All #FinCon18 Speakers: Keynotes, Breakouts, Workshops ⋆ [FinCon]

#FinCon18 Speakers

We’re bringing together 200+ of the best digital content creators and experts in personal finance and investing to help you learn in a variety of formats. Get ready for inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions, and panels with real takeaways. Plus, expert roundtables and one-on-one mentoring, where you’ll be able to get those specific questions answered.

#FinCon18 Keynotes

Radio, TV, & YouTube Personality

RACHEL CRUZE

As a #1 New York Times best-selling author and seasoned communicator, Rachel Cruze helps Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She’s authored three best-selling books, including Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids.
The daughter of Dave Ramsey, she uses the knowledge and experiences from growing up in the Ramsey household to educate others. She’s the host of The Rachel Cruze Show, which is available on Facebook and YouTube. You can follow Cruze on Twitter and Instagram at @RachelCruze and online at rachelcruze.com, youtube.com/rachelcruze or facebook.com/rachelramseycruze.
We’re excited to announce that Rachel Cruze will be the Opening Keynote, speaking on Wednesday, September 26.

AARP Ambassador, TV Personality, & Podcaster

JEAN CHATZKY

Jean Chatzky is the TODAY show financial editor, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and host of the podcast HerMoney, with Jean Chatzky. As AARP’s Financial Ambassador, Jean writes a regular personal finance column for AARP The Magazine.

Jean’s latest book, AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, which she wrote with Dr. Michael Roizen, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestseller. In 2015, Jean teamed up with Time for Kids and The PwC Charitable Foundation to launch Your $, a financial literacy magazine reaching two million schoolchildren each month.

Jean Chatzky will represent our Presenting Sponsor AARP at #FinCon18 on the main stage on Wednesday evening.

Best-Selling Author, Podcaster, & Financial Coach

CHRIS HOGAN

Chris Hogan is a #1 national best-selling author, dynamic speaker and financial expert. For more than a decade, Hogan has served at Ramsey Solutions, spreading a message of hope to audiences across the country as a financial coach and Ramsey Personality. Hogan challenges and equips people to take control of their money and reach their financial goals, using The Chris Hogan Show, his national TV appearances, and live events across the nation.
His second book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—And How You Can Too releases January 2019 and is based on the largest study of net-worth millionaires ever conducted. You can follow Chris Hogan on Twitter and Instagram at@ChrisHogan360 and online at chrishogan360.com or facebook.com/chrishogan360.
Chris Hogan will be our Closing Keynote, speaking the evening of  Saturday, September 29th.

Talaat & Tai McNeely

Long time members of the FinCon community, Talaat and Tai McNeely of His and Her Money will be taking the stage as Big Idea speakers for #FinCon18! Talaat and Tai McNeely, “America’s #1 Money Couple,” are financial educators that are on a mission to get individuals and couples on the same page financially and to experience the joys of financial freedom. They are co-authors of Money Talks: The Ultimate Couple’s Guide to Communicating About Money, as well as hosts of the top rated podcast, The His and Her Money Show.

Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache will be returning to FinCon and joining us for a Big Ideas conversation on the main stage. Mr. Money Mustache—also known in real life as Pete Adeney—retired from tech work at age 30 in order to raise a family. Later, he started a blog to share the “how” and “why” of early retirement with the world.

Pete last spoke on FinCon’s main stage in 2012 when he shared about creating a cult of loyal readers. We’re thrilled he’s returning for #FinCon18 and to get to hear how his perspective has changed, what he thinks about the current state of the FI/RE movement, and more!

Emma Johnson

Long-time award-winning business journalist, Emma Johnson is founder of Wealthysinglemommy.com, host of Like a Mother on iTunes, and author of the bestseller The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin). She is a frequent (liberal) commentator on Fox & Friends, and has been featured in hundreds of outlets, including the NYT, WSJ, Oprah.com, U.S. News, MONEY, TIME, NPR, The Doctors and more. Emma frequently speaks on women and family issues, including the United Nations Gender Equality Summit. She is from Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her two children.

Joe Saul-Sehy

Joe is the co-host and creator of the Stacking Benjamins show, which has won two Plutus awards for Best Podcast and an Academy of Podcasters award for Best Business podcast. Kiplinger magazine also named Stacking Benjamins best podcast. Formerly a financial advisor with 16 years experience working with clients, he’s also worked in television and radio.

Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website read by millions around the world and named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites on the Internet. He is the WSJ best-selling author of The More of Less and Simplify. He is the co-Creator of Simplify Media, a publishing company producing digital magazines including Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine. He is also the Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing orphan care around the world.

Stefanie O'Connell

Stefanie O’Connell is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and author of the book, ‘The Broke and Beautiful Life’. Dubbed ‘a financial expert with a best friend’s voice’, Stefanie has appeared on CBS News, Fox & Friends, ABC World News and The Dr. Oz Show. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Glamour, SUCCESS magazine, Oprah Magazine and various other print and digital media outlets.

#FinCon18 Session Speakers

Speaker session titles are coming soon! Plus, one more round of session speakers to be announced in June.

Claudia Pennington
SEO Audit Guide
Claudia Pennington is a digital marketing consultant and trainer. With more than a decade’s worth of experience in online marketing, she has become an expert in search engine optimization, Google Analytics, and Google Tag Manager through her work with small and enterprise-level businesses. Claudia trains side hustlers, freelancers, and small business owners in the fundamentals of digital marketing and SEO. Claudia is committed to the success of small businesses and side hustlers everywhere!
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Dan Franks
Podcast Movement
Dan Franks is the co-founder and co-organizer of Podcast Movement, the world's largest conference and trade show for the podcast industry. He is a CPA, was formerly the Business Manager and Director of Live Events for Midroll Media, and spent his twenties traveling the world as a professional wrestler. When not running live events or jet setting in spandex, Dan spends his time with his family in beautiful Dallas, Texas.
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Darren Rowse
ProBlogger
Darren is the co-author of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, a practical guide to creating and marketing a profitable blog. He is also the founder of Problogger.com and Digital-Photography-School.com which are read by close to 5 million visitors per month. With over 8,000 articles, tips, tutorials, podcast episodes and case studies, Darren’s ProBlogger site has become a pivotal resource site for all things blogging.
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Gerri Detweiler
Nav
Gerri Detweiler has more than twenty years experience guiding individuals through the confusing world of credit, and had earned a reputation as a reliable resource on personal and small business credit. She’s answered more than 10,000 credit questions online and has been interviewed in more than 3000 news stories. She currently serves as Education Director for Nav, the first site to provide business owners with free business and personal credit scores along with simple tools to build strong business credit and financially healthy companies. Gerri wrote the first mass market book that explained FICO scores, and she has gone on to author or coauthor of five books. including Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track. Her articles have been widely syndicated. She hosted her own radio show for five years and testified before Congress on consumer credit legislation.
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Grant Baldwin
The Speaker Lab
Grant Baldwin is the founder of The Speaker Lab (www.TheSpeakerLab.com), a training resource for professional speakers. He is also a nationally known keynote speaker and expert communicator. As a speaker, Grant has given over one thousand live presentations and has spoken to over 500,000 people in 46 different states through leadership conferences, conventions, and other events. He also hosts 'The Speaker Lab' podcast which is listened to by thousands of speakers on a weekly basis. He lives in Nashville with his wife and three daughters.
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Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson Consulting / Thrifty Little Mom
Kim Anderson is the author of the traditionally published book Live, Save, Spend, Repeat. She is a blogger, podcaster and online content coach. She lives in NC with her YouTuber husband, twin toddler girls and 6 year old son!
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Liz Weston
NerdWallet
Liz is a NerdWallet Columnist and Certified Financial Planner® whose goal is to help you get smarter about money so you can get on with your life. She's the author of five books including the best-selling "Your Credit Score" and has appeared on a bunch of TV shows, including CNBC’s Power Lunch, Mornings with Maria on Fox Business, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show—and Dr. Phil, where she advised a would-be ghost hunter to get real about his finances.
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Nicole Walters
NicoleWalters.tv
By age 28, Nicole Walters was a highly-paid executive at a Fortune 500 company, managing multibillion dollar accounts. But something wasn’t right. “My job was feeding my family, but not my soul,” she says. So in YRTK, Nicole quit her corporate job to focus open her own private business and product development consulting firm, The Monetized Life. As her audience ramped up, so did her revenue—she made $11,000 in the first three weeks of working with small business clients full time. Now, when she’s not hanging out with her husband and their three foster kids, she shares her secrets to earning “passive income” with other entrepreneurs through her wildly popular online course, 1K1Day. “I teach people how to add commas to their bank accounts,” says Nicole. “They learn that they don’t have to trade time for money.”
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Paula Pant
Afford Anything
Paula Pant quit her 9-to-5 job to travel the globe, then built financial independence through real estate investing. Her website, Afford Anything, has grown to a community of more than 50,000 subscribers, and the Afford Anything podcast has enjoyed almost 3 million downloads since its launch in 2016. Both spread the idea that you can afford anything, but not everything.
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Robert Farrington
The College Investor
Robert Farrington is the founder of TheCollegeInvestor.com, a site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt and start investing and building wealth for the future.
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Tom Drake
MapleMoney
Tom Drake is the founder and owner of MapleMoney, which started as Canadian Finance Blog nearly a decade ago. Other sites under Drake Media Inc. include Retire Happy, Financial Highway, and Create Hype. Tom specializes in the technical side of blogging, from optimizing for SEO and monetization, to trying out the latest plugin or tool. He is a strong supporter of FinCon, having attended every year and being a three-time Plutus Award winner.
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Winnie Sun
CNBC FA Council Member, Forbes
Winnie is one of the most followed financial advisors on social media today. With more than 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, Winnie serves on the CNBC Financial Advisor Council, earned a spot on the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List, has been selected as Investment News' Twenty Women to Watch*, is frequent keynote and speaker at national events, appears on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Fox Business News, and Cheddar TV as a market commentator, is a regular contributor to Forbes, NerdWallet, Influencive, MoneyTips, ModernMom, Bloomberg’s AssetTV, is the host of TuneIn radio’s business podcast Renegade Millionaire. She has been quoted in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC, The New York Times, Yahoo! Finance, AOL Finance, HuffPost LIVE. She loves to spend weekends day-tripping all over Southern California with her husband and three young kids.
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Zac Johnson
Blogging.org
Zac Johnson has over 20 years of experience making money online, while also teaching thousands of students around the world how to do the same. He is the owner of several blogs and site properties (such as Blogging.org and ZacJohnson.com) where he teaches others how to make money online through affiliate marketing, blogging, lead generation and how to sell your expertise. Zac's site properties also rank at the top of Google for extremely competitive keywords like blog, blogging, blogger and more. Through his online courses and website tutorials, Zac has helped his audience earn millions of dollars, while also connecting business and brands of all sizes with new audiences and customers around the world.
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#FinCon18 Emcee: Bethany Bayless
The Money Millhouse
Bethany Bayless is a public speaker and professional emcee known for her unique comedic style and high-energy presentations. She has hosted 50+ conferences and events, including Heroes at Home Events, Military Influencers Conference, The Plutus Awards, and formal military balls. She is also Director of Communications for Heroes at Home, a non-profit organization that teaches financial education to military members on bases around the world. Bethany hosts the fun, upbeat podcast The Money Millhouse, where she and her co-host, Ellie Kay, have conversations about saving money, couples communication, spend plans, general frugality, super heroes, the Star Wars Universe, and more. Bethany and her husband, Travis, live in Southern California with their goldendoodle, London.
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Andy Wang
Runnymede Capital Management | Inspired Money
Andy Wang is a Managing Partner at Runnymede Capital Management and host of the Inspired Money Podcast. He has been named among the INVESTOPEDIA 100: Most Influential Advisors, Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors by Brightscope, and has appeared on Reuters TV, The Huffington Post, Barron's, and Forbes. Runnymede is a fee-only registered investment adviser (RIA) to captive insurance, pension funds, 401(k) plans, non-profits, and individuals. Andy is married, has three children, and can be periodically found performing Hawaiian guitar in the New York tri-state area.
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Belinda Rosenblum
OwnYourMoney.com
Belinda Rosenblum is a CPA and Wealth Expert who helps you take the worry and fear out of money. Most people struggle to stay ahead of their monthly bills… even if they’re earning good money. For over 11 years, Belinda and her company OwnYourMoney.com give you a 4-part plan that helps you make the most of your money now and still allows you to save enough for retirement. Belinda is the creator of the Money Makers Academy and the coauthor of SELF-WORTH TO NET WORTH: 12 Keys to Creating Wealth Inside and Out, both offering a step-by-step approach to help you build your financial self-esteem and manage your own financial life. If she’s not talking about financial freedom, Belinda is likely enjoying the sunshine and chasing after her marathon-running husband, college bound step-daughter, and 2 spirited toddlers. See what mindset or money skills you might even be missing at: www.ownyourmoney.com/quiz.
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Bobbi Rebell
Financial Grownup with Bobbi Rebell CFP® podcast
Bobbi Rebell is a Certified Financial Planner and host of the Financial Grownup podcast. The show features interviews with the top thought leaders in personal finance and other role models, sharing life-changing and inspiring money stories and advice. Guests have included Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, Author David Bach, Financial expert Jean Chatzky, and ABC news business anchor Rebecca Jarvis. The podcast also gives listeners actionable specific advice from Bobbi on how to integrate the lessons into their lives. Bobbi is the author of the best-selling self-help/personal finance book “ "How to Be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom,”. The book combines unique personal financial stories from inspirational leaders with targeted and relatable advice to help readers take charge of their money. Role Models include Tony Robbins, Kevin O’Leary, Cynthia Rowley, Jim Cramer, Drew Barrymore and Sallie Krawcheck. Bobbi and "Financial Grownup" have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, AARP Magazine, Cheddar, Fox News, Well + Good, Oprah.com, The NYPost, Redbook Magazine, Refinery 29, US News and World Report, the Tony Robbins blog, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, The Better Man Show, Stacking Benjamins, HerMoney with Jean Chatzky, So Money with Farnoosh Torabi, and countless other media outlets. She is also an award-winning TV anchor and personal finance columnist most recently at Thomson Reuters, the largest news organization in the world. Her business videos have been seen on hundreds of broadcast and online channels around the world, and her Reuters column on personal finance was syndicated to newspapers and websites worldwide. She was also previously a reporter at PBS (Nightly Business Report) and held various producer positions at CNN and CNBC. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University. She lives in NYC with her husband, 3 kids and her morkie Waffles.
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Casey Lewis
CaseyLewis.com
Casey Lewis is the owner of Adventure Year, a local real estate and personal finance education company that helps clients chase after fun adventures. His company provides residential real estate services to homeowners and trains real estate agents nationwide. The company also works with families and small businesses to help them reach their long term financial goals which include paying off debt, saving for emergencies, investing for retirement, planning for kids college, budgeting, and boosting their income. Casey lives in the DFW metroplex with his wife and two kids. He has written and self published 3 books on personal finance, hosts The Casey Lewis Podcast, contributed on numerous financial and career blogs, and primarily writes on his own website at CaseyLewis.com.
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Chelsea Fagan
The Financial Diet
Co-Founder and CEO of The Financial Diet
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Chenell Tull
Conversion Owl Marketing
Founder of Conversion Owl Marketing, an agency helping the personal finance community get found via search and social media. She has been working in digital marketing for 5+ years and is passionate about helping others build their own side hustles into full-time entrepreneurial ventures. Chenell writes about her own entrepreneurial journey over at hustletostartup.com.
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Chris Peach
Money Peach
Chris Peach started Money Peach in 2015 as a way to share his story of paying off $52k in only 7 months. In the beginning, it was just a tiny little blog that only his mom, wife, and a few friends would read. However, over the next few years, Money Peach would grow to include a blog, podcast, online courses, and speaking events. Money Peach has also been featured on sites like Huffington Post, Forbes, Business Insider, and CheddarTV as a valued resource to the personal finance world. Beyond Money Peach, you can find Chris riding on a firetruck in Phoenix, AZ as a full-time firefighter.
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David Rae, CFP
Financial Planner LA
David Rae, Certified Financial Planner® is the founder of DRM Wealth Management an independent Registered Investment Advisory. Over the past year David has made nearly 50 TV appearances on shows ranging from Bravo TV to NBC Nightly News to Nightly, Nightline, ABC, CBS and even Fox and Friends. He also regularly provides financial insights for publications ranging from Vogue, Time, The Advocate, Men’s Health as well as writing for FinancialPlannerLA.com blog. He specialty or working with friends of the LGBT community has help him build a diverse loyal clientele across the country. Now in his 16th year as a financial pro he always makes a point to stand out in the crowd. When not working you will like spot David on his bike. He has ridden from San Francisco to LA seven times as part of the Aids/LifeCycle raising money to fight HIV/AIDS. He lives in LA with his husband and their two chihuahuas.
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Deacon Hayes
Well Kept Wallet
Deacon Hayes is the founder of WellKeptWallet.com, a personal finance site dedicated to helping people make money, save money and pay off debt. He has been a contributor for the US News & World Report, Investopedia, Clark Howard and more.
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Devin Carroll
Social Security Intelligence
Devin Carroll is a financial advisor and the founder of SocialSecurityIntelligence.com. Additionally, he is the co-host of the Big Picture Retirement podcast.
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Ellie Kay
Heroes at Home
