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Ignite Annapolis announces speakers for March 14th event

ignite_annapolisFor the fourth time, Annapolis will play host to Ignite Annapolis, a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.

The fourth Ignite Annapolis event is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The event is produced in partnership with Annapolis-based non-profit The Friends Foundation and proceeds will benefit The Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund benefiting students of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Ignite #4 will feature 16 thought provoking speakers, each presenting for five minutes with 20 slides. The evening will be emceed by local radio DJ Rob Timm of WRNR and will include topics like the environment, philanthropy, health and wellness, political polarization, criminal justice reform, zoning laws, financial management, gun violence, and much more.

The selected speakers (and their topics) include:

  • Joel Dunn (Not on Our Watch: How Big Data Will Restore the Chesapeake)
  • Gene Deems (You don’t have to be rich to be a philanthropist)
  • Elizabeth Cush (Be Your Own BFF; Loving Yourself Pimples and All)
  • Jonathan Ross (You Don’t Need to Love Exercise. Just Get a Crush on It!)
  • Vanessa F Bright (Stop the Revolving Door to Prison!)
  • Jane Beard (Stop Being So Damn Polite)
  • Kris Shock (Rescue Me: How dog rescue restores my faith in humanity)
  • Duncan Hood (Dream no small Dreams – the great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race)
  • Scott MacMullan (Being Spit On and Hugged in the Same Minute. My Community Story)
  • Alex Pline (If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got)
  • Paxton Paganelli (For the Future of Human Health and Medicine)
  • Andrew Suggs (Crucial Conversations)
  • Marc Dziedzic (Stop fundraising and start friendraising!)
  • Shelia Johnson (Being Broke is No Joke! Avoiding the Money Traps of Life)
  • Andrea Chamblee (How to survive a mass shooting)
  • Griff Hall (Let the Music Play)

Tickets for Ignite Annapolis #4 are $10 and are available for purchase here.

Special thanks to our sponsors MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, What’s Up Media, Data Canopy, Scarborough Capital Management, Thibodeau Media Group, Saucy Salamander, Annapolis Market House, The Friends Foundation, Heim Lantz, Maritime Coffee Time, Petruzzo Photography, Two Producer Studios, Riggo Productions, WRNR and Eye on Annapolis.

Ignite Talks is a fast-paced geek event started in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since the first Ignite took place in Seattle around 10 years ago, Ignite has become an international phenomenon, with Ignite events produced in Helsinki, Tunisia, Paris, New York City and over 350 other locations in between.

Ignite’s mission is “Everyone Speaks”. We believe that public speaking builds confidence in individuals and that events like Ignite build community. Our goal is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn to present their ideas and their stories.

Ignite Annapolis was founded in 2009 and has been held for the last three consecutive years at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Learn more about Ignite Annapolis at

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