Meet the Ignite Denver 28 Speakers
Sparks are voted in by the community. For one week, we open up the voting and encourage the community to take 5 minutes and vote. We strive to be a supportive community and ask that each person takes the time to rank each and every Spark. Anyone can speak at Ignite! There is no set requirement, other than that each talk is 5 minutes with 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds.
10 Ladies Walk into Denver…
Walking Denver’s 78 neighborhoods in one year challenged our sense of self, fear, and connectedness. From Athmar Park to Wash Park, we found friendship while exploring Denver’s history. We’re all connected–one neighborhood at a time.
Even More Love…
It seems like our society needs more; more success, more money, more, more, more. As we pursue more, we have to be reminded that we also need more love. This talk will focus on the lessons of love learned while working at a high school.
Julia E. Torres
Love is a verb. Education is liberation.
No longer are teachers keepers of knowledge. Education today is about asking the right questions. Today’s students know we love them not only by how we show up and fight for them, but how we encourage them to fight for themselves.
Creative solutions to modern day problems
In WWII there was a Unit called the Ghost Army. They were a unit of creatives that used creative solutions to the war at hand. I want to speak about finding creative solutions to modern day issues like depression, anxiety, loneliness, etc.
You Should Delete Facebook
We don’t fully realize it, but every day we are trading our precious time for an experience that has been proven to make us unhappy. Imagine putting that time towards something else: reading, working out, meditating. I did. You should too.
Rising Together: Growing With Foster Kids
As a technologist, I’m inclined to the predictable. Yet my world was turned upside down when we decided to grow our family with foster children. Allow me to share the beautiful, the hilarious, the ugly, and everything in between.
The Truth About Lies
Can telling just one lie put you on a path to prison? The Truth About Lies depicts one man’s story from a small businessman to building a 10M$ business, to ending up in a prison cell. All because he could not face the truth. He was a liar
One brave smile
Trauma is an epidemic, here is why. I needed a therapist to stare at me and say “dude you were shot at when you were 17” to open up to the idea that my problems (PTSD) anxiety, drinking, adultery, etc. What I did and what anybody can do.
Captain Planet gave me a Complex
Remember the eco-concious 90’s cartoon? Five powers each protecting the Earth, but heart was clearly the fifth wheel. I related w/ heart as my super power and it gave me a complex! Let’s examine how we societally view our own super powers.
Britney Spears said it best, you drive me crazy
What goes on inside the head of someone experiencing OCD? I’ll recount personal stories of fear, sadness, joy, and hope in my journey towards recovery. I’ll share the ways I have tried to feel ‘normal’, and why normal is overrated.
Jim and Louise Gunderson
Robots, AI, and the workplace of Tomorrow
Over the next few years robots and artificial intelligence will dramatically change the landscape of employment. How will this impact the arts, business, and individual lives? We’ll help you explore the possibilities.
American Lung Association
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Imagination: That Thing We Have But Stopped Using
It drives me crazy that most adults have forgotten how to use their imagination. On a daily basis, I require adults to brainstorm, and quite simply, they don’t generate anything wacky. Let’s remember how to tap into this awesome resource.
Rejection is painful, it feels deeply personal and when the root of rejection stems from your family system, I call it root rot. It’s painful on the inside, but on the outside, it can be expressed as regression, rebellion or complacency.
Middle Schoolers Are Not Demons
My field experience was the pit of despair – Middle School. I wanted to hate it. It took 5 weeks. And I fell in love with them. I”ll share what they taught me – from the tears of heartbreak to the joy of redemption and back again.
Healing Our Country Through Mandatory Service
I would talk why we should bring back national service. The reasons would include people getting know one another despite color/age/orientation, learning new skills, infrastructure improvements, small towns getting a boost.
Learning from Bullet Holes
In college, I heard a lecture from an aeronautical engineer who was stationed on an aircraft carrier during WWII. His unique experience in aircraft design sticks with me whenever I apply myself to a problem.
This Isn’t Political
Why it’s worth standing up for someone different than you. (Delivered by someone with a little more melanin). Amusing ways to constructively deal with “isms” (sexism, racism, triumphalism, atheism) especially when they’re not directed at you.
