January 17, 2019

Location - The Orchard

1379 North Coley Rd, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801


9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


To be announced....

it only takes a spark / to IGNITE leadership

The Community Development Foundation believes that at our community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and ignite the right people. Ignite is a one-day leadership conference featuring world-class speakers, incredible peer-to-peer interaction and an energizing atmosphere. Ignite will get you what you need to grow your own leadership skills or those of your entire team.

Vision: Ignite will engage and develop dynamic and effective leaders in the community who are committed to a prosperous future and powered by purpose.

Mission: Presented by the Community Development Foundation, Ignite 2019 is a one-day leadership summit inspiring attendees to lead and create desired change within their organizations and communities with renewed passion and drive.


CDF / Community Development Foundation

CDF is the local chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi.

Our 2018 Ignite Sponsors / PLATINUM SPONSOR: Platinum Sponsor:  BancorpSouth

Are you interested in sponsoring IGNITE 2019? Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Past Conference Speakers / to ignite you

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff

New York Times Bestselling Author

For 20 years, Jon has helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team.

John Gordon

Jon Gordon

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jon is the author of 17 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership.

Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson


Executives, sports teams, church members, and young people all benefit from the raw energy of his charismatic speaking. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.

Sean Suggs

Sean Suggs


An avid believer in the “one team” concept, Sean says the staff members, vendors, and the community must work together as one. This will elevate the perception, expectations, and reality of the workforce required to bolster the superiority of Toyota’s products and position the Mississippi facility as a leader into the future.

David Stillman

David Stillman

Generations Guru

David Stillman is the coauthor of bestselling books When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennials Are Rocking the Workplace. He has contributed to Time, Washington Post, the New York Times, and USA Today and has been featured as a generational expert on CNN, CNBC, and the Today Show. He has been named one of the Forty Under 40 movers and shakers and one of 200 to Watch by the Business Journal.

Kelly Williams Brown

Kelly Williams Brown

New York Times Bestselling Author

Kelly Williams Brown is the New York Times-bestselling author of "Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps," which addresses everything from finding a non-awful apartment to negotiating for a raise at work. Her second book, Gracious: The Subtle Art of Charm, Tact & Unsinkable Strength, seeks to define good manners in an age that can be a bit rude. Her work has appeared on or in the New York Times, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more, and been translated into nine languages.

Liz Forkin Bohannon

Liz Forkin Bohannon

Founder Sseko Designs

Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to over 76 women in East Africa.

Speaker line up for the 2019 IGNITE Conference will be announced closer to the event.
(Speakers are subject to change)

2019 Conference Tickets / get your spark on!


Regular Ticket
General Admission
(No group rates available)

When Can I Register? / where do I sit?

Registration is simple. Starting January 18, 2018, click above to buy your ticket and secure your place at IGNITE! All tickets are general admission seating. Sponsors seating is available for various levels of sponsors. To be a sponsor, please call CDF at 662-842-4521 or email

Conference FAQS / got questions?


IGNITE is a Leadership Conference featuring nationally known speakers that will inspire, challenge and help to IGNITE the leader in you. It only takes a spark to IGNITE the potential leader in you and your organization, community and home. The IGNITE Conference is a one day event (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m) Conference that will inspire and encourage you.

Inspirational Speakers

Network with other leaders

Everyone is a leader. Someone is following you.
If you are an employee or an employer, there are people that are always looking at you. Some watch you for direction, others watch you for response. The potential leader that is inside of you can be "sparked" by taking the initiative to learn more about being a great leader.

We have hand picked some of the best nationally known inspirational speakers to help IGNITE that leader in you.

Do you need help convincing your boss? Download this WORD (put it in your company letterhead) or PDF letter to help convince your boss.

 You will gain practical skills and learn methods that are proven to help your work performance

 You will learn from real success stories how to be the best leader you can be

 You will be in the midst of the best networking opportunity to grow your client base and your circle of influence

Ignite YOU!

The IGNITE Conference exists to spark great leaders in our area. Nowhere else in our area will you be able to be in an intimate environment with New York Times best-selling authors and nationally known inspirational speakers. Get ready to IGNITE the best leader inside of you!

Add to Calendar 01/17/2019 09:00 AM 01/17/2019 04:00 PM America/Chicago IGNITE Leadership Conference The Community Development Foundation believes that at our community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and ignite the right people. Ignite is a one-day leadership conference featuring world-class speakers, incredible peer-to-peer interaction and an energizing atmosphere. Ignite will get you what you need to grow your own leadership skills or those of your entire team. The Orchard, Tupelo, Mississippi

 Ignite starts at 9:00 a.m. SHARP, January 17, 2019 and you CANNOT. MISS. ONE. MINUTE.

 Be sure to arrive at The Orchard Tupelo (1379 N Coley Rd., Tupelo, MS 38801 GOOGLE MAP LINK) early, and grab a seat. We don’t want to take the fun out of the day, so you’ll find out everything else when you arrive. It’s more fun that way!

 Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

 Parking is FREE for everyone onsite.

 Your name badge is your ticket to Ignite. Just like a concert, you’ll need credentials to enter.

 If you’ve already ordered your Ignite ticket(s), we will hand-deliver or mail your name badge(s) to you starting the first week of January (we promise you’ll have a badge in hand before the 18th).

 When you arrive, be sure to wear your badge and lanyard for an easy, breezy check-in.

 If you do not have the badge, we’ll have a will call open to facilitate your registration. Please bring a printed or digital proof of purchase to speed up the process.

 Please wear your badge to ensure your access to awesome experiences!

 You may sit anywhere in the general admission seating area.

 If your badge says SPONSOR, look for your company’s reserved seats or table near the front.

 We’ll be Tweeting and Facebooking throughout the event and want you to get in on the fun! Share photos, speaker quotes, videos and everything else using the hashtag #Ignite2019. You may even see your post on the big screen at the event.

Breakfast will not be served, so fuel up before you arrive!

 Have no fear, there will be plenty of coffee, water and soft drinks.

 We’ll serve light, mid-morning and afternoon snacks during the breaks.

 We’ll have a 45-minute lunch break with boxed lunches generously sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority. Use this time to network or catch up on e-mails and phone calls!

 Your pre-paid ticket covers your event participation and food during the times already mentioned.

 If you’d like to purchase any of the works published by our AWESOME line-up, stop by our on-site Ignite Book Store. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

 Jeans, jeans, jeans. Leave your suits, ties and heels at home.

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Event Location

The Orchard‎
1379 North Coley Rd
Tupelo, Mississippi

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