to enter the millions. 
In this talk, we will walkthrough at a high-level the automated framework that we implemented in R and Spark for a global logistics company that produces over 35 million forecasts weekly. Planning the future, all without the click of a button! 

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Carlos Blancarte

Data Scientist, Elder Research
Carlos Blancarte is drawn to analytics for its power to capture complex relationships and influence decision making. Previously, Carlos was lead statistician for a marketing research firm where he engaged in every stage of the project lifecycle from collecting, cleaning and analyzing... Read More →
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William Goodrum

Data Scientist, Elder Research, Inc.
Will Goodrum is a Data Scientist with Elder Research, Inc., a Data Science and Machine Learning consultancy based in Charlottesville, VA. During his time with ERI, Will has provided Data Science and strategy consulting services to clients in industries like maritime risk, logistics... Read More →
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Henry Harris

Student, University of Virginia
Henry is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Computer Science and Economics. He spent this past summer as an intern with Elder Research’s Data Science team here in Charlottesville, working primarily on time series predictive software. Outside of data science... Read More →

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10:50am

Estimating Multivariate Stochastic Volatility Models with Particle MCMC
Factor Stochastic Volatility (FSV) models are useful for managing investment risk and constructing portfolios. They possess a latent low-dimensional random process to help explain a higher-dimensional vector of finacial returns. This hidden process can represent anything the investor deems pertinent
Despite being expressive models in this class are exceedingly difficult to estimate. Within a Bayesian framework Gibbs sampling is the most common approach yet this is only available for some models used along with certain priors. Variants of Metropolis-Hastings are theoretically justified however they do not mix well in practice.
We argue that Particle Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques a newer set of likehood-free MCMC algorithms are well-suited to this task. We describe the general principles of the algorithm strategies for parallelization and show some examples of estimating different models. We also demonstrate once these models are estimated their out-of-sample forecasting performance. 

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Taylor Brown

Lecturer of Statistics, University of Virginia
Broadly interested in Bayesian statistics, time series, and computation.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 10:50am - 11:05am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Cheats Movement Podcast: Hip Hop in Higher Education


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A.D. Carson

Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, University of Virginia
A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator who writes rap songs, poems, stories, and essays. He was born in Decatur, Illinois and received a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Dr. Carson is a 2016 recipient of the... Read More →
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Marc Cheatham

Founder, The Cheats Movement
Marc Cheatham is a freelance writer and photographer. In 2011, he launched The Cheats Movement Blog, a platform that celebrates the Richmond region as a hub for music, art, culture, and diversity. The Cheats Movement Blog and collection of podcasts have been voted one of the best... Read More →
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Ricky Parker

Professor, Virginia Union University
Ricky Parker is a social entrepreneur that believes in using art as a means to effect social change. Currently, he serves as the Creative Director of Dream For Purpose, a creative agency that focuses on providing marketing solutions and brand management services to clients within... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

How to Develop a Data-Driven Creative Placemaking Strategy for Your Community


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Steven Pedigo

Director and Professor, New York University Schack Insitute of Real Estate
Steven Pedigo is an expert in economic and urban development, city strategy and management, and placemaking. Steven has advised and collaborated with more than 50 cities, universities, developers, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe to build more creative, innovative... Read More →

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Anna Bentson

Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism, City of Lynchburg
Anna Bentson is the Assistant Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of Lynchburg. In her role, Anna leads tourism and economic development marketing, entrepreneurship and business development for the City of Lynchburg and its Economic Development Authority. Anna... Read More →
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Rosamond Fletcher

Director of Programs, Design Trust for Public Space
Rosamond Fletcher, Assoc. AIA, is Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization that unlocks the potential of New York City’s shared spaces. She leads the strategic development, implementation, and assessment of Design Trust’s programs. Rosamond... Read More →
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Kian Kamas

Chief of Economic Development, City of Tulsa
Kian Kamas serves as Chief of Economic Development for Mayor G.T. Bynum and the City of Tulsa. In this role she is responsible for directly managing a team of ten staff who focus on managing and developing tools and programs crucial to successful economic development, and supporting... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

The Future of Work, Love, and Design: An Immersive Sound Experience with Design Pioneer Pamela Abalu and Violinist Andrei Matorin
Limited Capacity seats available

Join futurist, Pamela Abalu and violinist, Andrei Matorin, in a stunning one of a kind experience on work as an opportunity for personal growth, through embodied service to a lived human experience. Through storytelling as vibrant and experiential as their human centered projects, Abalu and Matorin call us to action work as love made visible; and design as a coordinating aspect of that love.

Sound experience by Andrei Matorin

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrei Matorin spent his early years studying violin and theory in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Since he began performing professionally at the age of 15 he has had the pleasure of collaborating with a diverse list of some of music’s most established and influential artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Bob Moses, Christian Scott, Curtis Fuller, among others.

