Establishment is out. Experience is in.
Standing firm at the epicenter of this evolution is FinCon – the world’s largest Financial Content Expo – helping hundreds reach millions with a positive money message.
September 21st-24th, 2016
Four days of discovery, business, learning, and connecting with your peers. Begins Wednesday evening with a welcome reception.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel/Marina
All conference events on-site at this relaxing hotel – your gateway to the sights, sounds, and experiences that San Diego has to offer.
FinCon: Where Money and Media Meet
On September 21-24, 2016 an energetic community of money media nerds will descend on San Diego, CA for a weekend of connecting and learning. Will you be there?
Attendees connect with others in the community, learn to create, promote, and profit from compelling online content, and discover new trends in personal finance and investing.
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What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn how to craft compelling money-related digital content for your blog, social accounts, podcast, and video channel – part of this process is learning what’s current in personal finance, deals, and investing.
You’ll learn how to establish your online platform. You’ll also learn to get your quality content in front of more of the right people using the latest in marketing, branding, networking, SEO, and community-building best practices.
You’ll learn from the proven experts exactly how to earn money by freelancing, pairing your content with relevant advertising, leveraging your influence, and creating your own products and services.
2016 Keynote Speaker
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and site, ClarkHoward.com, show you ways to keep money in your pocket.
As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author of ten books, the Atlanta-based “consumer champion” is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life.
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income
Natalie Sisson, Suitcase Entrepreneur
Lauren Young, Reuters
Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.com
Kathy Kristoff, Kiplinger / CBS News
Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View
Grant Baldwin, The Speaker Lab
Liz Weston, NerdWallet
Jordan Harbinger, The Art of Charm
Jennifer Barrett, Grow (from Acorns)
Michael Stelzner, Social Media Examiner
Stacy Johnson, Money Talks News
Mary Beth Franklin, Investment News
Michael O'Neal, The Solopreneur Hour
Zac Johnson, ZacJohnson.com
Paula Pant, Afford Anything
Bob Lotich, EfficientBlogging.com
Korrena Bailie, Credit Karma
Jim Wang, Wallet Hacks
Laurence Kotlikoff, Economic Security Planning, Inc.
Catherine Alford, CatherineAlford.com
Tonya Rapley, My Fab Finance
Stefanie O'Connell, StefanieOConnell.com
Zina Kumok, Debt Free After Three
Matthew Schulz, CreditCards.com
Toni Anderson, Digital CoLab
Amanda Abella, AmandaAbella.com
Tabitha Philen, MeetPenny.com
Emily Guy Birken, EmilyGuyBirken.com
Miranda Marquit, Planting Money Seeds
Jana Lynch, JanaSays.com
Jason Steele, Freelance
Victoria Araj, Quicken Loans Zing Blog
LaTisha Styles, LaTishaStyles.com
Scott Alan Turner, ScottAlanTurner.com
Philip Taylor, PT Money
Pat Flynn, Smart Passive IncomePat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com has grown over the recent years to become one of the most popular personalities in the online world in and around the space of entrepreneurship, podcasting, blogging and online business. His podcasts have accumulated over 18 million downloads, and he's been a sought after speaker for his mix of energy and passion with incredibly useful and no-nonsense content. He's been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and the New York Times, and considers FINCON to be his all-time favorite conference that he attends. He spoke at FINCON13 in St. Louis as our opening keynote speaker, and he'll be back again to deliver amazing content, but also be seen amongst the crowd as he's known to just be incredibly accessibly and friendly to everyone.
Natalie Sisson, Suitcase EntrepreneurNatalie Sisson is No #1 bestselling author, podcaster, speaker and adventurer who believes everybody has the right to choose freedom in business and adventure in life. She’s on a mission to ensure 1,000,000+ entrepreneurs do just that by 2020 over at the SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com. Born in New Zealand Natalie’s built her multiple six figure business from her laptop over the last 6 years while living out of her suitcase, traveling to 69 countries and showing others how to build a profitable online freedom business that supports their ideal lifestyle through her definitive Freedom Plan program.
