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NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin and the Two Blind Brothers Cofounders

Founding Stories Keynotes – “GRIT: The Strength to Overcome Adversity” at the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival

Friday April 13th | The Paramount Theater

What is the one superpower that heroes in sports, business, and social impact all have in common? Grit. Learn how these incredible individuals have found the power to endure through setbacks and transform misfortune into strength.


Moderators: Natalia Brzezinski , Brilliant Minds Foundation and Symposium Stockholm, CEO

Sponsors: UVA McIntire School of Commerce Galant Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin 

A Dallas Cowboy and NASA astronaut, Melvin has achieved what few aspire to in a lifetime – and has overcome more than most, from an injury that left him temporarily deaf to a sexual assault in childhood. Learn where he has found the resilience to do the impossible.



Two Blind Brother Cofounders the Manning Brothers 

Diagnosed as children with an illness that would blind them, Bryan and Bradford Manning  inspire others with disabilities, launching their business to fund a cure for future generations.


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