Jackpot! I’m Not Dead!
On July 7, 2007 I woke up from a coma after having survived a near death experience. I want to explore some of the key lessons I’ve learned my last nine years in recovery and how they highlight the privilege of being alive.
How to Infiltrate Circles of Influence
Do you want to be considered a major player in your industry/field of choice? Do you want to go from asking how to get in the room to having a seat at the table? I’ll tell you how I built my network without ever handing out a business card.
Dizzying Days – Dealing with the Needs of One Aging Parent, or Two?
Dad got cancer, died 2.5mths later. He was the crutch for mom’s ALZ. Their outlook changed radically, quickly. I educated myself on choices needed to guide & help them. Every day dad had one less, and I could only keep helping…
Don’t count on motivation
It’s 2017, and you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution. You fail because you rely on your buddy Motivation. He’s your friend who bails at the first sign of trouble. To succeed, don’t count on Motivation, count on Discipline.
Jason B. Kendrick
Consciously connecting to your heart as much and as often as possible in your everyday life will increase your happiness, groundedness, connection to others, improve your communications and make you a master manifestor!
Starving, Dancing, And Surviving: The Homeless MBA
Shaking my booty on the streets of New Orleans taught me more about entrepreneurship, hustle, and courage in one weekend than 4 years of business school. I went seeking gratitude; I returned with a knapsack full of juicy nuggets of wisdom.
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The Language of Poverty
There is a language barrier that separates us in ways that make it almost impossible to make change happen in our world today. When we think in the context of a language gap we tend to automatically make the assumption of language in the terms of foreign languages. But there is a bigger problem than not understanding a person if they speak Spanish, English, or Mandarin. That problem is the barrier in the “language” of socioeconomic status. The real obstacle is the hidden rules and languages that plague the people in poverty and everyone else from seeing the magic hidden beneath.
Where’s my Rosie the Robot?
The Jetsons first aired 54 years ago, since then we put a man on the moon, built the internet, and have cars that can drive across the country. So why can’t I get a decent robot to clean my house for me?
The Future of Transit is in Coffee
There is a direct correlation between US cities with the best transit system and the amount of caffeine being consumed.
John L. Forrest
Science Fiction Saves the World. Or not.
Science fiction has gone mainstream, and what was once fiction is becoming fact: in communications, medicine, travel, manufacturing, and so on. Our stories of the future tell us less about these artifacts, though, than about ourselves.
Gut Explosions and Funnel Cakes
After being diagnosed with celiac disease and not being able to eat anything delicious without burning holes in my intestines, I started a food truck full of breaded deep fried things.
Private Life, Public Forum: Sharing Your Personal Life on Social Media
Doesn’t oversharing private details on public spaces leave you open to scrutiny? I will argue that there is power in sharing one’s personal experiences and private life details on a public forum, including building community.
Born at the Right Time
When I was a baby, my young unwed mother took me to an orphanage in New Delhi. I was cared for by nuns before my Midwestern parents chose me. As a kid, I wanted to be light skinned and blue-eyed; I wanted to fit in. As an adult, I know I fit in because of my differences and unique history.
Organizations look for a “win-win”–profit/fulfilled mission and happy customers. There is a third “win” right in the middle, the win for the staff. This is actually what the new American Dream is all about–a fulfilled staff innovates.
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How To Be Taken Seriously As A Young Entrepreneur
I am a 23 year old Fail-a-preneur until recently. Through my journey I have failed many times and have four key things that helped me break down the doors to achieve success with professional athletes, teams and being featured on national TV. Here are my four keys: Passion, Research Research Research, Relationships and Honesty.
The Foundation of Leadership: Real Food
I am here to share with you what I have found both personally and professionally to be the foundation of leadership performance – Food. Food has a profound impact on how you lead and show up for others. We are in a culture where businesses are focused on driving for results and being fueled by caffeine and sugar.
