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Keynote Presentations

Mingjie Zhai

Mingjie Zhai

Executive Producer - The Love Story

Jacqui Holland

Jacqui Faye Holland

Metaphysicist - Cosmic Flow Meditations

Greg Palast

Greg Palast

Investigative Reporter - BBC, Rolling Stone

Jenny Ross

Jenny Ross

Author - Jenny Ross Living Foods

Visual Reality

Visual Reality

Immersive Art Experience

General Speakers

Charlene Volpe

Charlene Volpe

Founder, I Don't Know You But I Love You

Cathy Caplener

Cathy Caplener

Founder, BabyWeConnect

Susana Puelles

Susana Puelles

Licensed Acupuncturist

Christel South

Christel South

SoCal Chapter Head, Safer Raving

Taylor Booth

Taylor Booth

Founder, Booth's Butterfly Effect

Michaell Magrutsche

Michaell Magrutsche

Founder, Self-Aware Art

The Love Effect

The Love Effect

Short film with Q&A

Event Schedule

IDKYBILY's goal is to reduce racism by ending intolerance but, as a political and social philosopher, Charlene has a much wider scale and scope for how to govern the world. IDKYBILY is a universal message of unconditional love for people, plants, animals, and life itself. If the joy from this love is present in the creation of solutions that affect art, spirit, community, body, and technology the world will heal and unite under the principles of peace, love, unity and respect. IDKYBILY teaches how to find and maintain the joy in solutions for humanity

Charlene Volpe is a race relations humanitarian from our nation's capital. She came to Los Angeles and started her own anti-racism nonprofit "I Don't Know You, But I Love You," which became an overnight global success.
BabyWeConnect is a purpose driven company with a mission to decrease the amount of stress a parent and child feel when they are separated. Our founder, Cathy Caplener, spent the first four months of her life in an incubator and understands first hand what a premature or underweight babies go through after leaving their "glass home". BabyWeConnect believes that, by creating healthy bonding experiences early on for children and parents, more individuals will live healthier and happier lives.

Cathy has 27 years of experience in public relations and is the founder of Be Cause PR. She is a visionary who leads with purpose and believes PR is now "Purpose Relations." Cathy has launched hundreds of products, worked with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs, and personalities who combine business with social impact.
Are you tired of struggling with trendy diets, pills, vitamins, or even positive affirmations with little result? Ignite your innate healing mechanisms with women's health expert Susana Puelles, L.Ac. Using five simple steps, Susana will help you achieve longevity, prevent aging, boost your brain power, and eliminate chronic pain. It's time to get your body working with you to live a healthy, happy, abundant life.

Susana Puelles is a health warrior, acupuncturist, herbalist, and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. Her drive to create extraordinary healthcare options has led her to design a safe and highly effective protocol for treating severe hormonal imbalances responsible for chronic disease. Her practice integrates acupuncture, science based testing, and nutritional and herbal therapy to improve the quality of your life.
When it comes to public policy all that really matters is whether the intended results are achieved. Current drug policy has proven to be every bit as ineffective as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920's. Christel will discuss the effects of drugs and drug policy on individuals and the community as a whole; the dangers of drug use and how to minimize negative consequences; and a proposition for a more effective drug policy.

Leader of the SoCal chapter of harm reduction organization Safer Raving by Amy Raves, Christel South is an artist and advocate for marginalized segments of society. No stranger to struggle, Christel's experiences have given her a unique worldview. Her perspective incorporates empathy and compassion for many groups of people who are shunned and stigmatized because of their situations.
We are created for relationship, living connected lives inherently effective to the wellbeing of others. The framework of our future is the global beloved community, an idea popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr. Our own country remains a highly unequal place requiring economic and social inclusiveness to reduce the societal dysfunction. I theorize collaborations between art, technology, and the human spirit will ultimately improve global mental health and the physical body of this planet.

Taylor Booth is a millennial with an innovative, learner mindset. Servant leadership continues to drive her throughout artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Art derived initially from the skill of reproducing the beauty of nature, people or things. Today's technology has arrived at such perfection that it takes little skill to create a perfect image. The invention of the camera started Impressionism. The digital evolution forces artists into self-realization that expresses their inside. Today's artist's purpose is found within art's true value-properties like healing, teaching and discovering alternative art-applications. As it seems, art and creativity might just hold the solutions for humanity.

Michaell Magrutsche is an Austrian-Californian multimedia artist. From painter, musician, to TV producer, author, educator, art politician to artist advocate. Over 90% of working artists live near the poverty level. 3 years ago, Michaell formed the Self-Aware Art Movement that adapts to the evolution of art. The 90 graduates of Michaell's workshops confirm his theories. Art's missing link between skill and history is the understanding of the functions in art, and the most value of art lies in an artist's creative Voice.
"THE LOVE EFFECT" is an award-winning film that has been highly-regarded by audiences, educators and mental health organizations worldwide for the film's approach to poetically addressing themes of depression, suicide, and love. With worldwide support and accolades, the filmmakers have turned their award-winning thirty-minute cinematic film and social awareness campaign into an innovative organization, raising awareness on mental health and most uniquely love. Through their interactive film screening and program, two of the three founding filmmakers will offer a screening and provide an interactive Q&A session after the film, addressing the importance mental health and love awareness.
Today we are witnessing a dynamic and accelerated growth of intelligence technology -- augmented reality, virtual reality, internet of things, and artificial intelligence.. How do we leverage these technologies for social good? These are tools that can be used for self-expression or self-destruction. The choice is ours as a conscious collective. The love story of technological innovations must first parallel and have deference for the love story of the human spirit. Why are we here? What is our purpose? Why do we do what we do? In our constant search for meaning, struggle for peace, and the stories we tell about our lives, MJ will reveal why we are designed to love, lose and transform and how we can appreciate the process by augmenting our reality.

