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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Cynthia Griesse

Presentation: Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose
Cynthia has been a licensed realtor since 1994, when she was awarded rookie of the year award. She also holds the team leader black belt recruiting award and hall of fame team leader award. Cynthia is a past president of the board of realtors in Ohio and a broker of record in Florida. She has been with Keller Williams Realty for 13 years in a leadership role. As an independent agent with no assistants Cynthia’s best year was 92 closings.
Prior to becoming a realtor, she served in The United States Army for 13 years as an active duty and reservist in the medical field. Cynthia is a single mom with two children out of high school, one of whom is living ‘the dream’ as a college student in Colorado. She is a devoted mother and enthusiastic career realtor.
Contact:  cgriesse@kw.com
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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Taraleigh Weathers

Speaker Spotlight - Taraleigh Weathers

Presentation:  How to Rock Your Life After Loss

Taraleigh Weathers guides people who are in love with live music who want to bring the authentic expression of themselves that they let out at music festivals and shows into their everyday lives. She is a published best selling author and retreat and event producer. Basically Taraleigh loves rocking people’s lives!

“How to Become a Joy Addict: The 12 Step Program” is Taraleigh’s next highly anticipated book and is slated for release early 2015. In the meantime you can enjoy reading Taraleigh’s words in her column Music Turns Me On for the The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and on her blog www.taraleighlovesyou.com

Get your own all-access pass to a joyful and abundant life by going to www.taraleighlovesyou.com and put yourself on the list.

Email:  taraleigh@taraleighlovesyou.com
Twitter:  taraleighlove
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/taraleighlovesyou
Instagram:  taraleighlove
Youtube:  www.youtube.com/taraleighlove 

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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Mike Smith

Speaker Spotlight - Mike Smith

Presentation:  How Navy SEAL Training Turned My Life Around

Until just recently, Mike Smith was the Vermont State President of FairPoint Communications. Mike led the company’s successful regulatory reform efforts in Vermont, which enabled the company to compete on a more level playing field and respond to the needs of the customers. He provided focused leadership to the Vermont operations, from the company’s reorganization to the nearly $80 million in broadband build out across the state that has connected 90 percent of FairPoint’s Vermont markets with high-speed internet.  Mike also led the company’s national corporate communications efforts.

“Mike’s efforts have been instrumental in transforming FairPoint into a leading communications provider in Vermont,” said CEO Paul Sunu. “He has helped the company adapt and excel with his determination, leadership, and commitment to being the best.”

Mike’s career spans more than 30 years with experience in executive leadership positions in both the public and private sector.

He began his career serving honorably in the U.S. Navy, first with Underwater Demolition Team 21 and then as a member of SEAL Team Two.

Mike was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives and served on the House Natural Resources Committee from 1977-1978. He was the town manager of Hardwick and then spent five years in Boston working for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and ultimately as a partner of the MMA Consulting Group in Boston.

As the general manager of the Public Employer Risk Management Association (PERMA), he assisted in the revitalization of an insurance company for local governments in New York.

Mike was appointed deputy state treasurer for the State of Vermont under Treasurer James H. Douglas, serving from 1995-1999.

In 1999, he was named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Yankee Captive Management, a captive insurance management firm, and a partner at the insurance firm of Hackett, Valine and MacDonald in South Burlington, Vermont.  Governor James H. Douglas appointed him Secretary of Administration in 2003. In 2005, Mike was appointed Secretary of Human Services and then reappointed Secretary of Administration by Governor Douglas in 2006.

He is a native Vermonter, born in Rutland.  He is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, from which he earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Mike recently served as a member of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He is a current board member of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, The Flynn Center for Performing Arts, and Spectrum Youth & Family Services.

He lives in Westford Vermont with his wife, Mary.  They have two grown daughters.