Named as a “critic’s pick" by the Boston Globe, he has performed and been featured as a soloist at such prestigious institutions and festivals as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The MoMA and The Litchfield Jazz Festival. He’s also played for such dignitaries as Oprah, Billy Joel, and General Colin Powell. While rooted in the classical and jazz traditions, his music is influenced by modern dance and grooves to create infectious new sonic landscapes often using sound effects and loops.


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Pamela Abalu

Cofounder, Love and Magic Company
Pamela Abalu, co-founder of The Love and Magic Company, pioneers human-centered design practices that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations.A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, Pamela Abalu is inventing the future of workplace design... Read More →
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Andrei Matorin

Violinist, AndreiMatorin.com
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrei Matorin spent his early years studying violin and theory in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. Since he began performing professionally at the age of 15 he has had the pleasure of collaborating with a diverse list of some of music’s... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:00am

Love is the Bomb: Making Impact and Transformation Through Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Beatrix Ost and the founders of ARTICLE22, Elizabeth Suda and Camille Hautefort, will discuss how their Peacebomb Collection of jewelry is a story of love and community across continents that started with a soup spoon made from Vietnam War shrapnel and other aluminum. They will talk about their impact model - a virtuous circle that raises awareness and funds for MAG (Mines Advisory Group) to clear some of the 80 million unexploded bombs from land in Laos that creates a material source for local farmer-artisans to make more jewelry that helps clear more land.

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Camille Hautefort

Article 22
Hailing from Paris, Camille moved to New York in 2006 at the age of 21 to start a career in international finance and investment banking. Her passion for travelling, design and photography finally brought her to dedicate her time to ARTICLE22 in 2012 after she met Elizabeth and became... Read More →
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Beatrix Ost

Article 22
“In your body is a good place to be”. a mantra for the ageless and wise. Artist and fashion muse, Beatrix brings design talent and vision to her ongoing collaboration with ARTICLE22. With a shared ethos and transformation story of negative to positive, Beatrix was inspired to... Read More →
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Elizabeth Suda

Article 22
New York native Elizabeth wanted to answer a simple question: “how and by whom are the goods we consume made?” After two years in the Merchandising Department at Coach, she packed her bags and traveled to Laos. She was without a plan, but prepared. Upon arrival in Vientiane she... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:00am - 3:00pm
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:15am

Using Google's BERT to Ask Financial Documents Questions
In 2018, BERT changed the world of natural language processing.  This talk will introduce BERT by going through a specific, real-world application of it in the financial services industry.  S&P is hiring, so if this talk piques your interest please check out our AI engineering job openings.

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Ryan Duve

Using Google's BERT to Ask Financial Documents Questions, S&P Global
Ryan holds a PhD in physics from the University of Virginia, where his research focused on optical quantum computing, graphene synthesis and cryonuclear physics. His first exposure to data science was while working at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory and Duke University, where... Read More →

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11:15am

"Becoming a Data Scientist" Live Podcast featuring Andrew Therriault
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Renee Teate

Data Scientist, HelioCampus
Renee M. P. Teate is a Data Scientist at HelioCampus, and the creator of the Becoming a Data Scientist Podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account. She has worked with data for her entire career - designing relational databases, creating reports and analyses, and most recently developing... Read More →

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Andrew Therriault

Manager, Infrastructure Data Science, Facebook
Andrew Therriault has spent the past decade building and leading data science programs for organizations across the political, nonprofit, government, and technology sectors. He founded the Democratic National Committee’s data science team in 2014 and was appointed the City of Boston’s... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:15am

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning in The Supply Chain
There is a very positive 10 year outlook for hiring and STEM innovation in the supply chain, and a growing entry-level STEM workforce seeking opportunity in applied data science.  These two forces, combined with the relative “newness” of university training programs focused on the supply chain, create a knowledge gap between the typical entry-level data scientist seeking employment and the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a leader of the supply chain of the future.  The purpose of this talk is to close that gap, to help entry level and mid career “citizen scientists” understand these forces in supply chain innovation, and to generate conversations on how to match supply chains in the private and public sectors with data scientists who can lead in sustainable, socially responsible supply chain innovation.
We are surrounded by, interact with, and are dependent on a large set of highly complex supply chain networks.  These private sector and public sector network interact with each other, creating massive amounts of high value data assets, in an ecosystem that is primed for smart and socially responsible application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.  This talk focuses on how these supply chain networks has become so integral to day-to-day human activity in ways that the common person often overlooks, but that are fertile development opportunities for data scientists.  A brief history, current state-of-the-science, and 10 year vision of enhanced AI in the supply chain will be presented, followed by deeper illustration of 3 central machine learning use cases: enterprise-scale multivariate demand forecasting, human-computer interface enhancement, and IOT.  The presenter will describe algorithms with broad application in the supply chain, the method of productizing algorithms for commercial distribution, and the skill set needed for an entry level data scientist to move into this type of work.  