Ellie Kay is a best selling author of 15 books. a media veteran with 2800 interviews to her credit and a successful brand spokesperson. She's a mother of seven, married to a career fighter pilot and had 2000+ paid speaking events under her belt. She and co-host, Bethany Bayless, created a fun podcast called "The Money Millhouse." After achieving Financial Independence, Ellie founded Heroes at Home, a non-profit dedicated to providing free education to military members. Her work has impacted over one million military members and their families, helping them to become financially healthy.
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Eric Patrick
Black Market Exchange
Dr. Eric L. Patrick, PharmD, is a pediatric pharmacist with a passion for teaching others about money and how to make it. He started Black Market Exchange out of a need for financial literacy content that would be easy to understand as well as relatable. His unique style of blending hip-hop and money has helped grow his audience to tens of thousands as well as features in NBC News and Voyage Dallas. He loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and two daughters in Dallas, TX.
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Eric Roberge
Beyond Your Hammock
Eric Roberge is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and the founder of Beyond Your Hammock, a virtual financial planning firm that helps professionals in their 30s and 40s make mindful decisions with their money and strategically use their incomes to achieve financial freedom. Eric is one of Investopedia’s Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisors, Expertise.com ranked him as one of the Best Financial Advisors in Boston and Financial Advisor Magazine said he is one of the top 10 Young Advisors to Watch. He’s also a member of InvestmentNews’ exclusive 40 Under 40 class of 2016 and one of Wealth Management Magazine’s top 10 CFPs under 36. Eric writes for Forbes, Kiplinger, and MONEY Magazine and has shared his innovative financial planning and money management techniques in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and the Boston Globe.
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Grant Sabatier
Millennial Money
Devin Carroll is a financial advisor anGrant is the Founder of Millennial Money and author of the forthcoming book "All The Money You'll Ever Need" (Avery/Penguin/Random House) set to be released in January 2019. Dubbed "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, Grant Sabatier went from $2.26 to $1 million in 5 years through side hustling and investing. After reaching financial independence at the age of 30, Grant Founded MillennialMoney.com, where he writes about investing, personal finance, entrepreneurship and co-hosts the Millennial Money Minutes podcast. Grant also speaks around the world on money, entrepreneurship, happiness, and how to thrive in a digital world. Grant has been featured in over 200 international media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Toronto Star, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many others.d the founder of SocialSecurityIntelligence.com. Additionally, he is the co-host of the Big Picture Retirement podcast.
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Jason Brown
The Brown Report
Jason Brown is an active options trader and founder of stock market education company The Brown Report. While following his passion for teaching others how to trade in the stock market he also unlocked a hidden talent for internet marketing and learning how to get his message in front of the right people at the right time.
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J.D. Roth
Get Rich Slowly
J.D. Roth has been blogging since before "blog" was even a word. In 2006, he founded Get Rich Slowly to document his journey out of debt. It grew into something he could never have imagined. J.D. sold the site in 2009 and "retired" -- then bought it back again in 2017 because he's a masochist. He loves the Fincon community. It's his family.
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Jeff Rose
Good Financial Cents®
Jeff Rose is an entrepreneur disguised as a certified financial planner, author and blogger. He's best know for his blog GoodFinancialCents.com and book, Soldier of Finance. He escaped a path of financial destruction from dropping out of college with over $20,000 of credit card debt to become a self-made millionaire. His mission is help future generations achieve financial freedom by developing strong money habits and unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit.
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Jim Wang
Wallet Hacks
Jim Wang runs Wallet Hacks, a personal finance blog that shares his strategies and tactics for getting ahead financially and in life. He lives in Maryland with his lovely wife and three kids.
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John Sonmez
John Sonmez
John Sonmez is a personal development, real estate investor and YouTuber who teaches nerds how to “be cool.” He is a former software developer and author of the international Wall Street Journal best-selling book, “The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide.” He’s also the founder of Simple Programmer, and prolific YouTuber creator, publishing two videos every day, rain or shine. John, “retired” early from passive real estate investments and now lives in sunny San Diego, pretending to do real work.
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Julia Olson
Two Cents / PBS
Philip and Julia met while studying theater at UT in 2006. Philip ended up working as a securities broker, while Julia worked as a mortgage originator. Philip received his CFP designation in 2014. In 2015 they combined forces to create "The Art of Finance", a fee-only RIA focused on helping artists and creative entrepreneurs. They premiered their PBS series, "Two Cents" in January 2018. The series is a short-form web series designed to inform and empower a younger generation to take control of their finances. They live in Austin, Texas.
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Julie of Fire Drill
FIRE Drill Podcast
Julie is the co-host of FIRE Drill podcast, where she and co-host Gwen of Fiery Millennials interview aspiring early retirees, six-figure side hustlers, and real estate mavens pursuing financial independence.
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Kali Hawlk
Creative Advisor Marketing
Kali Hawlk is an inbound marketing expert who specializes in showing financial advisors how to tell their story and share their value in a way that resonates with their prospective clients. Eric Roberge is a CFP and the founder of Beyond Your Hammock, a financial planning firm that exclusively serves motivated professionals in their 30s and 40s. Together, Kali and Eric have pushed to change the way the financial advice industry communicates with prospective and existing clients. In both business and their personal lives, they work to explain how to use money as a tool to live well today while planning responsibly for tomorrow, and share perspective-shifting insights to encourage others to live with more intention, mindfulness, and purpose.
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Kate Ahl
Simple Pin Media
Kate Ahl is the owner and founder of Simple Pin Media, a Pinterest management agency that helps content creators, small business owners and corporate teams manage their Pinterest presence. She also aims to teach simple, actionable tips in her weekly podcast, the Simple Pin Podcast, to help people to DIY their Pinterest marketing.
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Kirk Chisolm
Innovative Advisory Group
Kirk Chisholm is a wealth manager, blogger, podcaster, and all-around interesting guy. He is an outside the box thinker who provides a different perspective on many commonly held beliefs in personal finance. He has a rare expertise with alternative investments held in self-directed IRAs which has helped many investors invest in their passion. Kirk was recently recognized as the #7 most influential financial advisor in the US by Investopedia. He co-founded Innovative Advisory Group, an independent RIA located in Lexington, MA and has been providing financial advice to individuals and families since 1999. Kirk is a frequent media and podcast guest.
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Leslie Samuel
Become a Blogger
Leslie Samuel is the creator of the Become A Blogger. He has a passion for education and has taken on the mission of "Changing The World One Blog At A Time". In his podcast, Blogging With Leslie, he teaches solid lessons about how to build a blog that will have an impact, in addition to interviewing other successful bloggers who have built successful platforms and turned them into thriving online businesses. He founded and later sold Interactive Biology, a blog dedicated to making biology fun for students and teachers worldwide. This blog landed him a job as a university professor in a doctoral program. After three years, he left that job to be a full-time blogger. His message is simple - Create Content, Inspire Others and Change The World (while building a solid online business)!
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Marcus Garrett
Paychecks & Balances
Marcus is the author of Debt Free or Die Trying and co-host of the illustrious Paychecks & Balances podcast. Born and raised in the great state of Texas, he managed to survive and escape the mean streets of the inner suburbs to work professionally for over a decade as a Certified Internal Auditor and freelance writer, giving him an objective and unique view on debt and personal finance management.
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Mark Asquith
Podcast Websites
Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design, marketing, software and digital businesses since he quit his real job in 2005. A passionate podcaster, global keynote speaker and helpful bloke, Mark is the co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected. He has a terribly embarrassing beard.
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Pete McPherson
Do You Even Blog
Pete McPherson is the founder of Do You Even Blog, a blog, podcast, and YouTube channel aimed at teaching people how to start authentic, impactful, sustainable, and revenue-producing blogs. The Do You Even Blog podcast is the host of deep-dive interviews with the world’s top bloggers, including Shana Draugelis, Rosemarie Groner, Neil Patel, Deacon Hayes, Jim Wang, Bobby Hoyt, J.D. Roth, Tanja from ONL, and more. When he’s not blogging, Pete enjoys traveling with his wife and two young kids, eating pizza, drinking fine whiskeys, and watching Star Wars repeatedly, even the prequels.
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Philip Olson
Two Cents / PBS
Philip and Julia met while studying theater at UT in 2006. Philip ended up working as a securities broker, while Julia worked as a mortgage originator. Philip received his CFP designation in 2014. In 2015 they combined forces to create "The Art of Finance", a fee-only RIA focused on helping artists and creative entrepreneurs. They premiered their PBS series, "Two Cents" in January 2018. The series is a short-form web series designed to inform and empower a younger generation to take control of their finances. They live in Austin, Texas.
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Rich Jones
Paychecks & Balances
Rich is the cofounder of Paychecks & Balances, a top personal finance and career advice podcast for rising professionals. He’s built and managed two award-winning blogs and has been podcasting since 2014. When not in front of the mic, Rich is a Recruiting Manager at a top Silicon Valley company.
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Richard Kerr
Award Travel 101
Richard Kerr, the founder of Award Travel 101, is a 9-year veteran naval officer, and Senior Points and Miles Contributor for The Points Guy. He’s one of the world’s foremost experts in the field, featured in Forbes, Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance, the Los Angeles Times and presented at #SXSW 2017. Richard has flown 12 different international first-class products, visited over 45 countries, and spends his spare time dissecting loyalty program award charts to maximize the value of points and miles.
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Roberto Blake
Awesome Creator Academy
Roberto Blake is a Creative Entrepreneur and YouTube Certified Expert who has produced over 1,000 videos on YouTube and 1,000 Live streams across platforms. He is the host of The Create Something Awesome Today Podcast, and founder of Awesome Creator Academy.
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Roger Whitney
Retirement Answer Man
Roger Whitney, CFP, CIMA, CPWA, AIF is a practicing financial advisor, the host of the award winning Retirement Answer Man podcast and author of the book Rock Retirement. He has created over 250 weekly episodes with over 1 million downloads.
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Rosemarie Groner
The Busy Budgeter
Rosemarie Groner is a wife, mother and blogger that grew her new blog into a full time income within 10 months while she taught chronically disorganized woman how to escape the paycheck to paycheck cycle. As she scaled the business to $100,000 a month, she started dedicating some of her time showing other bloggers how to work limited hours and still scale their businesses.
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Sarah Wilson
Budget Girl
Sarah Wilson tracked her journey out of $33,000 of student loan debt on YouTube as Budget Girl, where she has amassed more than 28,000 subscribers, 3 million views and a significant social media following. Over the past four years, she has taught her audience how to live a frugal, fun and financially fearless life. Showcasing budget activities, decor, meals and more, BG delivers relatable, money talk and tips weekly.
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Steve Stewart
Steve Stewart Podcast Productions
Steve Stewart began podcasting in 2010. He now produces more than 20 shows for others, including many for members of the FinCon community. Steve is also the Director of the FinCon Podcast Network which strives to bring financial podcasters together for collaboration, exposure, and assistance in improving their podcasts.
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Tanja Hester
Our Next Life
Tanja Hester, also known as Ms. Our Next Life, writes the Plutus Award-winning financial independence blog Our Next Life, co-hosts the women and money podcast The Fairer Cents and is author of a forthcoming how-to book on early retirement from Hachette Books, based on her own experience retiring at age 38 last year along with her husband Mark. In addition to writing and podcasting, Tanja travels for public speaking engagements, and has been an invited speaker at Google, SoFi and CampFI, in addition to speaking at FinCon17 and the Lola Retreat. Prior to retiring early, Tanja had a 16-year career as a brand and communications consultant on behalf of political candidates and social cause campaigns, and she worked as a journalist at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and KQED-FM in San Francisco. She’s now living the early retired dream in Lake Tahoe, California.
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Tara Falcone
ReisUP
Tara is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, former Wall Street investment analyst, self-taught video guru, and Founder of ReisUP LLC. ReisUP is a financial services startup dedicated to increasing financial education and access for today's generation. Her mission is to empower people like her friends and family to "rise up" and play a more active role in achieving their financial goals. When not filming, teaching, or investing, Tara enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, and helicopter-parenting her dog, Ruger. She's married to her college sweetheart and passionate about giving back to their alma mater.
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Troy Grant
Dollar Dude
Troy Grant started his journey on YouTube as Dollar Dude with a bang and in less than a year, gained more than 5,600 subscribers. By doing extensive research, Troy learned which growth strategies worked on YouTube and which didn't and optimized his channel with searchable titles, clickable thumbnails, and high-quality content for fast track growth. He delivers hard-hitting, no-nonsense personal finance advice with a comedic twist to keep viewers engaged while they learn to live a life full of financial freedom.