My Bad Job Reviews Made Me an Awesome CEO
In my “grown up” jobs, I regularly heard that I didn’t smile enough, I was too competitive and too aggressive. Putting aside any misogynistic undertones, these same skills formed the foundation for being successful when I started my business three years ago. And believe it or not, I smile more because of it.
Humans Are Paradoxes
The world is anything but a simple place. And as human beings, we fear uncertainty. And yet, life is a constant representation of tension — a juxtaposition of opposites that makes us feel truly alive. Good and Evil. Love and Hate. Altruism and Greed. From the best stories to the most compelling movements, we are inspired and enlivened by the paradoxical desires be unique, yet forge deep connections to others. Learning to navigate and accept this tension in both ourselves and the world leads to the greatest impact on the outside world and our own lives.
Love: the Bridge to Laughter
Love and humor are intertwined. As a comic, I’ve seen many people who’ve sought both, frustrated because developing a sense of humor seems so elusive; at the same time, many people say they would have more love in their lives, and are equally frustrated when it doesn’t show up. But I say we get to have both…and they help one another. Having a sense of humor can improve our capacity for love and our capacity to love can improve our sense of humor.
In 2014, I walked away from an award winning first of its kind program I founded and ran, and I ended my marriage of 8 years. Tl;DR I quit. I quit in a world that believes that winners never quit and quitters never win. So in that world, is it ever okay to quit? Of course and I’ll tell you why in my 5 minutes, based on my experience of being a quitter!
Sandee Billen Maas
“You Don’t Look Sick!” – When Public Opinion Goes Wrong
Everyone has a list of things they believe to be true. One of those beliefs is that sick people look a certain way- that they may be in wheelchairs, or disfigured. The real truth is that in 2011 I became a walking contradiction to most people. I was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues, sometimes without obvious visual symptoms. Over the years, I have found my strength in educating people about this disease and would like to share my story to encourage kindness.
Ban the Brand™: The Dark Side of Marketing 101
Branding drives today’s market, as consumers are increasingly interested in the personality of a product, its positive effect on society, and its political message. This speech dissects feel good advertising – those brands that make you smile and say “awww” – and it reveals the dark underbelly of these advertising techniques.
Square Peg, Round Hole
Ever feel like an outsider? A lone wolf? A troublemaker? Or just different? Yeah, me too. In a world full of round holes, I learned how to use my experiences as a square peg to build castles, bridges, platforms and shelters. Life is unexpected, and it’s easy to feel like an isolated, terminally unique outlier. This is how I made my difference my strength without cutting any corners.
Life Is Too Short To Not Do What you Want To Do And Be Who You Want To Be
We often talk about bucket lists and what we will do “one day”. About who we want to be when we grow up and the legacy we want to leave behind. But then we tuck these wish lists safely away in the drawer behind the excuses of our everyday distractions, always thinking we will get to it tomorrow. We blink and years go by, and we are left wondering how it can go so fast. It is hard to think about, but I often wonder what people will say about me in my eulogy when my time here ends. I know someone won’t be reading my resume out loud or talking about what is left in my bank account because that is what life should be measured by. Our bucket list should not just include what we want to do, but who we want to be and what we are going to do to get there. Achieving this requires vulnerability and intentionally. So, what is on your list? And what are you waiting for?
Enough is Enough: Somebody Needs to Speak Up
Martin Luther King did it. Blake Mycoskie did it. The Broncos did it. Why can’t we? What does it take to inspire a movement?
Pure OCD/Intrusive Sexual Obsessions: It’s Not As Pure As It Sounds
Welcome to the dark side of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There are many forms of OCD, and one in particular is rarely talked about openly due to the shame and embarrassment surrounding the nature of the obsessions. I live with Pure O/Sexual and Violent Intrusive thoughts. As an advocate for mental health and OCD, I use humor and storytelling to help audiences grasp the severity and torment of this crippling disorder in a society where every other person claims they are ‘so OCD’ in one capacity or another. My talk will include my personal journey with Pure O as well as information on OCD and how to walk the road to recovery. I often say Pure O is like the dirty little secret of the OCD world, however it is one of the most common yet silent types of the disorder.