Ignite DFW Speaker Profile: Krista Nightengale

Ignite DFW is a night of presentations on a variety of inspired topics — with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. It is a worldwide movement. The third installment of Ignite DFW takes place on Friday, April 15, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Downtown Dallas.

Speaker: Krista Nightengale | Twitter: @knightengale

Presentation title: Dallas Is on the Cusp of Greatness. Here’s How We Can Ensure We Don’t Screw it Up.


Krista Nightengale is the managing director of the Better Block Foundation, a non-profit that empowers community leaders to reshape and reactivate their environments to promote the growth of vibrant, healthy neighborhoods. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she started her career at D Magazine Partners. She worked on the company’s weekly newspapers before moving to the managing editor role at D Magazine. In-between managing deadlines and writing articles, she launched a leadership group called D Academy, which spearheaded the literacy nonprofit Big D Reads.

Nightengale transitioned to community engagement, where she helped launch an intellectual series and a Super PAC aimed at removing barriers between neighborhoods. She then served as executive editor of Dallas Innovates, a media platform promoting Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. Nightengale currently serves on the steering committee of TEDxSMU. She has spent the last decade getting to know Dallas, its stories and its people. She has used this knowledge and combined it with her background in storytelling, fundraising, community organizing, advocating and project managing to help others fall in love with the city she adores.

Ateanna Uriri

Ateanna Uriri is a journalism major at UNT and currently an editorial intern for Launch DFW. When she is not at school or interning, she works as a library associate for the Dallas Public Library and is an active blerd (Black nerd) with a love for books, particularly the graphic variety, old films and documentaries.