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Neal Doyle
bSolo
Neal Doyle is an entrepreneur and product manager. At Fidelity Labs, he is a product manager for bSolo, a new service that automates saving and paying for quarterly self-employment taxes. Prior to bSolo, he helped to launch the Harvard Innovation Lab, and the subsequent Harvard Launch Lab and Harvard Life Lab – designing curriculum, program, and space for the Labs. Doyle has also designed and directed startup accelerator programs, consulted on corporate innovation practices, mentored and advised hundreds of startup founders—including judging multiple startup competitions—and has lectured on innovation and entrepreneurship across the US in secondary schools, colleges, and universities. He’s an avid golfer, sometimes cyclist, a husband, and dad to two energetic boys.
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Adam Carroll
MasteryOfMoney.com
Adam Carroll has delivered over 1,000 paid presentations in the past 15 years. He's a two-time TED talk speaker with his talk from the London Business School garnering over 2 million views on YouTube. Over 750 campuses have hosted Adam as a guest lecturer and his books and Broke, Busted & Disgusted documentary are used in high schools and colleges around the country as supplemental curriculum.
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Adam Minsky
Law Office of Adam S. Minsky
Adam S. Minsky is one of the nation’s leading experts in student loan law, providing borrowers with counsel, legal assistance, and direct advocacy on a variety of matters. He has been interviewed by major national media outlets including The New York Times, The The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Attorney Minsky regularly speaks about the latest developments in higher education financing, and he maintains a nationally recognized student loan blog, “Boston Student Loan Lawyer.” He has published three handbooks: Student Loan Debt 101, The Student Loan Guide for Parents and Cosigners, and The Student Loan Handbook for Law Students and Attorneys, published last year by the American Bar Association. Attorney Minsky is also a contributing author to the National Consumer Law Center’s manual, Student Loan Law, as well as various law review articles.
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Angela E Matthews
Angela E Matthews
Angela Matthews is the Founder of the Happy Investor Method. With only 2 years in the business, she has single-handedly taught over 3,500 individuals results- conscious- driven investing. By leveraging a 3-tier pricing strategy she has been able to not only profit from digital products, in-person workshops and speaking engagements, but also teaches other individuals to do the same. Angela loves being a thought leader in the space of Investing and Entrepreneurship and constantly tries to redefine the "normal" way of doing business. She is a master in the craft of growth hacking to achieve direct results and recently launched a digital course called the “Happy Investor Boot Camp”.
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Blain Reinkensmeyer
investor.com
As the Head of Product at investor.com and Head of Research at StockBrokers.com, Blain has been involved in the markets since placing his first stock trade back in 2001. Over 1,000 trades later, he continues to trade the markets when time permits and runs his own personal blog at StockTrader.com, which provides investor education and weekly market recaps for over 22,000 subscribers. He is also the author of The Interactive Guide to Technical Analysis, which is published at InvestingTeacher.com. Blain is married and lives in Troy, Michigan, with his wife and three kids. He is a technology enthusiast who loves reading, barbecuing during summer, and spending time with his family.
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Bob Sullivan
Red Tape Chronicles
BOB SULLIVAN is a veteran journalist and the author of four books, including the 2008 New York Times Best-Seller, Gotcha Capitalism, and the 2010 New York Times Best Seller, Stop Getting Ripped Off! He has won the Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award, a Peabody award, and the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award. He’s now a syndicated columnist and frequent TV guest. He is also co-host of the podcast Breach, which examines history’s biggest hacking stories.
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Brad Barrett
ChooseFI
I’m the co-host of the ChooseFI Podcast and I live in Richmond, VA with my wife and two young daughters. I'm passionate about the FI community and I focus on money saving hacks and living a happier & healthier life. I also help people travel the world with credit card rewards points & miles on my sites RichmondSavers.com and TravelMiles101.com.
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Carl Jensen
1500 Days
Before a bad day at work in 2012, I had no idea that people retired before the age of 65. However, the overwhelming stress of my job caused me to Google something like, "How do I retire early?" Mr. Money Mustache and JD Roth popped up in the results. BOOM! My life was instantly changed. These bloggers provided me with a blueprint for leaving my job. Much more than that, they showed me a better way to live. I left my job in 2017 and have never looked back.
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Chad Carson
CoachCarson.com
Chad Carson is an early retiree who used real estate investing to reach financial independence. His blog at coachcarson.com and upcoming book with BiggerPockets teach others to do the same. Chad and his family recently spent almost 1.5 years living abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. When not traveling or nerding out on real estate, Chad also loves to exercise, spend time outdoors, and contribute to his local community in Clemson, South Carolina.
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Chonce Maddox Rhea
My Debt Epiphany
Chonce is a Certified Financial Education and Instructor and freelance writer for the past 3 years after creating her finance blog, MyDebtEpiphany.com in 2014. Her writing work has been featured on sites like Business Insider, Credit Sesame, and Barclaycard. Chonce loves talking online business and money along with how they can help others meet their goals for a better life.
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Collin Brennan
Credit Karma
Collin Brennan is a manager and editor at Credit Karma, where he works with dozens of freelance writers to create content that empowers people to take control of their financial lives. He draws on nearly a decade of editorial experience, with stops at Groupon, StubHub, and online music publication Consequence of Sound. As an editor, Collin is passionate about coaching writers to find their own voice and tell compelling stories with clarity and confidence.
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Craig Stephens
Retire Before Dad
Craig Stephens is the founder of Retire Before Dad where he writes about investing, personal finance, and travel. His primary goal is to retire at age 55, one year earlier than his Dad did. He’s also the founder of Access IPOs and a contributor to the On Retirement blog at U.S. News & World Report.
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Crystal H
Sophisticated Spender
Crystal H founded SophisticatedSpender.com, a personal finance blog in 2011. She is based in Washington, D.C. and has also been a full-time engineer for the U.S. government for the past 11 years. Side hustles are her passion. After being motivated by FinCon2016, she partnered with a fellow FinConner to create a side hustle income challenge. One short month later, her side hustle turned into a full brick and mortar business called Sip and Sew Old Town. She is also a Zumba and INSANITY instructor and landlord.
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Donna Freedman
Freedman
For 30+ years Donna Freedman has made a living writing for newspapers, magazines, and websites like MSN Money, NerdWallet, Get Rich Slowly, Wise Bread, Money Talks News, The Simple Dollar, Vox and Experian. Her work has won regional and national awards. She is also a writing coach and creator of the Write A Blog People Will Read course, and the author of the “Your Playbook For Tough Times” series.
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Doug Nordman
The Military Guide
Nords is the author of "The Military Guide To Financial Independence And Retirement" and the founder of The-Military-Guide.com. For over seven years, the book and the blog have helped thousands of military servicemembers, families, and veterans pursue FI. Doug and his spouse reached FI in the late 1990s (on a high savings rate) and have been retired from the U.S. Navy for over 16 years.
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Drew (Guy on FIRE)
guyonfire.us
Drew is an average guy who resides in Washington, D.C. He started off his twenties in debt. Through house hacking, side hustling, and real estate investing he went from being in debt to building a net worth over $500,000 in 4 years.
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Dylin Redling
Retire by 45
Dylin Redling, along with his wife Allison Tom, achieved FI/RE in their early 40s. They went on to create the website Retire By 45 to help others do the same. Prior to early retirement, Dylin worked in the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was Director of Marketing for several Internet startups (Tickle, Lumosity, and Basis). He is a regular contributor on Quora (Most viewed writer in Retirement Planning), a Finance Expert on WalletHub, and has written articles for Business Insider, Elephant Journal, and Lifehack.
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Emilie Burke
She Does Better
Emilie has years of experience working with high-growth startups, most often as the first or only data hire. Her experience includes helping scale marketing spend from 100K to 1.5 M per month while reducing customer acquisition cost and helping track the digital effects of TV marketing.
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Eric Rosenberg
Personal Profitability
Eric Rosenberg is a blogger and podcaster who has ATTENDED EVERY FINCON! He is a finance, travel, and technology freelancer writer in Ventura, California. He is a former bank manager and corporate finance and accounting professional who left his day job in 2016 to take his online side hustle full-time. He has in depth experience writing about banking, credit cards, investing, and other financial topics, and is an avid travel hacker. When away from the keyboard, Eric he enjoys exploring the world, flying small airplanes, discovering new craft beers, and spending time with his wife and little girls. You can connect with him at PersonalProfitability.com or EricRosenberg.com.
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Garrett Philbin
Be Awesome Not Broke
Garrett Philbin is a Financial Life Coach and the founder of Be Awesome Not Broke, where he helps passionate but stuck millennials remove money as the excuse for why they’re not doing what they love. To support other financial coaches, he runs a Facebook Group of 450+ coaches where they can support, learn from and guide each other. He is also ½ of the Beyond The Dollar Podcast, where he and co-host Sarah Li-Cain dive into deep and honest conversations about how money affects our well-being.
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Gwen Mertz
Fiery Millennials
Gwen is a 27 year old entrepreneur, blogger, landlord, artist, and podcaster. She accumulated over $200k in a 5 year professional IT career before taking the leap into self-employment. Her story has been featured on MarketWatch, CBC Radio, and Yahoo Finance. She resides in Minneapolis.
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Harlan Landes
Adulting.tv
Harlan Landes is the founder of the Plutus Foundation, providing grants and resources to financial media to create, develop, and administer community-based programs that enhance financial literacy, education, and empowerment. Co-founder of Adulting.tv podcast and Consumerism Commentary.
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Jackie Lam
Hey Freelancer
Jackie Lam is an L.A.-based money writer who is passionate about helping creatives with their finances and cultivate community. She has written for over 40 outlets in the personal finance space, and her work has appeared on Mental Floss, Business Insider, and Forbes. She blogs at heyfreelancer.com and is a city organizer for the Freelancer's Union Spark events and Freelance Friday, a monthly global co-working meetup.
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Jamila Souffrant
JourneyToLaunch.com
Jamila Souffrant is a podcaster, blogger, money coach and founder of JourneyToLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Independence. The Journey To Launch podcast was named one of “27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018" by BuzzFeed. Jamila is also the resident financial expert on a weekly segment on News12, the most watched local TV news-station in NYC and has been featured in other notable media outlets such as CNBC, CBS & Cheddar. Because of her money habits, Jamila and her husband saved $85,300 in 2016 and saved $84,100 in 2017 and are debt free besides their mortgage. She is also a mom of three small children and currently lives in NYC. Her mission is to teach, inspire and help others reach Financial Freedom through her platform.
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Jason Butler
The Butler Journal
Jason Butler is a financial aid counselor by day and a freelance writer, side hustler and blogger at The Butler Journal. He is currently in the process of paying off over $72,000.
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Jay Fleischman
Money Wise Law
I've been a consumer protection lawyer for over 22 years, helping people solve problems relating to student loans and other debts. I'm also the host of The Student Loan Show and an active blogger.
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Jen Smith
Saving with Spunk
Jen Smith is the blogger behind Saving with Spunk and personal finance writer at The Penny Hoarder. She and her husband paid off $78K of debt in less than two years and now pursue extreme frugality in their quest for financial independence and great deals on pizza.
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Jennifer McDermott
finder.com
Jennifer is finder.com’s Communications Manager & Consumer Advocate, keeping her finger on the pulse of finance-related issues and trends that impact the everyday American. She is passionate about breaking down complex themes and providing actionable advice that empowers people to make better decisions about their money.Beginning her career in her native Australia, Jennifer has also lived and worked in the UK and Europe before relocating to the United States at the end of 2016. Throughout her 12 year career, Jennifer has consulted on consumer communications strategies for some of the world’s largest brands across financial services, e-commerce, retail, entertainment, travel and lifestyle.
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Jessica Rhodes
Interview Connections
Jessica is the CMO and co-owner of Interview Connections, the leading guest booking agency for podcasters and guest experts. She started podcasting in 2014 with the launch of Rock The Podcast and also co hosts The Podcast Producers and Womensplaining. Jessica is the acclaimed author of Interview Connections: How to #RockThePodcast From Both Sides of the Mic! and has been a featured speaker at Podcast Movement, Podfest.us and Dream Business Academy. She is married and is the mom of two kids, Nathan and Lucy.
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Jillian Johnsrud
Montana Money Adventures
Wife, writer, drinker of hot tea, creator of interesting things, traveler, speaker, mom to 5 amazing kids and a dog named Cheesy Taco, mentor. She writes at Montana Money Adventures about intentional lifestyle design, financial independence and mini-retirements. She lives in Montana near Glacier National Park, grows raspberries and became financially independent at 32.
