Processes & Details

Previous Speakers

2021: Jaspreet Singh, Vanessa Van Edwards

2019: Ramit Sethi, Sharon Epperson

2018: Chris Hogan, Jean Chatzky, Rachel Cruze

2017: Darren Rowse, David Bach, Nicole Walters

2016: Clark Howard, Kim Garst, Noah Kagan

2015: Grant Baldwin, Tess Vigeland, Kabir Sehgal, Daniel Crosby

2014: Chris Ducker, Farnoosh Torabi, Jeff Goins

2013: Derek Halpern, Pat Flynn, Jean Chatzky

2012: Adam Baker, Liz Weston 

2011: JD Roth, Pat Flynn, Ramit Sethi

Previous Big Idea Presenters

short, powerful talks by key community influencers

2022: Allison Baggerly, Anthony O’Neal, Bernadette Joy, Bobbi Rebell, Chris Browning, Clark Howard, Delyanne Barros, Lauren Greutman, Patrice Washington, Pete McPherson, Rich Jones, Rob Berger, Sharita M. Humphrey, Yanely Espinal

2021: Jamila Souffrant, Julien & Kiersten Saunders

2020: Allison Baggerly, Andy Hill, Brian Jung, Carter Cofield, Catherine Alford, Chris Browning, Chris Peach, Daniella Flores, David & John Auten-Schneider, Elle Martinez, Ericka Williams, Erika Kullberg, Jason Brown, Joe Saul-Sehy, Justine Nelson, Lacey Langford, LaTisha Styles, Logan Allec, Michelle Black, Monica Louie, Nick True, Paula Pant, Rich Jones, Tai & Talaat McNeely, Tanja Hester, Teri Ijeoma

2019: Catherine Alford, Tanja Hester 

2018: Emma Johnson, Joe Saul-Sehy, Joshua Becker, Stefanie O’Connell,  Tai and Talaat McNeely

2017: Chris Guilbeau, Erin Chase, Kyle Taylor, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Paula Pant

2016: Jean Chatzky, Jeff Rose, Pat Flynn, Patrice Washington, Tiffany Aliche



FinCon is an exceptional event for personal finance speakers and creators, emphasizing genuine community engagement over mere presentations. 

We value speakers who are, or closely relate to, our community members, aiming to inspire and share insights. Our focus is on fostering connections within the FinCon Community rather than highlighting “stars” on stage. We’re not about creating “kings and queens” but rather about nurturing a supportive environment. 

Unlike typical corporate events, FinCon operates on a modest budget, supporting two full-time positions while offering affordable access. This approach influences our speaker compensation, aligning with our community-centric ethos.



Each year, we brainstorm a short list of 5-10 personal finance speakers to approach. Ideas usually come from community input via the Community, surveys in the Facebook group, other events and individual recommendations, upcoming book releases, personal preferences from the team, and old and new industry leaders.

We prioritize speakers based on alignment with our philosophy, ability to bring a message that our community needs to hear, his/her demographics compared to our community’s demographics, including sex and ethnicity, and the ability to garner event pass sales.


We have more to offer speakers than just monetary compensation. We often offer to buy and distribute books, make media connections, include an exhibitor booth, and/or provide specialty services such as video and design services, partner on events and more. Compensation packages can both benefit event attendees (free books!) and help us financially.

In the ten years of FinCon events, our highest total speaker budget for a single year’s event was $27,000. That total amount included compensation for all of the main stage speakers for that event.



Each year hundreds of people submit speaker proposals for breakout sessions. Submissions are evaluated and selected by a Speaker Selection Committee, which is a different group of people each year. The committee consists of a diverse group of FinCon Community members with expertise in a variety of content creation platforms (blogging, podcasting, YouTube, advisors, freelancing, etc) and niches within the Personal Finance space.

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