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.

Ignite Your Fire

Brenda Gessner



Before being a mom to two busy boys, Brenda was an instructor for adults and at-risk youth. Prior to her experience as an educator, she was a manager at a large insurance company. Her experience as a manager included teaching employee classes, teaching Junior Achievement, and earning a CTM in Toastmasters. In college, Brenda earned a place on the forensic team and won several contests. Brenda has also been invited to speak at various forums and conferences around the country (b.k. - before kids).

Is life passing you by and are you losing focus? Is each day a reaction to the day's events instead of a well thought out plan or desire? This is a motivational speech designed to get people to think about their goals and refocus their life. The speech will include props and audience participation.



Next Event

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

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


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Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

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