Former educator transformed into social entrepreneur and transmedia storyteller, Mingjie "MJ" Zhai began picking up the pieces of her broken heart by picking up the narrative pieces of artist interviews around the topic of love and loss. Whilst growing her nonprofit publisher, MJ is recreating the transformative experience through the power of Artist-Inspired Journaling--the concept of Artists inspiring us to journal so that we may discover our inner artist in the process of breaking our hearts open. She formerly served as an educator for 12 years in both public, private and charter schools. She received the Outstanding Educator award from the Inner City Education Foundation and Outstanding Speech & Debate Coach from San Gabriel Unified School District. Today, she is a social entrepreneur and multimedia storyteller.
How do we transform and what are some of the methods and tools to help speed up the process of becoming the best version of you? We'll explore the power of the self-actualization process in terms of mental and emotional reprogramming along with the importance of authenticity. Why do we often seem content to let our beliefs justify our perception of the world? How do we overcome the blockages that keep us from achieving our own personal definition of success.

Jacqui Holland was a successful actress in Hollywood, after many years in the Industry she realized her true passion was metaphysics and helping people. Jacqui is a Master Dating and Success Coach, Spiritual Counselor and has recently created Prosperity Yoga and Mind, a combination of Kundalini Yoga mixed with NLP to create abundance. It is her life goal to help people realize their true potential and help uplift consciousness.
"Eliminate a few million voters of color and you've got your tax break, you've got your pipeline, and you've got nothing between you and your next billion." This warning, issued by Greg Palast, is one that we could all stand to learn from. Tracing the money through pipelines to politicians, Palast's colorful narrative documentary "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits" paints a stark picture about just how manipulated American democracy has become.

Rolling Stone and BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast has been called the "most important investigative reporter of our time." The Chicago Tribune boasts that Palast is "[d]oggedly independent and undaunted by power. [Palast's] stories bite, they're so relevant they threaten to alter history." They're right – Palast's latest investigation into the massive vote stealing scheme that may have led to Trump's election was a warning heard too late and now, with everything at stake, Palast's work is more relevant than ever.
Join wellness expert Jenny Ross as she addresses nutrition, mind science, and the future of living well in today's world. Learn how to love and nourish your body with a balanced approach to eating while also learning how to fuel your brain with the best food and daily routine to support motivation and endurance. With day to day schedules full of mental challenges of endurance and discipline, Jenny's tips will provide your mind with the key nutrients it needs to function at its best all day. Jenny will help you navigate the future of food and will provide advice on how to support being your most vitalized self each and every day.

Jenny Ross has been a pioneering spirit of the raw-foods movement since 2000, beginning with her first Los Angeles café. As a chef, her unique creations have captivated customers nationwide. She is the author of four international wellness titles, including "Healing with Raw Foods," "Raw Basics," "Simple Dehydrated," and the newly released "The Art of Raw Living Foods," co-authored with Doreen Virtue.
Visual Reality is an immersive art experience bridging the gap between spirituality and technology. Participants are invited to explore a curated gallery of artistic, meditative and psychedelic virtual reality and multi sensory experiences designed to generate consciousness expansion and deep relaxation.

Official Afterparty



The conversations started at Ignite :: Laguna Beach don't end when the conference does. Join us for our official afterparty at Hennessey's Laguna Beach. DJs will be playing all night, and happy hour specials are extended until close!

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Exhibit at Ignite :: Laguna Beach

Ignite :: Laguna Beach is proud to bring you a finely curated selection of exhibitors that encompass the five programming tracks of the conference. From Southern California based visual artists to technology and wellness companies working to create a better world, we hope you enjoy each exhibitor as much as we did selecting them for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

From LA
Take I-5 South to Exit 95 CA-133 S
Follow CA-133 S to Laguna Canyon Road
Ignite :: Laguna Beach will be on your left

From San Diego
Take I-5 North to Exit 85A for CA-73 N
Take Exit 6 for El Toro toward CA-133
Follow CA-133 S to Laguna Canyon Road
Ignite :: Laguna Beach will be on your right

Street parking is available on Laguna Canyon Road, and several muncipal lots are available on Laguna Canyon Road.

Additional parking is available in downtown Laguna Beach, and buses run regularly up Laguna Canyon Road back to Ignite :: Laguna Beach (ask to head to the Sawdust Arts Fesitval).
Buses run regularly from downtown Laguna Beach. Once downtown, pretty much everything is within walking distance!
While Ignite :: Laguna Beach is a one-day conference, Laguna Beach is a beautiful place worth staying the weekend. Plenty of hotels are available in downtown Laguna Beach by the ocean.
If you're looking to get a bite to eat, we invite you to explore downtown Laguna Beach's selection of fine restaurants and bars. Ivory Kitchen and Lounge, Kitchen in the Canyon, and Another Kind Cafe are all adjacent to Ignite :: Laguna Beach.
All everything - but a lot is happening in one day, so you'll have to determine your schedule.
As of now, Ignite :: Laguna Beach programming will not be available for streaming. We do plan on including streaming services for future years!
We've love to have you volunteer! If you're interested in attending Ignite :: Laguna Beach and making this conference a great experience for all there, be sure to email Christopher Lee at cwlee.nyc@gmail.com
At this time, all exhibit spaces have been filled. Thank you for your interest, and please do reach out for next year!
We're always glad for sponsor support, whether financial or promotional. Several sponsor packages are available a la carte - please contact Christopher Lee at cwlee.nyc@gmail.com for pricing and options.

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Contact Ignite :: Laguna Beach

Phone | 646.808.6385