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Jack Welch to Headline One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit

john_welch_leader_0One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the addition of Jack Welch, executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and former CEO of General Electric Company, as their headlining speaker at the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit, scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Florida Theatre. Welch’s wife Suzy Welch, business journalist and former editor of the Harvard Business Review, will also join the hour-long discussion with Jack Welch where they will take questions directly from the audience. Jack Welch will replace Daymond John as headlining speaker, due to a personal conflict that arose for John. For Jack and Suzy Welch’s full biographies or to purchase Speaker Summit tickets, visit

Other prominent speakers for this year’s One Spark Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union include Jeff Hoffman, founder of and Tamara Mendelsohn, vice president of marketing, Eventbrite, among 11 total speakers.

“We are looking forward to coming to Jacksonville to share stories and lessons learned with the next generation of creators and innovators at One Spark’s Speaker Summit,” said Jack and Suzy Welch. “In today’s world, there are those who strategize and there are those who act. One Spark is about action and bringing great ideas to life in a way that hasn’t been done before. We are proud to be a part of it.”

A local philanthropist has donated 105 One Spark Speaker Summit tickets to University of North Florida students so they can hear from and be inspired by world-class entrepreneurs and innovators. University of North Florida’s Campus Life will be distributing the tickets to students. Interested students can pick up tickets starting Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Union East, Office 1313 or call 904-620-5355.

“It’s an honor to have Jack Welch headline the One Spark Speaker Summit in Jacksonville. His experience and wisdom on business and innovation is beyond words and our creators and Speaker Summit attendees will be in for a treat,” said One Spark Co-founder and CEO Elton Rivas. “It’s great to have people in our community paying it forward and the fact that 105 UNF students will have the opportunity to learn from top-tier entrepreneurs and business leaders, thanks to a few generous donations, truly embodies the One Spark spirit.”

Local artist and TEDxJacksonville leadership team member Daniel Austin will serve as emcee and past One Spark music creator Flagship Romance will perform for attendees. Following the Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union on April 7, the One Spark Opening Ceremony in Hemming Park at 6 p.m. will feature Echosmith, named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” and a special performance by DJ LIL BOY. The One Spark Opening Ceremony is free to attend and open to all.

Eventbrite, FIS, Harbinger, JAX Chamber, JAXUSA Partnership and The Florida Times-Union are also sponsors of the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union. Complete details about the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union, including the full schedule and speakers’ biographies, and the Opening Ceremony are available online at


About One Spark: One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the human and capital resources they need to launch ideas. The One Spark festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them via voting and direct contributions and decide on the next big thing. One Spark Jacksonville 2015 takes place April 7 – 12, 2015 in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.

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