Lauren Young, ReutersLauren Young is the Money editor at where she is developing personal finance, wealth management and investing coverage for professional and consumer audiences. She previously worked at BusinessWeek, covering all aspects of personal finance. Before joining BusinessWeek, Young had a similar beat as a senior writer at SmartMoney. She also wrote about mutual funds and capital markets for Dow Jones News, where she a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Young, who once appeared on all three major network morning talk shows during the same week, hosts an online video series for Reuters.com called “Money Clip.” She is a frequent guest on media outlets such as NPR, BBC, CNN, MSNBC and YahooFinance. Young is a recipient of the Investment Company Institute’s Award for Excellence in Personal Finance Journalism. She is an honors graduate of Penn State University and received her masters in journalism from Northwestern University. Although she served as the president of the Medill Club of New York City and was awarded the Northwestern University Alumni Association Service Award, she is a die-hard Nittany Lions fan. Young serves on the boards of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, Penn State Hillel as well as the Deadline Club of New York City and is a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York.
Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.comA serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing. Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hits shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.
Kathy Kristoff, Kiplinger / CBS NewsKathy Kristof is an award-winning personal finance writer and columnist, whose work appears at CBSnews.com, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Financial Planning and other venues. She's the author of three books, including "Investing 101" and was once a Jeopardy question. Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991. (Hint: Who was Sylvia Porter).
Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye ViewMichael Kitces is a Partner and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm located in Columbia, Maryland that oversees approximately $1.4 billion of client assets. In addition, he is a co-founder of the XY Planning Network, the practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.
Grant Baldwin, The Speaker LabGrant Baldwin is a nationally known keynote speaker, podcaster, author and entrepreneur. He has delivered hundreds of presentations to over 400,000 people through conferences, conventions and other events. He is the founder of The Speaker Lab, a podcast and community for speakers and those interested in speaking. He’s married to his high school sweetheart and together they live Nashville in a Barbie dream house with 3 little girls.
Liz Weston, NerdWalletLiz is a columnist for NerdWallet, and an award-winning personal finance writer who has authored several books about money, including the best-seller "Your Credit Score." Her weekly syndicated Q&A column, which appears in the Los Angeles Times and other papers, gives straight, clear answers to the money problems Americans face.
Jordan Harbinger, The Art of CharmJordan Harbinger is the co-founder of The Art of Charm and host of The Art of Charm Podcast, one of the most popular podcasts in the world with over 2 million downloads every month. The Art of Charm has been covered by Forbes, NPR, the Today Show, Esquire Magazine, Saturday Night Live and MSNBC. A former Wall Street attorney, Jordan has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks 5 languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He’ll tell you; the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.
Jennifer Barrett, Grow (from Acorns)Coming soon.
Michael Stelzner, Social Media ExaminerMichael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers and the man behind large events, such as Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. He is also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society and host of the weekly Morning Social Media TALK show.
Stacy Johnson, Money Talks NewsI'm the CEO of Money Talks News, one of the most highly trafficked PF blogs. Our video appears on 70+ network TV affiliates nationwide, as well as on Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other major portals.
Mary Beth Franklin, Investment NewsMary Beth Franklin is a lifelong journalist who recently became a Certified Financial Planner in her quest to deliver the best information and insights into the evolving world of retirement income planning. She specializes in Social Security claiming strategies, Medicare and tax-efficient withdrawals. Her audience consists of both financial professionals and consumers.
Michael O'Neal, The Solopreneur HourBorn in Toledo Ohio and a current resident of San Diego, Michael O’Neal’s grammar school report cards always read: “Doesn’t live up to his potential” and “Talks too much." One of those pieces of feedback would come in handy, as he is now the founder and host of the award-winning and much acclaimed business and entertainment podcast, "The Solopreneur Hour" The show has garnered over 8 million downloads since Aug. 2013 and features lively and highly engaging conversations between Michael and his various (and often much sought-after) guests, who share remarkable stories, advice and practical tips for an audience that badges itself as "proudly unemployable". With an extensive professional background and formal education in social media, branding, web and print design, network marketing, and internet marketing, Michael's own personal journey that led to the launch of this particular podcast started with the untimely and back-to-back loss of his parents, a transformational trip throughout Europe as part of his grieving process, and the creation and production of another high-profile podcast focused on personal transformation called "The KickAss Life." Professional drummer, car racer, competitive racquetball player, and former expert mountain bike racer with a penchant for stand up comedy, Michael likes to get out and live the solopreneur life of time freedom, location freedom, and financial freedom.