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Bill Panak

Vice President, Data Science, Halo, the Supply Chain Intelligence Company
As VP of Data Science, my role is to create proprietary supply chain algorithms and foundational data workflow assets, and to productize and monetizing these assets on behalf of our customers. To do this, I draw on my experiences as a PhD “quant” and 25 years of work in psychology... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:15am

Pymc-Learn: Practical Probabilistic Machine Learning in Python
Pymc-learn is a Python package providing a variety of state-of-the-art probabilistic models for supervised and unsupervised machine learning. It is inspired by scikit-learn and focuses on bringing probabilistic machine learning to non-specialists. It uses a general-purpose high-level language that mimics scikit-learn. Emphasis is put on ease of use, productivity, flexibility, performance, documentation, and an API consistent with scikit-learn. It depends on scikit-learn and pymc3 and is distributed under the new BSD-3 license, encouraging its use in both academia and industry. Source code, binaries, and documentation are available on http://github.com/pymc-learn/pymc-learn.

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Daniel Emaasit

Data Scientist, Haystax
I am a Data Scientist at Haystax in Washington, D.C. My interests involve developing principled probabilistic models for problems where training data are scarce by leveraging knowledge from subject-matter experts and context information. In particular, I am interested in flexible... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

11:45am

Applied Machine Learning Conference: Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch for the Applied Machine Learning Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Violet Crown 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Creative Ecosystems Conference: Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch for the Creative Ecosystems Conference Guests, Speakers, and Exhibitors

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Thursday April 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

12:00pm

Career & Life Design: Designing Your Path Forward
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head? This experiential workshop will use design thinking & mindfulness to help you become unstuck.

There will be the opportunity to give a suggested donation at the door.

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Julia Lapan

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

CEO, MARGA LLC
Marga Odahowski is a speaker, corporate coach, and author. Marga’s mission is to bring the integration of research and practical skills to individuals to facilitate wellbeing and creativity. Marga has a MSE in Counseling Education and served on the faculty at University of Virginia... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:30pm

Love, Community, and Fine Art: A Keynote Talk by Visual and Performing Artist Vanessa German
Limited Capacity seats available



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Vanessa German

Founder, ARThouse and Love Front Porch
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

12:45pm

Deep Learning for Visual Recognition of Enteropathy and Addressing Tissue Staining Color Bias in Biopsy Slides
Pathology has played an essential role in diagnosis of gastrointestinal disorders. However, errors can occur due to complex systems, time constraints and variable inputs. This can be further complicated when the biopsy images share histological features. In light of this, developing assistive computational methods can help. The goal of applying computational methods in identifying diseases is to achieve a fast, reproducible and reasonably accurate methods that can be standardized. 
Deep learning in detecting diseases in histopathology images has been an active area of research. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), a form of deep learning, is particularly suited for distinguishing features in biopsy images. Past work in this area involves using CNN to detect cancer metastases in high resolution biopsy images. 
Applying CNN to high resolution biopsy images from patients of gastro-intestinal diseases, specifically, Celiac Disease and Environmental Enteropathy helps detect distinguishing features in tissues effected by them. These diseases have significantly overlapping features which makes them difficult to be diagnosed. CNNs learn from different areas of an image and look for similar patterns in new images and classify them based on which features look the same. Our hypothesis is this deep learning technique will find differences in histologically similar looking tissues that are sometimes indistinguishable under a microscopic lens. 
We demonstrate in our work a viable deep learning architecture to classify duodenal biopsy images into if each of them is either has Celiac Disease, Environmental Enteropathy or Normal tissues. We build a model using a Resnet50 CNN model, pre-trained on the ImageNet dataset. We use transfer learning and differential learning rates to further train the model. We run color normalization on our dataset to remove color differences that occur in images caused due to using different reagents while staining or different scanning machines. 

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Aman Shrivastava

Student, University of Virginia
I am a Data Science masters student at the Data Science Institute, University of Virginia. With an eclectic background through my education and engagements with organizations in different domains, I am passionate about finding interdisciplinary applications of data science, particularly... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:45pm

Intelligent Virtual Assistants - The Good, Bad, and Ugly
Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs) have opened up a new world of convenience in home and work ecosystems. Waking up in the morning and finding out, with a simple question, how the weather is or what is your schedule, completing your shopping list with a simple verbal request. IVA are also integrated and connected with other IoT smart home devices, we can ask to increase the temperature in the apartment, to prepare a coffee, show the baby camera, or open the garage door. This rapid expansion of IVA is a game changer with good and bad outcomes. Gartner predicts that the IVA market will increase to over 2.1BN by 2020. However, it appears that as we surround ourselves with more and more IVA devices, more and more news reports are delivering stories that are raising concerns regarding the reliability and trustworthiness of such IVAs. Such as our parrot is adding items in our shopping list, kindergartener accidentally ordering pricey toy, IVA is calling police without user interaction.

