Who Are We?
Ignite is a different kind of leadership development company. We believe in community and experiential learning to transform individuals, institutions, and the world. For over a decade, we've harnessed the power of inspiring experiences and collaboration to cultivate leaders, promote inclusion and elevate purpose. We seek to learn from one another, contribute to the journey of others, and leave the world a better place.
In 2014, Ryan and Rich’s paths crossed on an immersion trip that Rich was facilitating in Nicaragua. Ryan had helped build several start-ups but, like so many of his colleagues, was searching for greater meaning in his work. Leaving a background in marketing, Rich had founded an international nonprofit focused on sustainable development, but was looking to bring what he had learned back into the business world. On that trip to Nicaragua, a conversation began about the need for a different kind of leadership in the world, and what they might be able to do together to meet that need.
Hundreds of additional conversations later, the vision for Ignite took shape and Rich and Ryan officially launched the company in 2017. As Ignite provided purposeful and experiential leadership development for companies, we saw the expected benefits of learning and growth. But our most significant and surprising outcome was the sense of community that was cultivated among participants. So in 2019, we launched the Ignite community, where rising leaders can find the people and path needed to thrive - and ultimately grow into more compassionate, mindful and effective leaders.
The values that we live by are incorporated into everything we do: from how we put together our programs to who we hire, from how we engage with our customers and community partners to what shapes our decision making and strategy.
Inspire the World
Be a Global Citizen
Communicate with Purpose
Build a Community
A Note About Our Planet
At Ignite, we are committed to environmental stewardship and the protection of our natural resources. To support us in these efforts, we’ve partnered with Sustainable Travel International to offset all carbon emissions from every element of our local, domestic and international experiences. In addition, we choose partners and vendors who are similarly committed to preserving and sustaining our environment. To learn more about Ignite's commitment to the planet, please contact us here.
Want to join our team?
We're always interested in hearing from like-minded change-makers.
Here are a few positions we are currently recruiting for.