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Ignite Charlotte features a series of 5 minute talks by community members who use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds to share an idea they are personally or professionally passionate about. Enlighten Us! But Make It Quick!

Speakers Selected – Ignite Charlotte 8

Bridget B Sullivan & Hannah LevinsonUPDATED May 2nd: Bridget B. Sullivan, Founder & Executive Producer of Ignite Charlotte, will be joined on-stage with this year’s Emcee (MC) Hannah R. Levinson, Founder & Managing Partner of Lahayim Cooperative.

“Prior to founding Lahayim, Hannah worked in philanthropy, technology, education and NGOs to shape the future of strategic philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, strengthen industry partnerships and build a culture of innovation within colleges and universities, and improve program design and delivery within human service organizations. A visionary strategist and facilitator motivated by impact and improving the state of the world, Hannah is known for her energy, enthusiasm, and unparalleled relationship-building capabilities.

A lifelong learner, Hannah formally studied applied philosophy, ethics, and theatre arts. She complements her work with climbing, dance, DJ’ing, travel, yoga, and quality time with her six younger siblings.”

Bridget and Hannah will be joined by the following selected speakers on May 17th at Grace on Brevard. Ignite-style Talks will be presented in this order:

1st Half
Colonizing Mars – Joel Wasserman, Software Engineer
Mystique: The Moment I Decided to Stay Blue – Ellis B Rose, Human Enthusiast, Entrepreneur/Owner, Juvi Hair Spa
Key Lime Pie—Unleashing the Creator Within – Kristen Oliver, Transformational Life Coach, Author, & Speaker
A New Tune – Elizabeth Kowalski, Accomplished Performer, Teacher, Composer, & Artistic Director of Charlotte New Music
Charlotte Has Art: The Value of Creative Placemaking – Jonell Logan, Independent Curator, Arts Advocate, & Founder of 300 Arts Project


2nd Half
Who Defined Love and What Were They Thinking Roberta Keener, SharePoint & AV Professional
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World – Lori Ives-Godwin, Creator SHiFT Charlotte
Applying Agile Techniques to Your Personal Life – Olga Ryzhikova, Consultant
Blockchain: Distributed Digital Trust & Killer Apps Eric Gamble, PhD, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, Johnson & Wales University
Roadblocks on the Path to Finding the “Jesus Car” Douglas Welton, Chief Product Officer, Einstein’s Legacy v2.0, LLC
The 3 F’s of Success – Rachel Sheerin, Sales and Happiness Speaker, Trainer, & Coach


We posted a little bit about each speaker on our Ignite Charlotte 8 event page and other social media sites. Be sure to Subscribe to our eNewsletter below, and/or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all of our upcoming announcements.

Ignite Charlotte 8 – May 17, 2018

Ignite Charlotte 8 Event ImageWe’re Back

Ignite Charlotte, an evening of networking followed by a series of 5-minute talks by community members who have a personal or professional passion about an idea they are willing to share, will take place on Thursday, May 17th at Grace on Brevard, 219 South Bevard Street, in Uptown Charlotte. Each selected speaker will use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds during their presentation and all talks will be void of a sales pitch.

Call For Talks-Deadline Extended

We’re now ready to receive your “talk ideas” for Ignite Charlotte 8 so be sure to review the details on our Call For Talks page. The form will be available until Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10pm ONLY!

Sponsors Needed

Ignite Charlotte 8 is only possible with support from a host of community supporters. If you’d like to help us make magic happen with this event on May 17th, please review our Sponsorship Information.