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Five minutes to a better Memphis.

Enlighten us, but make it quick.

Those are two popular phrases touting Ignite Memphis 5, sponsored by LaunchMemphis and Memphis Connect, that takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Memphis Bioworks Conference Center, 20 S. Dudley.

Sixteen presenters will each get five minutes each to present 20 video slides to create compelling cases around topics from silly to sublime. Mostly, these folks promote innovative ideas to make Memphis a more engaging community, but there’ll be plenty of fun, too.

And you can be part of it — audience members get to choose the best presentation — by getting your ticket now.

Admission is only $10 and details are available atignitememphis5.eventbrite.com.

Dealing with workplace issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment will be the focus of “Supervisors Training: Legal Training to Protect You,” sponsored by HRO Partners, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at Owen Brennan’s, 6150 Poplar.

And although the event is a week away, seating is limited and deadline to register is 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost is $245 for individuals, but group discounts are available.

To register, send an e-mail to Shawn Davis at sdavis@hro-partners.com or call 901-737-01238.

Engage in some midweek personal and professional development with Memphis entrepreneur and author Bridget DiCello, who will sign copies of her new book, “How, not If, to Navigate Difficult Conversations” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at a breakfast reception and presentation at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar.

Reservations are requested and more information is available be sending an e-mail to Bridget@bridgetdicello.com or calling 901-628-3207.

Also on Wednesday, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., members of the local AIGA chapter will get together for the popular and caffeine-infused “Morning Buzz” at Cafe Eclectic, 603 N. McLean.

This is a casual, Dutch treat come-and-go gathering for local design folks to mix, mingle, talk shop and learn a thing or two. No need to register, just drop by and be prepared to meet some cool and probably Java-buzzed creatives.

And round out your Wednesday with “In the Mix With Small Business” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Malco Ridgeway Four, 5851 Ridgeway Center Parkway

The event is sponsored by the Greater Memphis Chamber and promises a relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can network with other business professionals. There’s no charge for Chamber members, for guests it’s $20.

For more information, visit memphischamber.com.

Thursday morning brings “Get More Bang for Your Marketing Buck Through Generational Marketing,” sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South. Keynote presenter will be Melissa Thomson of the RedRover company.

Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the program will run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Panera Bread restaurant in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, 4530 Poplar.

Cost is $10 for SMS members and $15 for guests who pay in advance or $20 for those who would like to pay at the door. To learn more, visit sms-midsouth.org/event-registration.

A little later on Thursday, AAF Memphis offers “Don’t be Alarmed, but You Might Have a Creative Genius Trapped Inside You” featuring keynote presenter Steve Chandler, founder of Nashville creative firm ChandlerThinks. The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central.

Admission, which includes lunch, is free for AAF members, $10 for students and $25 for guests and reservations are required by noon on Tuesday. To save your spot, visit memphisadfed.org/luncheonreservation or call 901-784-8889.

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