Elizabeth Willingham is the co-founder of Silverchair, a Charlottesville software development 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 but still serves on the company’s board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors for the Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program, is a member of Women United Together in Philanthropy, and volunteers for Meals on Wheels. She is an avid traveler, reader, and loyal fan of the basketball team of Duke University, her alma mater.