Zac Johnson, ZacJohnson.comAt the age of 15, Zac Johnson began making money online designing website banners for $1 each. A self-taught entrepreneur, Zac’s been making money online for almost 20 years and has been involved in nearly every facet of affiliate and online marketing. One of Zac’s many successes includes his story of “How I Made $860,538.38 Profit in 4 Months!” from one website. Zac continues to focus on his blog, where he provides readers with firsthand accounts of his experiences, successes & failures. In addition to his own success stories, Zac reviews affiliate networks and informs readers how & where they should be making new money. Zac’s social reach and site traffic is now over 100,000 strong and has referred over $5,000,000 in new business to his advertisers and network partners. Zac’s latest projects are his podcast, titled “Rise of the Entrepreneur” and his blog training course at Blogging.org.
Paula Pant, Afford AnythingPaula Pant is the founder of Afford Anything, a popular website at the intersection between building wealth and living your best life. Afford Anything covers investing, financial freedom, passive income through real estate, and general money-savvy. Pant has been featured in more than four dozen publications, including Forbes, US News, DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Redbook, Kiplinger, Lifehacker and more.
Bob Lotich, EfficientBlogging.comBob has been blogging professionally for 8 years and his writing and advice has been featured in Men's Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and many others. His first book "How to Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog" is an Amazon #1 Best seller and has helped thousands of aspiring bloggers get their blogs off the ground. When he isn't blogging he is hanging with his wife and 2 year old, playing guitar, eating fine dark chocolate, and riding his motorcycle - all at the same time. To get his book for free visit EfficientBlogging.com.
Korrena Bailie, Credit KarmaKorrena Bailie is managing editor at Credit Karma, and formerly at Bankrate Insurance. She's passionate about making personal finance content accessible, simple, relatable and even fun for readers. She's all about words; she has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Creative Writing and can play a mean game of Scrabble.
Jim Wang, Wallet HacksJim Wang is the founder of Wallet Hacks, a personal finance blog that shares his unconventional strategies for getting ahead financially, and Kasai Media, a social influencer network. He previously founded Bargaineering.
Laurence Kotlikoff, Economic Security Planning, Inc.Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Fiscal Analysis Center. Professor Kotlikoff is a NY Times Best Selling author and an active columnist. His columns and blogs have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post and other major publications. In addition, he is a frequent guest on major television and radio stations. In 2014, he was named by The Economist as one of the world's 25 most influential economists. In 2015 he was name one of the 50 most influential people in Aging by Next Avenue.
Catherine Alford, CatherineAlford.comCatherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like Yahoo Finance, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider and many more. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Huffington Post Live, Mint, and The Work at Home Woman and is a sought after speaker on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship. She is also the founder of www.BudgetBlonde.com, an award winning personal finance blog that she created in 2010 and the innovator behind the web’s most comprehensive course on how to Get Paid to Write for Blogs. As a self employed entrepreneur and the mother to boy/girl twin toddlers, she lives the messages she teaches each and every day.
Tonya Rapley, My Fab FinanceTonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise magazine. She is a Certified Financial Educator and founder of MyFabFinance, where she is on a mission to help women break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.
Stefanie O'Connell, StefanieOConnell.comStefanie O’Connell is a financial expert, Gen Y advocate, speaker and author of the recently released book, “The Broke and Beautiful Life.” Dedicated to helping young adults achieve financial greatness, Stefanie has been nicknamed the Mindy Kaling of personal finance by The Greenwich Times. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Yahoo!Finance, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News and ABC World News. She also works with universities, leading financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, sharing her fresh and timely advice with their audiences.
Zina Kumok, Debt Free After ThreeZina Kumok is a personal finance freelance writer. She's written for the AP, GoBanking Rates and DailyWorth. A former reporter, she's covered everything from murder trials to the Final Four. She writes a blog about paying off her student loans at Debt Free After Three. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her husband Sam and playing with her dog, Lyra.
