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Ignite Speaker Spotlight | Galen Dow

speaker-spotlight-g-dowPresentation: The Power of Persistence – Try, Try Again!

Galen Dow is the CEO of  AMPED Pipeline Marketing.  Galen founded, bootstrapped and successfully exited New Breed Marketing. New Breed Marketing was one of 3 HubSpot platinum partners out of 2,700 HubSpot partners globally.
His background includes VP level sales and marketing roles for several hardware and software companies. He has an engineering degree and MBA from The University of Vermont. He has several new projects going including AMPED Pipeline Marketing which picks up technologically where New Breed Marketing left off and Kaboodle, a new model of creating age appropriate internet experiences for under 12 year old’s.
Galen’s Profile:  LinkedIn
Website:  www.ampedpipeline.com

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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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Fall’s MUST Attend Event – 5th Annual Ignite Burlington Hosted by Hergenrother Foundation Features Stories of Business Failure and Success

COLCHESTER, VERMONT (July 23, 2015) – Adam Hergenrother and Hergenrother Foundation are hosting the 5th Annual Ignite Burlington on Thursday October 20, 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.”

Registration and networking from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.  Presentations begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Hergenrother Foundation is currently interviewing entrepreneurs and business and community leaders who are interested in speaking at this year’s Ignite event. To be considered, send an email with a brief bio and information about your presentation topic to hallie@adamhergenrother.com.

We will announce the full speaker line-up (featuring local entrepreneurs, and business and non-profit leaders) in early September!

Our Ignite Burlington Speaker Alumni are:

  • Governor Jim Douglas
  • Michael Jager, Founder of Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
  • Chris Kaiser, Founder & President of the Vermont Peanut Butter Company
  • Cyrus Patten, Executive Director of Mayday.us
  • Eugene Korsunskiy, Senior Coordinator of Design Initiatives at UVM
  • Janice Shade, Co-Founder of Milk Money
  • James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World
  • Tad Cooke, Co-Founder of New Moran
  • Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, Founders of Mamava
  • Mary Powell, President & CEO of Green Mountain Power
  • Ryan Esbjerg, Founder of Flex Your Face
  • Danielle Livellara, Money & Business Coach at Livellara International LLC
  • Mike Smith, Private & Public Sector Consultant
  • Colin Ryan, Motivational Speaker & Comedian at ColinRyanSpeaks.com
  • Patrick Standen, President & Founder of Northeast Disabled Athletic Association
  • Taraleigh Weathers, The Music Scene’s Life Coach
  • Kris Gruen, Owner of Kris Gruen Music & Director of WGDR Goddard College Community Radio
  • Ann Zucardy, CEO of AZ Communications
  • Tom Murphy, Co-Founder & Presenter of Sweethearts & Heroes
  • David Hill, Realtor & Owner of Hill Team Associates at Keller Williams Realty
  • Aaron Fastman, Owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK in Vermont
  • Ela Wojtowicz, Yoga Teacher & Disability Activist
  • Kevin Pearce, Former Professional Snowboard & Founder of Love Your Brain
  • Nathalie Kelley, Writer & Inspirational Speaker
  • Hannah Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Vermont America 2013, Recovery Advocate & Inspirational Speaker
  • Janet Smith, Transcendental Meditation Teacher
  • Will Raap, Founder of Gardener’s Supply
  • Rusty DeWees, Entertainer
  • Melinda Moulton, CEO/Redeveloper/Co-Founder of Main Street Landing
  • Alex Camelio, Co-Founder & President at Barcode Publicity
  • Monique Citro, Communication Specialist/Medical Sustainability Guru at University of Vermont Medical Center & Professional Cellist
  • Bobby Bailey, Athlete & Director of Sport at 1K2GO Sports & Campaign Coordinator at Dealer.com
  • Kimberly DuBrul, Associate Power Coach at Your Year of Transformation
  • Myra Flynn, Singer/Songwriter
  • Rob Conboy, CEO at BETTER
  • Jessica Bridge, Co-Owner of Element Real Estate
  • Rick Cochran, President & CEO of Mobile Medical International Corporation
  • Meredith Breiland, Marketing Associate at Concept2
  • Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Progress Now
  • David Parker, Former VP of Strategy Develoment at Dealer.com, Current VP of International Market Development at Dealtertrack Technologies

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. With a focus on youth leadership through sports and fitness, we 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.

Ignite Burlington 2015 | Speaker Spotlight – Eugene Korsunskiy

Ignite Speakers - Eugene Korsunskiy (2)

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.

Website: www.eugenekorsunskiy.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/eugenekorsunskiy

Ignite Burlington 2015 will be held on Thursday October 15 at The Film House at Main Street Landing. 
Schedule for the evening:
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Registration and cocktail hour
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Ignite Presentations
8:30pm – 9:30pm – Reception and Speaker Meet & Greet
All proceeds from the event will go towards the Hergenrother Foundation.
We look forward to seeing you there! 

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 

Reserve your Ignite tickets here.
Ignite Burlington info:  www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events  

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

Reserve your Ignite tickets here. Ignite Burlington info:  www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events  

Ignite Burlington 2014 | Speaker Spotlight – Patrick Standen

Patrick Standen 2 Speaker SpotlightPresentation: Learning from Adversity: The Opportunity of Challenge

Patrick Standen, 50, a native Vermonter teaches philosophy at Saint Michael’s College and medical, clinical and healthcare ethics at the University Vermont. At Saint Michael’s he is an academic mentor to the men’s hockey team and advises the student philosophy club. He is the founder and board President of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that provides athletes with physical disabilities competitive and recreational sporting opportunities. He serves as the co-chair on the Burlington Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility and on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. A writer and poet, he is an avid outdoorsmen and athlete recently capturing the gold medal in sit-ski biathlon in the 2013 Empire State Games and 1st place in the 2013 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. He lives with his wife in Burlington, VT. He also enjoys swimming, sailing, sled hockey, handcycling, skiing, kayaking and trap and skeet shooting.

Email:  patrick.standen@myfairpoint.net 

Reserve your Ignite tickets here.
Ignite Burlington info:  www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events  

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

Reserve your Ignite tickets here.
Ignite Burlington info:  www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events  

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 

Reserve your Ignite tickets here.
Ignite Burlington info:  www.hergenrotherfoundation.org/events  

New Ignite Burlington 2013 Speaker Videos Released! | Nathalie Kelly & Adam Hergenrother

New Ignite Burlington 2013 speaker videos are now available!
Nathalie Kelly, inspired the audience with her story, “Brainstormed, How I Lost My Mind, and Found My Heart”, while Adam Hergenrother shared his passion for living a life without limits.


Click below to watch the videos and let us know what you think!


Nathalie Kelly | Brainstormed, How I Lost My Mind, and Found My Heart
Nathalie Kelly | Brainstormed, How I Lost My Mind, and Found My Heart
Adam Hergenrother | Life Without Limits
Adam Hergenrother | Life Without Limits


We’ll be releasing two videos a week for the next couple of weeks as we gear up to announce Ignite Burlington 2014 speakers!    

It’s not too late to be a speaker at Ignite Burlington 2014!

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

We’re loooking forward to having a packed house, inspiring the community, and raising funds for Hergenrother Foundation.  Our goal is to hold our first Youth Leadership Camp in the summer of 2015!

Tickets will be available for sale starting in September.

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