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Ignite Madison #8, Getting Away

Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30-8:30pm

This Ignite Madison event will be talks by people inspiring and enlightening us about how they “get away”. As with previous Ignites, the event will be at the High Noon Saloon and will feature 10 people with stories to tell about “Getting Away”.  

Be sure not to miss it – as the evening will also include DJ Mike Carlson, pre-, mid- and post-speaker social/bar time, a raffle and in general, a great night with at least 200 of your closest Madison friends! This event is truly a party.

Tickets will be going on sale once we select our non-profit partner.

Do you have something to say about Getting Away? Something that will inspire and enlighten?  Please consider telling your story and apply to speak here.

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Door Prizes for Ignite Madison #7

Thank You Door Prize Donors!

To be entered in the door prize drawing, just buy your tickets online.

The theme is Social Good and we have a great lineup of speakers.

One Month of Unlimited Yoga. A $160 Value.

When the team at Inner Fire Yoga says they “care profoundly about the well-being of individuals and the greater community,” that’s not an empty sentiment. Since opening in 2002, they’ve raised over $89,000 for causes both near and far, from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) of Dane County to the relief effort for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They also sponsor a scholarship program that awards a three-month unlimited membership to a deserving nominee who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

Boulder’s Gym Day Pass, 4 of Them!  $80 Value.

Boulders Climbing Gym has climbing for all levels of climbers from first-timers to veteran climbers. With knowledgeable and experienced staff in the many forms of climbing, people entering Boulder’s Gym, will experience a free lesson on how to use rope systems and be able to climb on over 8,000 square feet of climbing space.

3 Month All Access Gym Membership. $240 Value.

Includes all group fitness and yoga classes.

Four $25 Gift Cards.

We’re happy to be supported by Cafe Hollander, opening their first Madison location in late October at Hilldale. Grand Cafe inspired by the Benelux region of Europe, featuring amazing outdoor dining, a world-class bier list and from-scratch food.

Can be used at the upcoming Cafe Hollander Hilldale location as well as those in Milwaukee.

$70 of Gift Cards.

The Roman Candle pizzeria has been hand-tossing award winning pizzas to Madison neighborhoods since 2005. The Roman Candle has four Madison locations and has been recognized by Best of Madison – Madison Magazine, Taste of Madison, Isthmus Favorites, and others.

3 Month Dedicated Desk.  A $500 Value.

Ignite Madison has our speaker practice sessions at Horizon.

Conveniently located on the square and situating you at one of the hubs of Madison’s growing entrepreneurial community, with great internet connectivity and spaces to meet and work.

Ignite Madison #7, Social Good

Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

This Ignite Madison event will be a collaboration with the Madison Nonprofit Day.  As with previous Ignites, this will be at the High Noon Saloon and will feature 10 people with stories to tell about their work doing social good.  

Be sure not to miss it – as the evening will also include DJ Mike Carlson, pre-, mid- and post-speaker social/bar time, a raffle and in general, a great night with at least 200 of your closest Madison friends! This event is truly a party — one that celebrates the people who are all about putting thought into action.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $14 at the door. All proceeds go to the Madison Nonprofit Day.

Is part of your life dedicated to “the greater good” or improving the lives of others? Are you someone who makes helping people a priority? Won’t you consider telling your personal story? Please apply to speak.


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Our Speakers

Fire Fighters Local 311

Sam Yackel


Sam joined the Madison Fire Department in 2007 and became a trustee of the non-profit in 2010.  His goal for L311 Charities is to touch as many facets of Madison and help a diverse group of people in a different way than just being on the clock at the Fire Station.

Mastering Social Justice: MA not required

Breanna Illéné

Breanna Illéné is the tattooed, bike riding, millennial pastor at Trinity UMC in Madison who is trying to rethink what church looks like. She has a piece of paper that says she mastered social justice, but she is still learning about what it means to put her values into practice. Her passions include community building, food (both cooking and eating), and lots and lots of coffee.

Why mentoring is essential to social progress

Jeff Burkhart

Jeff Burkhart is the Executive Director of Literacy Network of Dane County, a not-for-profit organization serving adults and families.  He holds an M.S. Continuing and Vocational Education from University of Wisconsin- Madison and a BA Journalism from Indiana University.

The Ripple Effect of Kindness

Jen Anderson

The 30 year old Madison native is an avid triathlete and two-time Ironman Wisconsin finisher.  She is dedicated to growing the endurance community in Madison as Director of Operations for Capitol View Events, a local endurance event company. When not racing or directing, she can be found dancing with Madison Ballet or taking her black lab to the dog park.

