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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.

Ignite Charlotte 7 Talks

City of Charlotte Nightscape w/Ignite Charlotte logo and 2014 date

Ignite Charlotte is back and we’re ready to feature another series of 5 minute talks by community members who will attack a whole new series of problems and introduce a slew of world-changing ideas.

Ignite Charlotte 7 will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at The Chop Shop in NODA. The event will feature talks by speakers who are personally or professionally passionate about an idea and have the guts to get on stage to share it with their fellow community members. Here’s the kicker, they only have 5 minutes to enlighten us using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, which means the pressure is on so they have to make it quick.

These are the Ignite Charlotte 7 selected talks and speakers, in no specific order with slight title modifications.

Ignite Charlotte 7 MC – PhillyMac Zannini @phillymac 

Homelessness – Let’s Solve The Puzzle – Michael O’Sullivan

Why I Game & You Should Too – Randy Aimone @RandyAimone

The Bipolar Entrepreneur – Tony Rodono @tonyrodono

Designing Learning Environments For The Future – Allison Dulin @amdulin

Engineering Is Basically Magic – Will Dalen (past speaker)

What Gigabit Fiber Can Mean For Charlotte – Alan Fitzpatrick @afitzpatrick1

Feminism Is For Everybody – Mike Walker @fansipans

The Art Of Energy Redirection – Melvin Nix @melvinnix

Creepy Attracts Creepy – Christina Hall @Chall9685

The Parallels Of DevOps & Yoga – Scott Lundgren @scottelundgren

Bird Sex, Nosy Neighbors & Climate Change – Jeffrey Thomas

Advancing The New Intelligence – Ron Morgan

What A Network Graph Reveals – Miguel Barrientos @miguel3000

The Original Social Network – Wyndham Manning @wmanningiv

Responsible Disclosure In The Spirit Of MacGyver – Evan Booth @evanbooth

Why We Really Think Pizza Rocks & Salad Sucks – Christie Kahil @cartistk

Online ticketing begins on Saturday, August 16th and this talk list is subject to change.

Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick!