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Monday, September 30
 

9:00am MDT

Welcome Brunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Drew Hornbein

Drew Hornbein

Founder, Better Together
I've been a nomad, activist, artist, alternative educator, technologist, facilitator, and disaster relief worker. I've had the privilege of seeing the future of how we will work together, educate our children, and live. My mission is to help support bringing a more just, compassionate... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Galvanize Platte

11:00am MDT

Opening General Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Drew Hornbein

Drew Hornbein

Founder, Better Together
I've been a nomad, activist, artist, alternative educator, technologist, facilitator, and disaster relief worker. I've had the privilege of seeing the future of how we will work together, educate our children, and live. My mission is to help support bringing a more just, compassionate... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

2:00pm MDT

Leveraging the Gig Economy, a.k.a. How Can I Live that #vanlife and Maintain my Net Worth?
Limited Capacity seats available

We get into the Gig Economy with dreams of travel, freedom, and flexibility but then we stress about income, the next project/client, or family pressure. We have to remember why we joined the Gig Economy and make sure we have intentional goals (both lifestyle and financial) to leverage the Gig Economy.

I'll share my journey of living in an Airstream RV while prioritizing passive income and passion projects. Come hear lessons from the road, how to craft intentional living goals, and how to articulate your why.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Uhen

Jenn Uhen

Communication Strategist, Be Genuine Stay Determined
Jenn leverages the Gig Economy to achieve her goal of being partially retired until she can be fully retired. Leaving the full-time grind in 2017, Jenn spends her work life as a Leadership Coach and Communication Strategist for the best leaders who want to be better and building passive... Read More →



Monday September 30, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
The Riveter

2:00pm MDT

Reclaiming Purpose: How a Spiritual Lens Can Help Your Organization Be More Efficient, Effective, and Holistically Grow
Limited Capacity seats available

Purpose is the glue that holds together the mission, vision, and growth arc of a startup or freelance business. It is what keeps leaders committed, clear, and grounded as they navigate difficult moral and logistical questions in their leadership and management contexts. Clarity around personal and organizational purpose is integral to self-care for entrepreneurs and the holistic sustainability of their business.

This workshop, Reclaiming Purpose, proposes an exciting new model for using a spiritual lens (not rooted in any single faith tradition) to help entrepreneurs care for themselves while serving their clients with greater effectiveness and care. Using language and proven skills rooted in spiritual discernment and personal empowerment, participants will discuss their deeper calling within their career and organization and craft individual purpose statements. They will then collaborate with facilitators and peers in order to use these purpose statements to identify specific action items that they will be able to integrate into their freelance business practices.

This Fireside Workshop is especially helpful for those newer entrepreneurs and freelancers who are looking to establish holistic self-care practices and for those who find themselves at a career crossroads who are seeking language to help orient their next professional development needs.

Speakers
avatar for Dylan Doyle-Burke

Dylan Doyle-Burke

Coming from a background in Nonprofit Management, Rev. Dylan Doyle-Burke excels in assisting freelance leaders and organizations as they navigate the grey area between their day-to-day operations and the values and mission that inform them. Dylan serves as a minister at First Universalist... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
CO Lending Source

2:00pm MDT

No More FEARlancing: How to Create a More Sustainable and Successful Freelance Career
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you dream of quitting your job and going full-time as a freelancer — but you're afraid to make the leap?

Or are you already a freelancer — but you worry where your next freelance client will come from?

If you’re a freelancer or aspire to be one, this interactive workshop is for you.

Freelance writer and content marketer Julie Withrow will share what she’s learned while building a six-figure freelance career.

You’ll come away with:

=> Clarity about your freelance niche — and why you need one
=> Proven tactics you can use to find ideal clients
=> The foolproof way to raise your rates — that's a win for your clients, too

Speakers
avatar for Julie Withrow

Julie Withrow

President & Founder, Julie Withrow LLC / Smart Marketer's Ally
Julie Wienen Withrow left a seven-year marketing director position to become a freelance content marketer in August 2015. While she'd long dreamt of more freedom to work from anywhere, more schedule flexibility to raise her daughter, and more fulfillment from her work, it took her... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

2:45pm MDT

Taking a Leap: Analog and Digital Nomad
Limited Capacity seats available

I am a full-time RVer, making art and teaching online. My art is based in the analog and digital realm; teaching (online in particular) passes between analog and digital; and I jump the line between analog - being un attached to electricity and cell service, and digital to make my living.

It's been a fascinating learning experience, and fully believe that if you leap, the net will appear. I am excited to talk to #FBWDen about making that leap to a nomad lifestyle and a few lessons that I learned along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore

Jess Moore is the Owner and Artist behind Simple & Sylvan. Jess brings 20 years experience in communications design to her art and holds an undergraduate degree in New Media Production from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Integrated Design from the University of Baltimore.In tandem... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
The Riveter

2:45pm MDT

The Good, The Bad & The Sweatpants
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the wins and challenges of running a small design studio and gain realistic expectations of the difficulties facing creative freelancers today. Josiah and Meg Mothershed will share their story and address the ups and downs of running a two-person design studio, working with clients, and operating as a husband-wife team. Stay at the forefront of the design industry’s changing business landscape and one step ahead of your competition.

Speakers
avatar for Meg & Josiah Mothershed

Meg & Josiah Mothershed

Mothershed Design Company
Mothershed Design Company is the husband-wife team of Josiah and Meg Mothershed, a dynamic duo of two passionate designers and entrepreneurs.Josiah is the big-picture thinker, creativity conductor, and all-around design wizard. After working as a designer for agencies and in-house... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
CO Lending Source

4:00pm MDT

Practice to Professional : Manifesting Your Ideal Career
Limited Capacity seats available

We are oftentimes told that you won't make money as a creative. Even in art/design school, the 'starving artist' mentality is oftentimes perpetuated. But, what if it didn't have to be that way? What if we could build the career of our dreams and make good money all while continuing to create the work that inspires and fulfills us? Join Adam Vicarel of Vicarel Studios in this conversation about how branding and marketing yourself, connecting with people, and taking risks can help set you down the path to successfully and intentionally building your ideal career.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Vicarel

Adam Vicarel

Owner, Vicarel Studios
I am a freelance art director and hand lettering artist based in Denver, CO. Specializing in hand lettering, branding and illustration, my work is used to elevate logo design, branding systems, packaging design and marketing/advertising campaigns for clients like NBC, New Belgium... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Enterprise

4:00pm MDT

Strategically Building Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Being a freelancer is building YOUR business.

Takeaways:
- Leveraging your network to build your pipeline
- How to, if you choose to, ask friends for work
- Building alliances
- Managing and growing clients

Speakers
avatar for Emily  Bennett

Emily Bennett

I believe everything can be better. Perfect is impossible; there is always room for growth. I help companies be better and do better. I am the Integrator (the how) to the Visionary (the why). My verticals: Operations, Compliance, Client ServiceMy differentiators are:  Identifying... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

4:00pm MDT

The Heart of Things: Growing Without Losing Sight of Your Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

What's next? Where are we going? We never thought we would be here, ready to grow and expand - but we are! What an exciting place to be! Often though, when we get to this point of transitioning into the next phase of our business, we aren't sure HOW to do it. We can very easily be so overwhelmed with the pressing needs of today that we skirt the strategy and put our heads down and hope it all turns out ok. This interactive session will allow participants to explore the heart of their work whether they are strict freelancers growing their individual business or looking to expand the concept to serve a broader population. It will help them better understand their goals, how to know what is worth pursuing and what is not, and come away with fresh energy to tackle the path ahead of them.