A Cub Scout Goes to War

Andy Wallman

Andy is one of the co-founders of Goodstock, a pro bono event for non-profits held by Madison ad agency KW2, where Andy is President. Since 2004, KW2 has donated over $2.1 million in advertising and marketing goods and services to over 110 non-profit organizations in Dane County.

The Coolest Kids in School

Jahlieh Henderson

Jahlieh is a high school special education teacher at Columbus High School in Columbus, WI. She works primarily with students with intellectual disabilities, focusing on peer mediated supports and relevant connections to curriculum and community. At CHS, Jahlieh serves as the Project Unify Coordinator and Head Forensics Coach. In December of 2014, she was honored to accept the June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Educator of the Year Award for the TASH organization.  Jahlieh is currently finishing her master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in transition, autism and applied behavior analysis.

The Hook Is The Key

Will Green

Will is the Founder of Mentoring Positives, Inc. a mentoring program working with at-risk youth in Madison Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is from Gary, Indiana.  Will has over 22 years of experience working with youth and families with behavioral and emotional issues. In 2014 Will was recognized by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity as the Citizen Of The Year.

Reprogramming My Life Path Around My Passion

Garrett Lee

Garrett Owen Lee is a proud father of a joyous six-year-old. Since leaving academia, he took his knowledge of network dynamics to the streets where he continues to listen and learn.

He founded WHY–We Help You, which aims to build community and develop solutions to address socioeconomic inequality. He also created GoodPoint, which promotes “Good Capital” as a complementary currency that values the abundant goodness that we all share.

From Dream to Reality

Kathy Johnson

Kathy is a Wisconsin native and has been an advocate for people with disabilities, either professionally or as a citizen member of the Madison Physical Disabilities Commission. Now Founder and CEO of a new nonprofit.

Ambition: So our children will like us

Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks serves on the Madison Common Council. His agenda is to ensure that Madison is a national example for innovating to eliminate opportunity gaps, increasing citizen engagement, and designing for anticipated population growth. Maurice is Director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, a statewide program of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

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Ignite Madison #6, Life with Beer

May 6th, 2015, 8-10pm

This Ignite Madison event will be a collaboration with the Madison Craft Beer Week.  It will be one of the many events of Craft Beer Week and it’ll again be at the High Noon Saloon, featuring 10 people with stories to tell about beer.

Be sure not to miss it – as the evening will also include DJ Mike Carlson, pre-, mid- and post-speaker social/bar time, a raffle and in general, a great night with at least 200 of your closest Madison friends! This event is truly a party — one that celebrates the people who are all about putting thought into action.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $14 at the door. All proceeds go to the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

If you have a beer related story, please apply to speak.

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Our Presenters

Turbo Tap

Matt Younkle

Matt Younkle is most famous for inventing the TurboTap, a device that pours draft beer faster and with less waste. Presently, he’s charting the path for the future of music collecting as the CEO of Murfie. Invite Matt to your next party—he’s got your beer and music covered.

The Place of Beer

Joe Walts 

Joe Walts grew up in the ‘burbs of Detroit and began brewing at home in 2003. He abandoned a career in aerospace engineering to become a commercial brewer in 2005, and recently returned to Ale Asylum for a second term as the brewery’s QA manager.

Beer Geek Taxonomy

Chadwick C. DeVoss 

Chadwick C. DeVoss is a technology product manager by day. He is a beer collector, cellarer, drinker, traveller, adventurist, other silly descriptors. If it’s beer-related, there is a good chance he’s aware, involved, or disgusted by it. Most weekday afternoons you can find him behind a laptop, working from a barstool at one of the fine beer purveyors of Madison.

Triumph and Tragedy of a Homebrewer

Patrick Siebold 

Patrick Siebold is a home brewer who has spent the past three years brewing copious amounts of delicious beer for lucky friends. Music was his first passion and he has incorporated a punk DIY philosophy into brewing. He won two home brewing competitions in six months and is releasing a Cocoa Chipotle Stout at Next Door Brewing and Tex Tubb’s during Craft Beer Week.

Mead Made Modern

Colleen Bos 

Colleen Bos is the founder of Bos Meadery, which produces dry and sparkling meads made with local and regional ingredients. She has an MA in Medieval History, has attended Siebel Institute’s concise course on brewing technology, and has 15 years of experience as a project manager in research and technology.

If This Is Beer, What Have I Been Drinking All These Years?