In this presentation we will discuss the IVA core architectures and the security and privacy concerns raised by their integration into home and work environments. We would employ statistical methods to ‘fingerprint’ IoT devices including IVA and would identify device state such as active, muted, and idle. We would discuss network traffic similarity analysis between IoT devices in smart home, and their link and communication patterns. The questions that are addressed in this presentation are:
  1. Can we identify the IoT devices in our home network by looking at the traffic?
  2. Is the network traffic similar among the IoT devices from the same manufacturer?
  3. Can we discover the communication pattern between devices by looking at the traffic?

This presentation will conclude with a brief discussion of our future research focused on leveraging the IoT device fingerprinting approach to identify malicious behavior or deviations from normal behavior that may raise security concerns.

The presentation session is organized in five parts each consist of lecture and interactive sections:
  • Introduction to IVA and Smart Home IoT networks
  • Architecture of IVAs (Alexa, Google assistant, Siri, Cortana)
  • Security and privacy vulnerabilities scenarios
  • Demonstrating of practical example – ML code and real-world data
  • Conclusion

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Olivera Kotevska

Postdoctoral researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Olivera Kotevska is a postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science and Mathematics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee, USA. Olivera received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France in 2018. Before joining ORNL, she... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:45pm

Intro to ConvNets: The Backbone of Modern Computer Vision
In recent years, advancements in deep learning have revolutionized the field of computer vision. Tasks like image classification have surpassed human performance on several complex datasets, and great strides are being made on several other areas such as object detection, face recognition and image segmentation. Behind this revolution lies a simple yet effective algorithm, the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In this talk, Tryolabs Research Engineer Joaquin Alori gives a brief history behind the progress of CNNs, explains how they work, and shows how they are being used in state of the art models.

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Joaquín Alori

Research Engineer, Tryolabs
Joaquin Alori is a Research Engineer at Tryolabs, where he works on object tracking, pose estimation, and person re-id problems. Prior to joining Tryolabs he worked at ABB Uruguay as a Control Systems Engineer. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Universidad de Montev... Read More →

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12:45pm

TensorFlow in R Programming, A Beginner's Primer
Developed by Google researchers and engineers for  deep neural networks research, Tensorflow provides developers a capacity for developing deep learning models. It and the Keras framework became available for R programming in 2018, along with an availability for machine learning in the browser through the Tensorflow.js framework. But how should developers approach using the basic capabilities in Tensorflow? This session is a straightforward overview of how the machine learning framework is used within R. Examples with data will be presented with coverage of how to best start with the framework.

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Pierre DeBois

Founder / CEO, Zimana
Pierre DeBois is the founder and CEO of Zimana, an analytics services that help organizations achieve profitability improvements in marketing, Web development, and within their business operations. Zimana has provided services for businesses from many industries.Pierre has provided... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:05pm

Collaboration between Data Scientist and Librarian/Project Manager
This is a solo presentation designed to illustrate the way data science techniques can be used to make practical decisions in managing a project. The genesis of the collaboration occurred when the librarian/project manager and data scientist began working together in the library setting and explored possibilities of integrating data science into library data gathering and analysis, to foster informed decision-making.

The collaboration became a reality when the librarian/project manager was faced with moving the 1.675 million book collection out of the main library for a major renovation project. She formed a Data Working Group comprised of the data scientist, two library employees skilled at gathering relevant data, and herself. The Group analyzed the large library collection to aid the Alderman Renovation Collections Group in determining which books should remain on-campus during the renovation and which could be located at and retrieved from the Library’s off-site facility.

The end result was the creation of a picklist for the books remaining on-campus and it has been given to the vendor who will actually do the move. This was completed at the end of December 2018 and was the key element to the successful resolution of managing the collection during the expected three-year renovation when the large, main library will be closed.


