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2019 Summit: 1st Round of Speakers Announced!



A few first highlights of our 2019 program

The Tom Tom team is thrilled to announce some early highlights of our speaker lineup for this April’s Summit. From civic powerhouses and creative forces from all over the country to game-changing entrepreneurs and energy industry heroes, this group has us excited for April, and we hope you’ll feel the same way. Many more speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, but lucky for you: Tickets to all six of our conferences are on sale right now. Get yours here, and we’ll see you soon.

Tuesday, April 9: The third-annual student-focused Tom Tom conference, presented in partnership with UVA’s Curry School of Education and ReinventED Lab, will get a jolt of inspiration from keynote Jaclyn Corin, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida) senior who co-founded March for Our Lives. Corin, who was recently accepted to Harvard University, will speak to our audience of Virginia high schoolers about youth empowerment and what it takes for a group of teenagers to start a national movement. For a preview of Corin’s powerful message, check out this profile from a recent issue of Vanity FairLearn More.

Wednesday, April 10: For Tom Tom’s core conference, three-dozen speakers from coast to coast have already confirmed to engage with themes of equity, creativity, and opportunity in cities. San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros will make the trip to talk about how your hometown can become a “second chance city” for the formerly incarcerated. UVA Law superstar and Equity Initiative leader Dayna Matthew will host a conversation on the social mobility bind. In the education space, the Lumina Foundation’s Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work, Chauncy Lennon, will share insights on the road to postsecondary education for all, while Sheila Dugan of Johns Hopkins’ GovEx will dig into how data can move your city forward. Plus: Noah Horowitz, Director of Art Basel Americas, is heading north from Miami for a keynote talk about cities’ creative infrastructure and identity through the lens of Art Basel’s expansion to Buenos Aires. Learn More.

Wednesday, April 10: This blockbuster conference’s second year welcomes clean energy giant and The Energy Gang podcast star Katherine Hamilton to Charlottesville for a keynote talk. Fluence CEO Stephen Coughlin and Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus Carlos Curbelo have also come aboard to speak to this insider audience. Learn More.

Thursday, April 11: mong the most exciting American artists working today, recipient of the Don Tyson Art Prize, and cofounder of Pittsburgh’s Love Front Porch, Vanessa German will keynote our inaugural creative conference. Additional speakers include Hartlan, Kentucky artist and organizer Robert Gipe (read about him in this Oxford American article), as well as UVA professor of hip-hop AD Carson, who’ll join Marc Cheatham for a live taping of The Cheats Movement podcast. And that’s not all: Design hero Pamela Abalu, who has served as Chief Architect for MetLife, will deliver an immersive talk you won’t soon forget. Learn More.

Thursday, April 11: This year’s peer reviewed and expert driven AMLC lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. The speaker RFP for this conference has been extended to January 22. In other words: Last chance to submit your applied machine learning talk for 2019! Learn More.

Friday, April 12: Calling all investors, entrepreneurs, and economic developers—this event, presented in partnership with the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UVA’s Darden School of Business, is for you! Revolution’s Rise of the Rest seed fund partner David Hall is on deck to speak about investing in markets outside New York and Silicon Valley. You’ll also want to catch Entrepreneur magazine editor-in-chief Jason Feifer’s highly entertaining (and highly insightful) talk about spotting entrepreneurship in your own backyard. Love & Magic co-founders Chinedu Echeruo and Pamela Abalu will lead an interactive keynote talk on the future of work; Echeruo is the founder of HopStop (eventually sold to Apple) and together, they’ve created MindMeet, an entrepreneurial knowledge-sharing community. And wait…did somebody say “Amazon”? VEDP CEO Stephen Moret will lead a session about the unique incentives that landed HQ2 in NOVA. Learn More.

Friday, April 12: The brightest student minds from Virginia’s colleges and universities are preparing to face off at this year’s Innovators Cup. With $60,000 on the line, competitors will develop innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues. Our dozen-plus confirmed judges include Frances Bradford, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Education, and Jim Cheng, CAV Angels’ cofounder. And don’t miss the finals at 2pm on Friday, where celebrity judges such as Entrepreneur’s Jason Feifer will weigh in Shark Tank-style. Learn More.




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