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Davis

Taryn Davis

tbd strategies
With a background in Library & Information Science, Continuous Improvement, and Lean Manufacturing Principles, Taryn Davis is a pioneer in organizational development looking to assist growing enterprises in retaining their true north as they come up against the wonderful difficulties... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
CO Lending Source

4:00pm MDT

From Side Gig to Full Time: 10 Things You Need to Know/Do to Live Your Freelance Dream
Limited Capacity seats available

You've been doing it all, full time office gig, side hustle, running errands on the weekend with everyone else and sitting in the same traffic with everyone going the same exact way. You know there's a different way to live, so every once in a while you take a day off and get a peek behind the curtain to what it would be like to really do it. You step into a coffee shop and see people doing THE THING. That is, working, on their own schedule, on their own business, at their own pace. And they seem happy. But you don't know how to do it on your own. And you're afraid. And you don't know where to begin. This workshop is for people who have a skill that they would like to turn into a full time, freelance business, but don't know how to get it off the ground. We'll go over 10 practical and applicable elements to moving from side-hustle to full time freelancer. This session will help you re-frame your reality showing you what it takes and giving you the tools to get there. Finally, we'll help develop the mindset you need to take the leap!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Rose Buckhout

Heidi Rose Buckhout

Owner, Manifest Ink, LLC
Heidi Rose Buckhout is a freelance business owner who specializes in writing and marketing in the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) space. She is one of those rare unicorns who was born in Colorado and still lives here, although she travels enough to know that there... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
The Riveter

4:45pm MDT

Creating Your Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating Your Connection defines how to establish yourself in the freelance world no matter what life throws your way. Whether you need a career change, had an unexpected life event, or want a side hustle learning to hone in on your skills, freelancing has unlimited opportunities. Learn how to define your story, perfect your communication skills, and promote yourself proudly to achieve freelance success.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Roller

Rachel Roller

Resilience is the name of the game. Life has been absolutely magically crazy for me. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah as one of few non-Mormons. From the get go I was already told I wasn’t meant to fit the mold I was born into societally. From a young age I was dealing with recurrent... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

4:45pm MDT

Cut the Cord: Become a Magnet for Abundance
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how energetic boundaries, self-awareness, and dreaming are tools for cultivating success.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Marie Reitz

Rebecca Marie Reitz

Owner & Designer, Rebecca Reitz Designs
I’m a brand designer & graphic illustrator working with companies large and small, that are excited about wellness, positive change, and community. I work to create inviting brands that speak to our humanness, with a hint of magic. I’ve been called a creatrix by more than one... Read More →


Monday September 30, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm MDT
Enterprise

6:00pm MDT

Welcome Happy Hour
Join the freelancer community for a relaxed evening mixer at Improper City. Grab a drink and spend some time with your new friends as we unwind after the first day.

Monday September 30, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Improper City
 
Tuesday, October 1
 

9:00am MDT

The Freelancer SEO Checklist
Limited Capacity seats available

As a busy freelancer, keeping up with how fast Google changes can be hard. But organic web traffic can be invaluable to your business. Come learn some new tactics to come out head of your competition and leave with a freelancers SEO checklist to make your life a little easier.

Speakers
avatar for Niki Mosier

Niki Mosier

Technical SEO Manager, Seer Interactive
Niki Mosier got her start customizing WordPress websites for small businesses. She has been doing SEO at the agency level for 9 years, with some freelance work on the side. Niki loves the challenges that both local and technical SEO bring. Being able to get results that improve revenue... Read More →



Tuesday October 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

9:45am MDT

Social Media Automation: The Best Way to Create Time In Your Busy Schedule
Limited Capacity seats available

Social Media Automation is a phrase we hear over and over again, but this phrase is not just a hyped up idea. Automation is an incredible tool that will save you time, help you build content and give you a little room in your calendar for yourself, which is something we all want right?

In this 45 minute session, Madison Cleo will be talking about what social automation is, the best way to get 'er done, and a few programs you can use that will make your life much easier in order to get it done.

Walk away with a better idea of not only what to add to your social automation and how to save time getting it out into the world.

Speakers
avatar for Madison Cleo

Madison Cleo

Founder, MadCleo
Madison Cleo is the owner of MadCleo, a boutique marketing agency in Denver that helps creatives and rad small businesses look cool online.


Tuesday October 1, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:00am MDT

Expressing Your Vision Through Your Website
Limited Capacity seats available

Your website is a powerful platform. It bridges you to the rest of the digital world and your value to your customer. We'll explore how something as simple as a website can be used to refine your vision and be a catalyst for your growth.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Catalyst, Simple Website


Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
PS Design

11:00am MDT

Instagram Hacks You Haven’t Heard
Limited Capacity seats available

Tips From The Collaborators- Strategy, Video, Photography

Do you feel like your lost with your brand’s Instagram account? Or stuck in your old ways with posting and need some inspiration? Join us for Instagram hacks from the collaborators of Purpose On Social. Meet Kristen, Rebecca, and Jacob! We all met digitally and have our own businesses that focus on social media and more. Now we are working together on social projects social while learning ways to improve and successfully manage one of the top performings and most depending platforms, Instagram!

Strategy- Kristen Wurth
How to stay consistent on Instagram
•Consistency helps with brand awareness and engagement
•Planning your social themes and posts ahead of time-based on campaigns and seasons
•Helpful manager tools

Photography- Rebecca Todd
“I’m terrible at taking photos!” How to create vibrant and engaging content yourself!
•Hacks for using your phone's camera the right way- lighting, composition and simple editing tips for your brand
•Colorizing your Instagram feed- How to make it more visually appealing
•Vertical Images- Why vertical images create higher engagment on social media

Video-Jacob Landis-Eigsti
Better audio and smooth shots:
•Clip-on microphones
•Phone stands
Creative and unique tools and techniques
•Cinegraph Pro By Flixel
•Turn your live photos into boomerangs on stories
•Hide your hashtags on your videos on stories


Speakers
avatar for Kristen Wurth

Kristen Wurth

Founder, Social Media Strategist, Purpose On Social
I’m a digital storyteller that specializes in developing engaging social media communities with strategy, branding and creative experiences for brands!
avatar for Jacob Landis-Eigsti

Jacob Landis-Eigsti

Jacob Landis-Eigsti has been helping small and medium-sized companies with online marketing, social media, and video production for the last 8 years. He started his own company, Jacob LE Video Production 4 years ago, with the goal of helping over 1,000 businesses gain new clients... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Todd

Rebecca Todd

Owner/ Photographer, Rebecca Ann Photography
I am a professional photographer from New Orleans, Louisiana! I studied photography at Louisiana State University, then worked for New Orleans Tourism for 4 years documenting The Big Easy! I have always had a passion for travel and documentary photography. Telling vibrant stories... Read More →



Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:45am MDT

How to Engage Clients Using Interactive Video Techniques for Increased Profits
Limited Capacity seats available

Many ways are available to help find and connect targets with those who will be your clients. The challenge is how to find them using low cost tools and platforms as well as tell your story to engage with them by utilizing Video Storytellling.  Video is growing and so should you with more clients knowing what, why and how you do your best work.

You will leave with practical tools and techniques to start growing your clients base and profits.


Speakers
avatar for Louie Feher-Peiker

Louie Feher-Peiker

President, PowerfulMarketers.com
Having received a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering was just the first step in my education. Having spent 35+ years in software development, big data solutions and analysis, hospitality, training and distance learning and video, I found that was all leading up to now.During... Read More →


Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
PS Design

12:30pm MDT

Lunch Provided by Prudential
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join us for a free lunch from Prudential!

Tuesday October 1, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
PS Design

12:30pm MDT

Lunch Provided by Prudential
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join us for a free lunch from Prudential!