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Joe Saul-Sehy
Stacking Benjamins
Joe is the co-host and creator of the Stacking Benjamins show, which has won two Plutus awards for Best Podcast and an Academy of Podcasters award for Best Business podcast. Kiplinger magazine also named Stacking Benjamins best podcast. Formerly a financial advisor with 16 years experience working with clients, he's also worked in television and radio.
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Jonathan Mendonsa
ChooseFI
Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett started ChooseFI in 2017 and year one saw 2+ million downloads and 800+ 5-star Itunes reviews. The community they started spawned 130+ local chapters worldwide and is helping tens of thousands cut expenses, pursue freedom, live happier lives and work towards Financial Independence.
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Joseph Cochran
One Big Happy Life
Joseph and Tasha are the founders of One Big Happy Life. One Big Happy Life’s mission is to help people find balance and be more intentional in their lives so that they can enjoy life today while building wealth for their financial future. Joseph and Tasha live in Maryland with their teen, toddler, and standoffish dog.
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Joshua Cohen
The Student Loan Laywer
Joshua Cohen has been the Student Loan Lawyer since 2008, helping student loan borrowers deal with their loans. He also teaches other professionals how to assist borrowers.
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Julie Broad
BookLaunchers.tv
Julie Broad is an Amazon Overall #1 Best Selling Author, an International Book Award Winner, and recipient of the Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Sales book. As an entrepreneur and successful real estate investor she was also awarded the Top 20 under 40 Award. Her latest venture, Book Launchers, helps entrepreneurs and professionals build their brand and boost their business by writing, publishing, and selling a business boosting book.
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Karsten "Big Ern" Jeske
EarlyRetirementNow.com
Karsten has recently retired at the age of 44 after a long career in academia, government and Corporate America. He uses his new-found time to travel with his wife and daughter and write for his blog on all topics related to finance and especially the financial challenges of early retirement. Karsten has an undergraduate degree in Business from the Universität Bielefeld in Germany, a Master’s and Doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota and he holds the “Chartered Financial Analyst” designation.
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Kathy Kristof
CBS News / SideHusl.com
Kathy Kristof is an award-winning financial journalist and author, who writes for CBS News, Kiplinger, Inc. Magazine and others. She's also the editor of SideHusl.com, a new website that provides information and ratings for money-making opportunities in the gig economy.
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Katie Brewer
Your Richest Life
Katie Brewer, CFP® is the owner of Your Richest Life, a fee-only fiduciary financial planning company helping Gen X physicians, attorneys and other high-income earners take charge charge of their financial lives. Katie is frequently sought by the media to provide financial insight into issues affecting this target group. Katie helps clients alleviate their stress about money by helping them clarify their goals, identify and eliminate obstacles to those goals, and create a financial action plan to achieve them. Katie has accumulated over 10 years of experience working with clients and their money. She is no stranger to hard work as she pursued both her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification and her MBA while working full time. Katie has been recognized by Investment News as a “40 Under 40” in 2017 and by D Magazine as one of the Best Financial Planners in Dallas list for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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Katie Hornor
Blogging Successfully
Katie Hornor is a bi-lingual international speaker and the author of more than 40 self-published books including two Amazon Best Sellers, and over 15 online courses. As a #RelationshipMarketing expert, serial entrepreneur, and the founder of BloggingSuccessfully.com, and TheBlogConnection.com Katie coaches her clients to stress less, spread your message further and grow your online income. Katie and her husband, Tap, began their entrepreneurial journey in 2012 with no savings and very little monthly income. Living solely on ministry donations, they hustled every spare minute and have grown their multiple businesses debt free. When not homeschooling, coaching, creating or serving coffee in their local coffee shop, Katie hosts the semi-annual Blog Well Retreats (Mexico and USA), has been featured at Florida Parent Educator’s Association Annual Convention, and Blended Blogging Conference, among others.
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Kelley Olinger
Reconcile Your Wallet
Kelley Olinger is a freelance writer and blogger. Having paid off $77,000 of debt in one year and ten months, Kelley is passionate about helping others craft prosperous lives while mastering their finances. She writes about personal finance and real estate on her blog, Reconcile Your Wallet, while freelance writing for Realtors, Personal Finance Companies and Mortgage Brokers. Running her business truly on-the-go, she spends much of her time travelling the world where she crafts powerful content for her clients and contributes regularly to her blog.
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Kendra Barnes
The Key Resource
Kendra is an Economist by day and Real Estate Investor by night. She created The Key Resource to change the perception of what a Real Estate Investor is "supposed to" look like. Kendra owns and manages 4 properties (8 rental units total) and is in the process of buying two more! She's on a mission to empower and educate Millennials about building wealth through Real Estate Investment. When she's not working, or looking for her next investment, you can find her thrift shopping, baking some gluten-free goodies or binge watching Netflix with her husband!
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Larry Ludwig
Investor Junkie
Larry Ludwig is a Father, Entrepreneur, Investor, and technology guru. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Investor Junkie.
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Leisa Peterson
WealthClinic
Leisa Peterson is a sought after author, podcaster, educator, and coach who helps her clients create a life of abundance. She’s the founder of WealthClinic.com, the Art of Abundance podcast, and maintains a thriving business and money coaching practice in Sedona, AZ where she’s a regular guest on podcasts, radio shows and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, Forbes, The Week and Huffington Post. She combines her skills of being a long time entrepreneur and money expert (CFP®, MBA in finance, 25 years in finance) then mixes in mindfulness practices, and other mindset shifting techniques to help entrepreneurs reconnect to their true selves while growing businesses that make the world a better place. A native of northern California, Leisa now lives in Sedona, AZ with her husband, Tim and their two children, Aidan and Zoe.
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Lindsay VanSomeren
Notorious D.E.B.T.
Lindsay VanSomeren is a personal finance freelance writer living in Fort Collins, CO with a houseful of pets including two cats, a dog, and a husband. She has been a professional dogsled racer, a wildlife researcher, and a participant in the National Spelling Bee. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, homebrewing, and learning to play the guitar.
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Liz Saunders
Tivich
Liz Saunders founded The Tivich Group in 2013, after more than 15 years of specialty expertise in event marketing and booking management. She realized after working with many different types of artists and speakers, that critical steps between message, booking, and performances were often being missed – and that she could change that scenario for the better, for all involved.
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Liz Stapleton
Less Debt, More Wine
Elizabeth Stapleton is a recovering attorney, freelance writer, and blogger at Less Debt More Wine where she helps those with massive student debt take control of their money while still enjoying life. She also blogs at ElizabethStapleton.com where she helps those with working towards self-employment move from clueless to confident.
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Margy Feldhuhn
Interview Connections
Margy is the co-owner of Interview Connections. She joined the company in 2016 and has partnered with Jessica to quickly scale the business to multiple six figures by designing and implementing systems to increase revenue, streamline operations and achieve the highest quality customer experience. Margy has taken on a creative role in the agency as well, co-hosting and producing multiple podcasts in the Interview Connections network including Rock the Podcast, Womensplaining, and The Rescue Pawcast (launching in 2018). Apart from being a badass career woman, Margy enjoys the finer things in life: lobster ravioli, rose gold accessories, and some light online shopping. When she’s not busy rescuing pets in need, you can find her watching true crime documentaries or getting her sweat on at the yoga studio.
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Mindy Jensen
BiggerPockets.com
Mindy Jensen is the Community Manager for BiggerPockets.com and the co-host of The BiggerPockets Money Podcast. She's also a frequent guest host for the top-rated BiggerPockets Podcast She's been blogging about money and real estate investing for more than 5 years. She is passionate about helping people change their financial situation.
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Miranda Marquit
Adulting.tv
Miranda is a long-time freelancer, podcaster, senior writer at Student Loan Hero, co-founder of Adulting.tv and founder of Planting Money Seeds. She loves being involved in all aspects of online media, helping consumers make better decisions with their money.
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Molly Rose Speed
The Academy For Virtual Assistants
After years as a corporate accountant cubicle dweller, Molly Rose decided to live out her mission to live a life owning her time and her unique service to the world. By helping passionate, mission driven entrepreneurs implement their ideas online through flawless tech execution, she has has not only freed herself but the hundreds of entrepreneurs she's automated and streamlined. She is the creator of The Academy for Virtual Assistants and trains others on starting successful Virtual Support Businesses. Molly Rose is a solo world traveler having visited over 16 countries just the past 2 years. Molly Rose believes in creating a career & a life that allows you to do more of what you love. Learn more at mollyrosespeed.com
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Monica Louie
MonicaLouie.com
Monica Louie uses her expertise in Facebook & Instagram ads to help entrepreneurs skyrocket their profitability. After discovering the wonders of paid advertising and seeing amazing results herself, Monica has built a thriving agency for major brands and solopreneurs alike. Do you want to create campaigns that convert too? Discover how to flourish with Facebook ads through Monica's step-by-step course at FlourishWithFBads.com. Ready for her team of ads rockstars to handle the ads management for you? Apply to work with Monica and her team at MonicaLouie.com/WWM
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Peter Huminski
Thorium Wealth
Peter is the founder and President of Thorium Wealth Management. Peter is also the author of The Finance Factory blog. He is a regular contributor to Business Insider on topics ranging from Cryptoassets to Financial Planning and Retirement.
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Physician on FIRE
physicianonfire.com
Husband, Father, Anesthesiologist, and FIRE blogger from the great state of Minnesota. Achieved financial independence within a decade of finishing residency and is helping thousands to follow a similar path to FI.
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Rob Erich
ARicherYou.com
Rob Erich is the founder of A Richer You, a personal finance blog that is committed to giving away 50% of its profits to readers. Rob is a proponent of a universal basic income and believes that it will provide people with the financial freedom to live the lives they’ve always wanted.
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Ryan Guina
The Military Wallet / Cash Money Life
Ryan Guina is an Air Force veteran and the founder of Cash Money Life and The Military Wallet. He is a writer, small business owner, military veteran, and current member of the Air National Guard. He has traveled to over 30 countries, served as a consultant to the Department of Defense, and loves helping people make better financial decisions. His writing has been featured in US News & World Report and Yahoo Finance, and his websites have been mentioned in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSN News, and more.
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Ryan Inman
Physician Wealth Services
By day, I’m a flat fee-only financial planner at Physician Wealth Services, where I work exclusively with physicians and their families. By night, I write a finance blog for physicians and host the Financial Residency podcast. I graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Business Administration, an MA in Accounting and Financial Management, and an MA in Business Administration. I started my career helping high net worth individuals manage their investments, but realized that my passion is working with physicians that were just starting their careers. Being married to a physician, I provide a unique perspective in creating their financial life plan while maintaining the relationship of being the trusted fiduciary that they need early in their careers. My clients think of me as their primary care physician for their finances. Through regular, preventative care, I help them maintain financial health and pursue a promising future.
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Sandy Smith
Yes, I Am Cheap
Sandy Smith is a financial lifestyle expert who writes at the award nominated blog, Yes, I Am Cheap. She began her journey into personal finance in 2009 with a $120,000 debt. After successfully reducing her debt by $50,000 in a short period, Yahoo! Finance named Sandy's story the #3 most inspiring personal finance stories of 2014. Now a Certified Financial Education instructor, Sandy is dedicated to helping others put together their own formula for financial freedom. This now includes helping thousands of women discover side hustles or start micro businesses through her Facebook group, the Hustle Crew. Committed to bringing personal finance topics directly to under served, Sandy leads the Elevate Community Facebook group of like-minded personal finance bloggers of color. Sandy is also a Senior Certified HR Professional; holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. John's University and M.B.A. from Devry University's Keller Graduate School.
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Sarah Li Cain
High Fiving Dollars
Sarah Li Cain is a finance writer, author and podcaster who weaves practical tips and strategies into her work so that those trying to change their money mindset can see themselves in the starring role. She loves answering reader questions on her blog High Fiving Dollars and sharing deep and honest conversations about money on her podcast Beyond The Dollar.
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Scott Trench
BiggerPockets
Scott is a real estate investor and personal finance junkie. Scott is President of BiggerPockets.com and author of Set for Life - a book that outlines a path to rapid financial freedom for those starting with little to no assets and a median income job.