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Esther Onega

Senior Project Manager for Alderman Renovation, University of Virginia Library
Ms. Onega has worked at the UVA Library since 1997, in a variety of librarian and project management positions. She received her MLS from University of Maryland and her Project Management certificate from the University of Virginia. Her strengths include a thorough knowledge of the... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:05pm - 1:20pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:05pm

Design of Semiconducting Materials for Photovoltaic Applications Using Python Machine Learning with Tensor Flow
This presentation will detail the steps used to build a TensorFlow machine learning model to predict the band gap of semiconducting materials. The band gap is a fundamental property determining photovoltaic-device efficiency for applications such as solar panels. The optimal band gap range for these applications is 0.5eV - 2.5eV. Our dataset was generated from the open source Materials Project and the Python Materials Genomics (pymatgen) code and database. After generation of the dataset and elemental physical descriptors (features), we proceeded to create a “pipeline” of models to facilitate feature engineering and feature selection. First, we developed a support vector machine regression model with a radial-basis (gaussian) kernel and employed a grid search to get a RMSE of 0.45eV.   Although this model gave good results, each dataset instance consisted of 128 features, and we sought to reduce this initial feature space to avoid model complexity and overfitting. 
As part of feature engineering through our “model pipeline”, we employed Random Forest and its feature importance measures to reduce the feature space dimensionality. Finally, with the reduced feature space, we build a machine learning model in TensorFlow with L2 regularization (ridge regression). Through judicious hyperparameter tuning of our TensorFlow model and using element-specific atomic descriptors, we predict the band gaps of more than 75 AB binary compounds suitable for photovoltaic applications. A root mean squared error (RMSE) of 0.2 eV is achieved using the TensorFlow model with only a 10-dimensional set of descriptors, reduced from the 128-dimensional feature space we started with!
The resulting TensorFlow model can be deployed to discover new materials that can be used in applications with the goal of reducing the world’s carbon footprint such as solar panels for generating electricity and water splitting devices for hydrogen fuel cells.

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Anthony Teate

Professor, James Madison University
Dr. Anthony A. Teate is a tenured Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences located in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at James Madison University, where he is also the Director of the Data Science and Applied Machine Learning Laboratory. His current areas of... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:05pm - 1:35pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:05pm

Detecting The Unknown: Using Unsupervised Behavior Models To Expose Malicious Network Activity
We'll describe our work to achieve anomaly detection at network speed by combining probabilistic modeling, graph-based models, and more traditional machine learning techniques with the open source RAPIDS suite of software libraries. Traditional approaches to cybersecurity take a reactive approach, studying previous attacks to flag similar attacks in the future. This leaves systems vulnerable to day zero attacks in which adversaries use entirely new tactics to infiltrate a network. We'll explain how we address this issue by using multiple unsupervised models to alert cyber analysts about anomalous behavior, and then incorporate analysts' feedback to continuously update our models. The nature of anomaly detection in this low signal-to-noise space results in a high-false positive rate for most machine learning approaches. To mitigate this, we incorporate cyber analysts' feedback on alerts to continuously update our models. By combining the power of machine learning with experts' cyber knowledge in one integrated learning platform powered by GPUs, we improve the accuracy of future alerts, overall model performance, and reduce the time to detection for novel attacks. 

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Will Badart

Machine Learning Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Will is a web developer turned software engineer turned data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen, Will designs and builds novel, AI-driven cyber defenses and systems to deliver them. Will has a passion for design, vim, martial arts, and open source software.
avatar for Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson

Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sarah Olson is a Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, with current focus areas in cyber security, machine learning models, and natural language processing. Her projects at the company have supported a variety of her interests, ranging from developing models to detect credential... Read More →

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1:05pm

Devops in Data Science Panel
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Miriam Friedel

Director of Data Science, Skafos.ai
Dr. Miriam Friedel has spent over fifteen years in scientific and technical fields spanning theoretical physics, software engineering, transportation, neuroscience, and machine learning. She currently leads the data science team at Skafos.ai (formerly Metis Machine) in Charlottesville... Read More →
avatar for Steven Lott

Steven Lott

Master Software Engineer, Capital One
Steve has been developing software since computers were large, expensive, and rare. He's written several books on Python, published by Packt.
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Ken Zamkow

General Manager for United States, run:ai
Ken leads the US activity for run:ai, a startup that helps deep learning engineers and data scientists to significantly speed up the training of their neural network models, while reducing compute costs and workflow complexities.Previously, Ken was the Founder and CEO of SportsGuru... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:05pm - 1:40pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:25pm

Getting Started with Robust Data Analysis - Setting Up a Data Warehouse without a Data Engineer
It’s commonly stated that 50-80% of data analysis is actually data preparation. In this talk we’ll walk through a  fast and easy way to centralize your data, model it effectively and run analyses and visuals for your stakeholders - with minimal engineering resources. Data analysts, scientists and ml engineers can’t do their work without well-formed data structures. By building out a well structured data warehouse you can increase analysis speed, repeatability and confidence.