Tuesday October 1, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

2:00pm MDT

Freelance Finance 101
Limited Capacity seats available

AARP Foundation discusses the importance of financial stability for Freelancers by setting goals, sharing unknown financial challenges the self-employed face, and showcasing how Self-Saver can be a key tool in helping attendees plan for their financial future.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Harry

Rebecca Harry

Marketing Project Manager, AARP Foundation
Rebecca Harry is a Marketing Project Manager with AARP Foundation Self-Saver, where she works withan amazing team to provide a self-employment tax tool to self-employed older adults. Originally fromQueens, NY, Rebecca has worked with a collection of powerhouse brands and small startup... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Self Saver

Self Saver

AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation Self-Saver is a self-employment tool that tracks your 1099 income and expenses, so you can withhold and submit your estimated quarterly taxes with ease. With Self-Saver, AARP Foundation offers a safe and reliable way for self-employed adults 50 and older to achieve... Read More →


Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

2:00pm MDT

How YouTube and Blogging Can Grow Profits and Influence
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session, I teach how I turned a local auto mechanic in Denver into an international influencer who now runs the largest auto mechanic shop in the USA right here in Greenwood Village.

You will learn how to improve your content and inbound marketing creating.

Then, you will learn the secrets of Local SEO, YouTube optimization, and how to reverse engineer what your ideal client or customers’ needs to create more influence, profits and business growth than you ever imagined possible.

Be sure to put this powerful session on your schedule and bring your biggest frustrations in Digital Marketing to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Stern

Darrell Stern

Digital Marketing Jedi, Stern Marketing
Stern Storming Live – There is influence inside YOU!A 90-Minute WorkshopDarrell Stern is known worldwide as the Digital Marketing JediIn this powerful Stern Storming Live workshop, Mr. Stern will teach you how his agency grew a local Denver Native’s auto mechanic shop to the largest... Read More →



Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
PS Design

2:45pm MDT

Freelance Better ... Hack Your Tech Stack
Limited Capacity seats available

"What technology are you using to run your freelance business?

Technology is the number one tool you can implement into your freelance business to get more done (without using more of your time) and create a more consistent experience for you and your clients. It's the secret I use to run my freelance business while I'm traveling, sailing and sleeping. Let's get your tech stack optimized!

Your Tech Stack is the programs and platforms you use to run your business, i.e. QuickBooks, MailChimp. There are thousands to choose from, none of need all of them. Bring your tech stack to this workshop, and at least one challenge you have that may be able to be solved with technology.

I'll start the session off with an overview of the technology solutions I use and why, plus a few I have found to be wonderful but do not need them anymore.

In this session we will:

Review some of the most used tech apps
Show examples of how to use simple technology to open up more of your time
Tackle at least one business challenge you have that could possibly be handled with tech"

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Gillis

Jessica Gillis

Freelance UI/UX Product Designer and Founder of Hammock, Hammock -- tryhammock.com
TryHammock helps freelancers manage the financials ups and downs of being self-employed. We do this by calculating your runway, tracking business expenses and estimating quarterly tax payments.
avatar for Drew Hornbein

Drew Hornbein

Founder, Better Together
I've been a nomad, activist, artist, alternative educator, technologist, facilitator, and disaster relief worker. I've had the privilege of seeing the future of how we will work together, educate our children, and live. My mission is to help support bringing a more just, compassionate... Read More →
avatar for Emily Leach

Emily Leach

Founder, Freelance Conference
I’ve been called a pioneer in the world of uniquely-talented people who feel empowered to go beyond conventional jobs and create businesses from unique vantage points and perspectives.I have a guiding belief that those working for themselves deserve the same respect as those working... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

4:00pm MDT

Ebook Magic With Calibre
Limited Capacity seats available

Being a thought leader in your space can earn you more business.  Have you thought about writing ebooks to share your expertise and perspective?

In this session you'll learn about open-source software tool Calibre. Calibre serves as my ebook library and reader, and it also allows me to use my preferred tool for writing my ebooks, then converts them to a format optimal for amazon.com. I will show people how I use Calibre, and introduce them to some of its other capabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Tom W Hartung

Tom W Hartung

Solopreneur, JooMoo WebSites LLC
I have an Interdisciplinary Masters Degree, many years of technical experience, and currently enjoy drawing images of personalities.


Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
PS Design

4:00pm MDT

Zap it! Automate your workflows with Zapier
Limited Capacity seats available

Attend this session to learn how to automate workflows with Zapier. Zapier is a tool that collects data from one application and sends it to another application, saving you the time of manually performing the task. Attendees will get hands-on with Zapier and develop an automation of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Schieffer

Joseph Schieffer

Founder, A2J Tech Store
Joseph Schieffer is the founder of A2J Tech Store. Joseph can be found collaborating with advocates to develop user-centered solutions. Joseph has presented at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Conference, the Legal Services Corporation Innovations in Technology Conference... Read More →


Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

4:45pm MDT

How to Create a Content Calendar for 2020: The Easy(ish) Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to start implementing a content strategy for your business? A content calendar is the single, best way to ensure your content is purposeful and serves your business (instead of the other way around!).

In this step-by-step session, we will create a 2020 content calendar for your business so you can build authentic relationships, feel confident about your content, and focus on what you do best! Whether you’re new to creating content, or ready to kick it up a notch, you’ll walk away from this session with actionable strategies and systems. Let me help make content creation easy!

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Newsom

Jordan Newsom

Content Strategist
Hi there! I’m Jordan—a former writer and marketer, turned content strategist. Why? I discovered that content strategies don’t have to be complicated, too techy, or full of marketing jargon. I believe that content allows us to connect authentically with people and create lasting... Read More →



Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm MDT
PS Design

6:00pm MDT

The Riveter Presents State of Womxn of Color - Advancing Community, Culture and Careers | Denver
Limited Capacity seats available

The future of work is one with womxn of color at the center.

Join The Riveter and Future for Us for The State of Womxn of Color Roadshow, an evening to tell audacious stories of womxn of color at work, accompanied by an overview of the data, insights and solutions. This collaboration provides a platform for rising and established womxn of color professionals to share their experiences and next step strategies as they build powerful communities to create a future for where womxn of color lead at the highest levels across all sectors.

The State of Womxn of Color - Denver tour stop features Future for Us’ State of Womxn of Color data presentation and a panel of phenomenal local leaders who will share personal experiences, discuss how womxn of color can navigate the world of work, and leave us with insights on negotiation, building community, and true allyship. Denver is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and this moment of growth is the perfect opportunity to build community, and ensure that across all sectors, womxn of color are in visible leadership roles across Denver.

Allies and champions are invited to come together to support womxn of color professionals through community, culture and career development - to create equity of access and opportunities for advancement. Together we can take actions to advance womxn of color and explore what it takes to build intentional communities for and with womxn of color, examine how allies can strengthen their cultural competency muscle, and explore what true workplace collaboration can make possible!

Program 
6:00 - 6:30pm Registration and Networking 
6:30 - 7:00pm The State of Womxn of Color Presentation with Future for Us Founders 
7:00 - 8:00pm Panel + Q&A 
8:00 - 8:30 pm Networking

Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm MDT
The Riveter

6:30pm MDT

#TDKTuesdays: Quit Your Day Job with Design
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Hear Haylee talk about her journey from corporate America to going full-time freelance. Learn a few tricks and tips that will help you quit your job with your design work. Let's party!

Note: This event is being put on by The Design Kids Denver and is just a sweet little bonus for our attendees, but is not put on by Freelance Business Week.

Speakers
avatar for Haylee Jordan

Haylee Jordan

Owner, Romeo Branding
Haylee is an Emmy Award-winning designer based in Denver. She owns The Bad where she empowers designers through education. She is the creative director of Romeo, where she works with hospitality brands to bring their powerful story to life through identity design. When she's not developing... Read More →


Tuesday October 1, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
Industry Rino Station
 
Wednesday, October 2
 

9:00am MDT

Diversity 101: Biases in the Workplace
Limited Capacity seats available

We know that diverse teams are more profitable, creative and outperform non-diverse teams, but why is it so hard to hire and retain diversity? In many cases, our personal biases can create unintentional barriers for the very people we are seeking. Come learn easy strategies to create big changes!

