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Ignite Burlington 2015 | Speaker Spotlight – Governor Jim Douglas


Ignite Speakers - Jim Douglas (2)

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.

Email: jdouglas@middlebury.edu

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Ignite Burlington 2015 Speaker Announcement!

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:

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.