Elizabeth Willingham is the co-founder of Silverchair, a Charlottesville technology company serving the worldwide scholarly publishing industry. As an English major who became an “accidental” technology leader, Elizabeth and her partner bootstrapped Silverchair from a two-person publishing services firm headquartered in an apartment in 1993, to one of the nation’s leading providers of online product development and technology platform services to commercial and university publishers, professional societies and associations, and government. Elizabeth exited Silverchair ownership in 2015 and served on the board of directors until 2022. She served on the board of directors for Child Health Partnership 2013-2022 and works as a guide at Monticello interpreting the complex history of freedom and slavery. She is an avid traveler, reader, and loyal fan of the basketball team of Duke University, her alma mater.