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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.