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Monday, June 17
 

6:00pm

#FBWCB Kick-Off: Ignite Freelance (Get Your Badge)
Come out and get your badge for the week!

Councilman Greg Smith will kick off the event by presenting the Proclamation declaring June 17-21 Freelance Business Week in the Coast Bend!

Ignite Freelance is a series of speedy presentations guaranteed to make you smile, think a bit harder and most likely laugh til you cry. Each presenter has 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, to tell a story. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.

What better way to kick-off Freelance Business Week than sitting side-by-side sharing our stories and connecting with peers?

Come join us, you won't regret it.

Speakers
avatar for Krystal DeVos

Krystal DeVos

Krystal DeVos was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. She earned a Theology degree from South Texas Bible Institute in 2008 and also earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2011.She has been working for American Electric Power for almost... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Reid

Ruth Reid

Live Your Best Life: Clear Heart & MInd
Ruth Reid, attorney, and mediator, offers self-improvement workshops. She has an M.A. in Communication and is a certified Mike Dooley trainer for Infinite Possibilities, The Art of Achieving Your Dreams. Ruth's passion is to help everyone, who is interested, live his/her best life.Ruth’s... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen Rodriguez

Speaker
Stephen Rodriguez, Ph.D., a San Diego, CA native, has lived in Corpus Christi for 25 years. He presently serves at the University of South Carolina as an online instructor. He served at a local university for 23 years as a professor of instructional design and technology. He enjoys... Read More →
avatar for Aislynn Campbell

Aislynn Campbell

Executive Director, GROW local South Texas
"Aislynn Campbell, 40, is the Founder and Executive Director of GROW Local South Texas, a non-profit organization that provides affordable access to nutrient-dense food to the community and promotes a healthy lifestyle. As a business owner of It's Just Aislynn, she has begun taking... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Francis Donaldson

Tammy Francis Donaldson

Dr. Tammy, The Catalyst, is the founder of Catalyst for Change Global community. She is a Success Strategist, Literacy Educator and Consultant, Educational Researcher, Speaker, Author, Podcaster, and Mentor. Dr. Tammy helps you move in the direction of more and prepare for what's... Read More →
avatar for Tammie JonesIm

Tammie JonesIm

Owner / Founder, Milani Social Media Marketing
I’m Tammie Jones, wife, mother, grandmother & a Pinterest Marketing Expert & Educator. I’m well versed in how to help you make Pinterest work for you. It is my passion to help others be successful!
avatar for Belkis Clarke-Mitcham

Belkis Clarke-Mitcham

Belkis Clarke-Mitcham is an international Motivational Teacher and Transformational life coach who helps women over 25 who have lived through trauma to identify their prisons, break free, and unleash their unique light. A survivor of sexual abuse, Belkis has risen from a place of... Read More →
avatar for Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Council Member, District 4, City of Corpus Christi
Greg Smith knows his history.He's a veritable encyclopedia of Corpus Christi's storied past. . He knows his family lineage since the first time his great-great-great uncle arrived in the Coastal Bend, coming to the area with Gen. Zachary Taylor's army in 1845.And as the newly elected... Read More →
avatar for Ana  Varela

Ana Varela

Ana Varela holds degrees in International Studies and Chinese Studies from Long Beach State. Ana lived in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Taipei before moving to Corpus Christi in 2017 where she has worked at a domestic violence shelter, as a paralegal at a non-profit immigration law... Read More →



Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Exchange 224 N Mesquite St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
 
Tuesday, June 18
 

10:00am

PowerUp Your Business
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will show you how to create a business you will love and get paid to change the world. Over the last 12 years, I’ve built a successful business and an internationally recognized non-profit organization. Before going all in on my community talent development role, I was a Top 3 finalist on the Television show the Apprentice with Donald Trump. In this session, I share my top ideas on how to create a great business and get paid to change the world. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, solopreneur, small business owner or leader in any organization, the ideas I share are time tested and the results are real!

Speakers
avatar for Liza Wisner

Liza Wisner

Founder and CEO, PowerUp.org
Award-winning television personality Mrs. Liza Wisner serves her community as a leadership and organizational development executive and a top 3 finalist on the television show, “The Apprentice”, with real estate billionaire Donald Trump.Mrs. Wisner grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and... Read More →


11:30am

Tech Review. How to Hack Your Freelance Business with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

What Technology to Use for Freelancing? There are a million options to spend money on tools and apps to run your freelance business. With 25+ years successfully running a freelance business, I will review the top tools that have helped open up time, communicate with clients and help me make more money.

