Call for Ignite 2024 Conference Speakers

Image promoting the Ignite 2023 virtual education conference. Photos of Destination Imagination teams at Global Finals 2023.

IGNITE 2024 is a virtual education conference that brings Destination Imagination (DI) volunteers together from around the world. The conference is designed to help DI volunteers learn new and innovative education approaches, network and share successful fundraising and marketing strategies, explore critical issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.  This year’s conference will take […]

Volunteers Needed for Global Finals 2024

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Destination Imagination is seeking volunteers to serve as officials at Global Finals 2024. This event will take place May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri. Most volunteers will be asked to arrive before the event begins. Global Finals volunteers must meet the following requirements: Available positions include (but are not limited to): Team Challenge Appraisers, Instant […]

Join Us at Our IGNITE 2023 DI Conference!

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All Destination Imagination (DI) volunteers of past, present, and future are invited to attend IGNITE 2023—a virtual leadership conference—online June 26-30! Registration is now open. IGNITE 2023 is a community-building event for DI volunteers and leadership from around the world. Training, networking, and socializing with your fellow DI enthusiasts will all be part of the […]

S2 Episode 8: Johnny Wells

In our season finale, host Michele Tuck-Ponder shares a conversation with DI’s Director of Education, Johnny Wells! Johnny tells us his opinions on the four Cs, shares how his 30 years as a teacher prepared him for the world of DI, and gives us some behind-the-scenes knowledge of how decisions are made at Destination Imagination […]

S2 Episode 7: Shira Ali

This week, host Andrew Whitmire chats with Shira Ali, founder of REI Chics, a property management training and consulting firm. Shira takes us through the decision making process behind leaving her corporate job to start her own business, and gives us some insights to the many skill sets she uses in her work. You can […]

S2 Episode 6: Teri Tizvi

In this episode, host Michele Tuck-Ponder chats with the University of Dayton’s Teri Rivzi, author and co-founder of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. Teri tells us about the inspiration behind the creation of this famous writing workshop. We also learn more about Teri’s new book, One Heart with Courage, and how she finds time to […]

S2 Episode 5: Global Finals

Important Global Finals 2022 Announcement

This week, most of our staff and volunteers are in Kansas City, Missouri, for our Global Finals tournament. If you’ve never attended Global Finals, it’s an event unlike any other – so we asked some of our alumni to describe their experience for you. A transcript of this episode is available here. Music Attributions Wallpaper […]

S2 Episode 4: Antwaun Thompson

In this week’s episode, host Michele Tuck-Ponder chats with Antwaun Thompson, aka Coach T, Executive Director of JLT Fieldhouse and owner of Coach T’s Corner. Coach T shares his stories from the basketball court and tells us about the leadership skills that can be gained through team sports. You can learn more about Coach T […]

S2 Episode 3: Malika Dudley

“I don’t balance. Nope. I feel like that’s just not a thing. There is no balance…communication research backs this up; you shouldn’t multitask…your brain doesn’t work that way. When I’m doing news, I am just doing news.” – Malika Dudley   This week, host Paige Curtis sits down with Malika Dudley, broadcast meteorologist for KITV4 […]

S2 Episodes 1 & 2: John and Mark Cronin, Part 1 & 2

Part 1 “We’re in this for the long haul, so we’re looking to make personal connections and share the experience with our customers – we’re looking to create an experience for our customers. Once you believe that, then it becomes manifest in everything you do.” – Mark X. Cronin   In our Season 2 premiere, host […]

What Do You Love Most About Global Finals?

Photo of a Canadian Destination Imagination team at Global Finals 2019. Text says, "What do you love most about Global Finals? Submit your story."

Do you have a fond memory of attending Global Finals? What do you think makes Global Finals such a unique event?  We’re looking for students, parents, Team Managers, alumni, and more to share their thoughts with us for a special episode of our What’s the Big Idea? podcast.  Our hope is to feature voices from […]

Show Us Your Team’s Creative Process!

Photo of a Destination Imagination team with their props at Global Finals 2022.

Destination Imagination (DI) is seeking Team Managers to serve as DI Correspondents for the 22-23 season. DI Correspondents will contribute photos, videos, and/or guest blog content to be utilized on DI’s website and social media.  So often, we only get to see DI teams in tournaments or at an awards ceremony – meaning we don’t […]