*Our speakers are NOT allowed to sell you anything from the stage. 

That’s because we want you to focus 100% on incorporating the cutting-edge strategies you’re going to learn from our carefully curated, hand-picked experts — and we don’t want you getting distracted by boring sales pitches. Yuck! 

Pamela Slim – Keynote Speaker

Author, Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

We are very excited to announce that Pamela Slim is joining the #FREECON19 lineup as one of our Keynote Speakers! After 10 years working as a consultant for large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, Pamela Slim ditched the corporate grind and started a blog. She then parlayed that blog into the award-winning book Escape from Cubicle Nation in 2009 — maybe you’ve heard of it? 😉 In 2014 Pamela released another critically acclaimed book, Body of Work, and she is frequently quoted as a business expert in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today. We are thrilled to welcome Pam to the #FREECON19 family! 

Brian Clark – Keynote Speaker

Founder, CEO of Copyblogger, Media and Tangible Digital and the host of the Unemployable podcast 

We are thrilled to announce that Brian Clark is rounding out the #FREECON19 lineup as our closing Keynote Speaker! In addition to founding Copyblogger — the most influential content marketing blog in the world (nbd) — Brian is also CEO of Media and Tangible Digital and the host of the Unemployable podcast. Brian empowers people to successfully grow their businesses through targeted social media and online marketing. This is going to be one powerful session that you are NOT gonna want to miss.

Elaine Pofeldt

Journalist, Author: The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business

Freelance writer and author of The Million Dollar, One-Person Business, Elaine Pofeldt, is assembling and moderating a panel of rockstar freelancers who have achieved massive success in their single-owner businesses for #FREECON19. In addition to co-founding the $200KFreelancer blog — a site to help independent professionals earn a good living — Elaine has written for The Economist, Fortune, Money, Inc., CNBC, Crain’s New York Business, Forbes and many others. Entrepreneurship, small business and careers are her specialty and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for #FREECON19. 

Dax Moreno

Co-Founder Geekdom & Tech Talent Central

As a results-driven Customer Success Leader, Dax Moreno is joining the #FREECON19 lineup as our resident customer-focused IT “nerd.” Dax knows a thing or two about using cutting edge technology to meet the demands of clients operating in a digital economy. He’s a bonafide change agent who’s got a knack for revitalizing underperforming operations, creating successful account retention strategies, and driving customer engagement to optimize long-term gains in performance, revenue and profitability. This is one speaker you DON’T want to miss! 

Ilise M Benun

Founder Marketing Mentor, Podcaster MarketingMentorPodcast.com and The HOW Design Live podcast

Want to learn how to land better projects with bigger budgets? Look no further than Ilise Benun’s presentation at #FREECON19. For the past 25 years Ilise has been helping creatives, freelancers and other self employed people market their services through mentorship, consulting and training tools. In addition to founding Marketing-Mentor.com — the go-to online resource for creative professionals — Ilise is a national speaker and the author of 7 business books, including The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money. If you get queasy even thinking about how to market yourself and your services, make sure you don’t miss Ilise’s talk at #FREECON19!

Tia Meyers

Founder, Freelancing Females

After working as a social media consultant for brands like JetBlue, Grado Labs, FiftyThree and LG, Tia Meyers created a small online group called Freelancing Females designed to allow fellow female freelancers to discuss non-payment issues. That small group quickly grew into a thriving community of 20,000 women and has now become the world’s largest community of freelance women. Tia knows firsthand the pivotal role community plays in helping entrepreneurs realize and achieve their career dreams. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for #FREECON19! 

Deborah Peyton

Founder Marketing Mentor, Podcaster MarketingMentorPodcast.com and The HOW Design Live podcast

Deborah Peyton is the Owner and Lead Facilitator of Austin Rhythm & Drum. Her mission is to Uplift Lives With Rhythm and Drums! Having heard the call of West African drumming 10 years ago, she has facilitated rhythmic programs for large and small companies and organizations across the US and abroad.

Deborah’s goal is to provide exciting interactive rhythm events that energize, connect and inspire individuals, groups, and organizations and companies. She believes that a hands-on group experience can “drum in” organizational and community messages, philosophies, and goals and provide a lasting and transformative experience to all.

Deborah is a retired Army Officer with over 30 years of federal and corporate experience in the areas of leadership, change management, and sales and marketing. She spent six years as a successful Federal Sales Manager for a Fortune 500 company, and has spent the last 17 years providing consulting services to organizations.

Julie Anne Eason

As a professional writer working as freelancer changed her life forever.

Julie Anne Eason has been a professional writer for more than 25 years. She started out as a young stay-at-home mom raising three children and freelance writing at night for newspapers and magazines to make a little extra money to support her growing family. She struggled through decades of ups and downs as a freelance copywriter, as the world of print media adjusted to email and the Internet. Remaining flexible and moving with the times. She soon found a profitable niche combining her love for books and marketing. 

Her most recent book, The Work At Home Success Guide, distills her decades of experience into tried-and-true strategies for freelancers, solo-preneurs, independent contractors, and small business owners. Her programs and workshops help these people have more money and freedom without the drama most small business owners experience.

Her freelance life changed forever when I realized I could get OFF the feast-or-famine, gig-to-gig hamster wheel by developing a clientele instead of constantly chasing new clients. She learned how to become the only writer her clients trusted so they came to her for every project. Instead of competing with dozens of other writers for entry-level gigs, her next high-paying project was just a phone call or an email away. Because she was able to whittle her marketing and prospecting time down to almost zero, she got to spend more quality time serving her long term clients and spending time with her family.


Liza Wisner

#FREECON19 Emcee

Kenyan-born Liza Wisner is an award-winning television personality serving her community as the learning and organizational development manager for the City of Corpus Christi (www.learningcc.org). Liza works directly with many organizations, to make their products and services connect better with their teams and their community. Liza graduated with the highest honors from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi earning a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Liza is the founder of social organizations, including the non-profit, ‘PowerUp.org’ whose mission is to bridge the digital-divide and AXOM Foundry, the first co-working space in Corpus Christi.