June 4: IGNITE Creativity in Business Conference

Posted on May 14, 2010. Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , |

Calling all entrepreneurs, business leaders and creatives! Join Clean Currents at the Ignite! Conference on June 4 in Rockville, MD and learn how to harness the power of creativity and innovation for business success. Register NOW for the early bird special: http://igniteconference10.eventbrite.com Full Press Release below.


Shellie Williams 301‐565‐3805 ext. 24



 SILVER SPRING, MD, May 11, 2010 —The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announced today that it will host Montgomery County’s first creativity in business conference on Friday, June 4, at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville.

IGNITE! Transforming Business with Creativity, will feature business visionary, Washington Post blogger and author of Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out, Seth Kahan. The conference will feature six interactive and content‐rich breakout sessions led by pioneers in the field of creativity and business. Each session of IGNITE! is geared towards entrepreneurs, business leaders, and managers looking to gain tips and techniques for business growth and success.

“It’s common knowledge that innovation is the heart of business—that’s what keeps some business out in front while others lag behind,” says AHCMC CEO Suzan Jenkins, a 2009 Gazette of Politics and Business 25 CEOs You Need to Know’. “But, perhaps not as well known is the role creativity plays in business success and innovation. We’ve designed this event to highlight creativity in business and to break the mold of conventional business seminars and networking events.”

IGNITE! aims to showcase unique ways business leaders can learn first‐hand how the right and left brain can work together. Creative and informative interactive sessions include speed networking facilitated by Eliot Pfanstiehl, President and CEO of Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., a Playback Theatre production, and a networking event featuring entertainment by Happenstance Theater and others. All sessions relate to the areas of creative communications, creative leadership and creative thinking. A full roster of speakers and sessions is available at www.creativemoco.org/ignite.

“In today’s market, we’re all looking for the advantage that will send us soaring above the competition,” added Jenkins. “To gain the advantage in this challenging economic climate, it is critical for businesses to harness the power of creativity and put it to work. That’s where IGNITE! will help.”

Event tickets are on sale now at http://creativemoco.com/ignite/registration/ and range from $140 to $175. The event is sponsored by Calvert Investments, The Gazette of Politics & Business, C. Fox Communications, Clean Currents, John Hopkins University Montgomery County, Montgomery County Government Economic Development Inc., Rockville Economic Development Inc. and Wood Street, Inc.

Media interested in attending should contact Shellie Williams at 301‐565‐3805 or Shellie.Williams@creativemoco.com.

 Event Details:

The June 4 IGNITE! Conference is First of its Kind for Montgomery County;

A Response to Area Businesses Feeling Slowdown of Economy

WHAT:                  IGNITE! Conference: Transforming Business with Creativity, Montgomery County’s first creativity and business conference

HOST:                    The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

WHEN:                 June 4, 2010

Conference: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Gazette of Politics and Business SchmoozeFest Networking Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

WHERE:                Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

WHO:                    Over 200 entrepreneurs, business and government leaders are expected

PRICE:                Full Conference (includes SchmoozeFest)
$140.00 – Early Bird special (deadline Friday, May 21)
$175.00 – Regular price

Tickets to the Gazette of Politics and Business SchmoozeFest ONLY (5:00 – 6:30 pm)
$40.00 – Early Bird special (deadline Friday, May 21)
$50.00 – Regular price


Established in 1976, AHCMC is Montgomery County’s designated arts and humanities non‐profit agency with a vision to provide leadership that sustains arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars and inspires participation in our County’s rich cultural assets. For more information, visit www.creativemoco.com.


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