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.


Brenda J. Gessner



Mom first and foremost. Before being mom, I graduated with honors with an MA in Occupational Studies. I also have a BS (Bachelor of Science) in Marketing. I worked as a manager managing 36 facilities around Southern California (and have lots of stories) and taught computer software for 3 years to at-risk students and adults (lots of stories there too). I decided to become a full-time mom 11+ years ago, so I stopped working to devote 100% of my time and energy (and money) to that endeavor (and boy, I have A LOT of stories about being a mom)!

The trials and triumphs of being a mom. Yep, there are a lot of great things about being a mom but there are some things that no one tells you. I'll let you in on the secrets - some things you have to give up but you gain some fantastic things.



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.


We're looking for sponsors for Ignite Bend! Please download a Sponsor Packet or check out the Sponsorships page for details.

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Ember Sponsors

Berg Real Estate Brokers


Home System Solutions

Wanderlust Tours

Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

The Village Baker

Anjou Spa

Spark Sponsors



Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W