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Tom Tom Founders Festival Announces Anne-Marie Slaughter as Keynote Speaker

Charlottesville, VA—Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of the national think tank and civic enterprise New America, former Dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, former White House and State Department advisor, and bestselling author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family (2015), will deliver a keynote address  at the sixth annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. Slaughter will be joined by a host of other prominent speakers, including cofounder of New Belgium Brewing Company Kim Jordan;  founding partner at 500 Startups Dave McClure; and cofounder and CEO of CODE2040 Laura Weidman Powers. They are among the more than two hundred speakers who will address the Festival.

“We are thrilled to host Anne-Marie Slaughter at the 2017 Tom Tom Founders Festival,” said Festival Founder and Director Paul Beyer. “Dr. Slaughter not only offers fascinating insight into critical issues of thoughtful, successful policy and government, but also serves as an inspiring exemplar of an unwavering commitment to public service. Her career reflects Tom Tom’s core values and aspirations, and her keynote address will no doubt serve as a rousing launch to this year’s terrific innovation- and empowerment-oriented agenda.”

Slaughter will appear at two high-profile Festival events: the popular Founders Summit, a one-of-a-kind assemblage of America’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs, and the inaugural Hometown Summit, America’s biggest conference for small cities. Slaughter’s Founders Summit speech will address issues related to her remarkable journey from growing up in Charlottesville, to becoming the first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a leading advisor to the State Department and White House, and author of the most-read article in the history of The Atlantic Monthly, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” During the Hometown Summit, Slaughter will address renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the digital age, as part of a panel discussion with mayors and other public sector leaders.

“Having had an incredibly distinguished career and breaking a number of glass ceilings as the “first woman” in male-dominated roles, Dr. Slaughter started a sweeping conversation in America on gender equality in the workforce and the importance of work-life balance,” said Celia Castleman, Tom Tom Founders Festival Associate Director. “It is a tremendous honor to host her at this year’s Festival. Her voice as a trailblazer promises to provide insight and inspiration to our audience.”

Registration is now open for the Founders Summit and Hometown Summit, which will be held April 13-15 at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater and Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, respectively. A Founders Summit rate of $79 per person and $29 for students is available until Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. Hometown Summit three-day badges begin at $250. To register or learn more about the sixth Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, explore our website, follow us on Twitter @tomtomfest, or like our Facebook page. To apply for media credentials, please contact Whitney Kenerly,

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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The Tom Tom Foundation is the nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. Supporting high-impact events throughout the year, the Foundation seeks to empower the innovators whose creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to community help ensure a better future for us all. Now in its sixth year, the action-packed Founders Festival is held during the week of April 13 (hometown hero Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) in Charlottesville, VA. Featuring outstanding local music, art, and food, as well as high-stakes startup competitions and high-impact conversations with business, entrepreneurial, and academic and civic leaders, the event attracted more than 38,000 attendees in 2016. Learn more at


Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited seven books, including Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family (2015), A New World Order (2004), and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.


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