Jump into interactive activities that will build your knowledge of inclusive hiring practices, biases and self awareness. Listen and share your perspectives, you’ll leave this session equipped with concrete resources, solutions to hire effectively, diversify your staff, and create a more inclusive team.

We specialize in creating engaging learning environments for all our participants. Our workshop will encompass a variety of interactive activities that will test participants knowledge of inclusive hiring practices, biases and self awareness. In addition, participants will have multiple opportunities to share their different perspectives during small and large group discussions.

Get Ready! This will not be like any other training you have attended!

Speakers
avatar for Mo Abdullah

Mo Abdullah

Mariam (Mo) Abdullah is the Founder of Culture Energized and an experienced certified trainer and entrepreneur. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mo has worked with over 60 schools and organizations across the U.S in creating positive culture through professional development trainings... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Charley Co

9:00am MDT

Burnout: How to Identify If You Are Overworking and Ways to Preserve Your Energy and Time
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to understand that chronic, obsessive overwork has major consequences. Not only can a “live to work” culture lead to burnout, but studies show that this kind of cut-throat achievementism can also lead to an increase in cutting corners and bent rules. There is a wealth of research that proves that we’re ruining our health and productivity by working too hard and too long. And while we could go around blaming the American work culture, which is indeed toxic, we do have some agency in how we work. This session will explore the term of "burn-out" and how to identify it in your own life. We then break-down how to implement self-care strategies and open up avenues to explore community care.

Speakers
avatar for Bronwyn Hockersmith

Bronwyn Hockersmith

Owner, Boost Counseling & Consulting
Bronwyn is the owner of Boost Counseling and Consulting. During her time in the mental health field she has built community partnerships, developed wellness curriculum, led trauma-informed care initiatives, and educated community members in the power of addressing trauma and promoting... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

9:00am MDT

The Rise Of DREAMy Marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

What do MRI scans, Super Bowl commercials, and retargeting ads all have in common? They are all part of a brain-science revolution taking place in the world of marketing, and it’s only beginning to reach the ears of marketing directors and CMOs.

In this talk, Vivid Labs CEO Dan Russell will share how the traditional marketing models of the last 100 years are being supercharged by cutting-edge brain science. Dan will share the simple (yet powerful) models that are now forming the foundations of modern marketing strategy. Discover:
  1. How to pull the five main buying triggers in customers’ brains
  2. Examples and case studies of super-innovative neuro-marketing campaigns that can be easily applied to business
  3. The most important element of old-school marketing that you should be looking at in a whole new light

Speakers
avatar for Dan Russell

Dan Russell

Founder, Vivid Labs
Dan is a neuromarketing expert and the CEO of Vivid Labs, an agency that combines old-school marketing strategy with new-school decision science tactics. He's a lover of all things brain-science related, and he leads Team Vivid in ethically applying decision research to client marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Craft Coworking

9:00am MDT

CAVEDAY: Deep Focus Work Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Have work you need to do? We know how that is—we're freelancers, too. Fortunately, we have a way to help you get your work done with great efficiency and focus. So you can get back to the rest of the conference with the peace of mind that you've accomplished what you need to.

Join us for half a day and enter The Cave. The Cave is a facilitated deep-focus session that will help you accomplish your best and most important work. A trained facilitator will guide you to alternate deep focus “sprints” with short energizing breaks so you can get a day's worth of work done in a single morning.

Be sure to bring whatever you need to get your work done. We'll have WiFi and power available.

Don't be late! Please come 10 minutes early to get settled. For the best experience, plan to stay for the whole event. The venue is a cafe, so no outside food or drinks, please.


Speakers
avatar for Drew Hornbein

Drew Hornbein

Founder, Better Together
I've been a nomad, activist, artist, alternative educator, technologist, facilitator, and disaster relief worker. I've had the privilege of seeing the future of how we will work together, educate our children, and live. My mission is to help support bringing a more just, compassionate... Read More →



Wednesday October 2, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Improper City

11:00am MDT

Processes Will Save Your Sanity
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As freelancers, we simply don't have the time or resources that full-service agencies have. Don't reinvent the wheel for every new inquiry, proposal and project. Instead, learn to create a repeatable process for every single thing that you do to streamline your services. Confidently guide your clients through so they build trust in your authority and make your freelance gig run like a real business. 

We'll be going over why processes are so important, how to create processes by mapping out your client's journey, and give a real walkthrough of the processes I use for inquiries and consultations.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Anderson

Lindsey Anderson

Six Leaf Design
Lindsey Anderson has been pushing pixels as a graphic + web designer for over 10 years (back in the days when every website was coded from scratch by a developer). She started her freelance business Six Leaf Design in 2013 after going from college → internship → agency life. Lindsey's... Read More →



Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Charley Co

11:00am MDT

Failing Is Fun! OK, Not Really, but It Is Important!
Limited Capacity seats available

We're all terrified to fail, we all feel like failures at least occasionally, and failure is almost always seen as a worst-case scenario. And yet, NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT IT. Kiwi Schloffel wants to change that. In this session, she'll discuss what her own business failures taught her and, more importantly, how failure can be a catalyst for change and why we should be celebrating our failures instead of trying to hide them.

Speakers
avatar for Kiwi Schloffel

Kiwi Schloffel

Owner, Craft Boner
Kiwi Schloffel is the brains & brawn behind Craft Boner, a stationery and gift brand with the sole focus of making people chuckle. When she’s not laughing at people’s reactions to realizing that the word boner is in her business name - she’s rifling through thrift stores, reading... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Craft Coworking

11:00am MDT

That Business Body: Busting the Fitness B.S. So You Can Get out of Your Head and into the World.
Limited Capacity seats available

Every day, we do business in our bodies. And how we're feeling in those bodies affects how we feel in business. 

So what if you're not feeling so good?

Let's change that.

In this session, we'll break down the boxes of body image, self image, confidence, and how they intersect with our professional lives. We'll get clear on what healthy and happy looks like, by our own definitions, and we'll get a better idea of how to actually make it happen - even on the worst of days.

Get ready for mindset shifts and confidence keys to help you feel powerful in your body, and in your business.

Speakers
avatar for Kourtney Thomas

Kourtney Thomas

Owner, Kourtney Thomas Coaching
Kourtney Thomas, CSCS,*D, is a movement and mindset coach who works with women using a comprehensive approach to overall health, well-being, and success – on their terms. In the last eight years, she has worked her way from personal trainer and endurance running coach at a facility... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:00am MDT

Yoga with Derik
Limited Capacity seats available

Get in a mid-week, mid-conference stretch with a yoga class between sessions about self-care and tough topics.

Speakers
avatar for Derik Eselius

Derik Eselius

Trainings Director, Axis Yoga
Derik was first introduced to yoga in 1991 while on a rogue trip to India just after highschool.  As he studied asana, yoga philosophy and meditated on the shores of the Ganges, a whole new world opened up inside and the tone for his entire adult life was set.  Over the ensuing... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
WorkAbility Yoga Studio

11:45am MDT

How To Stop FEAR From Sabotaging Your Dreams?
Limited Capacity seats available

How would your life change today if you no longer feared Public Speaking?
I will be introducing the wheel of FEAR and the wheel of FREEDOM and how you can ACCESS your wheel of freedom BEFORE you start beating yourself up with "negative Self-Talk or Making Stuff Up." When YOU leave today, YOU will have 2 POWERFUL TOOLS to take away with you 1. The power of "Affirmations" as well as a list of 10 affirmations and 2. Ask yourself this POWERFUL question "Am I making this up or is it TRUE?" Trust me, affirming that you CAN get up in-front of the crowd and speak your truth or your passion will be much easier to do when you "Trust Your Process," and seek truth in your thoughts!!!
Coach DeVon

Speakers
avatar for DeVon Perea

DeVon Perea

Life Coach, Change Ready Life Coaching LLC
Are you tired of hearing that fearful voice telling you that you’re not good enough or that you just don’t measure up? Well you can send that “fear bully” packing! Hello, my name is Coach DeVon, owner of Change Ready Life Coaching. I’m a Certified Fearless Living Coach... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
Craft Coworking

11:45am MDT

Rituals of Resilience: Restoring Effectiveness
Limited Capacity seats available

Being mindful of the process and importance of our daily tasks, whether that is a board meeting or brunch, assists us in celebrating and diving deep into the magic of current opportunities. This isn’t simply mindfulness meditation-- it’s a chance to dialogue about rituals that work, sustain, and empower us all. We are the experts of our leadership and lives-- let’s use that framework to unpack what’s working or no longer serving us in our personal and professional experiences.