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Sean Merron
MastermindHunt.com
Sean Merron is the co-host of the 2 Frugal Dudes podcast and co-founder of MastermindHunt.com, a platform for people to find and create Masterminds. After years of being fed great knowledge by others and feeding back into those before him, he's built a passion for making sure other people have the same opportunity.
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Stefanie LaHart
BoomTown Marketing
Stefanie LaHart is the founder of BoomTown Marketing, a innovative social media marketing studio that combines the latest social trends with time tested advertising planning power. She began her career as a rock n' roll journalist covering some of the hardest rocking bands like Deep Purple, Sonic Youth and Nirvana while taking a behind the scenes look at the power of song writing to embody the human condition. Stefanie worked as a web designer for many years before parlaying her combined technical skills into online advertising and setting up successul social ad campaigns and influencer partnerships. Currently, Stefanie is obsessed with SnapChat and forsees it as the way all social media will eventually converge into a ever moving picture of sight, sound and emotion.
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Stephen Rischall
1080 Financial Group
Stephen Rischall, CFP® is an award-winning financial advisor and public speaker. He has been recognized as one of the top ten “Investopedia 100: Most Influential Advisors” and an “InvestmentNews 40 Under 40” honoree. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he developed a work hard play hard mentality. Early on, Stephen excelled at snowboarding and skiing, but he pursued a career in personal finance sparked by his interest of investing which started at age 13. He began working in the financial services industry in 2006, and after working for some of the largest brokerage firms on Wall Street, decided there had to be a better way to help his clients. In 2015 he launched 1080 Financial Group, a modern financial advice and investment management firm. He is an advocate for fiduciary financial advice and an avid adventurer.
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Tasha Cochran
One Big Happy Life
Joseph and Tasha are the founders of One Big Happy Life. One Big Happy Life’s mission is to help people find balance and be more intentional in their lives so that they can enjoy life today while building wealth for their financial future. Joseph and Tasha live in Maryland with their teen, toddler, and standoffish dog.
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Taylor Kathleen
Tay Talks Money
Taylor K. Gordon is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and professional personal finance writer. She teaches millennials, free-spirits, and creatives how to escape the paycheck to paycheck struggle so they can finally afford a life they love.
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Taylor Schulte
Define Financial
Taylor Schulte, CFP® is founder and CEO of Define Financial, a fee-only financial planning firm in San Diego, CA. He spent over half of his career working for large wealth management firms. They spent more time talking about how to make the firm more money than how to make clients more money. He started his firm in 2014 to change that. Schulte has been recognized as a “Top 40 Advisor Under 40” by InvestmentNews and a “Young Advisor to Watch” by Financial Advisor Magazine. He is a monthly columnist for Kiplinger.com and his advice is regularly featured in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, and the San Diego Business Journal. When he’s not perfecting financial plans, you can find him traveling with his family, searching for the next best carne asada burrito, or trying to master Adam Scott’s golf swing.
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Terrie Chantel
Terrie Chantel
Terrie Chantel is a Financial Literacy Educator and founder of Greenhouse Academy. She has 12+ years experience as a business owner helping entrepreneurs & small business owners via her tax and credit repair businesses. Known as the go-to for credit help & taxes, Terrie Chantel began teaching free lessons on both Taxes and Credit on Facebook Live and became a viral sensation with her very first tax video reaching almost a half million views. Her FB lives has lead to features on the news and multiple guest appearances within the financial industry. Today, thousands continue to watch to learn. She's garnered her social media presence into an online business where she teaches financial literacy through various digital products, and her audience is steadily growing. She not only educates, but she motivates and inspires with messages that implore her audience to grow. Her brand is simple. Inspiration and Education. One video at a time.
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Tom Tate
AWeber
Tom Tate is the Product Marketing Manager at AWeber. With a decade of professional experience in marketing and technology, he educates and engages small businesses owners and entrepreneurs on the incredible value and opportunity that email marketing and automation provides. Tom is also the creator, producer and host of the Ask Me About Email Marketing podcast, a program that delivers actionable email tactics to marketers of all skill-levels. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three kids, where he moonlights as a retro video game historian, college instructor, podcaster and writer.
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Travis Hornsby
Student Loan Planner
Travis is the found of Student Loan Planner, the country's largest student loan consulting business. Before quitting his job as a bond trader, he saved half his income to travel the world before discovering that eventually, cathedrals and museums start looking similar to one another. He lives with his wife in St. Louis, MO, where he's focused on saving six figure student loan borrowers as much time and money as possible.
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Whitney Hansen
Whitney Hansen Co
Whitney Hansen is a money coach, content creator, host of a Plutus award winning podcast, The Money Nerds, adjunct professor, and Facebook Small Business Council Member. As a money coach, she teaches overwhelmed millennials how to accelerate paying off debt and be financially independent. Some of her accomplishments include paying off $30,000 in 10 months, buying her first home at 19, and paying $472 for her master's degree.
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Zina Kumok
Freelance Writer
A personal finance freelance writer, Zina Kumok written for outlets and brands such as LearnVest, Investopedia and Mint. She also writes a blog, Conscious Coins, about being mindful with your money.
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Andy Hill
Marriage, Kids and Money
Andy Hill is the host of the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast focused on helping families build legacy wealth. The podcast was nominated as "Best New Personal Finance Podcast" by Plutus in 2017. Outside of writing for his own weekly blog of the same name, his personal finance focused articles have been featured in STAND Magazine, Business Insider, AOL Finance, NerdWallet and Rockstar Finance. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys wrestling with his two kids and singing 80’s karaoke with his wife.
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Ash Exantus
MindRight Money Management
Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is a personal finance expert, speaker, and author of three Amazon.com bestselling books. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and Community based organizations. Through his message of fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship, and wealth empowerment, he has become a regular speaker at national conferences across the country. Ash has been featured on popular, national media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, WSJ, American Banker, CNBC, TheStreet.com, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Ebony, Yahoo Finance, Pix11 Morning News, and countless others. He is the host of his own radio show titled The Ash Cash Show, which airs on WHCR 90.3FM NY as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. For more information on Ash please visit www.IamAshCash.com.
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Catherine New
Varo Money
Catherine New is Editor in Chief at Varo Money. She previously worked at Earnest and Betterment in content. Before moving to tech, Catherine was a consumer finance reporter at the Huffington Post. She attended Stanford University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
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David Stein
Money For the Rest of Us
David Stein produces and hosts the investing podcast Money For the Rest of Us. The show launched in May 2014 and has over 200 episodes. David also runs the premium subscription service Money For the Rest of Us Plus where he provides investment portfolio guidance and education to over 800 members. Prior to launching the podcast, David advised and managed assets for institutions and financial planners. He was Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Portfolio Strategist at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC, a $33 billion investment advisory firm, where he co-headed the 21-person research group. He co-founded the firm's $2.2 billion asset management division where he developed its investment philosophy and process and was the lead portfolio manager. David's former advisory clients include The Texas A&M University System, the University of Puget Sound, and the Sierra Club Foundation.
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Denis O'Brien
Chain of Wealth
Denis O'Brien is a registered CA(SA) with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has worked for multi-billion-dollar organizations within Assurance, Advisory and Accounting. Denis is currently the co-host on the financial podcast & blog, Chain of Wealth. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time hiking with his girlfriend and co-host Katie, and is also a wine and coffee connoisseur.
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Denis Trufin
TruFinancials
Denis has been studying, learning and applying the necessary skill to growing a financial YouTube channel. Since May of 2017 he has been passing along valued content to his viewers to help them get out of debt, create budgets and build wealth.
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Elaine Miranda
Plata con Plática
Finance graduate, with an MBA from Taiwan´s #1 program, I created the first personal finance blog in Nicaragua, Plata con Plática, and was the first one to monetize a blog and turn it into a profitable company. In a country of only 6 million people, where 80% of the population lives under the line of poverty, speaking and writing about personal finance has been a true challenge. As a matter of fact, I also introduced the concept of “personal finance” to the country. Nowadays, my platform is Nicaragua´s most read blog. This helped me earn the recognition for the “Digital Innovation for Public Freedom” from Fundación Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, and the “Young Business Woman of the year” by COSEP (Private Entities Superior Council) in Nicaragua.
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Emilie Cleaver
Wise Mind Money
Emilie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who got into personal finance because of her massive student loan debt. She blogs at wisemindmoney.com about money mindfulness, being a millennial, and paying off debt. She spends her free time hanging out with her dog, smashing the patriarchy, and eating avocado toast.
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Emily Guy Birken
Emily Guy Birken
Emily Guy Birken is a personal finance blogger and the author of four books, including the best-selling The 5 Years Before You Retire and End Financial Stress Now.
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Felicity FFF
Fetching Financial Freedom
Felicity is an engineer on track to retire at the age of 29, along with her equally nerdy husband, Fergus, and freeloading dog, Fluffster. She writes about personal finance, investing, happiness, mindfulness, and their Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) journey on the site Fetching Financial Freedom. The nerdery takes over with interactive calculators and visualizations, but more importantly, there are tons of adorable Fluffster pictures.
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Grayson Bell
iMark Interactive
Grayson is the president of iMark Interactive, a WordPress support company helping bloggers and businesses succeed with WordPress. He is also the personal finance blogger behind Debt Roundup.
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Greg Gates
@GregChatsCash
Greg Gates Jr. is a financial educator and social media storyteller. He is driven to share responsible financial education, through unconventional platforms, to rethink ways to present education. As a lifelong alternative educator and professional in behavioral health, Greg is always excited to share the new learning and teaching opportunities he is discovering, to help other get #MoneyWoke, to build #WealthHealth, and to foster genuine communities spreading financial literacy far and wide. @GregChatsCash, he creates light and often silly financial education content on multiple social media platforms like Instagram, SnapChat, and Twitter, with the intent of being available and approachable for more one on one conversations on the specific platforms. Trigger warning: So far, he does all this content creation and one-on-one coaching for free.
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Greg Johnson
Club Thrifty
Greg Johnson is a personal finance and frugal travel expert who leveraged his online business to quit his 9-5 job, spend more time with his family, and travel the world. He is the co-owner of the popular blog Club Thrifty, where he teaches others how to spend less and travel more.
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Jason Steele
Jason Steele
Jason Steele is a journalist who specializes in covering credit cards, award travel, and other areas of personal finance. As one of the nation’s leading experts in the credit card industry, Jason’s work has been featured at mainstream outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, and Business Insider. Jason’s also well known within the community of travel rewards enthusiasts as the Senior Points and Miles Contributor for The Points Guy and other outlets on the subjects of airline rewards and family travel. Using this expertise in earning and spending points and miles, Jason and his family travel around the country and across the world, consuming tens of thousands of dollars in award travel each year.
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Jonathan Abelmann
Bestow
Jonathan Abelmann is the Co-Founder and President of Bestow, a digital life insurance company democratizing access to innovative financial solutions. Abelmann co-founded Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), a $12 billion real estate platform that became the most dominant technology-forward brand in the single-family rental category. Previously, Abelmann was in investor at global private equity firm Starwood Capital. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Originally from San Francisco, he currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children.
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Lacey Langford
Lacey Langford
Lacey Langford, The Military Money Expert℠ is the founder of LaceyLangford.com a personal finance blog specializing in the unique world of the U.S. military. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran, financial coach, speaker and writer who changes people’s lives from being fearful of money to having control and confidence with it. Lacey’s an Accredited Financial Counselor® with over ten years experience in financial counseling and coaching. Her writing and expertise have been featured in numerous media outlets including US News and World Report, Business Insider, USA Today, and Task and Purpose.