Jeff Glazer 

Jeff Glazer is a Co-Founded Madison Craft Beer Week in 2011. He has worked as a lawyer for startup breweries since 2007. He has been drinking beer for much longer than that.

How to Start a Brewery

Henry Schwartz 

Colorado native turned Wisconsinite, Henry Schwartz began dabbling in business at age 15 with running a retail skateboard shop. Bit by the entrepreneurial bug he studied entrepreneurship at UW-Whitewater and co-founded the launch of MobCraft Beer.

Will Work For Beer

Krystina Engebos

After landing herself her first ever grown-up job, Krystina found herself dreaming of her glory days at Titletown Brewing Co. Thankfully, the transition from hydrology to craft beer was easy for her when she returned to Titletown first in the brewpub and now specializing in distribution sales and promotions. Krystina is also the co-founder of Green Bay Craft Beer Week.


James Altwies

James is a passionate farmer and scientist not to mention an opinionated beer geek. He has managed to combine his two great joys into a thriving hop production (Gorst Valley Hops) and beer chemistry consulting business. He has 20+ years experience in specialty crops with a Masters degree in horticulture from UW-Madison.

Wild Fermentation

Levi Funk

Levi Funk is the founder of Funk Factory Geuzeria and specializes in Lambics and wild fermentation more broadly. He has been working in collaboration with O’so Brewing for the last 3 years and has just recently started filling a barrel warehouse here in Madison.

Ignite Madison #5 “Music Matters” Recap

Thanks for coming!!

10 speakers each gave 5 minute presentations with the theme of the night “Music Matters.” The night included DJ Mike Carlson and all proceeds went to the Madison Music Makers.

Watch the videos below or on the playlist on YouTube.

Fiddle Sisters – Fiddle Makes Family

Laura Kruschke

Beth Kille

Radish & Dudley Noon

Michael Ross

Alida LaCosse

Anna Vogelzang

Sara Tetzloff

Adam Steinquist

Steve Faulkner

Great Door Prizes for Jan 21st!

Thanks Sponsors!

Murfie Music is donating a Sonos Play 1

Enjoy your CD and vinyl collection from the cloud on all your devices! Send your collection to Murfie and we’ll rip and convert it, store the physical copies at our headquarters or return them, and upload your digital albums to your online Murfie collection. Plus, add to your collection from our marketplace of 150,000+ used and new CDs starting at just $2. Stream your music at home with your Sonos system and the Murfie Web Player or on the go with our mobile app for iOS and Android. Download in high quality mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.

You also get a $25 credit for music on


 Glass Nickel Pizza is giving away SIX $50 gift certificates!!

Hybrid Salon is giving away a haircut, highlights, and eyelash extension.

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Ignite Madison #5, Music Matters

January 21st, 2015, 8-10pm

Tickets are $14 at the Door.  C’mon down.

This Ignite Madison event at the High Noon Saloon will feature 10 people passionate about music, whether it be the music they play, listen to, teach, write, use in their work,… all sorts!

Be sure not to miss it – as the evening will also include DJ Mike Carlson, pre-, mid- and post-speaker social/bar time, a raffle and in general, a great night with at least 200 of your closest Madison friends! This event is truly a party — one that celebrates the people who are all about putting thought into action.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $14 at the door. All proceeds go to Madison Music Makers.

Tickets are $14 at the Door.  C’mon down.

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Our Presenters

Fiddle Makes Family, Sisters in Music

Sharon Holthaus & “Family”

In the last year and a half of playing together, the Fiddle Sisters have helped each other grow as musicians in different ways – becoming a better music reader, playing by ear, crafting harmonies (a necessity for five fiddles playing together), and getting up the gumption to play out.  Without each other, our violins would come out of their cases infrequently, and playing together is infinitely more gratifying than playing alone.

Aca-what? Acappella, that’s what.

Laura Kruschke 

Back in 2007, after Laura took a trip to San Francisco to commiserate with other like-minded aca-nerds from around the country, a new league of a cappella groups was founded and greenTONE a cappella was one of the first groups in that league.  Almost 8 years later, gT continues to entertain for a wide variety of events, from holiday parties to concerts in caves to weddings to flash mobs and even singing the National Anthem at Miller Park for sold-out ball games.  Laura has a degree in music education from UW Madison and is a proud mom to 3 very musically-inclined kiddos.

Changing the Culture of Boys’ Singing in Madison

Michael Ross

Michael Ross is Artistic/Executive Director of Madison Youth Choirs. Previously, he taught at West High School, Edgewood College, UW-Madison and area elementary schools. Michael is a UW-Madison graduate with degrees in Music Education, but really he’s husband to the amazing Kirsten and father to the wonderful Ethan and Elliot.

