October 14, 2015
October 8, 2015
Presentation: Unthinking the Nonprofit
Cyrus Patten has served in senior leadership positions at some of Vermont’s most notable nonprofit organizations including Howard Center and Spectrum Youth & Family Services. He is currently serving as Campaign for Vermont’s first Executive Director.
He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Colorado State University and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont where he is studying alternative models for funding nonprofit organizations.
Cyrus thrives in challenging and dynamic environments, breaking convention and seeking new ways to solve old problems.
October 7, 2015
Presentation: Trucks and Creativity
Eugene Korsunskiy is the Senior Coordinator of Design Initiatives at UVM, where he teaches classes on Design Thinking and Designing Your Life. Before coming to UVM, Eugene taught at Stanford, where he received his MFA in Design 2012. His masters project, called SparkTruck, was a delivery-truck-turned-classroom-on-wheels, filled with maker tools and supplies, which he and his friends drove across the country to teach kids about tinkering, design, and creativity.
October 5, 2015
Janice Shade | Co-Founder, Milk Money
Presentation: It’s Never too Late to be What You Might Have Been
October 2, 2015
Presentation: [Permanent Beta And The Neophyte Club] – A Love Story
For more than twenty-five years, Michael Jager has been creating and collaborating with brands, driven by the idea that design distinction matters most. His groundbreaking work with JDK Design continues with Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, a studio that conceptualizes and realizes ideas that help guide and create culture and positive change within it. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most recognizable and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox, Nike, Levi’s, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Yara, Seventh Generation, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide. Through Solidarity’s own brand-design incubation platform, Michael has helped create unique home, sport, and lifestyle brands, such as Mamava and Maglianero. He is also the cofounder of the Karma Birdhouse, a creative-economy coworking space now home to more than 70 inspiring entrepreneurial entities.
September 30, 2015
Presentation: The Elevation of Agitation: Empowering Voices & Remembering Simple Truths
James is the Executive Director of Big Heavy World. He has directed Vermont’s Burlington-based independent, volunteer-staffed music office for 20 years, generating partnerships and channeling enthusiasm that supports Vermont-made music of every kind & stage of development. Through a music archive, record label, community radio station, music shop, events, and more, and in collaboration with community partners, he has brought together the resources that provide Vermont with a music office where it would not have one otherwise. James has championed inclusion and respect for diversity, and built a widely recognized engine of support for regional music based on these values. He has been visionary in recognizing the potential of combining widely different community stakeholder interests into collaborations that satisfy the goals of all involved.
James is a cultural heritage advisory board member of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Vermont’s National Heritage Area) and serves on the King Street Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. He also directs the Youth Safety Council of Vermont and coordinates the Distracted Driving Task Force of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and its Education/Outreach & Marketing Focus Group.
September 28, 2015
Presentation: Finding Why
Tad is a 9th generation Vermonter, 2014 UVM graduate, and co-founder of New Moran, a Vermont non-profit formed to create a cultural landmark on Burlington’s waterfront.
September 24, 2015
September 22, 2015
Presentation: Can Vermont be Saved?
Governor Douglas served the people of Vermont for more than 35 years. He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives after graduating from Middlebury College in 1972. He became Assistant Majority Leader in his second term and Majority Leader in his third term at the age of 25. He was Executive Assistant to Governor Richard Snelling in 1979 and 1980.
The former Governor was elected Secretary of State in 1980, a post he would hold for 12 years. He was elected State Treasurer in 1994, where he served the people of Vermont for eight years. Under his leadership Vermont’s bond rating came to be the best in New England and one of the highest in the nation.
Douglas successfully sought the office of Governor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. During his tenure, he focused on strengthening the state’s economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state’s natural environment. He advanced groundbreaking health reforms that have made Vermont a model among the states in health care. He worked to strengthen the relationship between Vermont and Quebec and the other Canadian provinces.
While serving as Governor, Douglas was chosen for leadership positions by his colleagues, serving as the president of the Council of State Governments, chairman (twice) of the New England Governors’ Conference and chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. He also served as the chairman of the National Governors Association. In February 2010 President Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors.
Governor Douglas is now an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College. He serves on the boards of several local companies and on the Governors Advisory Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. He continues as Town Moderator for Middlebury, a post he has held for a quarter-century. The former governor and his wife, Dorothy, have two sons and two grandsons.
September 9, 2015
COLCHESTER, VERMONT (September 9, 2015) – Adam Hergenrother and Hergenrother Foundation are hosting the 4th Annual Ignite Burlington on Thursday October 15, 2015 at The Film House at Main Street Landing.
Ignite is an exciting, unconventional event, designed to inspire, educate, and entertain the greater Burlington community. Ignite events are held in over 100 cities worldwide and are similar to TED’s ”Ideas Worth Spreading.” Ignite events bring people together in an inspiring, mastermind-like forum, where speakers share their passion projects and inspirational success stories for compelling five minutes, respecting Ignite’s acclaimed mantra, ”Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick.” Click here for more information: www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events.
Registration and networking from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Presentations begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Tickets are extremely limited and are on sale now for $15.00. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
We are excited to announce the following speakers will present at Ignite Burlington 2015:
- Michael Jager – Chief Creative Officer, Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
- Governor Jim Douglas
- Eugene Korsunskiy – Senior Coordinator of Design Initiatives, UVM
- Sascha Mayer & Christine Dodson – Founders, Mamava
- James Lockridge – Executive Director, Big Heavy World
- Tad Cooke – Founder, New Moran, Inc.
- Cyrus Patten – Executive Director, Campaign for Vermont
- Janice Shade – Co-Founder, Milk Money Vermont
- Chris Kaiser – Founder, Vermont Peanut Butter
Hergenrother Foundation’s mission is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s confident and dynamic leaders by providing the necessary resources, programs, and events for youth to learn, grow, thrive, and develop into outstanding members of their communities. By supporting Hergenrother Foundation, you are investing in the future of your community. Our youth leadership programs and camps will teach youth to dream big, act with purpose and passion, and serve others first. Hergenrother Foundation is also dedicated to bringing educational and inspirational events to the Greater Burlington area, to heighten awareness for the power that every person, regardless of age, can live a life without limits. For more information, visit www.hergenrotherfoundation.org.