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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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