An effective leader cultivates ways to renew creativity and realign a team needing a boost in a better, more efficient direction. Pausing and re-centering is a practice often seen as an extra step instead of what it really is: an infusion of efficacy. It’s an investment in clarity. Let’s get to the root cause, so we can stop stalling and produce phenomenal results that exceed the status quo.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Newell

Kate Newell

CEO & Co-Founder, The Faith Space
Kate Newell is an interspiritual minister and transformation specialist dedicated to serving human beings seeking awakening and alignment. As CEO and Co-Founder of The Faith Space, she provides personal and organizational development for leaders in tech, business, public service... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:45am MDT

Yoga with Derik
Limited Capacity seats available

Get in a mid-week, mid-conference stretch with a yoga class between sessions about self-care and tough topics.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
WorkAbility Yoga Studio

11:45am MDT

How to Achieve Financial Stability and Work-Life Balance as a Freelancer
Limited Capacity filling up

As a freelancer it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of saying yes to every project that comes your way.

When business is going well, it's hard to find time to relax and live your life. When business is slow, it's hard to think about anything other than making next month's rent.

As a freelancer, these cycles are routine, but the stress never seems to go away. After working through my last dry spell, I developed a few strategies that will help you achieve the lifestyle you want.

In this talk I'll give you the framework you need to improve your work-life-balance by sharing how to analyze your finances, determine your runway, and align your your personal and business goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Gillis

Jessica Gillis

Freelance UI/UX Product Designer and Founder of Hammock, Hammock -- tryhammock.com
TryHammock helps freelancers manage the financials ups and downs of being self-employed. We do this by calculating your runway, tracking business expenses and estimating quarterly tax payments.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
Charley Co

2:00pm MDT

How to Grow Your Business with Virtual Assistants
Limited Capacity seats available

My business grew to six figures as a direct result of hiring virtual assistants to help me chip away at projects, do research, and help with various administrative tasks. During this session, you'll learn:

- Reasons why the costs associated with hiring a virtual assistant provide a good ROI
- How virtual assistants should be classified in terms of employment for tax purposes
- Where virtual assistants hang out online
- Tasks to delegate to your virtual assistant
- The basics of successful delegation
- Useful tools & resources to work together

Speakers
avatar for Maddy Osman

Maddy Osman

Founder, The Blogsmith
Maddy Osman is an SEO Content Strategist who works with clients like AAA, Automattic, Kinsta, and Sprout Social. Her background in WordPress web design contributes to a well-rounded understanding of SEO and how to connect brands to relevant search prospects. Learn more about her process... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
Enterprise

2:00pm MDT

Nutrition on the Go--Fueling Your Busy Body
Limited Capacity seats available

With a demanding schedule it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits, but without proper fuel, your amazing self won't be able to function optimally!  This session will give you practical tools and magical tricks to help you embrace healthy eating as a way of life---even while building and running your empire!

Speakers
MZ

Michelle Zellner

Owner/Founder, Better Beings
Through my educational background, professional experience and lessons of my won wellness journey, I seek to inform, influence and inspire other to be the healthiest humans possible...aka Better Beings. I offer education, guidance and encouragement on all facets of physical, mental... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
Craft Coworking

2:00pm MDT

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship
Limited Capacity seats available

Why is there still so much shame around mental health issues? Attend this session and hear:
  • Personal anecdotes from Heather’s work with founders and their mental health, as well as having two sons with bipolar disorder and the very divergent paths their lives have taken as a result of how they’ve chosen to handle their mental health.
  • How you can begin to shift perspectives on your own mental health and that of others
  • Why being an entrepreneur carries an extra risk to your mental health and what you can do about it
  • The power of vulnerability and authenticity in discussing mental health

Speakers
avatar for Heather MacKenzie

Heather MacKenzie

Based in Denver, Colorado, Heather is an internationally acclaimed speaker who presents compelling keynotes and workshops on a variety of topics, including how healing childhood trauma improves professional and personal relationships, why funding females is good for everyone, how... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

2:45pm MDT

The Hybrid Retainer: How to Escape the Cycle of Feast & Famine
Limited Capacity filling up

"The big months are great, but I’m always anxious because I don’t know what’s coming next."

We've all been there – but freelancing doesn't have to be a roller-coaster ride. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create a persuasive, profitable retainer offer that will allow you to escape the rat race and build a business with consistent, predictable, recurring revenue – while doing work you enjoy and building healthy relationships with Clients For Life. You'll walk away with the key components, customized for your business, and a complete Hybrid Retainer proposal template so you can make a compelling retainer pitch to a client right away.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Howard

Rob Howard

I'm Rob Howard, the founder of Howard Development & Consulting and creator of the "Automate Your Freelancing" mentorship program. My businesses have been featured in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Entertainment Weekly, Quartz, TechCrunch and Ramit Sethi's GrowthLab. My clients... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
Enterprise

2:45pm MDT

Lift the Margins: Stand Out By Standing Up for Others
Limited Capacity seats available

Too often we read stories about small business owners going to court to fight for their right to not serve various marginalized groups; too often, we see members of these groups fighting for inclusion in the conversation and to be seen and heard as human beings worthy of representation.

In this talk, I will discuss how I turned serving marginalized groups into a unique value proposition that helps me stand out from my competition. From Photoshop-free boudoir images of individuals of all sizes and genders (yes, we're gonna go beyond the binary!) as part of my Every BODY is Beautiful campaign to an LGBT+ service portrait project, I launched my career looking for groups in the margins and working with them as an ally to lift them up!

By the end of this talk, you will be inspired to see what unrepresented group speaks to your heart, to explore how you can lift them beyond the margins and into the spotlight, and how to dovetail your passion for equality with your business and your brand.

Make the news for the right reasons!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Williamsberg

Elizabeth Williamsberg

Elizabeth Williamsberg Photography
Hey there, I’m Elizabeth — an award-winning portrait and personal brand photographer who creates editorial, lifestyle portrait and fashion photography for clients who want to excite, entice, and engage their audience on social media!As a personal brand photographer, I help clients... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
Craft Coworking

2:45pm MDT

Mental Health for Hustlers
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know 1 out of 3 entrepreneurs is living with a mental illness such as depression? It's time to GET REAL about the impacts of the "workaholic" lifestyle on mental health. In this session we'll discuss how to identify the common symptoms of depression and stimulate honest conversations about the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Kayleen Cohen

Kayleen Cohen

Founder, Mtn. Dog Media
My name is Kayleen Cohen and I'm a small business owner, lover of people, and lover of dogs. I launched my startup company more than seven years ago and have since learned a lot of valuable lessons about operating a small business, working as a freelancer, and work/life balance. I've... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

4:00pm MDT

Don't Just Sit There: Creating a Dynamic Work Space To Increase Productivity, Decrease Pain, And Feel Great
Limited Capacity seats available

Office bodies are a real thing. Achy necks, low backs, wrists, tight hamstrings, weak glutes are all part of the package. In this experiential workshop we'll dive into how to make the most out of your freedom from the typical office setting, helping you to be more productive, more active, and unwind your "office body" without taking up time in your busy schedule or spending a fortune.