Email: michael-smith@msn.com

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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Kris Gruen


Speaker Spotlight - Kris Gruen

Presentation:  Unstereotypical: Allowing The Road Less Traveled To Define You

Kris Gruen writes songs about grown up life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Building off the success of his critically acclaimed albums Lullaby School and Part Of It All, Kris released his new album, New Comics From The Wooded World, in the summer of 2013. On past tours, Kris has shared the stage with Sean Lennon, The Avett Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin, Nicole Atkins, Anais Mitchell, and more. As the full-time Director Of WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio, Gruen truly defies the typical lifestyle of the professional musician, balancing an international music career with a full-time, upper level management position in higher education. Since his start at the college, Gruen has guided the forty year-old college/community station to new levels of external recognition, financial stability and academic relevance for its licensee. Kris lives with his wife and two daughters on a family farm nestled deep in the beautiful Worcester range of Central Vermont.

Twitter: @krisgruen

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krisgruen

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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Mary Powell

Speaker Spotlight - Mary Powell

Presentation:  Engaged Leadership

Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.

Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, is building New England’s Solar Capital in Rutland Vermont and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure.  In 2012, Mary led an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving well over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $1.3 billion in assets.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreenMountainPower

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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Colin Ryan

Speaker Spotlight - Colin Ryan

Presentation:  A Stand Up Life

Colin Ryan is a stand-up comedian who speaks to students and adults about money, confidence and happiness, and offers trainings on public speaking. Colin was named one of the top 10 youth presenters in the nation, and to date has spoken to over 50,000 students and adults. He works with schools, corporations and nonprofits across the country.

Twitter: @colinryanspeaks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/astanduplife 

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Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Danielle Livellara

Speaker Spotlight - Danielle Livellara

Presentation:  Money is Love

Danielle’s passion is helping people feel really great about their relationship to money, so they are free to follow THEIR passion.

Danielle has been working with her clients and their money for 9 years, first as a Financial Advisor with Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) and now as a money and business coach. Danielle is no longer managing investments, but managing the energy and emotions around money.

Danielle is the the co-creator of “Heal Your Wallet”, which is a 5 step online home study course that will shift you into the positive with your relationship to money.  She also teaches about money at conferences and to corporations, including speaking at the Women Business Owners Network, Senator Leahy’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference, Rotary Club, Vermont Energy Investment Corp., Dealer.com, and internationally at the Ultimate Girl’s Getaway. In addition, Danielle has appeared in Women’s Health magazine and been published internationally in the Gulf News of Dubai.

For fun, she loves to salsa dance, sing blues and folks (and some karaoke!), travel to warmer places, work on her Italian, paddle board, kayak, bike ride, and read endless books on love, consciousness and money.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/financialwellnessconsultant 
Email: Danielle@DanielleLivellara.com 

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We’re looking for volunteers for Ignite Burlington 2014!

Happy Friday!

Hergenrother Foundation is very excited to be bringing Ignite Burlington to our community for the 3rd year!  Each year the event is packed with incredible speakers with interesting and inspiring stories.  And this year is no different!

We will be announcing our line-up of speakers the first week of September, when tickets go on sale.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we are looking for volunteers to help with event management, registration, t-shirt sales, and more on the day of the event – Thursday, October 9th.   Volunteering is a great way to give back and network!  If you are interested, please email hallie@adamhergenrother.com.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Mark Your Calendars for Ignite Burlington 2014!

Mark your calendars for Ignite Burlington 2014 on Thursday October 9th at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center!

This year’s theme is The Wheel of Life.

We are looking for speakers for the following categories:

– Fun & Recreation
– Business
– Spiritual
– Personal Growth
– Family & Friends
– Romance/Passion
– Health

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know as an Ignite Burlington speaker, please email hallie@adamhergenrother.com.

We’re looking forward to having a packed house, inspiring the community, and raising funds for Hergenrother Foundation!

Tickets will be available for sale starting in September.  And starting next week we will begin releasing last year’s Ignite speaker videos for your viewing pleasure!

Questions?  Need more information? Or want to volunteer?  Email info@hergenrotherfoundation.org.

Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – Adam Hergenrother

Speaker Spotlight - Adam Hergenrother

Presentation: Life Without Limits

Adam Hergenrother and Hergenrother Industries empower the leaders of today to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Defined by vision, inspiration, leadership, opportunities, and growth, Adam has built seven companies in under five years. Hergenrother Industries is a powerhouse connector – matching talent with opportunities, the community with resources, clients with Realtors, investors with entrepreneurs, and goals with training and education. Through strategic business consulting, consistent accountability, and personal development, Adam is developing leaders and businesses worldwide.



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