The overall goal of Freelance Business Week is to reach and support the growth of freelance business owners where they are, in their local communities. We believe every freelancer needs strategic partners they can collaborate with, peers to brainstorm solutions and friends that understand the ups and downs of a one-person professional business owner.
The #FBW founder, Emily Leach, learned through her experience building the largest local-focused freelance community in the U.S. and building a worldwide conference that freelance business owners are more successful with community. Local and nationwide connections can change the dynamic of your business.
#FBW is designed to facilitate connections, growth, skills and celebration of the work you are doing as a freelance business.
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the center of Canada’s oil industry.
However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo, and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented here
City Organizer // Calgary, Alberta CA
Michelle Forsyth is a productivity coach and an author coach. She teaches her clients how to get back time in their day and finish their projects, whether they are writing their authority book, creating a course, or simply managing their business without feeling overwhelmed.
She focuses on accountability, organizing, prioritization, and more so her clients feel confident that they know what to do and when to do it.
Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings.
Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.
City Organizer // DENVER, COLORADO
Helping people has been my passion as long as I can remember. It started with me being a big sister and helping (bossing) my younger brothers around. My professional career started in healthcare as a Medical Assistant while I tried to figure out what I REALLY wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I didn’t want to be the “Boss”, but I knew I wanted a position that impacted the bottom line. Not just financially, but from a customer experience perspective.
After the birth of my fourth child (oh… did I mention I am a mommy of 4?!) I realized I wanted a flexible schedule that allowed me to enjoy the first year at home and still generate income. Just like that Creative PlanHer was born!
As a virtual assistant, I strive to make every phone call, email, special event, and face-to-face interaction memorable by making customers smile! Taking the monotonous, but necessary tasks off your plate, so you can focus on scaling your business, is my goal!
Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex.
The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.
Kami Huyse, APR
City Organizer // Houston, Texas
Kami Huyse, APR
Kami Huyse, APR, is a public relations professional, speaker and author who helps organizations attract their ideal clients and customers and get measurable results with social media and digital marketing.
As CEO of Zoetica, she has worked with some of the top brands in the world, including Google, SeaWorld, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Red Cross, Lady Gaga, and more, to tap into the power of online communities for good.
She is also a co-founder of the Social Media Breakfast of Houston and the online training course Smart Social Secrets, where she helps business owners and communicators attract their ideal clients and customers and monetize their social media presence. She serves on the PRSA National Social Media Ethics Committee.
Miami is known as ‘The Magic City’. Those who dare to live in this coastal urban swamp know that the magic goes far beyond the location, the beaches, or the nightlife:
It’s a city built on immigrant hustle, strong coffee, and cosmopolitan creativity, all made possible by its strategic location, emerging entrepreneurship ecosystems, and global connections to Latin America and beyond.
Come for the beaches, stay for the sunshine, and live for the bustling mosaic of culture and industry.
City Organizer // MIAMI, FLORIDA
The future is the human cloud, and Matthew leads the ethical adoption of this digital and remote model of work that over half the US workforce will transition to within the next five years.
Matthew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Venture L, the leading platform for freelancers to run their business, author of #1 New Release The Human Cloud, published by HarperCollins Leadership in 2021, and Forbes contributor on leadership in the freelance economy.
Matthew has led and transformed today’s leading companies. At Microsoft, in joint partnership with Upwork, he led the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit – the unlock for enterprises to embrace the human cloud at scale – bringing Microsoft from nascent to an industry leader in under two years. At Gigster, he built Ideation – a service that used freelance developers, data scientists, and product managers to consistently generate what should be built in the software development lifecycle. At Georgia Tech, he helped develop the entrepreneurship curriculum and guest lectures.
Matthew is a recognized voice for leadership teams, public investors, and media. He’s been ranked one of the top 50 remote experts to follow, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, and industry leading publications like Tech Republic, SHRM, and Recruiting Daily. He is an international keynote speaker, speaking at Remote Work Summit, YPO’s Innovation Week, and Work Rebooted to name a few.
The Tampa Bay area is at the heart of Florida’s Gulf coast, from blue skies and sunshine to a sparkling waterfront, world-class chefs, family fun, and a century of Cuban culture. We are a champion sports town, with our Lightning bringing home the 2020 Stanley Cup, the Buccaneers winning Super Bowl LV in their hometown, and the American League champion Rays playing in the World Series.
Tampa Bay is truly Florida’s most diverse travel destination, where our hospitality – both in-person and online – is as warm as our weather.
kevin bakewell, apr
City Organizer // Tampa, Florida
kevin bakewell, apr
Kevin Bakewell, Principal of Bakewell Public Relations LLC, is passionate about supporting nonprofits and his profession – passions that evolved during his 45-year career at AAA and which have guided his focus since retiring as AAA’s senior vice president and chief public information officer and becoming a freelance public relations practitioner.
Kevin is nationally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and current chair of its Independent Practitioners Alliance Section. He is board chair of the statewide nonprofit, Preserve Vision Florida; board member and Communications Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tampa Bay Chapter; executive committee member and former president of Suncoast Safety Council; and through his d/b/a PR4nonprofits (www.pr4np.com) will soon be launching a suite of NPO-affordable services designed to help nonprofits leverage the power of public relations and strategic communications to support their missions.
A native of St. Petersburg, Kevin and Debbie, his wife of 43 years, have three grown children, four grandchildren, and reside in Clearwater, Florida.
Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia.
It’s defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s 3 branches: the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It’s also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
City Organizer // Washington DC
Angela Long is a strategic idea generator and execution leader driving teams while making a real difference for brands and organizations. She specializes in creating data-driven strategies and integrated marketing, communications and experiential programs across the entire customer journey to drive growth for B2B, B2C and non-profits.
Angela is currently CMO of Unmistakable Creative, a media platform for creatives and other misfits, and Project Director for The Department, a marketing and brand communications company. She was previously Brand Experience Officer for the American Marketing Association – Washington, DC (AMADC) where she created and implemented the overall marketing plan for the chapter and came up with innovative ways to deliver the “AMADC experience.”
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