We will address
- Why our current way of looking at exercise isn't working
- How our habits and habitat (the every day stuff) shape our bodies
- Easy ways to start making small changes that lead to big shifts in how you look, feel, and function everyday
- How to create a dynamic work station that works for you
- Corrective exercises to sit, stand, and move better no matter where you are working
- How to boost your creativity and energy levels at work

You've gotten out of the typical office set up, now let's get rid of that "office body" and start feeling great.

Speakers
avatar for Zoe Levine

Zoe Levine

Zoe Levine is a certified personal trainer and movement educator in Denver, CO, and works with clients all over the world. She is the founder of The Thriving Body, and creator of several group programs including Strong As A Mother, Whole Body Alignment (and Movement) Makeover, and... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

4:00pm MDT

Guided and Open Meditation
Limited Capacity seats available

Whew, you've had a long day, haven't you? Join meditation instructor Kitty Gibbons for a 45-minute discussion and guided meditation, “Frustration, Fear, and Fatigue, with a Touch of Joy.” The toom will be available afterwards for open meditation time.  

Speakers
KG

Kitty Gibbons

Meditation Instructor
After spending years in the computer industry, progressive multiple sclerosis forced me to give up a career I loved. I now think it was a gift because I get to spend my time in more meaningful ways. I help people get more in touch with themselves by teaching mindfulness and leading... Read More →


Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Enterprise

4:00pm MDT

Untangling Health Coverage
Limited Capacity seats available

Affordable health insurance that actually protects you is real.

I'll show you ways you can maximize your budget and have comprehensive coverage that will work in the best way for you and your changing life.

Making the most of the plans offered in CO.
Covering unexpected costs.
Keeping it affordable.

Speakers

Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Craft Coworking

6:00pm MDT

The Riveter Presents Diversifying Outdoors: Where POC & Nature Meet | Denver
Limited Capacity seats available

The Riveter is partnering with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to celebrate and inspire POC leadership in nature by highlighting local organizations that are redefining what national outdoor engagement is all about! Come meet leaders that are smashing the representation and access within outdoor recreation and conservation. The evening's panel discussion will drive what these organizations and allies are doing and what YOU can do to support the diversification of POC leadership in the outdoors. 
Come learn about how you can get involved with, collaborate or support these organizations, and how you can advocate for diversifying outdoors! Also, come check out the PopUps of Museum of Nature & Science's on their Skulls of Colorado Mammals Interactive and Extreme Sports Exhibition on Beyond Human Limits at this event!

Why is this important? We acknowledge the facts that about 78 percent of those who visit federal parks are white, according to the most recent National Parks Service survey. Meanwhile, African Americans, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+ women, and members of the LGBTQ community often report feeling unwelcome or unsafe in outdoor spaces. Moreover, the outdoors industry workforce—which includes everyone from park rangers to retail sales associates—has minimal representation from these groups. We’re here to amplify the voice of local organizations that have been working to diversify the outdoors and start changing the statistics.

Join The Riveter Denver for a night of refreshing conversation and refreshing beverages, provided by Denver Beer Co.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
The Riveter
 
Thursday, October 3
 

9:00am MDT

Adversity and Entrepreneurship: How Challenges Transform Your Life and Business
Limited Capacity seats available

PEEKaMEET presents an engaging panel from some of Denver's most inspiring female entrepreneurs.
You'll come out of the session feeling inspired to transform your mindset along with tactical strategies to help you scale your business. 

Speakers

Thursday October 3, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Craft Coworking

9:00am MDT

Expand Your Business Through Learning from Your Clients
Limited Capacity seats available

Your clients are telling you what else you could do that would provide value for them. Are you listening? Learn how to use Design Thinking to expand your business by listening to your customers and providing more value.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Morrow

Eric Morrow

Eric Morrow is a design thinking facilitator with Staircase Strategy. Staircase is a collective of facilitators who use design thinking methods and mindsets to work with teams solving for complex human problems. Eric has facilitated with many kinds of organizations, including tech... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Enterprise

9:00am MDT

The One Thing All Freelancers MUST Have - Brand Messaging Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

The most successful freelancers are able to stand out among thousands of others in a similar field. They are narrowly focused, crystal clear and concise on how they explain what they do, for who and why. During this session, you’ll craft that magical one-liner brand positioning statement which will become the foundation of your brand messaging and pitch. It will attract and captivate your perfect client, set you apart from others, help you connect with the right partners and…drive revenue!

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Omega

Olivia Omega

Co-Founder, Brand Strategist, Wallace Marketing Group
As an independent branding consultant and TEDx speaker, Olivia Omega Wallace is also the Co-Founder of Wallace Marketing Group and the author of Beautifully Branded: The Girl’s Guide to Understanding the Anatomy of Brand You. She encourages creative entrepreneurs to walk in their... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Galvanize Platte

9:45am MDT

Collaboration and Connection - Subcontracting to Build a "Virtual Agency"
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's talk about how to land bigger jobs with a team of subcontractors. We'll discuss how to manage the workflow, subcontractor agreements and relationships, budgets, and communication with a virtual team. You can expect to take away information about project management systems, sample agreements, and ideas on how to communicate with both client and contractors. A casual format provides the opportunity to discuss relatable real-life anecdotes and tackle attendee questions.

Speakers
avatar for Diana  Merkel

Diana Merkel

PS.Design
Diana has over 15 years of experience as owner and creative director of PS.Design. Her passion lies in creating strong relationships with clients that goes beyond meeting deadlines and doing great work—she feels that building a deep understanding of goals, pain points and brand... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Craft Coworking

11:00am MDT

No-Bullshit Strategy to Upleveling Your Brand as a Freelancer
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a freelancer, musician, graphic designer, photographer or creative tired of barely getting by?!

You may be paying your bills with your creative work but barely getting by or you may be working at a day job with the hopes of leaving to pursue your creativity when the money catches up. Either way, you KNOW that you do not want to give up your passion and I have good news-- you don’t have to.

There is Hope!

You can get the pay you wish to have for the job you love. Branding can help position you in the creative marketplace so you are no longer a choice in a sea of other creatives but rather The Choice for your target audience.

Speakers
avatar for Haylee Jordan

Haylee Jordan

Owner, Romeo Branding
Haylee is an Emmy Award-winning designer based in Denver. She owns The Bad where she empowers designers through education. She is the creative director of Romeo, where she works with hospitality brands to bring their powerful story to life through identity design. When she's not developing... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Craft Coworking

11:00am MDT

Work Hard and Get Paid, Too.
Limited Capacity seats available

Valuing yourself is hard. Valuing your work is even harder. And convincing someone else to see that value is probably the hardest. I'll show you how I scope, bid, and get paid on a variety of freelance/contract projects without tracking hours and taking more vacation time than I deserve. We'll talk about working within a client's budget, gauging against market value, creating a scope that protects you and gives the client what they want, and listening to your gut.

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Koskie

Brandi Koskie

Founder / Content Strategist, Banter Strategy
Brandi Koskie is the founder of Banter Strategy, where she serves as a content strategist for a rad roster of clients that includes Medscape, Apostrophe Health, Livestrong, Enell Sport Bras, Emprise Bank, Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge, and many others. She sees this "summer season... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Galvanize Platte

11:00am MDT

Life Beyond the Logo: Creating Deeper Connections with Your Brand
Limited Capacity seats available

There are many moving parts to design and marketing your brand. (Spoiler…having a cool logo won’t make you the next Nike or Apple.) Whether it is design for the digital world or event activations, it all comes down to the audience's emotional response.

