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Ignite Madison #9, Unique Jobs

Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

This Ignite Madison event will be talks about Unique Jobs. As with previous Ignites, the event will be at the High Noon Saloon and will feature 10 people with stories to tell about their “Unique Jobs”.  

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!

Our nonprofit partner for this event is Literacy Network. Funds from this event support their great work.

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Let Your Passion In

Emily Blankenship

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Emily earned a BS in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State. She worked at the City of Mesa’s Office of Diversity producing on-the-ground social issue documentary screenings from PBS while consulting for several creative small businesses. Mixing her management talents and passion for diversity awareness led her to HI USA.

Jason Stephens: Professional Imitator

Jason Stephens


Jason Stephens is a professional voice actor, specializing in voice matching. He has been heard on the Tonight Show, in major motion pictures (and film trailers), YouTube videos (with over 40 million views to his credit), and in advertisements around the world.


Unlocking the Secretes of Antarctic Meteorology

Matthew Lazzara


Matthew Lazzara, a meteorologist, is an associate scientist at UW–Madison and principal investigator of the Antarctic Automatic Weather Station Project. He is faculty at Madison College, where he teaches weather and climate courses. He has deployed to Antarctica 9 times over the last 20 years.


How Managing My Rock Band Taught Me The Power of Being Naive

Spencer X Smith


Spencer Smith is the principal of Spencer X Smith Consulting and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin. He helps teach his clients digital marketing and social media in plain English, and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Money magazine and dozens of other publications.



Vivienne Andersen


Vivienne Andersen, a full-time REALTOR®, grew up in California, but is not at all what the Beach Boys had in mind.  She has a Masters of Divinity degree to compliment her Bachelors in Psychology. She loves public speaking. She is a member of the WRA’s Diversity in Real Estate committee, and the Marketing and PR Chair for the Junior League of Madison. She is even a MOTH GrandSlam Champion. Vivienne can fly, she can forgive sins, and she can sell a large house in a single day, she is basically a super hero in heels, you should definitely connect with her.

Getting away, fly up to the heavens

Ahmed Al-Niaimi


Ahmed Al-Niaimi, is a gynecologic Oncology surgeon at the UW, who cares for patients with cancer.  Between surgeries, chemotherapy and talking to patients about death and dying, life becomes stressful.

Three jobs that have made everything else easy

Jeremy McKinley


An only child from a small island town in the northwest, Jeremy was always the last to finish eating. He has worked with commercial fishermen, gang kids, mental patients, and bicycle retailers. Most recently Jeremy moved with his family from Seattle to Madison to take care of marketing in North America for Trek bicycles.


To cover or Not to Cover, That’s the Problem

Saideh Jamshidi


Saideh Jamshidi is an Iranian-American journalist, and founder of Goltune, an online digital magazine focusing on Muslim women fashion and lifestyle.



Kären Miskimen


Kären is a renaissance woman and crafty chickadee who’s learned much from her resourceful mother of 9. A sourdough baker, gardener, preserver and fixer of most things, She believes it’s in everyone’s best interest to learn and hone a craft or two. Kären has found it keeps you curious and increases your joy as well as social standing.

How to Quit Your Job Without Losing It

Jenie Gao

Jenie Gao is an artist specializing in woodcuts, ink drawings, and allegorical storytelling. Her work across industries–from education to lean manufacturing–has made her a firm believer in different disciplines working together to change and grow.


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