After a thorough review of the many submissions, we’ve been able to select a second round of speakers for FinCon12. I’m excited to have these folks on board for the conference. Their presentations, panels, and workshops (yes, workshops!) are going to provide great value to the community over the weekend.
Laura Adams – Laura is host of the Money Girl podcast, a top-10 business show on iTunes with over 500,000 downloads per month that she writes and produces each week. She is also the author of Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich (St. Martin’s Press) which won the 2011 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award. Laura is also a personal finance blogger, contributor, freelance writer, and MBA who is frequently quoted as an expert and featured in media like FOX News, HuffPost Money, USA Today, US News & World Report, Time, Consumer Reports, and All You Magazine.
Shannyn Allan – Shannyn started out blogging on Frugalbeautiful.com but has since expanded to TheFrugalPreneur.com and BeautifulGiveaways.com to capture her various interests. She has been notoriously dubbed “The Giveaway Queen,” and will be speaking this year on how to partner up with companies for sponsorships, reviews and giveaways without selling your soul (and have a lot of fun getting free stuff!).
Andrea Amir – Andrea is the President of SmartMoneyChicks.com, a financial coaching and education company teaching women and business owners how to make personal finance and small business rewarding, manageable, and profitable. She is also the Founder of Worth It! The Money Conference for Women and Organizer of the largest Meetup group on the topic of Women’s Personal Finance in the Region. Andrea has over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry including positions as a Mortgage Banker and Certified Financial Educator.
Rob Bennett – Rob writes the “A Rich Life” blog. He developed the Valuation-Informed Indexing investing strategy, which updates the Buy-and-Hold strategy to reflect the research of Yale Economics Professor Robert Shiller. The new strategy calls for investors to increase their stock allocations when valuations are low and to decrease them when valuations are high. The academic research shows that Rob’s approach would permit millions of middle-class people to earn far higher returns while taking on dramatically reduced risk. Rob believes that the Personal Finance Blogosphere can repeat in the investing realm the huge success it has had promoting effective saving and frugality strategies.
Will Chen – Will is the co-founder and marketing director for the award-winning blog Wise Bread and the Top Personal Finance Blogs Chart—a leaderboard that showcases the best personal finance blogs. He has shared his blog marketing experience at conferences such as SXSW, Blog World EXPO, and the New York Times Small Business Summit; his blogging and business insights have also been featured and quoted by Forbes, USA Today, Nielsen’s Media, among others. In his free time Will enjoys sharing viral news on social media sites such as Reddit and Digg (where he was a top 30 contributor).
Ben Edwards – Ben has been addicted to personal finance since he was 12 years old. After asking for shares of Wal-Mart stock for birthday gifts as a kid, it was inevitable he’d end up running the personal finance site Money Smart Life. Ben’s a software engineer by day and a money nut by night, so Money Smart Life turned out to be the perfect place to share his personal finance adventures and work his programming magic behind the scenes.
Tracie Fobes, mom to 3 kids ( ages 3 – 8 ) is the Mom behind Penny Pinchin’ Mom. She and her husband began their journey to financial independence in November 2007. Together with her husband, they eradicated more than $37,000 in debt in 27 months. As she began paying down their debts, she found ways to save money and began to share her tips with family and friends. After much encouragement, she branched out and started her website to help families save on everything from groceries to tires. Not only does she share money saving tips, she helps her readers learn how they can eliminate their own debt through her annual Debt Free Challenge. In just 15 months, her readers have eliminated more than $350,000 in debt. Not only does she share her money saving tips on her site, but she is featured weekly on her local CBS affiliate in Kansas City.
Donna Freedman – Donna is an award-winning journalist who writes MSN Money’s frugality/intentional living site, Frugal Cool. She is also a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly and has her own site, Surviving and Thriving. She has been a college dropout, a single mom, a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Alaska, and a late-in-life university student. She has also picked tomatoes, worked on a chicken farm, managed an apartment building, inspected and packed bottles in a glass factory, babysat, cleaned houses, mystery-shopped, set type, and sold doughnuts, movie tickets, fresh Jersey produce and, when things got bad, her own blood. Donna has freelanced for numerous magazines and newspapers. Her work has won awards from organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Association for Women in Communications and the Society of American Travel Writers.
Greg Go – Greg is the co-founder and CTO of Wise Bread and its industry-leading Top Personal Finance Blog Chart. His team develops and implements technical solutions in support of Wise Bread’s mission. Greg served as the About.com Guide to Online Business in ‘07-08, covering e-commerce, SEM/SEO, and social media. His business insights have been featured by US News and World Report, MSN, Web Pro News, and Blogworld Expo. Prior to Wise Bread, Greg was a systems administrator for two-time Academy-Award winning visual effects firm Rhythm & Hues Studios (LOTR, X-Men, Narnia). For fun, Greg practices “financially responsible gambling”. Ask him what it’s like to make a World Series of Poker final table.
Ryan Guina – Ryan d Expo, and has appeared on CNN, ABC News, and KGO.
David Weliver – David founded Money Under 30 in 2006 at the age of 25 as he struggled to conquer post-college debt on entry level paychecks. Today, Money Under 30 helps over 150,000 monthly readers jump start their financial lives with free resources like Richer By The Week, a five-day workbook designed to uncover users’ values and prioritize financial goals accordingly.
Kelly Whalen – Kelly is the author of The Centsible Life, a blog designed to help you live the life of your dreams on a budget. She started her blog 4 years ago, and has since become both a well known mom blogger and a respected voice in the personal finance realm. Kelly and her blog have been featured on The Today Show, local networks in Philadelphia, and she has been featured in magazines and print in both national and local publications including Money magazine, Kiplinger’s, and Women’s Day. Kelly is a mom to 4, and loves that she can stay at home with her kids, and still pursue her passions for writing, personal finance, and social media. Kelly is also a founding member of the Splash Creative Media team, a digital marketing agency.
Jim Yih – Jim Yih is a successful entrepreneur that started in the financial industry 20 years ago as an investment marketing manager for one of the biggest insurance companies in Canada. He quickly realized he did not like the bureaucracy of a large company and followed his entrepreneurial spirit by starting a retirement planning practice. He grew this practice to over $100 million in assets in 10 years and sold the business in 2007 at the age of 37. Today Jim is busy applying his strong business principles by growing new businesses to new successes including his Retire Happy Blog, which was recently awarded the distinction of being the BEST Personal Finance Blog in Canada by the Globe and Mail. Jim believes that the principles of business success are universal to any business and is showing this to be true with his blogging endeavors. Jim is excited to share with you his insights on growing a business to success.
Jim Wang – Jim is the creator of Bargaineering.com, a personal finance site that he created in 2005 to help him navigate the confusing and complex world of personal finance.
Again, I’m so excited to have these fine people on-board. We will select a third and final round of speakers within the week.