Becky Mickletz, of Remickz Marketing, will share tips and tricks on how to develop your brand while creating a deeper connection with your audience. She will discuss what you should consider visually when it comes to developing your brand outside of the digital space and into activations and events.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Mickletz

Becky Mickletz

Brand Developer, Remickz Marketing
With nearly a decade in event and brand development experience with companies such as Fast Company, Denver Design Week, and SXSW, Becky has developed a career to help companies find their unique voice and implement it into their marketing through design and branding. She continues... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Enterprise

11:45am MDT

Hybrid Professionals: Who are You When You Blend and Combine Your Multiple Professional Identities Together?
Limited Capacity seats available

If you do more than one thing in your work, then you ARE more than one thing. Hybrid professionals are a hidden segment of the workforce who deliver value by integrating their multiple professional identities, and the secret is getting out.  Dr. Sarabeth Berk will talk about who hybrids are and how they provide one-of-a-kind value because they tap into unique ways of combining their professional identities together. She'll share stories as well as walk you through a couple tools on how hybrids realize they are hybrids, and how they can rethink and re-brand themselves to break conventional stereotypes of professional identity.  If you’re a jack/jill-of-all-trades, a multi-talented professional, or are trying to figure out what differentiates your professional identity, this talk will fill you with a whole new vision of who you are in the workforce. Learn more at www.morethanmytitle.com

Speakers
avatar for Sarabeth Berk

Sarabeth Berk

Founder, More Than My Title
Dr. Sarabeth Berk is a hybrid professional who calls herself a Creative Disruptor. She blends her artist/researcher/educator/designer identities together to lead innovation strategy and systems design for organizations seeking to connect different stakeholders and silos together to... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
Craft Coworking

11:45am MDT

Mitigating the Risk of a Freelancer
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the do's and don'ts from a Risk, legal perspective of becoming and Independent Contractor. Reviewing topics such as, What does the IRS look for, Taxes, Insurance, What an organization might require when engaging with your services.

Speakers
avatar for Jill  Rossi

Jill Rossi

Improve your bottom line, by taking care of your front line, is what I do. A professional passionate about providing viable talent and employers with better choices. With over 15 years experience in the Human Capital and Contingent workforce space, I have been able to assist companies... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

1:00pm MDT

Soona Pop-In Event - One Free Headshot Session (slot 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drop in to Soona Studios for a complimentary headshot!

Speakers
avatar for Liz Giorgi

Liz Giorgi

CEO & Co-Founder, Soona
I'm an Emmy-Award winner turned media entrepreneur. I'm the founder of two successful production-based businesses, Mighteor and soona. I'm a passionate advocate for women in production and startups and the creator of the Candor Clause, an effort to promote gender equity in venture... Read More →
avatar for Erica Thompson

Erica Thompson

Soona
Erica Thompson is a visual leader working in photography, live action, stop motion and design. As the Creative Director for soona, she brings ideas to life using bold and innovated techniques.


Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Soona

2:00pm MDT

Tax Considerations for Freelancers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about the necessary but not so fun stuff about freelancing including taxes, bookkeeping and tax entity selection. Confused about entity choice? Have no fear I'll go over the different types so you can decide which option is best for you. Not sure how to track expenses or which expenses you can take? I got you covered there too. Let's get your freelancing business started off right and organized. Then you can focus on what you love to do and not worry about the IRS knocking at your door.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Ryan

Heather Ryan

Owner, Tax Queen LLC
Heather is the owner of Tax Queen, a tax firm supporting freelancers, entrepreneurs and digital nomads. As a federally-licensed Enrolled Agent, she supports her clients year-round with tax preparation, tax planning and bookkeeping. She also educates freelancers, digital nomads and... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

2:00pm MDT

Soona Pop-In Event - One Free Headshot Session (slot 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drop in to Soona Studios for a complimentary headshot!

Speakers
avatar for Liz Giorgi

Liz Giorgi

CEO & Co-Founder, Soona
I'm an Emmy-Award winner turned media entrepreneur. I'm the founder of two successful production-based businesses, Mighteor and soona. I'm a passionate advocate for women in production and startups and the creator of the Candor Clause, an effort to promote gender equity in venture... Read More →
avatar for Erica Thompson

Erica Thompson

Soona
Erica Thompson is a visual leader working in photography, live action, stop motion and design. As the Creative Director for soona, she brings ideas to life using bold and innovated techniques.


Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Soona

2:00pm MDT

Get Clients ASAP: The Weird Tactics That Work
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, see actual IRL examples of effective & inexpensive outreach tactics that'll land you your dream clients — without losing your damn mind. Hint: This is the ultimate crash course in getting seen by the people you want to work with most. 

After all, you don't blend in. Let's make it obvious.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Manuszak

Jessica Manuszak

Founder & Shouty Mastermind, Verve & Vigour Copywriting Studio
Jess Manuszak is the founder & shouty mastermind behind Verve & Vigour Copywriting Studio. In other words, she helps people make money for what they're best at — using nothing but words.From international ads for Nike Tennis to country-wide campaigns for Levi’s Jeans, Jess doesn't... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Enterprise

2:00pm MDT

Get Out Of Your Own Way: Start Up-leveling by Taming the Imposter Monster
Limited Capacity seats available

Most freelancers say that they want more clients or better clients. But most freelancers are also doing (or not doing) things that are, in fact, keeping them from getting great clients! The truth is that on a subconscious level many talented professionals secretly feel that they are just “faking it” when compared with their peers. This is called the Imposter Experience and can lead to business-killing behaviors ranging from sending invoices late to avoiding marketing opportunities.

In this presentation, participants will learn to spot the Imposter Experience and stop it in its tracks. We will explore the hidden ways Imposter Experience can show up in our professional lives, the research behind this phenomenon, and three practical techniques for banishing it. Participants will gain a practical approach for increasing innovation and decreasing procrastination and learn to ride the emotional roller-coaster of working for themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Mari Geasair

Mari Geasair

Public Speaking and Visibility Coach, MCLS Services
Mari helps freelancers and small business innovators create more impact with less stress. She has been a self-employed for over 30 years, owned four successful businesses of her own. In 2000 she founded her small business coaching and consulting firm to serve entrepreneurs s and creatives... Read More →



Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Craft Coworking

2:45pm MDT

$6k to $56k: A Retirement Plan that Works for Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Retirement planning doesn't sound sexy, but it should be top of mind for every freelancer. Without corporate benefits to prop up your savings, it is absolutely essential to know what your options are. The quickest route to financial independence is getting started today!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Windisch

Elizabeth Windisch

Financial Adviser, Aspen Wealth Management
Liz Windisch, CFP® has been guiding women towards mastering their finances since 2004. Everyone's dreams are different; Liz helps her clients pursue theirs through education and direction.


Thursday October 3, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

3:00pm MDT

Soona Pop-In Event - One Free Headshot Session (slot 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drop in to Soona Studios for a complimentary headshot!

Speakers
avatar for Liz Giorgi

Liz Giorgi

CEO & Co-Founder, Soona
I'm an Emmy-Award winner turned media entrepreneur. I'm the founder of two successful production-based businesses, Mighteor and soona. I'm a passionate advocate for women in production and startups and the creator of the Candor Clause, an effort to promote gender equity in venture... Read More →
avatar for Erica Thompson

Erica Thompson

Soona
Erica Thompson is a visual leader working in photography, live action, stop motion and design. As the Creative Director for soona, she brings ideas to life using bold and innovated techniques.


Thursday October 3, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Soona

4:00pm MDT

Soona Pop-In Event - One Free Headshot Session (slot 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drop in to Soona Studios for a complimentary headshot!

Speakers
avatar for Liz Giorgi

Liz Giorgi

CEO & Co-Founder, Soona
I'm an Emmy-Award winner turned media entrepreneur. I'm the founder of two successful production-based businesses, Mighteor and soona. I'm a passionate advocate for women in production and startups and the creator of the Candor Clause, an effort to promote gender equity in venture... Read More →
avatar for Erica Thompson

Erica Thompson

Soona
Erica Thompson is a visual leader working in photography, live action, stop motion and design. As the Creative Director for soona, she brings ideas to life using bold and innovated techniques.