I'll be reviewing multiple platforms and helping attendees create their own tech stack.

Speakers
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 →


1:00pm

Freelancing 101: Find Your Perfect Billable Rate
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are getting started in freelancing, thinking about it or been at this for years ... I promise you will not want to miss this session! With almost 30 years of running freelance businesses, I've found the process of creating the best billable rate for my services. Better yet, I've figured out to teach you too!

We will spend the first part of the session working through an exercise that will identify your "Why?" Through the steps, you will see how this answer is what drives everything else you do.

The rest of our time together will be spent working, hands-on, through your personal process of finding your billable rate(s). Instead of guessing what to charge, let the numbers tell you.

Speakers
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 →


 
Wednesday, June 19
 

11:00am

Media Panel: How to Leverage the Media in Your Freelance Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Most freelance business owners feel like media is only for big business. Not true! YOU are a business in this community adding value and money to the local economy - not to mention you are probably helping those "big" businesses operate efficiently.

Understanding what the media is looking for and how to connect with them when the time is right for you can make a huge difference in your business and the success rate of getting the media to work with you. We've invited representatives from some media outlets across Corpus Christi to come out and talk first-hand on how to pitch a story, who to talk to and answer your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Whitehurst Jr.

Tom Whitehurst Jr.

Opinion Editor, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Tom Whitehurst Jr. has been the Caller-Times opinion editor since 2010. He has been with the Caller-Times since 1983. He was born in Corpus Christi, as were his parents. His other dream job is musician/songwriter.
avatar for Robert Gonzalez

Robert Gonzalez

News Assignment Editor, KRIS TV


12:00pm

The Secrets of Media Relations and PR for Freelancers
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover how to promote your business, make a perfect pitch and get placements in the media. 

​​Join us immediately following the Media Panel at the KEDT Studios as we dive into the skills needed to capture the attention of the media.

Speakers
avatar for Angelica M Demiris

Angelica M Demiris

Founder, ACouplePuns
Angelica Hanley is a marketing professional and small business owner who has managed the production of award-winning digital, print, and broadcast campaigns.She describes herself as one of those creative but detail-oriented types. Her creative side allows her to create compelling... Read More →


1:00pm

KEDT Studio tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Finish out the day with an inside look at how the media works from behind the scenes with a tour of the KEDT facilities. It's a perfect opportunity to create connections with the staff, ask questions and learn even more about how, and when, to leverage the media for your freelance business.

 
Thursday, June 20
 

11:30am

The Power of Personality
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have our own definition of success, most of which is created by our personality. As a freelance business owner who we are can be a critical factor to our success. Learning how to lean into your personality assets will reveal unique opportunities that set you apart from competition.

​​Whatever metrics you are using to define success, there is room fro growth. Come learn that there are a core set of personality traits that are common to all successful people.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Lindsey-Opel

Debbie Lindsey-Opel

Debbie Lindsey-Opel has spent years motivating and inspiring others to understand their true message. Starting off her career in corporate America, she has become the go-to resource for corporate, government and association clients that want to improve their business, teamwork, communication... Read More →


12:00pm

How to Write a Book to Drive Raving Fans to your Business, Blog, or Site, even if you hate writing
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session 5 time best selling Amazon Author, Chris Roel, will teach how to turn skeptical leads into raving fans that want to buy everything you have, use modern day technology to become a published author and create multiple streams of income, become a full fledged rockstar in your field, get speaking gigs, raise your prices, and create more products to sell._x000D_
Other topics in this session covered: Infinite Learner Mindset, Prolific Author Blueprint, Value of Services triangle, E-mail list building secrets, and more...

Speakers
avatar for Chris Roel

Chris Roel

Turnkey Publish
5 Time Best Selling Amazon Author, Chris Roel, is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. He owns a local Brazilian Dance and Fitness studio where he helps struggling adults lose hundreds of pounds and get in the best shape of their life. After using a book to drive raving fans to... Read More →


2:00pm

Building our Teams: An Overview of How to Make Matters Work
Limited Capacity seats available

How we work as a together is what builds the standards for the quality of the team. The need for effective communication and teamwork is a necessity for every field of work and organizations. Together, we will walk through a series of tips and information that will build a stronger foundation for the group of people that make up your team.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cynthia Alvarado-Stinson

Dr. Cynthia Alvarado-Stinson

motivational educator
Dr. Cynthia Alvarado-Stinson has worked in higher education since 2008.  She has an extensive amount of experience providing both leadership and educational professional development. Dr. Alvarado-Stinson has provided her professional development opportunities by sharing her knowledge... Read More →


4:00pm

Want more leads?
Limited Capacity seats available

It is imperative for a business to set up consistent channels for lead generation in today's world. With so much that the online world has to offer, online marketing channels can be more effective than traditional ways.

