About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

How cupcakes inspired a conversation about pregnant cows & milk at my wedding party; or the joys of a Vegan (plant-based) diet.

Barb Troyer



I've always loved animals - from family pets to ravens and sea lions, and have a keen interest in animal cognition. I share my home (read: zoo) with a husband, 3 step-kids, 6 cats, 3 dogs (retired racing greyhounds, pug), and a parrot. For work I'm a SharePoint specialist, UI and graphic designer, IT consultant, and geek. In my spare time I'm an avid reader (sci fi, novels, animal behavior texts, you name it), a wannabe writer, and a flybaby. I have an enormously useful Writing and Literature degree, and once ran a forensic science training company - I do not watch crime dramas. I have no use for organized religion. I'm both a cynic and an idealist. I see the forest but not the trees. I laugh at things many people don't find funny.

People often wonder why I would choose to deprive myself by eating a Vegan (plant-based) diet. In 5 minutes and 20 slides I will illustrate why I feel a Vegan diet is not a deprivation, but a great choice for our world, our health, and for showing compassion for farm animals who are as smart, friendly, loving and as capable of feeling pleasure and pain as our family pets. I will address the most common questions and comments I get about my plant-based diet, such as: - If you don't eat meat, dairy, and eggs, then what *DO* you eat? - What is Vegan/Vegetarian anyway? You still eat fish and chicken, right? - Why not eat dairy and eggs since no animals suffered or died for those? - Don't tell me what I'm eating - I don't want to know. - Why do you care more about animals than humans? - How do you get enough protein? - I could never give up cheese! - Human bodies were designed/ evolved to eat meat. - I only eat meat, dairy, and eggs from non-factory farms where the animals are treated well. - I couldn't eat Vegan or Vegetarian because I travel/ eat out a lot.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
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