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Soona

4:00pm MDT

Ditch the Ruler and Become More Creatively Confident!
Limited Capacity seats available

Does the thought of making an indelible mark on a piece of paper or canvas terrify you to death? Did you love to draw as a child, but abandoned that outlet because you were told it was a waste of time? Do you desire to be more creative, but don’t know where to start? If any of these questions resonate with you, join artist Debbie Clapper (aka gneural) for an intimate* hands-on workshop helping you unleash your creativity and leave your inhibitions behind! Drawing materials provided.

In 90 minutes you will:
- Step out of your comfort zone and overcome creative challenges.
- Learn techniques that can help you get rid of your drawing jitters.
- Have the confidence to “ditch the ruler” and let go of the need for perfection when it comes to being creative.
- Take home a limited edition poster created by Debbie Clapper.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Clapper

Debbie Clapper

Founder / Cultivator of Creativity, gneural / Debbie Clapper
gneural is the moniker of Boulder-based artist, designer and mentor, Debbie Clapper. Drawing nearly every day since the age of 9, Debbie has mastered the art of freehand drawing without the aid of a ruler or straight edge. She has taken her passion for abstract optical illusion art... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Enterprise

4:00pm MDT

Marketing, Branding and Creating for a More Inclusive Future
Limited Capacity seats available

“Marketing, branding and creating for a more inclusive future” will cover important topics like keeping inclusivity in mind as a designer, why micro-aggressions and tokenism are damaging, and why pronouns and correct language are crucial in marketing. We’ll also cover some inclusive marketing campaigns currently circulating in our world, and how successful they’ve been in centering marginalized folks effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Niki Robins

Niki Robins

Co-Founder + Content Director, Spectacle Marketing
Niki Robins is a content creator + collaborator who believes in authentic, lasting community building. She is currently the co-founder and Content Director of Spectacle, an inclusive content marketing agency based in Denver. Niki’s experience with community building and management... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Galvanize Platte

6:00pm MDT

Thursday Party
On Thursday, October 3, it’s time for Freelance Business Week to get down to the business of partying. Yes, there will be adult beverages. Yes, there will be board games. And fun? Oh, yes: there will be lots of that. Join the many freelancers from Denver and elsewhere who know the importance of having a good time. Mix, mingle, and make new friends. And celebrate the wonderful life that we freelancers are making for ourselves.

Thursday October 3, 2019 6:00pm - 11:00pm MDT
Dive Inn
 
Friday, October 4
 

9:00am MDT

How to Network Like a Pro
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you make the most of your time at a networking event and guarantee you stand out from the crowd? Denver entrepreneur Brenda Geer is bringing tons of tips and tricks on mastering the art of networking. With sections broken down into “Before,” “During” and “After,” attendees will leave with valuable skills that will help them get the most out of their next networking event. Plus, this workshop will also include activities that will allow attendees to network with one another.

Join us for a fun and informative workshop that will help you network like a pro.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Geer

Brenda Geer

Brenda Geer is a Denver entrepreneur, mother of two, and a networking ninja. She discovered early in her career that it’s not what you know, but who you know. During her time as a video engineer at Cisco, Brenda found that many professionals had trouble connecting with one another... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

9:00am MDT

Speakership Is Leadership: How Knowing Your Message and Connecting with Your Audience Propels Your Business Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

When you find yourself in front of a crowd and speaking, your body language, tone of voice, and energy have the potential to connect you to your audience and establish you as a leader more deeply than any screen. No one swipes left when a great story is being told.

But how do you start with confidence and draw in your audience from the beginning? How do you fight the jitters? What if you forget what you were going to say?

In this information packed talk, we will hear behind-the-scenes stories from TEDx events, understand the role of a leader from the stage, and gain the tools to refresh and invigorate public speaking.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Watts Romney

Margaret Watts Romney

Founder, MasterSpeaker Lab
Margaret Watts Romney owns and operates Impact Moments Messaging and is a Founder of MasterSpeaker Lab.Margaret speaks at events, coaches speaker-leaders, and leads workshops all over the U.S. She is well known for coaching TEDx speakers in the U.S., England, and Ethiopia and recently... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Workability Canteen

9:45am MDT

The Art of Being Analog in a Digital World
Limited Capacity seats available

As the world becomes more and more cluttered, the art of having a conversation is dwindling. Yet, face-to-face meetings and conversations on the phone still hold a lot of power in this technological environment. In this talk, you will learn the reasons why certain "analog" skills can make you stand out. I'll provide some simple techniques to get out of your comfort zone to feel equipped to reach out for coffee meetings, informational interviews, networking events, and off-the-cuff calls. You'll walk away with tools to help you build prospective clients and business partners. 

Speakers
avatar for Priya Shah

Priya Shah

Founder + Principal, ShahSquared Consulting
Priya sought a career that blended her love of the written word with her adventurous culinary palate and entrepreneurial spirit. Intrigued by the burgeoning food scene, she uprooted from the Midwest after working in public relations after receiving her degree in journalism & mass... Read More →



Friday October 4, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:00am MDT

Closing General Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Drew Hornbein

Drew Hornbein

Founder, Better Together
I've been a nomad, activist, artist, alternative educator, technologist, facilitator, and disaster relief worker. I've had the privilege of seeing the future of how we will work together, educate our children, and live. My mission is to help support bringing a more just, compassionate... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

11:45am MDT

Marketplace
Commerce! Connections! Camaraderie! Our Friday Marketplace will be a place to peruse products from other freelancers (maybe even get yourself a nice souvenir), and learn about services freelancers have to offer. It will be a great opportunity to see what the rest of your freelance community is up to, and all the ways they can help you. Don't miss it!

What's that? You say you'd like a table at this event? Well, head right over here and give us your details!

Friday October 4, 2019 11:45am - 4:45pm MDT
Workability Lecture Hall

6:00pm MDT

Zero Party at PS.Design (First Fridays)
Limited Capacity seats available

PS Design is excited to announce a new installment of their Zero Party art show series with an exhibition featuring the paintings of Lisa Lynch. This first Friday event is free to the public.
Along with her art, Lisa is bringing her band! “Vampire Rodeo” will be doing a Halloween set. They are a rockabilly-ish band with mostly originals and some covers. We'll also have some nail and hair artists ready to get you even better prepped for the holiday.
Free beer by Ratio Beerworks. This is a BYOC event (Bring Your Own Cup).
The mission the ZERO party series is to embrace as much WTF creativity as possible, and to support to the art community by offering commission free events. If you're interested in showing, please contact diana@ps.design or PM through PS.Design.
Lisa is a Colorado artist who enjoys depicting wildlife and landscapes through her artwork. Her time spent living in Evergreen and Bailey and exploring our beautiful Colorado scenery has given her constant inspiration to capture the bright colors and gestural shapes found in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.
She has spent time touring in the local juried art festivals and has been featured in the Artists of Colorado Magazine, the Evergreen Canyon Courier Newspaper, Parade of Homes and the Denver/Boulder Magazine. She has shown in solo and group shows at numerous local and out-of-state galleries.
She has won awards at the Cripple Creek and Evergreen art festivals. When she's not painting, I enjoy hiking and camping with my family and looking for more inspiration in the great outdoors.
For more information please visit https://lisalynchstudios.com

https://rinoartdistrict.org/do/zero-party-at-psdesign-oct2019

Speakers
avatar for Diana  Merkel

Diana Merkel

PS.Design
Diana has over 15 years of experience as owner and creative director of PS.Design. Her passion lies in creating strong relationships with clients that goes beyond meeting deadlines and doing great work—she feels that building a deep understanding of goals, pain points and brand... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
PS Design