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Stephen Levin

Special Projects, Zapier
Stephen does Special Projects for the CEO at Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over 3 million people to connect the work apps they use every day. He uses data to help inform decisions in product, strategy, marketing, and operations. He also founded Think Analytically, where... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:25pm - 1:40pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

Building Trust in Arts Communities: How a Public-Private Partnership Built a Performing Arts Center in Greensboro—and a New Can-do Spirit for Action


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Speakers
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Walker Sanders

President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc.
H. Walker Sanders is president of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG). Its mission is to inspire giving, maximize opportunities and strengthen communities for present and future generations. CFGG manages more than $220 million in assets through 650 component funds... Read More →
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Michele Walter

Managing Director, AMS Planning & Research Corp.
Since its founding in 1988, AMS has gained particular recognition for its work on important cultural facilities planning projects, having had participated in the successful development of $9 billion in capital facilities for the arts, ranging from small projects to those costing hundreds... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

Live/Create/Repeat: How Do We Create Safe & Affordable Spaces for Artists?


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Marian Glebes

Art Space Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO)
Marian April Glebes brings a multifaceted practice to her role as BARCO’s Arts Space Technical Assistance Program Coordinator. As an emerging artist, Glebes became the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Patricia and Mark Joseph Centre for Education... Read More →
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Jeannie Howe

Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Leading the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Jeannie Howe is responsible for convening the region's cultural community by connecting artists and organizations to one another and to vital resources, as well as advocating for the strategic needs of the sector and promoting... Read More →
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Jim Walker

CEO and lead artist, Big Car Collaborative
Jim Walker is CEO of Big Car Collaborative, an Indianapolis-based socially engaged art nonprofit he helped found in 2004. Walker is lead artist for Big Car’s Spark Placemaking work that brings engagement-based public programming and people-focused design to communities across Indiana... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:45pm

The Value of the Folk Festival to Small Cities


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Moderators
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Cliff Murphy

Director, Folk & Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Cliff Murphy has served as the Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts since 2015. He is the past Director of Maryland Traditions, the Folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, where he served from 2008-2015. Cliff has co-produced radio... Read More →

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Junious Brickhouse

Founder/ Executive Director, Urban Artistry Inc.
Junious “House” Brickhouse is an internationally established educator, choreographer and cultural preservationist with over 30 years of experience in Urban Dance Culture. Born in Virginia Beach, VA, his dance training began at family gatherings dancing the funk styles of the era... Read More →
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Amy Grossmann

Director, North Carolina Folk Festival
Amy Grossmann is the Interim President & CEO of ArtsGreensboro, the leading arts funding organization in Guilford County that financially supports more than 50 arts organizations and projects each year, connects the public to arts and entertainment, and financially supports the area... Read More →
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Jon Lohman

Director, Virginia Folklife, Virginia Humanities
Jon Lohman is the Virginia State Folklorist and director of the Virginia Folklife Program. Jon earned a Ph.D. degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Since coming to Virginia Humanities in 2001, Lohman has been actively showcasing Virginia’s rich cultural... Read More →
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Phillip Wiggins

Musician, Chesapeake Sheiks
Pioneering blue harmonica players and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:00pm

How Can “Data for Good” Be Better?
The potential value of data science to governments, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and political campaigns is enormous, but so are the challenges. Andrew Therriault has spent most of his career working on these problems, and he’ll share the lessons he’s learned from both successes and failures. Using examples from his own work and others’, Therriault will show how to find the best opportunities to apply data science to civic problems, and offer guidance for avoiding common mistakes along the way. He’ll also take a look at the “Data for Good” ecosystem as a whole and present a new model for collaboration between the public and private sectors, one that could help civic data science finally realize its full potential.

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Andrew Therriault

Manager, Infrastructure Data Science, Facebook
Andrew Therriault has spent the past decade building and leading data science programs for organizations across the political, nonprofit, government, and technology sectors. He founded the Democratic National Committee’s data science team in 2014 and was appointed the City of Boston’s... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

2:00pm

Ecosystem Building 101
Thursday April 11, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:00pm

Virginia Council for CEOs Roundtables
Peer Roundtables are a key to success for many small and mid-sized business CEOs. More than 250 Virginia CEOs participate in roundtables organized by the Virginia Council of CEOs, learning and growing through disciplined monthly meetings with their own small group of trusted peers. Council members will facilitate roundtables at Tom Tom for participating CEOs, giving them a chance to experience the power of these learning groups.

CEO Roundtables are a perfect forum to test new ideas, solve problems and learn from others who share your experiences. There’s nothing to prepare, just come ready to engage, share and learn from others in this safe and confidential environment. Roundtable members often connect authentically, resulting in new relationships that last beyond the day.

For this roundtable experience, we welcome anyone who leads a business with 5 or more employees.

Please register at https://ceoroundtablestomtom19.eventbrite.com

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Kite Making Workshop
Limited Capacity full
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Tom Tom Resident Artist, Federico Cuatlacuatl will lead a workshop on making kites which he will feature in his exhibit: Desencabronamiento.

