*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! 

Speaker: Pamela Slim

Speaker Title: Author, Escape from Cubicle Nation & Body of Work

Session Title: Earn More with Ecosystem Marketing

 Session Subtitle: Little Known Tips For Finding and Leveraging Digital “Watering Holes” Where Your Ideal Clients are Hanging Out

 What You’ll Learn: 

  • Why top companies are choosing Ecosystem Marketing over traditional techniques and how this shift is the key to unlocking your unlimited potential and opportunities.  
  • The success stories and proven strategies Pam has gathered from companies who excel at Ecosystem Marketing (Psst! She’s essentially sharing a sneak peak of her next book before it’s even released!)
  • The 3 critical network circles you need to build an engaged and diverse community of peers, partners and customers on social media.

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? More>>

Speaker: Brian Clark 

Speaker Title: Founder & CEO of Copyblogger

Session Title: The 7-Figure Freelancer

Session Subtitle: The #1 Strategy to Grow Your Freelance Business Now & Put You on the Fast Track to Your 7-Figure Future

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to identify and overcome limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from your full potential.
  • The key shifts you can make in your mindset and approach today that will bolster your freelance success (now and in the future).  
  • How freelancers can take advantage of the tactics solo and no-employee businesses are using to successfully earn 7-figures or more in revenue. 




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.  More>>

Speaker: Elaine Pofeldt 

Speaker Title: Journalist & Author, The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business

Session Title Options: #FREECON19 Panel: 

Subtitle: How to Build a High-revenue, One-person Business from People Who Have Done it 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • What makes a high-revenue one-person businesses flourish vs. sink and the mindset shifts solopreneurs need to make in order to thrive in today’s market. 
  • Common traps and pitfalls that cost precious time and money and derail solopreneurs from doing what they truly love (plus how to avoid them, of course). 
  • The latest best practices that allow solopreneurs and microbusinesses to bring home 6+ figures and generate $1 million in revenue. 

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. More>>

Speaker: Ilise M Benun

Speaker Title: Founder, Marketing-Mentor.com

Session Title: The Simplest Marketing Plan to Stop Surviving & Start Thriving

Session Subtitle Options: How to Leverage Today’s Most Effective Marketing Tools for Freelancers, Attain a Steady Stream of Clients and Beat the Feast or Famine Cycle (Once and For All!) 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to get the right message in front of the right people so you easily win them over without any “icky” marketing.   
  • How to position yourself powerfully and authentically so your ideal customers couldn’t ignore you if they tried. 
  • The only 3 marketing tools you need to attract the companies you actually want to work with (For real! Use these 3 tools and you won’t need anything else). 

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! Move>>

Speaker: Tia Meyers

Speaker Title: Founder, Freelancing Females

Session Title: Get Paid! 

Session Subtitle: How to Bring Ghost Clients Back from the Grave, Negotiate Higher Paychecks and Squash Scope Creep (For Good!) 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • The #1 phrase to bring clients who’ve “ghosted you” back from the grave (and what to do if they never resurface).  
  • The safeguards you need to put in place to make sure you get paid on time, get contracts signed and squash scope creep like the bug it is!  
  • Proven tactics and strategies to negotiate a higher paycheck from even your toughest clients. 

Founder, Freelancing Females

Tia’s previous work as a freelance Marketing Consultant, led her to the creation of Freelancing Females.  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 .More>>

Deborah Peyton

Founder, Austin Rhythm & Drum

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. More>>

Speaker: Julie Anne Eason

Speaker Title: Professional Writer

Session Title: Get Off The Feast-Or-Famine Hamster Wheel

Session Subtitle: The 4 Communication Preferences That Will Take You From Chasing Clients to Developing a Loyal, Long-term Clientele 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to attract higher-quality, long-term clients that you love working with (plus how to spot and avoid clients who add unnecessary drama to your life!) 
  • How to nail your initial consultations with confidence so you can spend less time prospecting and stressing about where your next gig will come from.
  • The 4 communication preferences every freelancer needs to know and which ones to use with which clients. (Understanding and applying these techniques can mean the difference between hearing “No thanks” and “Sign me up!”)   

Professional writer working as a freelancer for more than 25 years.

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. More>>

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.