Matthew Schulz, CreditCards.comMatt Schulz is Senior Industry Analyst for CreditCards.com and a contributing writer for USNews.com's My Money Blog. He has also had his posts featured in the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, Daily Finance, Business Insider and many other publications. Prior to his current role at CreditCards.com, he has led online editorial teams for an investing website, a college sports website, two TV stations and a newspaper. He has a Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Toni Anderson, Digital CoLabHaving run Pinterest advertising campaigns for multi-million dollar companies such as Savings.com and working with brands such as Kraft, Musselmans, Smuckers and Arm & Hammer, today Toni runs her own media company and ecommerce store.
Amanda Abella, AmandaAbella.comAmanda Abella is a millennial personal finance and entrepreneurship blogger. She is also the Amazon best-selling author of Make Money Your Honey. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and more.
Tabitha Philen, MeetPenny.comTabitha Philen, founder of the Inspired Bloggers Network, devotes herself to mentoring and encouraging thousands of bloggers with her visionary ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. Considered a well-rounded expert on blogging for profit and social media, Tabitha shares comprehensive tutorials daily on Periscope and at InspiredBloggersUniversity.com. Dedicated to seeing other people learn from her mistakes, Tabitha also blogs about her frugal family lifestyle at MeetPenny.com and budget-friendly recipes at FrugalFamilyFavorites.com.
Emily Guy Birken, EmilyGuyBirken.comEmily Guy Birken is the author of the bestseller The Five Years Before You Retire and the forthcoming Choose Your Retirement. She is a former educator, and that background allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. Her work has appeared on the sites PTMoney, Wise Bread, Money Ning, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Miranda Marquit, Planting Money SeedsMiranda has years of experience as a freelance journalist, including 10 years in the personal finance space. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, online and offline, and she has been a guest on NPR's Morning Edition and on Marketplace. Miranda has also worked with numerous brands, is on the Executive Committee for the Plutus Awards, and is the author of Confessions of a Professional Blogger.
Jana Lynch, JanaSays.comJana is a books and lifestyle blogger, author advocate, publishing industry employee, and avid reader. She believes authors are rock stars and all books fill a need and have a place.
Jason Steele, FreelanceJason Steele is a full-time freelance writer specializing in credit cards and award travel. Jason's work is featured by Credit.com, Wise Bread, CompareCards, Low Cards, Lending Tree, and other top personal finance outlets. In addition, his posts are regularly syndicated by mainstream outlets such as MSN Money and Yahoo! Finance.
Victoria Araj, Quicken Loans Zing BlogVictoria Araj leads the Quicken Loans Zing Blog and held roles in mortgage banking, public relations and more in her 11+ years with the company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in political science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan. She also manages the Opportunity Detroit blog, highlighting the work, live and play resurgence of the Motor City. She has been a guest speaker at New Media Expo and FinCon. Her content has appeared on many sites including Allstate, HomeInsurance.com, Military.com, Scotsman Guide and MoneyTips. She can be reached at (313) 373-3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit QuickenLoans.com/Blog for more information.
LaTisha Styles, LaTishaStyles.comLaTisha “Tish” Styles is a nationally recognized millennial personal finance expert. Through her coaching programs and signature Financial Success ToolkitTM, LaTisha motivates young professionals and emerging entrepreneurs helping them to budget, invest, and achieve success. She has been has been featured in The Economist, quoted in Forbes, and mentioned in U.S. News and World Report as a top personal finance expert to follow on Twitter.
Scott Alan Turner, ScottAlanTurner.comScott Alan Turner is an entrepreneur and 16-year online business veteran who has started eight online companies. He’s built multiple 7-figure per year online stores which have generated $12.5 million in product sales (online courses, online training, live webinars, e-books, printed books). At the core of every business were the websites he designed and built himself. He now teaches people about personal finance with his Financial Rock Star podcast which hit #1 in iTunes New & Noteworthy 48-hours after launching, and was downloaded 30,000 times in the first two months.
Philip Taylor, PT MoneyPhilip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, husband and father of three. He created PT Money back in 2007 to share his thoughts on money and to meet others passionate about managing their finances. He got rid of debt, learned to live lean, saved a bunch of money, and eventually was able to leave his unsatisfying corporate career and pursue his entrepreneurial ventures full-time. Philip’s advice: fix your finances so that they aren’t a burden in your life, and then build the life you want: whether it’s traveling more, early retirement, staying at home with your kids, or building a business like he did. Philip is also the founder of FinCon, the annual conference for the financial media community.