Using sculptural kites and digital video projection, Cuatlacuatl aims to activate a space where unlike communities can find a meeting point to coexist in dialogue and culture. This exhibit will express a perspective that empathizes and connects with local Latinx immigrants to amplify collective voices, highlight relevant local urgencies, produce diversifying advances, and pose art as a powerful lens for cross-cultural endeavors.

Cuatlacuatl will showcase his exploration and experimentation of various kite models, materials, and sizes alongside experimentations with 3D tracking the motion of kites during flying sessions and using this data to simulate 3D animations. Another emphasis of this project will be community engagement through kite-making workshops and flying sessions.



Artists
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Federico Cuatlacuatl

Tom Tom Artist in Residence
Federico Cuatlacuatl is a Mexican Indigenous artist born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. He then immigrated to Indiana and received his MFA specializing in Digital Arts at the Bowling Green State University.  Federico's work is invested in disseminating topics of Latinx immigration... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Common House: South 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:45pm

Building Next Gen Leadership: Programs that Develop Leadership Skills for Emerging and Mid-Career Arts Professionals


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Moderators
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Theresa Colvin

Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Speakers
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Krista Bradley

Director of Programs and Resources, Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Krista R. Bradley joined the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) as the Director of Programs and Resources in July 2017.  In this capacity she develops and implements APAP's year-round and conference-related professional development programs, grantmaking, services... Read More →
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Nicholas Cohen

Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Over the past 12 years, Nicholas Cohen has been a strong advocate for the arts in Maryland as a musician, educator, and administrator. Currently, Mr. Cohen is the Executive Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). In this role, he oversees the statewide strategy, implementation... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Common House: North 206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:50pm

Applying Machine Learning to Dynamic Operations
There is significant rhetoric about Machine Learning, but less clarity on how it’s being applied to solve operational problems.  The majority of reinforcement-based machine learning systems continues to face limitations.  Those limitations include: Variance due to multivariate nature of the operations it’s learning, Latency due to the nature of the reinforcement learning model, Bias due to the manual feature engineering and tuning that happens.
We will first explore the challenges facing ML as it attempts to predict operational systems.  Most operational systems are non-deterministic so we will assume it is that type of system that we are trying to develop an advance predictive model of.  
Assume first that system is static, single variate, and we can use a learning representation to generate a probabilistic set of outcomes.  After repeated runs we would develop a model of the outcomes.  
Accurately representing that model so that it could be used to predict future outcomes would involve some type of tuning.  Current machine learning involves complex feature analysis and manual tuning over repeated runs to achieve a model that does not over fit or underfit, so that it can accurately predict future outcomes.
But most systems are multi-variate (have multiple variable inputs) that drive their various outcomes.  This multi-dimensionality factorially increases the complexity of the model we are trying to construct; as there are many combinations of values, across many combinations of inputs, that create the varying outcomes.  
Finally, most systems are dynamic rather than static.  So not only do the multivariate input values change dynamically, their correlation to the outcomes also changes dynamically.  This dynamic adds the requirement of continuous learning, in addition to that of continuous forecasting.
Is it possible to construct a system that can effectively learn and predict this kind of model?
This discussion will explore this problem of modeling dynamic Business Operations and the challenge it presents to Reinforcement Learning.  Then we will share practical examples of applying such types of machine learning to dynamic business operations, to improve operational outcomes.  In all cases, the goal of the system is to predict future events, such that people, equipment and processes can be optimized, and disruption minimized.

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Speakers
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Tom Brock

CEO, ConvergentAI
Tom brings over 30 years experience in software and analytics.  He has had roles ranging from COO, CIO, GM and Strategy, spanning from industrial automation to healthcare analytics.  He has BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, is a graduate of GE’s management... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Violet Crown: Theater 4 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:50pm

Balanced Datasets Are Not Enough: Estimating and Mitigating Gender Bias in Deep Image Representations
In this work we analyze visual recognition tasks such as object and action recognition, and demonstrate the extent to which these tasks are correlated with features corresponding to a protected variable such as gender. We introduce the concept of “natural leakage” to measure the intrinsic reliance of a task on a protected variable. We further show that machine learning models of visual recognition trained for these tasks tend to exacerbate the reliance on gender features. To address this, we use adversarial training to remove unwanted features corresponding to protected variables from intermediate representations in a deep neural network. Experiments on two datasets: the COCO dataset (objects), and the imSitu dataset (actions), show reductions in the extent to which models rely on gender features while maintaining most of the accuracy of the original models. These results even surpass a strong baseline that blurs or removes people from images using ground-truth annotations. Moreover, we provide convincing interpretable visual evidence through an autoencoder-augmented model showing that this approach is performing semantically meaningful removal of gender features, and thus can also be used to remove gender attributes directly from images.