Guitar Building: A New Way to Think

Adam Steinquist

Adam Steinquist is a luthier, living and working in Madison. He studied Guitar Construction and Repair, Violin Repair, and Archtop Construction in Red Wing, Minnesota from 2008-2010. After finishing school, he moved to Santa Cruz, California to work in a guitar building shop before settling in the Madison area to work at a guitar and violin repair shop. He now independently builds and repairs all manner of stringed instruments for Madison’s local musicians.

Music: A Life Force

Sara Tetzloff

Sara Tetzloff is a marketing professional by day, cover band front woman by night. Nourished by her family and friends, her passion for music began at birth and has been the bug in her ear ever since. The journey has made all the difference.

Anna Vogelzang

Anna Vogelzang has been making songs since 2000, playing them in public since 2003, and driving them around the country since 2007. Her melody-driven, multi-instrumental folk-pop ballads have landed her at festivals, conferences, and on bills with some of her heroes. Vogelzang plays the banjo, ukuleles, guitar, and kalimba on stage, but has always been a singer who loves words and feelings first and foremost.

Alida LaCosse

Alida studied Music Education at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, earning a BFA in Music Education with an emphasis on Violin and Voice. During her studies, she spent the summer’s in Upstate New York working with The Harlem Boys Choir under the watchful eye of Dr. Turnbull. She also worked in The Milwaukee Community as Assistant Conductor of The Youth Leadership Academy Boy’s Choir. An active performing musician as well, Alida was a member for 10+ years with The Heritage Chorale of Milwaukee under the baton of the esteemed Ella Washington. Alida has performed around the world, nationally and locally as a member of many different musical organizations including as a member of Milwaukee’s own Unlooped. She was The Director of Choral Activities for 10 years at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts.

New Nature Collective : A New Age Art Movement

DJ Radish & Dudley Noon

Rashad Sallis (DJ Radish) was born & raised in Chicago and moved to Madison in 2008 to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Shortly after he arrived in Madison, he found his true calling : music. His quick rise to the top of the dj community in Madison caught the ear of Hip Hop legend, F.Stokes. Radish began to produce and dj for F. Stokes while maintaining a career as an electronic ­music producer and DJ. Since, he has embarked on different journeys with the groups Swagu, Dense City, and most recently has co­founded an art and music collective, New Nature Collective.Jake Stottler ­(Dudley Noon) moved to Madison in 2009 to complete his degree in Life Sciences Communication from UW ­ Madison. While attending school at UW, Jake was committed to his pursuing a professional music career by touring in the successful Jam­tronica band, Wook. Shortly after completion of his degree, Wook had disbanded. Jake’s passion for music had driven to reinvent himself as a musician under the moniker, Dudley Noon. Since, Jake has formed the group, Dense City with Radish, collaborated with transformationalist Flowpoetry, and most recently has co­founded an arts and music collective, New Nature Collective.

Inspire to Create

Beth Kille

Beth Kille is an award-winning performing songwriter, audio engineer/producer, songwriting instructor, Executive Producer of the Madison Area Music Association Awards, host of Madison’s Chick Singer Night, co-founder of Flannel Fest, Music Director for Girls & Ladies Rock Camp Madison and a mom. She hopes to inspire all to embrace their creativity.

Bach, Van Gogh, and Trying Not to Cry During Your Piano Recital

Steve Faulkner

Tickets are $14 at the Door.  C’mon down.

Ignite Madison #4 Recap

10 speakers each gave 5 minute presentations with the theme of the night “Attainable Sustainable.” The night included DJ Mike Carlson and all proceeds went to the Sustain Dane.

Watch the videos below or on the playlist on YouTube.

Jim Carrier – What I’m Leaving My Daughter

Shannon Bunsen – Creating My Own Sustainability Job

Eric Bescak – From Cringe to Crave: How I Got Over My Disgust for Eating Insects

David Ropa – Spring Harbor Sustainable Greenhouse

Selamawit Zewdie – The Rude Awakening: The Transition to Sustainable Livelihood

Keefe Keeley – Farm Fail: The Unforeseen Benefits of Neglect

Kristopher Steege-Reimann – Net-Zero Housing for the Rest of Us

Laura Distin – Every THING Has a Purpose

Trevor Franda  – Dual Development, Thousands of Miles Apart

TetraPAKMAN – How Become a Tetrapakman and the Dreams