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Liz Gendreau
Chief Mom Officer
Coming soon.
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Nick True
Mapped Out Money
Nick True is the FinCon social media manager and first-timer's liason. He's here to help you navigate FinCon and get the most out of it that you can. Nick is also a married twenty-something financial YouTuber who travels with his wife and four pets full time. He writes and speaks about personal finance and budgeting for young professionals at Mapped Out Money.
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Phylecia Jones
Keep Up with Mrs. Jones
As the founder of Keep up with Mrs. Jones, Phylecia Jones is the savvy go-to budgeting nerd, speaker, and trainer. She thrives on changing the world one budget at-a-time and is opening the door for many solo entrepreneur coaches and consultants to have that must needed wake-up call to get serious about managing money and knowing their numbers. With a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Systems Engineering, Phylecia proudly served 13 years as a civilian Computer Scientist for the US Navy and Department of Defense, supporting sailors and soldiers across the world, but realized that it was not enough. At the age of 36 years old, she took an early retirement and started a journey that would forever change her life… entrepreneurship. Because working hard with no play is just silly, Phylecia is an avid traveler and loves exploring the world with her video game developer husband.
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Scott Rieckens
Playing with FIRE
Scott’s work over the past decade has generated millions of views, 2 Emmy nominations and countless other awards. Most notably, he directed the documentary “Inventing to Nowhere” aiming to dispel mythical attacks on America’s intellectual property landscape. Scott has been trusted any some of the biggest brands in the world, including Facebook, NBC, Microsoft, FOX and WIRED. And now, he’s producing “Playing with FIRE”, a multimedia project that uncovers the growing the community of frugalists, mustachians and valueists choosing a path to financial independence and early retirement.
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Thomas Smyth
Trim
Thomas Smyth is the founder and CEO of Trim, the largest and fastest growing AI-powered financial manager. Thomas founded Trim in 2015 to protect consumers from antiquated institutions, like big banks, and improve Americans' financial health at scale. Since inception, Trim has saved its users tens of millions of dollars. Prior to founding Trim, Thomas was an investor at Core Innovation Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments in financial technology companies. Some of the investments Thomas worked on include Ripple Labs, NerdWallet, Oportun (f/k/a Progreso Financiero), and CoverHound. Before stumbling into venture capital, Thomas worked as an operator in emerging markets. He founded a company in Zambia that distributed more than 10,000 lights and phone chargers to households in rural, off-grid provinces, through a team of more than 400 village-based sales agents. Thomas graduated from Yale University with a degree in Political Science.
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Tracie Fobes
PennyPinchinMom
In 2009, Tracie began her blogging journey by launching her first website. Over the course of the past 9+ years, she has helped thousands of readers learn how to budget and become better with their money. As her site grew, so did her knowledge of blogging and social media. She know helps bloggers transform a hobby into a profitable business through blogging education and consulting.
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Travis Shakespeare
Playing with FIRE
Travis started his own journey into FIRE a decade ago when he was fed up with student loan & consumer debt and realized something had to change. He is an award-winning film and television producer best known for his work showcasing unique individuals and cultures bent on self-actualization and excellence. Credits include the Emmy Award winning series Life Below Zero
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Tyler Hood
When the Money's Good
Tyler Hood is a consultant by day and a blogger by night. She founded When the Money’s Good in 2015 to document her personal journey to wealth. Her goal is to educate her community on the importance of accumulating wealth while also enjoying all life has to offer.
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Chris Huntley
Huntley Wealth & Insurance Services
Chris is the founder of InsuranceBlogByChris.com, a life insurance site he grew to over 70,000 visits per month, and recently sold for multiple 7 digits. Chris is a health nut, a Spartan, and proud husband and father.
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David Weliver
Money Under 30
David Weliver founded Money Under 30 in 2007, one of the first and largest personal finance websites catering to the unique needs of young adults. In 2017, David sold Money Under 30 to Webpals, Inc. for $7 million.
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Rob Berger
DoughRoller
Recovering attorney, chess grandmaster wannabe, reader, writer, investor, husband, father, and Buckeye. O-H!
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Sheri Fitts
ShoeFitts Marketing
Sheri is well known in the financial services industry as a true creative force…and it all started at the tender age of five, selling her own homemade rose petal perfume in baby food jars, door-to-door. With more than 30 years of finserv industry experience in her pocket, Sheri shares her ideas and insights with advisors and financial service organizations to help them leverage marketing, heart-centered branding and social media strategies to stand out in an increasingly noisy and distracted world. She is a natural-born communicator, earning Toastmasters’ adult-level Speechcraft certificate in the 8th grade. Now she’s a sought-after speaker and has twice been named one of the 100 top influencers in the retirement planning industry. If all of that isn’t enough to pique your interest, Sheri was also named Paper Girl of the Year (1976). So you can be confident that when you work with Sheri Fitts, she delivers.
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Megan McMullin
MeetEdgar.com
Megan McMullin lives in Denver, Colorado and has been working to build authentic relationships with SAAS communities for the last 6 years. She currently works for MeetEdgar, a social media automation tool that helps small businesses succeed in Social Media Marketing. From one-on-one customer support to building brand advocates on social media, she is an expert when it comes to strategies for winning new customers, creating raving fans, and nurturing an engaged community.
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Alex Sanfilippo
AlexSanfilippo.com
My purpose is to help businesses and individuals grow and develop into their full potential. My mission is to help you achieve yours; that’s why I’m here!
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Alli Owen
Owen Your Future
Alli Owen is a financial alignment coach, helping millennial women to align their finances to their values. A recovering overachiever, she left her six figure job at age 27 to travel the world and live out her dreams. Through her Instagram, she's created an engaged community and has turned that community into clients.
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Ariana Ross
Growella
Ariana Ross graduated from Williams College in 2017 and is a current fellow with Venture for America, a two-year entrepreneurial fellowship for recent college grads. She works as a Digital Media Producer for Growella, a financial education website for millennials, and is passionate about making complicated topics more accessible through visual storytelling.
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Cal Escue
Mogo Interactive
Originally from New Jersey, Cal’s background is in investment banking and industry research. He has structured bespoke derivative arrangements for the consumer goods sector on behalf of his private equity clients. Since moving to San Francisco, he has worked in the tech sector and advertising in the programmatic space. Cal is currently a Strategic Client Partner at Mogo Interactive, keeping clients tuned into consumer behavior and the latest in audience targeting capabilities.
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Caroline Vencil
CarolineVencil.com
Caroline is an extreme cheapskate, frugal living pro, money saving guru, and professional blogger. She specializes in helping women get in control of their money.
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Clinton Dugan
Kabbage
Clinton leads organic growth at Kabbage, a FinTech unicorn. He oversees all content strategy, social media, SEO and always looking to spread his FinTech knowledge to others.
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Jackie Beck
JackieBeck.com
Jackie Beck has been writing about personal finance since 2006, and Pinterest is by far her site's #1 referrer. She is also a top-ranked Pinterest power user by number of followers. You can see her personal finance content at JackieBeck.com and follow her on Pinterest at realJackieBeck. She and her Plutus award-winning app Pay Off Debt by Jackie Beck have been featured in O the Oprah magazine, Costco Connection, All You magazine, Money, US News, Yahoo! Finance, and more.
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JJ Conway
Hand-Ups, Not Hand-Outs
JJ Conway is a warm and engaging speaker who empowers people and organizations to dump debt and build lasting wealth. Having served 20+ years in the Air Force, JJ was devastated to return home from war to find her house sold, her belongings thrown out, and a divorce resulting in over $800K of debt. She channeled that pain and experience into Hand-Ups, Not Hand-Outs, LLC, which has helped thousands change their financial futures and recover from devastating life circumstances, as well as a non-profit, JJConway.org, that provides financial education and planning for the less fortunate.
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Matt Owen
Owen Your Future
Matt and Alli Owen are engineers by school, but took a mini-retirement at age 27 and are now living out of a van traveling the world and pursuing their dreams of helping other couples align their finances to their values.
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Matt Schulz
CreditCards.com
Matt Schulz is Chief Industry Analyst at CompareCards by LendingTree. He is also the founder of TalkingInClass.org, which is devoted to improving childhood financial literacy in America. He is regularly quoted by news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and New York Times and has also appeared on CBS Evening News, CNBC's Power Lunch and Fox Business' Mornings With Maria, as well as hundreds of local TV and radio stations throughout the nation. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his awesome wife and amazing little boy.
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Nicole Martin
MakingAMortgage.com
Nicole Martin has served as a licensed lender in the greater Washington DC area for five years. She speciaizes in first time homebuyers and is familiar with the DC and MD first time homebuyer programs. Prior to becoming a lender, Nicole spent several years at a big 4 accounting firm as a public sector management consultant. Here she served as Program Manager with responsibility for managing program cost, schedule and scope and authored several organizational change management documents. For a Department of Homeland Security component agency, Nicole served as team lead on an effort to “create calm” at the nation’s airports through transforming the interaction of the uniformed workforce with the traveling public. She authored the Agencies organizational strategy, communications plan and numerous supporting implementation documents. For a smaller management consulting firm, Nicole served as the executive liaison for a leading non-profit organization. Here she led a strategic planning and alignment effort, in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team for a $2B division of the company. Nicole is active in her community and is the past Commissioner for Advisory Neighborhood Commission Single Member District 8E01 in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. In this elected position she represented approximately 2,000 people and was the liaison between her constituents, the DC City Council and other governmental bodies. She resides in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters.
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Reyna Gobel
Woof Woof’s Bark
Reyna Gobel MBA, MJ is a freelance journalist who’s written for or been quoted in over 500 publications. All 3 of her books have been selected by a Michelle Dingletary as book of the month in The Washington Post.
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Ross Horne
RewardsPointer.com
Hi! My name is Ross Horne. Besides the basics of food and water, travel and saving money in the process is a top priority! I’ve taken several vacations for free and earned thousands of dollars in cash back and gift cards… just by paying for my everyday expenses! I’m on a mission to experience and travel as much of this planet as humanly possible. Part of that mission is to show you how to do the same...without breaking the bank!
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Ryan George
1st Global
Ryan George is the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at 1st Global, where he is responsible for executing growth, sales and marketing strategies and leading his team in promoting the 1st Global brand through effective and efficient communication to employees, the community and those in the financial services industry. He began his career at 1st Global in 2012 as a senior corporate writer and most recently served as the director of communications, a role in which he helped to connect financial advisors and wealth management assistants with the tools, research and information needed to build thriving and efficient enterprises. He enjoys being able to help make 1st Global’s purpose of enabling intentional living real and tangible by connecting the work others do with how it serves to meet the needs of those we serve on a daily basis.
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Sarah Bettencourt
The Blonde Spot
Sarah Allison is a certified digital marketer and branding enthusiast with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and is pursuing her Masters/ Ph.D. at Grand Canyon University. On top of it all, She’s a single mom who has tripled her income by climbing off the corporate ladder and sharing her knowledge as a self-taught marketer with her community and clients. Sarah has helped The Blonde Spot’s clients grow from organic strategies and develop a brand that allows them to embrace a life they love. Sarah educates young entrepreneurs and women on how to bring an in-office job, home. Recently, Sarah has launched a course on how others can Build & Launch A Kick-Ass Brand of their own. This course is chock full of lessons, strategies, and the physical steps any novice or expert can take to ensure they create a well-branded image of their own.
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Vicki Cook
Make Smarter Decisions
Vicki is the co-founder of Women Who Money and the founder and blogger behind Make Smarter Decisions. She enjoys writing about real estate investing, financial independence, career decisions, and travel. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester. She’s been a high school science teacher, a school administrator, and a college professor in her almost 30-year career as an educator.She’s also been a landlord for 25 years. Vicki left full-time employment after achieving financial independence and is now pursuing a variety of projects. Vicki is also passionate about health and fitness. She runs a rapidly growing Facebook group focused on the NY Times Bestseller - Younger Next Year. When she’s not working out or blogging, you’ll find her reading, learning from an online course, or plotting her next travel adventure.
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SESSION TYPES

