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Where Are They Now: Lawrence Shaheen, Jr., Ignite Charlotte 2

We caught up with past Ignite Charlotte speaker, Lawrence Shaheen, Jr. (y’all know him as Larry) to find out the latest and greatest in the world of politics.

Lawrence (Larry) Shaheen Jr
Photo Credit: Robert Christopher

If you recall his talk at Ignite Charlotte 2 on Bringing Charlotte Together by Bridging the Gap he said (quite boldly, in fact) that “We have to find a way to bring our leaders together… and help them understand that we all stand and work together.”

He continues working towards collaboration by bringing people of common interests together to get things done for the people of Charlotte. Since his involvement with Ignite Charlotte, business has been booming and he has begun teaching at UNCC.

Ah, how the budding ‘poly sci’ pupils of Charlotte will be ignited like we once were.

Follow Larry on Twitter @lawshaheenjr or check out his consulting firm at

Written by: Biray (@befitt), Ignite Charlotte 5 Volunteer

What is Ignite Charlotte All About?

You may have heard of Ignite Charlotte.

Hopefully you searched us out, trying to figure out what the heck its about. Well we’re here to tell you.

Ignite Charlotte is a series of 5-minute talks, each speaker uses 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Speakers talk about pretty much anything, as long as they are passionate about it.

Ignite Charlotte is not a conference. There’s no keynote speaker here. There won’t be any vendor registrations. There are no “breakout sessions”.

The speakers you will hear are not professionally trained. Not all of them, anyway.

Why? Ignite Charlotte is about community. So we attract business leaders, thinkers, innovators, techies, geeks, anyone who is willing to get up in front of their community peers and share what’s on their mind.

We want to showcase the bright minds who want to make Charlotte and the world around it a better place.

Our mantra is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”, and we abide by it. Our volunteer organizing team does a great job of providing the best experience for speakers, attendees, and sponsors, while maintaining the philosophy of Ignite Charlotte.

Take a look at our gallery to see videos of previous talks and join us on Tuesday, March 20 at the Neighborhood Theatre in NODA for Ignite Charlotte 4.