Ignite Leadership Conference Draws 700+


Ignite Leadership Conference Draws 700+01/17/2020


Tupelo, Miss. (Jan. 16, 2020) – A sold-out crowd with 720 tickets distributed, community leaders from all over Mississippi and parts of Alabama, Tennessee and Texas, gathered at The Orchard today to attend the Community Development Foundation’s (CDF) one-day leadership conference, IGNITE.

CDF believes that at the community’s core, the ultimate catalyst for growth is the ability to identify, engage and ignite people. IGNITE is a one-day leadership conference featuring world-class speakers, incredible peer-to-peer interaction and an energizing atmosphere.

IGNITE’s line up featured a diverse array of leadership speakers including former senior VP of culture and communications at Southwest Airlines, Ginger Hardage, who debunked 5 lies about organizational culture; New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies,Gretchen Rubin; and local chef and entrepreneur Mitch McCamey, who shared his story of success and performed a live cooking demonstration on stage.

CDF Board Chairman Sam Pace said, “CDF’s third annual 2020 IGNITE conference at The Orchard was a tremendous success today. 700-plus attendees laughed, learned and absorbed principles of leadership that will benefit them at work, home and in their communities. Growing leadership for our future—that isIGNITE!”

Other speakers included author and humor engineer Drew Tarvin, who discussed the importance of humor in the workplace and how to get better results while having more fun; author of Uniquely You and Community Capitalism and CEO of Southwest Michigan First Ron Kitchens, who shared his inspiring leadership message about creating thriving multi-generational teams; and author of Moment Maker Carlos Whittaker, who concluded the day with a lesson on creating moments and the importance of living your life instead of letting your life live you.

Dan Rollins, CEO of BancorpSouth, IGNITE’s 2020 platinum sponsor said, “The BancorpSouth partnership with IGNITE is a perfect fit. We know that strong leaders build strong communities and at BancorpSouth, we are committed to both.”

CDF hopes that IGNITE continues to grow from year to year as it lives out its mission of developing leaders in Tupelo and the region. The 4th annual IGNITE leadership conference is set for January 21, 2021. Visit igniteleadership.com for updates and ticket information.


About the Community Development Foundation:

Founded in 1948, Community Development Foundation (CDF) is the exclusive agency charged with providing chamber of commerce, economic development and planning and property management services for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi. CDF is a non-profit membership organization composed of civic, business and professional leaders representing the region. CDF has been selected nine times as one of the top 10 industrial development agencies in the nation by Site Selection magazine, a leading trade magazine for industrial development consultant.


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


POSTED: 01.17.2020