We know that small creative businesses simply don’t fit into a box. Our speakers will share both inspiring stories and tangible steps to amp up your unique business and mindset.
It’s Not About You: Money-Making, Systematization, and Sanity for Creative Entrepreneurs
Tara Gentile is the founder of Quiet Power Strategy®, a company specializing in hands-on business training for idea-driven entrepreneurs. She’s passionate about helping people with smart ideas make more money, reach new audiences, and live life with ease. Tara is the author of The Art of Earning, Quiet Power Strategy, and The Observation Engine. She’s the host of Profit. Power. Pursuit. a podcast that goes behind-the-scenes of the real grit, administration, and logistics of running a successful business.
Tara’s work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Design*Sponge, and in the New York Times bestselling book The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. She’s a regular instructor on CreativeLive and speaks on entrepreneurship, money, and marketing all over the world.
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Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson
Goal-setting like a boss
Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are co-founders and hosts of the Being Boss Podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Emily Thompson is founder of Indie Shopography, a design and strategy web studio, where she and her team develop websites for creative entrepreneurs who want to rock their online presence. Kathleen Shannon is founder of Braid Creative, personal branding for creative entrepreneurs who blend work and life – like designers, writers, artists, foodies, yogis and lifestyle professionals. Being Boss is where Emily and Kathleen share advice and tactics for freelancers, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to turn their dreams into a sustainable, profitable business.
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How to partner with brands to support your passion project
Wesley Verhoeve is an infinitely curious photographer, writer and director at large. He explores creative communities across the world for his project One of Many.
He works with publications and companies to tell moving stories. These include including Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Wildsam, Squarespace, WeTransfer, Harry’s, Birchbox, Photojojo, Shinola, and others. His work has been featured by It’s Nice That, The Fader, PSFK, Cool Hunting, Buzzfeed, Instagram, and more.
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Instagram Marketing: Grow Real Followers
A creator, digital designer, and entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer Puno is the Founder of (Instagram @madewithmap)—an online platform that celebrates people and their journeys. She also founded ilovecreatives, a digital classifieds website connecting talented individuals in the creative community. You can find her in Iceland making Star Trek gifs, out and about collaborating with other creatives, or in DTLA on the hunt for the city’s best food.
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How to build a thriving online community from your couch
Sarah Morgan is an online strategist teaching people to build engaging blogs, thriving businesses, and profitable infoproducts. In 2012 she escaped the clutches of a corporate web design job to run away with the circus (literally!) and strike out on her own. She strives to help bloggers, creatives, and business owners build a home online that not only provides a stable income but fuels their passion for what they do without busyness and stress getting in the way. Since making her escape she’s launched three books, five e-courses, and shares all of her badass business and blog-building secrets at XOSarah.com.
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Branding You: Get Paid For Being Yourself
Shenee Howard is a writer and brand strategist with over five years of experience helping people to do what they want and get paid for it. She is also the creator of the 100 People Project, featured in Born For This and the pop culture and branding newsletter, Brand Fix. Other interests include The Backstreet Boys, Keanu Reeves and Ramen.
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