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Ignite Annapolis #2 speakers and topics announced

| November 09, 2016, 04:29 PM


ignite_annapolisOrganizers Kris Valerio Shock, Liz Thibodeau, Kathleen Booth and Gavin Buckley are excited to announce speakers and topics for the second Ignite Annapolis event, scheduled to take place from 7:00 – 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 30th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD.

If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Annapolis? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? On November 30th at 7 pm, 20 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, philosophers and community activists will answer this challenge with 18  five minute presentations at Ignite Annapolis #2.

“Ignite is about bringing a diverse group of passionate individuals together to ignite connections across disciplines and interests. It is an all-volunteer initiative about driving innovative thought leadership and building community.” Said Organizer, Liz Thibodeau. “We were extremely pleased to have received an overwhelming response and to confirm a diverse roster of speakers and topics including two talks presented by AACPS students. We hope to pack the house to celebrate the exchange of ideas and dynamic thought leadership in Annapolis.”

Topics and Speakers for Ignite Annapolis #2

  • What do a banana, a vacant hotel room and $70 billion dollars have in common? — Susan Adams
  • Is It Art or Science That Makes the Difference? — Gary Jobson
  • Journey Stories: Refugee Youth in our Community  — Kirsten Elstner
  • How to Create a Blog That Doesn’t Suck (and People Want to Read)  — Liz Murphy
  • Social Media and Society: From Selfies to Self Actualization — Anne Balduzzi
  • What’s Next After Our Conversations on Race Relations and Inclusion? — Griff Hall & Wendy Shaia
  • The Human Disconnect from Nature is the Problem  — Elvia Thompson
  • EEK! The Value of Doing Something That SCARES You! — Kate Fritz
  • Living in the Gray Can Transform Your Life  — Anna Nardone Hayden
  • Even An Idiot Can Make It In Film, Which Is Lucky For Me — Jeff Currier
  • You Want to Start a Company? What Are You Thinking?  — Ermis Sfakiyanudis
  • Bees and Birds Love Solar — Rob Davis
  • How to Adopt a Child from the US Foster Care System — Marci DeVries
  • It’s about time! We all need to Take the pledge! — Liz Montaner
  • Pirate Tales & Truths: What Pirates of Yore Can Teach Us About Life Today — Laura Jane Willoughby
  • Who Matters? #Ourlivesmatter — Michelle Bharath (AACPS Student)
  • STEM Education: Inspiring the World’s Foremost Idealists and Optimists — Cameron E. Laque, Alyssa Whitaker & Esha Kashmiri (AACPS Students)
  • Red Light District to Arts District: How Food and Art Create Community — Gavin Buckley


Event Sponsorship starts at just $100 and Sponsors receive top visibility and exposure to an innovative and dynamic community of thought leaders, artists, techies and entrepreneurs both in-person at the event and online at


Interested parties can volunteer to help with producing the event.


Tickets are just $5.00, but space is limited. Recent Baltimore and Howard County Ignite programs have sold out, so advanced registration is highly recommended. There will also be plenty of time to network and mingle with other Annapolis area community members and professionals and cash bar and complimentary light fare will be available.

For tickets and more information on all of the ways to participate with Ignite Annapolis #2, visit or call 443-306.9322.

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