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Raised by a determined single mother in a rural home with no indoor plumbing, through careers in the Army, corporate America, and now her own company, Parker builds on the lessons of resourcefulness learned from a wise and encouraging extended family.


Helping our kids can backfire. Most kids don't really want our help, but they need our leadership. When we focus on how we can be better leaders, we tend to help less and have better results.


Presenter: Sherene McLemore

Biography: I am a wife, mom and economics geek that plays soccer. I have a strong belief that all things are connected and love and value individualism. I hate soggy cheerios in the sink drain and I am good at Math because I am part Asian.

Description: I wanted to talk about being a war orphan from Vietnam, adopted by a white southern baptist preacher and his wife in the mid-west. Growing up was like a bad version of Footloose and the Joy luck club. Adoption is one of those things that is amazing but so bitter sweet at the same time. You're left often time wondering "Who do you think you are??"

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Presenter: Danielle Zeder

Biography: I am a Chicago native, Arizona transplant 4 years and running, married mother of 2 boys. I've been a Registered Nurse for 20 years (Jesus am I old), with the majority of my experience as a ICU Trauma nurse and Hospice Care, however I believe humor is the best remedy for anything in life. I never take my life too seriously people.

Description: When people hear I enjoy Hospice nursing, they say "Oh my God, how can you do that, it's so depressing!" Actually, it is the complete opposite. People faced with their own mortality are usually the most insightful life teachers. Who better to absorb life's valuable lessons from than those who are facing the end of their own journey?

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Speaker #3: Ana Lucia Divins @anadivins http://www.analuciadivins.com/
Talk Title: The Passion of Latin American Boleros
September 13, 2011 - Ignite Charlotte 3 - Neighborhood Theatre (NODA)

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Presenter: Tina Perez

Biography: I'm just a regular girl from Tucson with a love for 80s music and performing on stage, but I come from a non-traditional family and I'm passionate about supporting others in that position.

Description: My family is not nuclear or even traditionally "funky" but I love them dearly and turned out to be a pretty good person. Many people from more traditional backgrounds can't say the same. There are lots of families like mine in our community, or people who want to start them, and they are not supported. We can change that.

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Presenter: Mack Duncan

Biography: Mack Duncan is a teacher, writer, director, actor, improvisor, puppeteer and an award winning film maker. He is a founding member of The Torch Theatre and creator of the web series "Vincent and Me" (www.youtube.com/VincentandMack)

Description: We can't choose the family we're born into... but we can create families beyond blood relation. We've heard many actors speak of their ensembles as families to the point of cliche; but all cliches are born of truth. As a performer, I have been privileged to be a part of many amazing families, and I believe the Ensemble Family can happen anywhere.

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1 in every 110 children is affected by autism. In boys it's 1 in 70. This year more children will be diagnosed with autism than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer COMBINED. An autism diagnosis has a profound impact on the entire family. Jim shares ten years of discovery and learning regarding parenting and raising an autistic special needs child. From Ignite Phoenix 8 Distributed by Tubemogul.


One family's adventures with Legos.


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