For one week over Founder’s Day (April 13), the city of Charlottesville is reimagined as a creative canvas for innovators, visionaries and artists. With over 60 bands, 200 speakers and 400 community organizations, the Festival spills through outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, concert halls and more. Through a diversity of disciplines and engagement with forward thinking makers and doers, we build on the rich history of the city while chart a new path into the future.
As President and CEO, Dr. Slaughter leads a team of economic, political and scientific experts in developing innovative solutions for our Nation’s public issues such as education, national security and technology policy. A Charlottesville native, she returns to her roots to share her founding story as a keynote at the Founders Summit and moderator at the Hometown Summit.
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.