Monthly Archives: September 2016

Ignite Speaker Spotlight | JOHN GRAVES

Presentation: The Process
John is a 6-time US National Team Rower and member of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. This spring, John and his teammates won the US Olympic trials in the men’s quadruple sculls and went on to finish 3rd at the final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland narrowly missing an Olympic bid by less than a second.
John is a 2010 graduate of Trinity College, CT where he was captain of the soccer and rowing teams and selected as the McCook Award winner as the school’s most outstanding male athlete. John attended Cincinnati Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH where he was a five sport varsity athlete and recently elected into the school’s athletic hall of fame.
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | STEPHANIE HAINLEY

Presentation: Failure, Framing, and the Phoenix Process
Stephanie Hainley is the Chief Operating Officer and a senior project manager at White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, running the firm day-to-day and acting as a “fixer” of real estate issues for business and property owners statewide.
Stephanie also serves on the board of Main Street Alliance of Vermont, serves on the board of Leadership Champlain, is a Director of the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation board, and has most recently joined the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. She serves as a corporator to Northfield Mutual Holding Company, sits on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee and Advocacy Task Force, and is the immediate past president of Burlington Business & Professional Women (BPW). Stephanie received her BA in sociology from UVM and MBA from Champlain College. She is passionate about economic development, policy supporting gender equality, and developing strong workplace culture. Stephanie enjoys dancing, hiking & cooking, lives in Burlington’s South End, and is learning to golf and snowboard (not at the same time).
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | KAREN NEWMAN

Presentation:  Failing Forward! 
Karen Newman is an inspirational speaker, world record-breaking triathlete, dietitian, author and survivor of two life-threatening diseases. Her real-life stories have been giving people hope: helping free them from the bondage of shame, secrets and addictions; inspiring them to be authentic, to dream big and risk living the life they were meant to live. Karen has been featured in numerous publications and shows, and has lectured all over the country. She has also received many awards, such as the USA Triathlon’s “Most Inspirational Comeback Award”, as well as the Connecticut Sportswriter’s Association’s “Courage Award,” and American Cancer Society’s “Determination Champion” for her tireless charitable efforts.
Karen is the author of a book entitled Just Three Words – a gripping story about the challenging experiences that brought her to her knees and then to her life’s purpose, and the miracles that kept her alive and winning athletic events around the world. Her book is available on as well as
Karen is an eight-time All-American triathlete and was the 2012 Silver Medalist and top American finisher at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, NZ; this, despite enduring over four years of cancer treatments throughout her training. She followed in 2013 as a gold medalist for the United States in both triathlon and the 5k road race at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, OH, and then repeated with golds in both events at the Huntsman World Senior Games, while breaking the world record in the women’s triathlon there.
As a triathlon coach and Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, Karen has had a long career educating and encouraging people in health and nutrition, as well as on the track. A University of Vermont alumnae, she married her college sweetheart, Peter, and together they have three amazing boys – Stetson, Chase and Trent-who inspired her to survive and thrive.
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | MITCHEL DURFEE

Presentation:  Charlie Mike
Mitch Durfee is a Realtor at KW Vermont, the CEO and founder of Grunts Move Junk, Green Rock Investments, and Online Startup Box. He garnered his real estate experience at Foulsham Farms Real Estate and Keller Williams in Vermont. A veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, Mitch Durfee served his country in Korea, Iraq, Colorado Springs and Vermont from 2003-2008. Mitch again served overseas, as a government contractor in Kuwait and Afghanistan, from 2012-2013. He earned his Associate’s Degree from Saint Leo University. While pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in business management from Champlain College, Mitch launched several businesses that ultimately led to him leaving college to focus his energy toward growth.
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | CARL DUDLEY, JR.

speaker-spotlight-c-dudleyPresentation: Mental Prison

Carl Dudley, Jr. is from Plainfield, New Jersey, where he lived until 2004. In the summer of 2004, he moved to Newport News, Virginia, with his Aunt and Uncle after he had spent the last 3 years of his life homeless. Carl attended Norwich University, where he majored in construction management and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Carl left Norwich after just one year and joined the Air National Guard as a cardiopulmonary laboratory technologist and completed his Associate’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Technology in 2015 from the Community College of the Air Force. Carl is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics from American Military University.
In 2014, Carl started a volunteer organization called Airmen Breaking Bread at the Vermont Air National Guard, stemming from the Justice Mentoring Program founded at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.  A year later he met the founder of Flex Your Face, Ryan Esbjerg, through his brother, Jake, whom he went to college with at Norwich. Carl quickly bought into his mission to spread positivity and has been a brand ambassador for Flex Your Face for the last year.
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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Rich Nadworny


Presentation: It’s the Little Things 

Rich Nadworny is principal of Empatico, a design and innovation studio based in Burlington, Vermont. Empatico helps organizations get un-stuck through human-centered design. The process is people centric (think customer obsessed), collaborative and highly creative. Empatico provides both design services and training to organizations.
Rich leads projects for business modeling, customer experience design and workshop training. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to local Vermont non-profits. He is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding. His focus is on President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) teaching Mandela Fellows in the summer and East Africans in Nairobi, Kenya in the winter.
He has built innovative digital marketing solutions for clients for almost 20 years. Previously he was a partner at one of northern New England’s largest ad agencies and ran his own digital strategy and marketing agency, Digalicious. In both places he led award-winning innovative digital work.
He is a frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio (VPR) an innovation columnist at the Burlington Free Press and an ongoing contributor at the Huffington Post.
He has a B.A. from Dartmouth and a M.S. in New Media from Boston University. He studied design and innovation at the California College of Arts.
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5th Annual Ignite Burlington

ignite-burlington-bannerCOLCHESTER, VERMONT (September 20, 2016) – Adam Hergenrother and Hergenrother Foundation are hosting the 5th Annual Ignite Burlington on Thursday October 20, 2016 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.”

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 now on sale and can be purchased from the Ignite Burlington Facebook page –, the Hergenrother Foundation Facebook page – and on Eventbrite.

Bevo Catering will be serving creatively prepared local artisan appetizers.

A2VT will be preforming their musical stylings.

This year, we have decided to get the younger generation more actively involved in this event by holding a speaking contest. We will be asking students to submit a 3-5-minute video to us about a failure in their life and the winner will be invited to speak at Ignite Burlington 2016.

Our Ignite Burlington 2016 Speakers are:

  • Carl Dudley. Jr, Brand Ambassador of Flex Your Face, President at Airmen Breaking Bread
  • Rich Nadworney, Principle at Empatico
  • Cynthia Griesse, Team Leader/Broker Keller Williams Reality Marco Island
  • Karen Newman, Inspirational Speaker, Triathlete, Mother, Survivor
  • Galen Dow, CEO AMPED Pipeline Marketing
  • Alex Camelio, Director, Industry Engagement at Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies
  • John Graves, Athlete
  • John Jones, Enterprise Account Executive at Dealertrack Technologies
  • Brian Armstrong, Owner of Strong Will Real Estate
  • Mitch Durfee, Realtor, Veteran, Public Speaker, Mentor, Entrepreneur
  • College Speaker – TBA