Ignite presentations allow presenters to provide an issue briefing or update, or short motivational speech, on the topic of their choosing to all NH Progressive Summit participants. Topics can vary from personal stories to practical tips to funny or inspirational big-picture ideas, and creativity is encouraged.

We are proud to announce this year’s Ignite presentations!

“Water Warriors: How 3 Moms Broke Through in a Red Town on Water”
NH State Representatives Wendy Thomas & Kathy Stack, Hillsborough, District 21

Gale Taylor, Kent Street Coalition

“Finding Your Voice”
Regan Lamphier, Community Advocate

“Women’s Suffrage Centennial”
Liz Tentarelli, League of Women Voters

“What I Learned at Job That Was Killing My Soul and Harming My Community”
Crystal Paradis, Feminist Oasis

“How to Create a Social Media Meme”
Matt Murray, Creator, NH Labor News

Previous Ignites include:


Immigrant Justice
Eva Castillo, New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees
Sara Jane Knoy, Granite State Organizing Project

Ask a Transgender Person Anything
Chloe LaCasse, Advocate, Freedom New Hampshire

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Debra Opramolla, Tri-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign
Reverend Emilia Halstead, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church in Concord

It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change
Barb Hynes, Advocate, Rights and Democracy NH

Our Time
Katie Henry, Concord High School & NH Social Justice League

Becoming the Leader You are Meant to Be
Deb Genther, Co-Coordinator for NH Leadership Series, Institute on Disability
Aly McKnight, Community Engagement Coordinator, New Futures
Rebecca Rocheleau, New Leaders Council and Melissa Bernardin, LEAD NH


The Handmaids Coalition
Emily Morgan, Action Together New Hampshire

What’s Your Agenda?
Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky

New Leaders Council
Aislinn Kalob, New Leaders Council Fellow

Slam Poetry on Gender & Organizing
Linds Jakows, Genderqueer Poet

Protect the Sacred: Update on Standing Rock / NO DAPL & Beyond
Felicia Teter, Tribal Member, Yakama Nation

How Your Idea Could Become a Law
Members of the House Progressive Caucus

Songs of the Movement
Jack Bopp, Musician & Progressive Activist

Be An Opportunity
Bernadette Gleeson, Recovery Innovator, Speaker, and Educator


Bridging the Gap: Combining Forces
Molly Biron, Next Gen Campus Organizer – Manchester
Miranda Groux, Next Gen Fellow – St. Anselm College

*** Movie Short: ALEC Rock ***
Center for Media and Democracy

Social Media Tips: Creating a Meme
Matthew Murray, Creator, NH Labor News

*** Movie Short: What Teachers Make ***
Taylor Mali

Moms Demand Action
Deidre Reynolds

Another Mothership Down
Zandra Rice Hawkins