SheSays Chicago: Surviving as a Freelancer
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)
A person who works as a writer, designer, performer or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. [dictionary.com]
Are you looking to reinvent yourself and your career? Feeling stagnant at your current job, or wishing to make a leap in another direction, but not sure how to transition? There are many ways to freelance, from working before or after your current position’s hours to earning a full- or part-time living as an independent contractor. At this month’s exciting event, you’ll soak up the knowledge, ways and means of three Chicago freelancers who make a living—and a life!—as independents.
Whether you’re looking to hire freelancers and want insight into how to source the right people, or wish to discover a new career path, we invite you to join us! Enjoy drinks, snacks and camaraderie while mixing and mingling with other women looking for knowledge and change.
By 2020, 40% of the workforce will be freelancers! Learn how to join the movement at this collaborative event!
Ann Hoeger: Innovation Gunslinger who has worked in brand at P&G, SC Johnson, and Wrigley (as a freelancer)... and has worked for both agencies and CPG companies, passionately helping them understand the consumer to create new marketing communication, experiences, and products. Ann also founded SWIM (Savvy Women In Marketing) - a networking community of over 700 executive women marketers whose mission is to promote, develop, and inspire executive women marketers. Follow Ann on Twitter @annhoeger.
Xenia Demo: President and Designer at Moox & Haddon Studio, with over twelve years of creative design experience. Her work is based on a simple idea: Good design meets a client's goals. She's created design solutions for clients ranging from large companies to local businesses, and can inspire teams of great professionals who know how to get the work done.
Beckie O'Connor: Senior Art Director at Havas Worldwide with 8 years of design experience. Above and beyond working at the agency, she designs and provides strategy consultanting for a few start-up companies as well as for the non-profit, Purdue Alumni Club of Chicago. From designing brand identities, packaging, signage, websites, emails, and helping prioritize marketing efforts, she creates great solutions for their budgets. She also helps her husband build a health and wellness business using her design and marketing background to reach their network. She and a few colleagues are working toward growing their freelance clientele into an agency of their own in the next few years. Follow Beckie on Twitter @roc_onn.
THANKS TO OUR HOST & SPONSOR:
Groupon is changing local commerce on a global scale. They're also hiring.
Culturally, they believe great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves them forward.
Community matters to Groupon on an internal, local and global scale. It’s fundamental to their company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large.
RAFFLE PROVIDED BY:
Angela Vitzthum from The Creative Group is joining us to answer any recruiting questions you may have and give us insight into the process of working with them. They are providing some great raffle items, so be sure to bring your business cards! Follow Angela on Twitter @WebRecruiterAng and @CreativeGroup.
PARKING: The building has a parking garage that will cost $15. Street parking is available in the area since the event is after business hours. CTA: Chicago or Halsted bus, Chicago Brown line station.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Companies looking to hire and properly utilize contract workers, those looking to improve their freelancing business whether full time, month-to-month contract or even moonlighting, and those interested in getting into freelancing for the first time. Generally this group is targeted towards women in the creative field from graphic design and writing to project management to account services, but we have also welcomed jewelry designers, photographers, and much more!
When & Where
SheSays is an award-winning global organization running free mentorship and events to women in the creative and marketing businesses. Why? Because we want to see more women at the top.
The Chicago chapter is led by Jennifer Lemerand, Creative Director of Salt Communications, along with team members Kitti Gould, Beckie O'Connor, Ashley Charleson, Suzanne Cohen and Sarah Hughes. We aim to host events every six weeks, generally open to about 40 women to keep the event approachable and engaging. Please feel free to send topic, speaker or location suggestions - we are always looking!