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.

Turning Around

Emilie Cortes

Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc.


*Emilie Cortes, MBA, CFA, CAIA* Emilie Cortes is President of Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc., an all women’s adventure travel company. She left a 16-year career in financial services to align her passion and vocation – empowering women through positive experiences in the outdoors. Emilie has climbed on six of the seven continents and leads backpacking, trekking, and snowcamping trips for Call of the Wild and non-profits such as the Sierra Club and GirlVentures. Emilie holds an MBA from Berkeley, as well as the CFA and CAIA designations. She is a member of Financial Women's Association, Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition, and has served on the National Associations of Women MBAs Board. She speaks regularly inspiring women to reach their own personal heights in their careers and lives.

I'll be giving a talk about all the times I turned around in the mountains. We often receive glory and accolades for the summits in our lives, both real and figurative, but it's often the failures that teach us the most...and sometimes keep us alive.



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.

Flame Sponsors

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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