Participants will learn which channel to pick for their niche to generate leads effectively. They will learn how to set up these channels in the most effective ways.

Speakers
avatar for Katarzyna Maleszewska-Suarez

Katarzyna Maleszewska-Suarez

Dr. Kasia Suarez is an author, speaker, business owner and entrepreneur. Kasia has her online health and fitness coaching business where she supports women in their health and fitness goals. Kasia also has a successful network marketing business with a billion-dollar international... Read More →


 
Friday, June 21
 

6:00am

Fitness and the Entrepreneur
Let's close out the week with a little movement for the body!

What could a workout add to your freelance business? You already know it's good for your body, but yet it's still not a priority. What if you looked at fitness in regards to what it adds to your life and business?

It starts to look a lot different. This session will be a brief overview of why fitness is important for your freelance lifestyle and follow up with an intense group fitness class incorporating body-weight and HIIT. Kick start your fitness routine in style!


Speakers
avatar for Selina Hinojosa

Selina Hinojosa

Selina has over 19 years experience in the fitness and wellness industry.  She is a certified elite fitness trainer with ISSA (International Sport Sciences Association).  As a fitness professional, her specialties include:– Certified Fitness Trainer– Corrective Exercise Specialist... Read More →


10:00am

How to Work with Bigger Companies as a Freelancer
Limited Capacity seats available

A key area of stabilizing your income as a freelance business owner is to have a few larger size companies as clients. They usually have more work to be done and pay consistently ... but how do you get in?

Debbie Lindsey-Opel will be leading an interactive conversation between the audience and a small group of large business representatives on how to get their work when the opportunity arises.

Come with your questions, ready to notes and prepared to connect with some of our local companies that hire freelance help.

Moderators
avatar for Debbie Lindsey-Opel

Debbie Lindsey-Opel

Debbie Lindsey-Opel has spent years motivating and inspiring others to understand their true message. Starting off her career in corporate America, she has become the go-to resource for corporate, government and association clients that want to improve their business, teamwork, communication... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Larue

John Larue

CEO, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
John LaRue has moved from the port to the chamber. Recently retired as executive director of the Port of Corpus Christi, LaRue will take over as president and CEO of the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce as of June 24. He succeeds Cleofas Rodriguez Jr., who resigned in May after two years in the position.“Mr. LaRue has clearly demonstrated an ability to successfully run a large organization with many community stakeholders both large and small,” said Philip Ramirez, chairman... Read More →
avatar for Mike Culbertson

Mike Culbertson

COO, CC Regional Economic Development Corporation
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Leah Olivarri

Board Member for Type A/B Boards, City of Corpus Christi
avatar for Bob Paulison

Bob Paulison

Executive Director, Port Industries of Corpus Christi
Bob is the Executive Director of Port Industries of Corpus Christi, a regional trade association of 16 large industrial companies. Members include the Port of Corpus Christi, as well as, refiners, chemical and bulk material manufactures, rig fabricators, energy providers, and supporting... Read More →


2:00pm

How to Leverage Community to Increase Your Freelance Business Income
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered how other freelance business owners are able to work more and network less?_x000D_
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It's true, it can happen. It takes Community, a real, engaged group of freelance businesses that trust and understand the power they have when working together._x000D_
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I want to show you how an online platform could potentially change how you get, and give, work to increase your profits.

Speakers
avatar for Ana  Varela

Ana Varela

Ana Varela holds degrees in International Studies and Chinese Studies from Long Beach State. Ana lived in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Taipei before moving to Corpus Christi in 2017 where she has worked at a domestic violence shelter, as a paralegal at a non-profit immigration law... Read More →


3:00pm

Does your business need a custom built Mobile App
Limited Capacity seats available

How to built a mobile app for a start up or existing business. Designing a wire frame first to show proof of concept.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Marjy

Edward Marjy

Freelance Software Engineer
Edward Marjy is a freelance software engineer located in Corpus Christi. Develop and deploy mobile apps for Apple iOS and AppleWatch.Projection Mapping design for live art events.