TENWEST Impact Festival helps the curious and the impassioned solve the great economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges facing our communities. Through ten days of exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences, national experts and local heroes will inspire the ideas and facilitate the connections that will empower us to act.


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Friday, October 11th 2019*
Date / Time
Oct 11, 19
08:45 am - 10:30 am
Tucson Convention Center
Oct 11, 19
08:45 am - 10:30 am
Tucson Convention Center
Oct 11, 19
10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Tucson Convention Center
Alastair Fitzpayne
Aspen Institute
Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative

Alastair Fitzpayne serves as Executive Director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In…

Allie Burns
Village Capital

Allie serves as the CEO of Village Capital. Village Capital is a venture capital firm that finds, trains, and invests in early-stage ventures solving major global problems in agriculture, education, energy, financial inclusion, and health. She previously served as a…

Amy Kraehe
Associate Professor, Art
University of Arizona

Dr. Amy Kraehe’s scholarship, teaching and community engagement focus on how the arts and arts education can challenge, as well as reinforce, systems of inequality. She explores this contradiction by investigating the ways in which sociocultural, spatial, political, and economic…

Austin Nunez
Tohono O'odham Nation
Cash Lansky
Chris Hievly
VP Innovation

Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts on launching startups and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.”  He co-founded MapQuest, is an angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (directed over $75M) and is VP…

Francis Slay

Former Mayor of St. Louis

Francis G. Slay made history in 2013 by becoming the City of St. Louis' first mayor to be elected to a fourth, four-year term in office. During his tenure, downtown St. Louis was revitalized with major projects including Busch Stadium…

Hannah Davis
Founder and President

I started BANGS Shoes after teaching English in China and discovering simple shoes worn by workers and farmers. Inspired by their look and the hard-working people who wear them, BANGS Shoes are designed to support you from one adventure to…

Herminia Frias
Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council

Herminia “Minnie” Frias, Councilwoman, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council. Councilwoman Frias has served on her Nation’s Tribal Council both as a Chairwoman, and as a Council Member. Frias was the youngest person and first woman to be elected as Tribal Chair…

Jaca Zulu
Jay Richards
Assistant Research Professor
Catholic University of America

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America and is developing the curriculum for the University’s innovative business program currently targeted to launch in Tucson in fall…

Joan Timeche
Executive Director
Native Nations Institute

Joan Timeche is the Executive Director of the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona. A citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Old Oraibi, she received a B.S….

Jonathan Rothschild
City of Tucson

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need. Since taking office, the mayor has helped settle the long-standing Rio Nuevo dispute, opening a new era…

Lauren Valenzuela

Lauren Valenzuela is the owner and maker of Sigfús Designs. A Tucson native, Lauren has a long history of creating art and reveling in the beauty and possibility in the Sonoran Desert. Founded in 2018, Sigfús Designs is a little…

Marc Folk
Executive Director
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo

Executive Director Marc D. Folk has been with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo as an employee for over twelve years. Marc first worked with the Arts Commission in 1996 as an instructor in the Young Artists at Work program,…

Marc Sedam
Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures
University of New Hampshire UNH Innovation

Marc Sedam, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation, joined UNH in November 2010. Sedam has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH,…

Mattea –

Local musician Mattea is a creative with heart. https://open.spotify.com/album/1GwKutb4TcVMe1rzfGjMWv

Mick Cornett

Former Mayor Oklahoma City

Cornett was elected Oklahoma City’s 35th mayor in 2004 and is the only mayor in the city’s history to be voted into a fourth term. Cornett led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800-million investment in parks, urban…

Moniek James
Founder and CEO
Renegade Creative Media Group

Moniek James is a serial entrepreneur, small business strategist and self-proclaimed social media nerd. As the founder and CEO of The Confetti Collective, a personal growth platform that inspires confidence in women and girls, Moniek provides a platform of empowerment…

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Ph.D., an international multidisciplinary design expert, is the dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. “Nancy brings a breadth of international expertise and insight to the UA, in her scholarly…

Ngoc Can
DVI Equity Partners

Ngoc is an early-staged investor whose 12-year banking/venture capital career includes extensive middle market transaction experience in Technology and Business Services investments at middle-market investment bank and family office. Ngoc has worked on advisory and capital markets transactions valued in…

Philip Abram
Emeritus, Chief Infortainment Officer
General Motors

Phil Abram held the position of Chief Infotainment Officer and member of corporate strategy team for General Motors from 2012 until retiring in 2017. As Chief Infotainment Officer, he was responsible for worldwide strategy, business development and product requirements for…

Seanloui Dumas

Tim Lukau
Tom Murphy

Former Mayor of Pittsburgh

Tom Murphy – Three Term Mayor of Pittsburgh & Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. In his current role as Senior Resident Fellow at Urban Land Institute, Murphy’s extensive experience in urban revitalization—what drives investment and what ensures…

Zach Ferres
Founder and the CEO of Coplex

Zach Ferres is the CEO of Coplex, a Venture Builder that partners with industry experts, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators to start high-growth tech companies. Featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, VentureBeat, Inc, Forbes, NPR, and Entrepreneur. Zach sold his…

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2018 Media Highlights

Day 1: Film Fest Tucson & Agave Tasting Reception

Day 2: Bear Down Town & Tucson Meet Yourself

Day 3: Discover Local

Day 4: STEM Connect

Day 5: IdeaFunding

Day 6: Sonoran Cloud City