#FinCon18 session titles, speakers, and specifics will be announced in the coming months.
BREAKOUT SESSION TRACKS (45 mins total):

ADVISOR TRACK

Typical FinCon content (e.g. create, promote, profit), but aimed directly at financial advisors (e.g. no affiliate marketing).

SUCCESS STORIES TRACK

Attendees enjoy hearing case studies from other successful attendees. This track of breakout sessions and panels epitomizes the openness of the FinCon community.

GENERAL TRACK

This track covers everything else that FinCon education sessions have to offer. Topics will include anything in the areas of creating, promoting, and profiting from digital content.

PODCAST TRACK

Everyone knows podcasting and video production education is in high demand. This dedicated track of breakout sessions and panels will bring the best presenters in audio to the stage.

VIDEO TRACK

In previous years, we’ve had one track that combined both Podcasting and Video production. New for 2018, Video will have its own track. Since both of these areas continue to grow in popularity, we will be devoting more content to each and including the best of the best in both areas.

DISCUSSION PANELS

Sometimes it’s better to hear from a variety of experts on a topic and the Discussion Panels track was created for that. Anything centered on creation, promotion, or profit fits into this track, except discussions on money itself. That’s reserved for the next panel track. Each panel consists of 4 panelists and a moderator.

MONEY CONVERSATIONS

This track is an additional panel-only track and will center around hot-button money issues of today. Topics will include conversations about anything from FI/RE to behavioral finance to tax law changes, among other things. Each panel consists of 4 panelists and a moderator.
BONUS CONTENT in FinCon Central:

SOLUTIONS CENTER STAGE SESSIONS

Quick tips and strategies to create, promote, and profit from personal finance and investing-related digital content. These are mini-sessions (15 mins total) on topics such as email marketing, affiliate marketing and monetiza­tion, writing and content management, social media, podcasting and video, as well as, entrepreneurship and small business.

INNOVATION CENTER STAGE SESSIONS

What’s on the cutting edge in consumer personal finance and investing technology. The stage will host mini-sessions (15 mins total) on topics such as crowdfunding, mobile payments, wearable tech, financial apps/software, and crypto-currencies.

ASK THE EXPERT ROUNDTABLES

No preparation required, other than years of building your expertise. Sit at a roundtable for 30 minutes in the Expo Hall and answer questions from attendees in your area of focus.