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Speakers
avatar for Tianlu Wang

Tianlu Wang

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
Tianlu Wang is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. She has been working with Prof. Vicente Ordóñez Román since Fall 2016. Her research focus lies at the intersection of computer vision and natural language processing. More recently... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Violet Crown: Theater 3 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:50pm

Using Triangulation to Evaluate Machine Learning Models
As machine learning grows in prominence, adoption in high-impact use cases such as anti-fraud and network security are growing. Having a high performing statistical model in these areas are critical: a false positive error leads to unnecessary work, while a false negative error increases exposure to potential threats. Since there are no perfect machine learning models, as data scientists our task is to first convince ourselves and then convince others that we have a statistical model worthy for production. Persuasion, though, can be difficult because many of the steps and assumptions that go into training a statistical model from data are difficult, if not impossible, to accurately share with the ultimate consumers of the model. 
Drawing on ideas from the philosophy of science such as falsifiability and counterfactuals, we present a framework for triangulating the performance of machine learning models using a series of questions to help establish the validity of performance claims. In navigation tasks, triangulation can be used to determine one’s current location based on the angle and distance from other landmarks with known position. We believe triangulation of a different sort is necessary to determine the performance of machine learning models. Each of the steps that go into making a machine learning model including input data selection, sampling, outcome variable selection, feature creation, model selection and evaluation criteria shape the final model and provide necessary context for interpreting the performance results. Our framework highlights ways to uncover assumptions hidden in those choices and identify higher performing models. 

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Andrew Fast

Chief Data Scientist, CounterFlow AI, Inc
Andrew Fast is the Chief Data Scientist and co-founder of CounterFlow AI, where he leads the implementation of streaming machine learning algorithms for CounterFlow's next-generation network forensics platform, ThreatEye.Previously, Dr. Fast served as the Chief Scientist at Elder... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Violet Crown: Theater 5 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:55pm

MRI Image Synthesis for the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease
Parkinsons disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated 1% of adults over 65. While the disease itself is not fatal, complications related to PD are rated as the 14th largest cause of death in the United States by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. In spite of technological advances, Parkinson’s diagnosis methods have not changed, and the accuracy of diagnosis has remained at approximately 81% for the past 25 years. These methods include analyzing years of neurological data to determine if the patient has developed the symptoms of Parkinson’s, including limb rigidity and tremors, both of which are common side effects of a number of other diseases. With the rise of automated prediction algorithms paired with the generation of massive amounts of data, the automatic diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease has not caught up to traditional means. This is commonly attributed to the lack of useful data, as most computational systems require a tremendous amount of medical data that isn’t readily available as gathering the data can be expensive. This study presents PDGAN, a tool to aid pathologists and neurologists in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. PDGAN uses a series of neural networks to classify Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI Images). PDGAN employs Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to synthetically generate medical images which is used to augment the classification efforts. The pair of Convolutional Neural Networks exhibited an testing accuracy of 91.4% without the augment of new data, and combined the total accuracy was 96.6%, a 16% increase com- pared to traditional methods at a fraction of the cost and time. PDGAN demonstrates the feasibility of utilizing GANs to generate unseen data for the improvement of classification accuracy in the medical setting. The biggest challenge in leveraging the power of AI/ML in the healthcare space today is a lack of data access. What if we could artificially generate more data to fill in the gaps where traditional patient-driven sampling techniques don’t meet the data demand? This session presents one use-case for Generative Adversarial Networks and Auto-encoders to augment a data-set, as well as other optimization techniques for classifiers working with small amounts of data. This session will demonstrate these concepts in the scope of an important problem in the field of healthcare: accurately assessing Parkinson’s onset for a quick diagnosis. 

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avatar for Neeyanth Kopparapu

Neeyanth Kopparapu

Student, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Neeyanth Kopparapu is a High School Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA. As a student, he is interested in mathematics, computer science, and physics. He is especially interested in developing computer science (specifically artificial intelligence) models to help... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 2:55pm - 3:25pm
Violet Crown, Theater 1 200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

3:00pm

A Line in the Sand: A Conversation with Burning Man Cofounder Michael “Danger Ranger” Mikel


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Moderators
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Michael Orlove

Director, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities, International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Orlove has been Director of Artists Communities, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works and International Activities for the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read More →

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Michael Mikel

Director of Advanced Social Systems, Burning Man
Michael Mikel is both an historian and a futurist with an interest in technology and social communities. He serves Burning Man as Director of Advanced Social Systems and Ambassador. Michael was instrumental in bringing Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, and is responsible... Read More →

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Thursday April 11, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Vinegar Hill Theater 220 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA