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Wednesday, September 17
 

8:00am

FinCon Camp hosted by Favado - Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

9:00am

Camp - Session 1
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Moderators
AB

Ashley Barnett

Office Manager, Complete Tree Service
avatar for Crystal Stemberger

Crystal Stemberger

Owner/Author, Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
I am a blogging addict. I started blogging in February 2010 and my online endeavors grew from there. I am best known for the blog advertising business I started in April 2011 and the fact that I achieved that dream many of us have...self-employment. I quit my day job July 2011 and my husband quit to help me in January 2012. Since then we have been working the business and have been trying to diversify our income. | | With that in mind, I... Read More →
TT

Todd Tresidder

Founder, FinancialMentor.Com
Todd is a former hedge fund manager who "retired" at age 35 to become a financial educator and consumer advocate. He began FinancialMentor.Com on the premise that quality financial education must be separated from investment product sales to reduce conflict of interest. He is the author of 5 books including the best seller "How Much Money Do I Need To Retire" and is now creating the (soon to be) industry standard wealth building curriculum "7... Read More →

Wednesday September 17, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

12:00pm

Camp Lunch
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Sponsors

Wednesday September 17, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Riverview (41st Floor) 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Camp - Session 2
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Moderators
AB

Ashley Barnett

Office Manager, Complete Tree Service
avatar for Crystal Stemberger

Crystal Stemberger

Owner/Author, Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
I am a blogging addict. I started blogging in February 2010 and my online endeavors grew from there. I am best known for the blog advertising business I started in April 2011 and the fact that I achieved that dream many of us have...self-employment. I quit my day job July 2011 and my husband quit to help me in January 2012. Since then we have been working the business and have been trying to diversify our income. | | With that in mind, I... Read More →
TT

Todd Tresidder

Founder, FinancialMentor.Com
Todd is a former hedge fund manager who "retired" at age 35 to become a financial educator and consumer advocate. He began FinancialMentor.Com on the premise that quality financial education must be separated from investment product sales to reduce conflict of interest. He is the author of 5 books including the best seller "How Much Money Do I Need To Retire" and is now creating the (soon to be) industry standard wealth building curriculum "7... Read More →

Wednesday September 17, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

7:00pm

Camp Dinner
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Olde NoLa Cookery 205 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA

8:30pm

Camp Karaoke Party hosted by Favado
Join us for a fun night of karaoke. All welcome.

Speakers
TD

Tom Drake

President, Drake Media Inc.
Tom Drake started blogging in 2009 when he started Canadian Finance Blog, which is recognized as one of the top personal finance blogs in Canada. Since then, he founded Drake Media Inc., where he manages over a dozen blogs and more than 40 websites overall.

Sponsors

Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Olde NoLa Cookery 205 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA
 
Thursday, September 18
 

9:00am

Camp - Session 3
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Camp, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Moderators
AB

Ashley Barnett

Office Manager, Complete Tree Service
avatar for Crystal Stemberger

Crystal Stemberger

Owner/Author, Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
I am a blogging addict. I started blogging in February 2010 and my online endeavors grew from there. I am best known for the blog advertising business I started in April 2011 and the fact that I achieved that dream many of us have...self-employment. I quit my day job July 2011 and my husband quit to help me in January 2012. Since then we have been working the business and have been trying to diversify our income. | | With that in mind, I... Read More →
TT

Todd Tresidder

Founder, FinancialMentor.Com
Todd is a former hedge fund manager who "retired" at age 35 to become a financial educator and consumer advocate. He began FinancialMentor.Com on the premise that quality financial education must be separated from investment product sales to reduce conflict of interest. He is the author of 5 books including the best seller "How Much Money Do I Need To Retire" and is now creating the (soon to be) industry standard wealth building curriculum "7... Read More →

Thursday September 18, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

10:00am

#FinCon14 Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
Thursday September 18, 2014 10:00am - 9:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

#FinCon14 Lounge with Experian
Sponsors

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:00am - 9:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Swamp and Bayou Tour (Community Event)
This is a two hour swamp tour with Grayline Tours. The cost is $44 per person.

http://www.graylineneworleans.com/swamp-tours

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the adventure!

We need to book and pay in advance. Please RSVP to tahnyakristina@yahoo.ca by Sunday Sept 14.

Thursday September 18 @ 10:30 am. Meet in The FinCon Lounge for pickup @ 10:45 am.

Thursday September 18, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Pro Pass Session 1A
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Making the News: Strategies for Getting the Media's Attention

This panel will be geared to give tips and strategies to those wanting to get their brand on television, radio, and in print.

Moderators
JE

Josh Elledge

Chief Executive Angel, SavingsAngel.com
Josh Elledge is on a mission to help Americans save money to increase giving. He is Founder and Chief Executive Angel of SavingsAngel.com, which bolsters the buying power of the average U.S. family by combining technology, coupons and smart thinking for extreme savings on everyday items. Elledge has emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts on consumer savings -- sharing his successful money savings expertise with millions of families... Read More →

Speakers
KF

Karyn Fleeting

The Miss Thrifty Blog
Better known as the popular British blogger Miss Thrifty, Karyn Fleeting is a regular speaker at digital and search conferences in the UK. Miss Thrifty, her personal finance blog, has won awards including a Plutus Award for Best International Personal Finance Blog, plus a Cosmopolitan Blog Award for Lifestyle Blog of the Year.
avatar for Lauren Greutman

Lauren Greutman

Owner, That Lady Media LLC
Lauren Greutman is a mom of 4 kids under the age of 8, she started blogging in 2010 to share her tips on saving people money. | | She runs MarkandLaurenG.com along with her husband Mark. MarkandLaurenG.com is a personal finance website dedicated to helping Americans living a Simpler Happier Life and get out of debt, while enjoying a life of financial independence. | | She also owns iamthatlady.com, which helps women enjoy life on a... Read More →
KP

Kim Peterson

Top Stocks editor, MSN Money
Kim Peterson has been a writer and editor with MSN Money for six years. She also writes blog posts for CBS MoneyWatch. Before that, she was a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, working at The Seattle Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune.
AS

AJ Smith

Managing Editor, SmartAsset
AJ Smith is the Managing Editor at SmartAsset and is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. Her work has appeared in outlets such as CNN, CBS and The Weather Channel. She has a passion for meeting new people, sharing stories and helping others. She has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ and her husband also write and... Read More →


Thursday September 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

1:00pm

Pro Pass Session 1B
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Conversion Optimization: Making the Most of What You've Built

Making your high traffic pages convert the way you want, how to get more email subscribers, and more.

Speakers
JW

Jim Wang

Founder, Microblogger
Jim Wang founded Bargaineering, a successful personal finance blog, in 2008 and now teaches readers who to build their own small blogging empire at Microblogger.com.


Thursday September 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lafayette Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

Pro Pass Session 2A
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Ask Us Anything: How Probloggers Earn Money By Borrowing Tactics From Other Niches

Ask Us Anything: How we make full time income outside of the personal finance niche. How do we deal with random PR emails? How are each of us making full time income? What mistakes do we see bloggers making? What's the best way to build a blog into a full time business? How do we balance content and monetization? Where do we see the blogosphere going?

The chance to ask questions and get a bit of mentorship is one of the best parts about conferences!

Moderators
SA

Shannyn Allan

Blogger, FrugalBeautiful.com
FrugalBeautiful.com was founded in 2011 to help women live a frugal, beautiful life no matter what their budget! With topics like fashion, fitness, beauty & personal finance, I hope to prove that frugality isn't frumpy! | | This year I'll be featured on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates & have been featured in the RedEye Chicago in their budget brides edition. |

Speakers
TA

Toni Anderson

Owner, The Happy Housewife
Toni Anderson is the owner of The Happy Housewife and co-founder of Digital CoLab. She's leveraged her experience in running a successful business into numerous consulting opportunities including managing the Blogger/ Brand program for Valpak & Savings.com, app marketing for Wine4.me, and user experience for Favado, She's passionate about helping others, spending time with her family, and fitness.
AD

Andrea Deckard

Blogger, SavingsLifestyle.com, AD Media, LLC
Andrea Deckard is an accidental entrepreneur. As a professional blogger at SavingsLifestyle.com, Andrea has learned many ways to earn through diversified revenue streams. | | As a consultant, she has advised brands, including Favado and 94Fifty, how to create a more meaningful experience for consumers. Andrea is also a co-founder of Digital CoLab, where she and her partners share ways to build a profitable brand. | | In her free time... Read More →
MR

Mandy Rose

You can typically find me chasing my children around with my Canon 70D trying to capture the next epic Instagram moment. I'm a boy mom, fountain coke addict and DIY wanna-be. I'm the founder of HouseofRoseBlog.com, a lifestyle blog where I share my love of home decor, DIY tutorials, mommy mishaps and my favorite fashion tips. I am also the co-founder of HappyMommyBox.com which is a care package service for moms to help brighten their day.


Thursday September 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

2:00pm

Pro Pass Session 2B
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
A Content Distribution Master Class

Distributing content is important but how does one do it in a way that makes sense and accomplishes specific goals? In this session we'll look at:

- Developing Content/Reputation/Best Practices
- SEO Implications
- Visitors/Traffic
- Developing a Funnel

Speakers
avatar for Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber

Editor In Chief/Chief Content Officer, Credit.com
Michael Schreiber leads the editorial and content team, which consists of more than 30 credit experts. Credit.com’s content is syndicated daily across major news and media outlets including Yahoo, MSN, AOL, NBC and others. Michael is an Emmy and DuPont award winning journalist & producer, with more than 15 years of experience and has worked in print, television and online. Previously, He was Managing Editor of MainStreet.com, the... Read More →


Thursday September 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lafayette Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Radical Personal Finance Podcast
Join Joshua Sheats for an episode of the Radical Personal Finance podcast.

Thursday September 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Pro Pass Session 3A
How to Earn a Six Figure Income as a Spokesperson

Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
If you’re an accomplished expert in your field, have media experience, and a desire to take your brand to the next level, you may be able to earn a strong income as a spokeswoman. Author, speaker and expert spokesperson, Ellie Kay will share how she has used her brands, "America’s Family Financial Expert ®" and "America's Military Family Expert (™)" to become the “first call” for local and national media. She has been hired to be a spokeswoman for over 50 Fortune 500 companies and products, earning her a six-figure income for ten consecutive years.

Speakers
EK

Ellie Kay

CEO, Ellie Kay and Company, LLC
Ellie Kay is the best-selling author of fifteen books including Lean Body, Fat Wallet, and Living Rich for Less. She is a popular international speaker and a media veteran who has given over1200 media interviews including appearances on ABC, CNBC, CNN and Fox News. Her work has a corporate spokesperson has garnered over 50 SMTs (Satellite Media Tours). As a popular columnist she writes for six national magazines & has been a SME (Subject Matter... Read More →


Thursday September 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
St. Charles Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

3:00pm

Pro Pass Session 3B
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
Blogging is Killing You: When and How to Hire Right, and Get Your Life Back

If you want to build something bigger than yourself, you need to find the right people to join your cause. In this course we'll discuss how not to lose your culture (yes, as the sole writer for your blog, you have a culture). We'll also nail down the fine points of timing your first (and next, and next) hire. Finally, we'll discuss some proven methods for hiring that perfect fit.

Speakers
JM

Jesse Mecham

Founder, You Need A Budget
Jesse is the founder of YouNeedABudget.com and two-time Fincon Pullup Champion. When he’s not speaking on, writing about, fine-tuning software for, or doing his own budgeting, he enjoys playing the piano, working in the garden, CrossFit, marksmanship, and honing his golf swing. Jesse graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters of Accountancy degree. Immediately after he obtained his CPA license, he let it lapse so he could work on... Read More →


Thursday September 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Lafayette Suite (41st Floor) 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Future Financial Podcaster MeetUp (Community Event)
Converting your Financial Blog to a Financial Podcast is easier than you think. If podcasting is something you want to do to grow your business, let's MeetUP at #FinCon14.

As a Certified Financial Planner® professional, you can make real money by converting your Financial Blog into a Podcast. I'll share the Three Secrets of Success for Financial Podcasting when we MeetUP.

Jim Munchbach will give away a FREE copy of Make Your Money Count to the first 10 people who sign up for this MeetUp in New Orleans and the first 50 people who show up will receive a FREE copy of Chris Brogan's new book: Freaks.

Please sign up by visiting www.PodcastHouston.com Today! Don't wait, after we reach 50 attendees, we may need to move the location in which case we will charge for the event. The cost for the first 50 people will be covered by Jim Munchbach.

Speakers
JM

Jim Munchbach

Opportunity Engineer, The Social Business Authority
Jim Munchbach teaches Personal Finance at the Bauer College of Business at University of Houston. Jim is a State Farm agent with offices in Houston and Kerrville Texas where he loves to ride large motorcycles. | | Jim Munchbach is an Opportunity Engineer at The Social Business Authority where he produces multiple podcasts and helps other Social Business owners achieve whats possible.


Thursday September 18, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lobby 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

4:00pm

Nola.com Times-Picayune Building Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Tour the Nola.com Times-Picayune Building at 365 Canal St. 12 Max.
Meet a FinCon Finion (Green Shirt) in the Acadia Ballroom at 4pm to start the tour.

Thursday September 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Nola.com Times-Picayune Building 365 Canal St

4:00pm

MoneyPlan SOS Podcast
Join Steve Stewart for a special live episode of the MoneyPlan SOS podcast.

Thursday September 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:00pm

Microbrewery / Cocktail Tour (Community Event)

The microbrewery/cocktail tour is planned for Thursday, September 18 in the afternoon. We will meet in the FinCon Lounge (Acadia Ballroom) and from there we will head out to the following places (on foot). This tour will include 3 stops, so plan accordingly.

Our first stop will be the Crescent City Brewhouse, approximately a 5 minute walk from the hotel. We will have an official brewery tour at this location, so you will be able to see the brewing process and how things go from raw grains to one of the most cherished beverages in the world - beer. After the tour at Crescent City Brewhouse, we will hang around and chat about blogging, money and media for a while, and then it will be time to head out to the next stops: the New Orleans Famous Napoleon House, and the world famous Hotel Monteleone.

We would like to officially welcome you to an afternoon of drinks, fun and networking with fellow bloggers and finance professionals. Join us on an exciting tour of New Orleans and network with fellow bloggers, company representatives and others on an unforgettable trip around the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Read more about the tour...

For more information or to speak to the organizer, email Jeff at info@sustainablelifeblog.com. 



Thursday September 18, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:30pm

Pro Pass Pro Networking
If your company would like to reserve a table at Pro Networking, head to http://www.FinConExpo.com/Partners

All other attendees, sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
This is an exclusive event for Pro Pass holders and Pro Table Sponsors. Log in, adjust your account, and book meetings at http://fincon14.meeting-mojo.com/

Thursday September 18, 2014 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Carondelet 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

5:00pm

Cash Car Convert Podcast
Join James Kinson for a special live episode of the Cash Car Convert podcast.

Thursday September 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:00pm

Mobile Pro Podcasting MeetUp (Community Event)
5pm , Thu, 09.18 in Acadia Ballroom (FinCon Lounge)

Calling all want-a-be MOBILE podcasters! Ever want to learn how to record pro-quality interviews into your iPhone or iOS device? It doesn't have to be expensive, or complicated!

I will have 4-5 different pro-quality mobile recording set-ups to demo and share. Bring your iOS device, gear, questions, tips and tricks. Beginners & Pros alike welcome!

Our goal: Record some pro-quality interviews and create some rich, on-site content during FinCon!

To get started, get my free ebook and new step-by-step video guide with my special offer to FinCon Participants at: themobilepro.net/fincon14.

Order your gear before FinCon, and bring it with you...I'll be around to field questions and help you get set-up.

Also check out my FinCon guest blog post: 7 Reasons Why You should Record a Podcast Interview on Your iPhone at FinCon14

Hope to see you there. Any questions beforehand? Email or tweet me.

Shawn Smith
shawnsmith@themobilepro.net
@TheMobilePro_

Thursday September 18, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

First Timers Q&A Session
First time at FinCon? Join Philip Taylor, FinCon Founder, for a quick, informal Q&A Session to help you get acclimated to the event.

Meet at one of the round tables in the FinCon Lounge. 

Speakers
avatar for Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor

FinCon / PT Money Conferences LLC
Founder of FinCon and PT Money: Personal Finance


Thursday September 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

6:30pm

Pro Pass VIP Mixer
Sorry, this add-on, FinCon Pro Pass, is sold out. Enjoy the rest of the full schedule, which your pass entitles you to. Thank you.
This is an exclusive event for Pro Pass holders, Sponsors, and Speakers.

Speakers
DC

Daniel Crosby

President, IncBlot
Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of mind and markets. His clients include Brinker Capital, Guardian Life, Eaton Vance, Stadion and NASA. Dr. Crosby is a two time TEDx presenter, was recently named one of AARP’s “Financial Bloggers You Should Be Reading” and speaks at 35 to 40 industry events each year... Read More →
CD

Chris Ducker

CEO, Virtual Staff Finder
A serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing. Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hit shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.
JG

Jeff Goins

Jeff is a full-time author, blogger, and speaker. He frequently speaks and writes about how to make a difference in the world through our words and actions. You can follow him online at goinswriter.com. Jeff is the former Communications Director of Adventures in Missions, an international nonprofit organization. Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent the next year on the road with a band. Since studying abroad in... Read More →
JR

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts, a veteran in the financial services industry, currently serves as President of the Affluent / High Net Worth Card business, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Roberts is responsible for the Sapphire, and JP Morgan card portfolios, as well as the affluent portions of Freedom and Slate. In addition, she leads the Pricing and Ultimate Rewards Centers of Excellence. These responsibilities include oversight for the key financial... Read More →
FT

Farnoosh TOrabi

Financial Reporter, Farnoosh.TV
Farnoosh is a personal finance expert, author, speaker and TV personality. Her work and advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Time and Money magazines. Her television credits include The Today Show, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Dr .Oz and The View. She was the host of the Webby-nominated show Financially Fit on Yahoo!, the #1 personal finance series on the web. Her latest book... Read More →


Thursday September 18, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverview (41st Floor) 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:30pm

Welcome Reception
Thursday September 18, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00pm

Ignite FinCon hosted by Generation Mortgage
Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

Ignite FinCon14 will take place at New Orleans’ very own The Attic at Lucy’s just a short walk from the main FinCon hotel!

Learn more at http://ignite.finconexpo.com/

Sponsors
KO

Katie O'Neill

Group Account Director, three



Thursday September 18, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant 701 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
 
Friday, September 19
 

7:30am

Money Mastermind Show
Join Miranda Marquit and crew for a special live episode of the Money Mastermind Show. Special guest COUNTRY Financial.

Friday September 19, 2014 7:30am - 8:15am
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:30am

Breakfast hosted by T. Rowe Price
Sponsors
KM

Kylie Muratore

Public Relations Coordinator, T. Rowe Price
Attending and sponsoring FinCon to meet and develop relationships with financial bloggers, while providing access to T. Rowe Price experts and insights.


Friday September 19, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:30am

#FinCon14 Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
Friday September 19, 2014 7:30am - 6:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:30am

#FinCon14 Lounge with Experian
Sponsors

Friday September 19, 2014 7:30am - 6:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:30am

Doing the Work of a Dream

The opening act will be Mr. Jeff Goins. He’ll be giving an inspirational talk on community building that you won’t want to miss.

Jeff is new to the FinCon Community, but many of you I know are aware of his blog, books, and helpful resources for writers looking to grow their online influence and income. He’s an impressive writer’s writer. I’m excited and honored to invite him to the FinCon stage and have him help set the tone for this year’s event.

Full Bio:

Jeff Goins is a full-time author, blogger, and speaker. He frequently speaks and writes about how to make a difference in the world through our words and actions. You can follow him online at goinswriter.com.

Jeff is the former Communications Director of Adventures in Missions, an international nonprofit organization. Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent the next year on the road with a band. Since studying abroad in Spain, he has always had a passion for travel, missions, and making a difference in the world. His first book,Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, addresses the issue of how we live purpose-filled lives by serving the needs of others.

Jeff’s blog, GoinsWriter.com, is one of the fastest-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for writers, artists, and entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2012, it won the Top 10 Blogs for Writers award on WritetoDone.com. Each month, he receives over 100,000 visitors to his website.

Jeff’s work has been published online and offline in a variety of publications, including RELEVANT Magazine, Copyblogger.com, and ZenHabits.net (voted one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites). His forthcoming work, The In-Between, is a memoir about the lessons we learn while waiting.

Jeff and his wife, Ashley, live just outside of Nashville, TN with their son and dog.


Speakers
JG

Jeff Goins

Jeff is a full-time author, blogger, and speaker. He frequently speaks and writes about how to make a difference in the world through our words and actions. You can follow him online at goinswriter.com. Jeff is the former Communications Director of Adventures in Missions, an international nonprofit organization. Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent the next year on the road with a band. Since studying abroad in... Read More →



Friday September 19, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:45am

Video Contest Announcement from GOBankingRates.com

As part of our ongoing 52-week savings series, GOBankingRates is inviting all personal finance bloggers, experts and YouTube stars to create a one-minute video sharing their best money-saving tip.

Not only will select videos be featured in our year-long series, but the participant whose video gets the most views on GOBankingRates will win big – including having their video featured during FinCon14 and winning a pre-funded savings account worth $1,000.

Learn more at http://www.finconmedia.com/gobankingrates-summer-savings-video-challenge/ 


Sponsors
G

GOBankingRates

President; Consumer Track



Friday September 19, 2014 9:45am - 10:00am
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

#FinCon14 Lounge with Experian
Sponsors

Friday September 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Freelancer's Marketplace
RSVP (site owners only) for a table at the Freelancer's Marketplace

Are you a freelancer? Do you need to hire freelancers? This is your meetup. Categories include:
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Video
  • SEO
  • Web design
  • Social media
  • and more!
Freelancers do not need to RSVP. Just show up.

Secure your table (for site owners / publishers). If you'd like to attend the Freelancers Marketplace because you are looking to hire freelancers, then please RSVP for a table. We'll reserve your spot for free and give you a place to meet with prospective freelancers.

Moderators
JS

Jason Steele

Freelance Writer, Money Talks News, Money Crashers, Wise Bread, Card Wisdom, and others.
Since 2008, Jason Steele has been a freelance contributor to many of the leading personal finance sites including Credit.com, Wise Bread, and Money Crashers. In addition, his work is regularly features at mainstream outlets such as MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider.

Friday September 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Studio 9 Preservation Hall 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

10:00am

The Investing/Retirement Blog of Tomorrow — Meet the Best Bloggers in Your Niche!
Bring your ideas about where investing and retirement blogs are headed and share them with your fellow bloggers and possible partners!

Friday September 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Studio 10 Preservation Hall 555 Canal St. New Orleans, LA

10:00am

Yo Pro Wealth Podcast
Join Austin Netzley for a special live episode of the Yo Pro Wealth podcast.

Friday September 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

Ask the Expert: Bob Lotich, Founder of ChristianPF.com
Have a question about blogging, self-publishing, or growing your email list? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to Bob.

The session is informal. Come and go as you please. 

Friday September 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:30am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

Broken Eggs Film Screening

The Broken Eggs filmmakers will be at #FinCon14 and will present a special screening of portions of their documentary film. Here’s more about the film…

“What was once a life ending in happily ever after is now a life ending in working ever after. If retirement feels more like a fairy tale, it is in the feature-length documentary Broken Eggs.

The film, Broken Eggs, takes a rare look at one of the gravest social issues facing an aging America – the grim irony that even as we live longer, a growing number of Americans are falling short of a secure and comfortable retirement. And the prognosis is even worse for future generations.”

Executive Producer Chad Parks, a retirement guru and serial entrepreneur, and Producer Sylvia Flores spearheaded the project with a road trip across America to hear from everyday Americans. They will be onsite, along with Producer Andrew Meadows, to show portions of the film and moderate a discussion around this important topic.


Speakers
SF

Sylvia Flores

Producer, Broken Eggs Film
In her documentary film debut, Sylvia Flores merged minds with Executive Producer Chad Parks, Producer Andrew Meadows, and a four-person film crew, as they embarked on a cross-country discovery tour in early 2012 that served as the foundation for what ultimately became Broken Eggs. | | With over 20 years in marketing and advertising, Flores has worked with mega clients including Intel, Microsoft, Carbon Audio, and Apple. Flores has also... Read More →
AM

Andrew Meadows

Producer, Broken Eggs Film
Andrew Meadows is an award-winning public speaker, broadcast personality and advocate for all things retirement. He has worked primarily in the 401(k) and personal finance industry for the past 12 years, weighing heavily on his experience in marketing and media to spread the word and motivate others to plan for their futures. | | In the culmination of his entire working career, Meadows found a like mind in Chad Parks who also felt the lack... Read More →
CP

Chad Parks

Executive Producer, Broken Eggs FIlm
Chad Parks is Executive Producer for the independently produced documentary, Broken Eggs. He was a born entrepreneur who stumbled upon the film world by being the black sheep of the retirement industry. And with visionary beginnings. | | In his youth, Chad had a paper route, auto detailing and lawn maintenance business. In high school and college, he was a chef, caterer, and was an activities director for an international language school... Read More →



Friday September 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:30am
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

How to Become a Social Media Ninja: Tools for Social Media Management
You use twitter, you know your way around Facebook, and you might even have a thing for Google+. But you need the tools to manage them all without pulling out your hair. We'll talk tools, which ones you need and which to avoid to help you become a social media ninja.

Speakers
KW

Kelly Whalen

CEO, Whalen Media, LLC
Kelly Whalen is the founder of Centsible Life, (thecentsiblelife.com)a blog where motherhood and money meet. Her goal is to help readers live well on less. Kelly is a mom to 4, and combines family life with her passions for writing, personal finance, & social media. You can often find her on twitter (twitter.com/centsiblelife) and Facebook (facebook.com/centsiblelife) talking money and motherhood.


Friday September 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:30am
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

How to Write Posts that Go Viral
It's not enough to create great content. Bloggers must position their great information and headlines in a way that grabs the reader's attention, demands clicks and makes social sharing irresistible. This panel gives specific tools you can use to make content leap out from the screen, drive readers to your site build community, followers and customers.

Moderators
EJ

Emma Johnson

Expert on women and money, Emma Johnson
Longtime personal finance journalist (former AP business reporter, MSN Money columnist, credits in NYT, WSJ, Forbes, Men's Health, WIRED, WORTH, etc.), launched in August, 2012 WealthySingleMommy.com about thriving as a professional single mother. Within the first year I was named to NYT Motherlode's blogroll and invited to write op-eds for Opinionator, made appearances on HLN, HuffPoLive, Ryan Seacrest Radio, Fox News, TODAY and landed a... Read More →

Speakers
JB

Jennifer Barrett

A digital strategist and award-winning financial journalist with more than 15 years of media experience, Jennifer is currently SVP, editorial and product development, and Editor-in-Chief at DailyWorth, a money site with nearly a million newsletter subscribers. The co-author of 2 personal finance books, Jennifer's also written about financial topics for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Worth, Money, and Newsweek... Read More →
CH

Cameron Huddleston

Contributing Editor, Kiplinger
Cameron Huddleston writes the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism. Prior to that, she worked for Dow Jones Newswires, covering convertible securities and junk bonds. She has a BA in journalism and Russian studies from Washington & Lee University.
PP

Paula Pant

Blogger, Afford Anything
Paula Pant ditched her 9-to-5 job in 2008 and never looked back. She's traveled to more than 30 countries, runs a business through her laptop from anywhere on earth, and she owns a half-dozen rental properties. Her blog, AffordAnything.com, is dedicated to becoming money-savvy, crushing limits, and maximizing life. It’s the new gathering spot for a tribe of people who refuse to say, “I’d love to do that ... but I can’t... Read More →
MQ

Morgan Quinn

Managing Editor, Social Media Manager, Mint.com, Intuit
Morgan is an editor, content marketer, and social media strategist. She is the current Managing Editor and Social Media Manager for Mint.com, an Intuit company. | | She is recognized as a prominent San Diego blogger, content marketer, and social media specialist and is considered a leader in her industry and among her professional networks. | | Before she became a marketer and social media strategist, Morgan worked in the personal finance... Read More →


Friday September 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:30am
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

The Power of Stories (with NerdWallet) - How Storytelling Can Help You Connect with Your Audience, Influence the Culture of Your Community, and Build Your Brand
You have all this great information you want to convey, but it all comes across as dry or disparate pieces of information. We'll talk through the do's and don'ts of storytelling, building a unique voice, and how to transmit that voice across both online and offline interactions. 

Speakers
SK

Shiyan Koh

VP Personal Finance, NerdWallet
Shiyan leads NerdWallet's Personal Finance products. Before NerdWallet, she was an investment professional at Bridgewater Associates. Shiyan was also a Senior Investment Associate at Institutional Venture Partners, and began her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at JPMorgan, serving technology and healthcare clients. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
AM

Alex McAdams

Strategy Associate, NerdWallet
Alex is a member of NerdWallet's Personal Finance team and is passionate about helping people make better, more informed financial decisions. He writes on a variety of financial topics including digital currencies, taxes, and financial hacks. Alex also helps curate NerdWallet’s consumer community and is dedicated to giving visitors to NerdWallet a great experience. Before joining NerdWallet, Alex was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group... Read More →


Friday September 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:30am
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

French Quarter Walking Tour (Community Event)
For those not attending any meetings during midday on Friday, join me to walk around the French Quarter. Food, shopping and lots to see. This is a kid friendly outing and a perfect time to meet some other spouses who came to have a great weekend.

Friday 9/19, 11am, meet in lobby of New Orleans Marriott.

Jennifer Rosenberg, saucy520@gmail.com

Friday September 19, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lobby 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

11:45am

Lunch and Keynote with Jennifer Roberts of Chase

Join key sponsor J.P. Morgan Chase for a special plated lunch on Friday, September 19, 2014 onsite at #FinCon14 in New Orleans.

The Chase Lunch will offer a time to network with other attendees as well as a chance to learn from the President of Chase’s Affluent / High Net Worth Card business, Jennifer Roberts.

Jennifer Roberts, a veteran in the financial services industry, currently serves as President of the Affluent / High Net Worth Card business, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Roberts is responsible for the Sapphire, and JP Morgan card portfolios, as well as the affluent portions of Freedom and Slate.


Speakers
JR

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts, a veteran in the financial services industry, currently serves as President of the Affluent / High Net Worth Card business, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Roberts is responsible for the Sapphire, and JP Morgan card portfolios, as well as the affluent portions of Freedom and Slate. In addition, she leads the Pricing and Ultimate Rewards Centers of Excellence. These responsibilities include oversight for the key financial... Read More →

Sponsors


Friday September 19, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Carondelet 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

1:30pm

Ask the Expert: Brian MacFarland, Founder at LazyManandMoney.com
Have a question about blogging? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to Brian (LazyMan).

The session is informal. Come and go as you please.

Friday September 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

How to Build a Thriving Community: Top Bloggers Share Engagement Strategies That Work
Does your blog or podcast have a loyal community? Are you curious how to turn passive visitors into raving fans? In this session, Jim Wang, J.D. Roth, and Jeff Rose will share how they build and manage successful communities. Discover tips and strategies to help you build a loyal following for your blog, podcast, or videocast.

Moderators
MD

Mike Delgado

Mike is a community shepherd, digital marketer, and educator. He serves as the social media community manager for Experian, North America and teaches social media strategy courses at the University of California, Irvine Extension. He writes for Social Media Examiner and blogs about how businesses can build thriving communities at MikeDelgado.org. He is tweeting @mikedelgado and hosts Experian's weekly #CreditChat and #MarketingChat.

Speakers
LL

Luke Landes

Luke Landes is the founder of premiere personal finance blog Consumerism Commentary and is a renowned writer covering personal finance and money management. | | With experience building online communities since 1990, Luke founded Consumerism Commentary to hold himself publicly but anonymously accountable for his decisions with money. | | Consumerism Commentary has received accolades from Money Magazine, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek... Read More →
JR

Jeff Rose

Financial Planner/Blogger, Alliance Wealth Management, LLC
Jesus & family lover, financial planner, Iraqi Combat Veteran, Author of Soldier of Finance, In-N-Out Burger addict, Crossfitter
JR

John Roth

Editor, Get Rich Slowly
J.D. Roth founded the award-winning Get Rich Slowly in 2006. He's also the author of Your Money: The Missing Manual and writes the monthly "Your Money" column for Entrepreneur magazine. Earlier this year, he released the Get Rich Slowly course, which can be found at MoneyToolbox.com. His non-financial writing lives at jdroth.com. J.D. is rather fond of bacon.
JW

Jim Wang

Founder, Microblogger
Jim Wang founded Bargaineering, a successful personal finance blog, in 2008 and now teaches readers who to build their own small blogging empire at Microblogger.com.


Friday September 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

How We Messed Up Everything And Still Created a Podcast With 20,000 Downloads a Month
You know the basics of podcasting, but how do you go from zero to 20,000 downloads a month? Joe Saul-Sehy and his partner "OG" created the Stacking Benjamins podcast using a different formula than most. Joe'll use his mistakes as a case study to help you design, record, and promote your podcast into something to be proud of...without the bumpy ride. Specifically he'll discuss everything from artwork to networking and show construction to securing top guests.

Speakers
JS

Joe Saul-Sehy

Before creating Stacking Benjamins, Joe was a 16 year financial planning veteran and media specialist. His advice has appeared in wide-ranging places such as the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and Detroit News. He's been featured in magazines such as Bride, Child and Best Life. Joe was the Detroit WXYZ TV "Money Man" for nine years. Stacking Benjamins offers readers and listeners relaxed financial tips and commentary on current events.


Friday September 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

Not REALLY Retired: How the Financial Independence Movement Will Change the Way You Think About Work
The FinCon community has spoken.  Financial Independence/Early Retirement is the topic on everyone’s radar.  Join Mike and Lauren for a discussion about what “retirement” means today and how its changing for a generation seeking an alternative to consumerism and careerism. Topics covered will include:
  • How anyone can retire in 5-10 years regardless of age, income, or occupation.
  • How the modern financial independence movement got it’s start.
  • Why people have trouble accepting the change.
  • How to plan for unforeseen expenses after quitting your job.
  • Can a person be financially independent but not retired?
  • What do some our favorite bloggers have to say on the subject?

Speakers
MA

Mike and Lauren Moyer

Vlogger, Mike and Lauren


Friday September 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

Writing the Same Old Stuff...Differently
Debt repayment. Tax time. Holiday shopping. Credit cards. Retirement. Affordable weddings. Student loans. Buying a car. Insurance. Investing. What, again?!

How do you write yet another article on April 15 or Roth IRAs? Is there anything new to be said about life insurance or saving on groceries? Why should you bother with these oft-repeated topics? Because you can change someone’s life by doing so, that’s why.

Personal finance bloggers aren’t just writers. They’re translators, hand-holders and game-changers. Your words could change readers’ lives for the better – and sometimes in monumental ways.

Speakers
DF

Donna Freedman

Donna Freedman spent almost seven years writing for MSN Money and a couple of years as a staff writer for Get Rich Slowly. She now works for Money Talks News and writes for various other websites and magazines, and blogs about intentional spending and lifeitsownself at DonnaFreedman.com


Friday September 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

The 10 Commandments of Investor Behavior

Dr. Daniel Crosby will be joining us at #FinCon14 and delivering a keynote address on the subject of behavioral finance – subject of greater importance in the coming years. I was first introduced to Dr. Crosby after viewing his TEDx talk on financial bias.

I think you’ll find that Dr. Crosby is both entertaining and informative. He’s also great with social media. He’s a perfect fit to speak at FinCon and I’m excited to see him speak. Join me in welcoming him to the FinCon stage.

Description: When average investors consider the sources of return, they tend to look everywhere but in the mirror. However, recent research in behavioral finance suggests that individual choice is a better predictor of performance than macro economic factors and even fund manager skill. 

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Daniel Crosby will set forth "10 Commandments" of investor behavior that help to mitigate the "behavior gap" that causes investors to realize less than 50% of stock market gains on average. 

By employing these 10 principles, investors can begin to find the process more enjoyable, empowering and lucrative, often times by doing less work than they are currently. 

Bio: Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of mind and markets.

His clients include Brinker Capital, Guardian Life, Eaton Vance, Stadion and NASA. Dr. Crosby is a two time TEDx presenter, was recently named one of AARP’s “Financial Bloggers You Should Be Reading” and speaks at 35 to 40 industry events each year.

Daniel is the creator of the “Crosby Irrationality Index“, a measure of market sanity that is a combination of fundamental and technical indicators.

Dr. Crosby’s well-reviewed book, “You’re Not That Great” applies elements of behavioral finance such as loss aversion and availability heuristic to the pursuit of a meaningful life.

When he is not consulting around market psychology, Daniel enjoys independent films, fanatically following St. Louis Cardinals baseball and spending time with his wife and two children.

Follow him on Twitter at @incblot.


Speakers
DC

Daniel Crosby

President, IncBlot
Educated at Brigham Young and Emory Universities, Dr. Daniel Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps organizations understand the intersection of mind and markets. His clients include Brinker Capital, Guardian Life, Eaton Vance, Stadion and NASA. Dr. Crosby is a two time TEDx presenter, was recently named one of AARP’s “Financial Bloggers You Should Be Reading” and speaks at 35 to 40 industry events each year... Read More →



Friday September 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Stacking Benjamins Podcast
Join Joe Saul-Sehy, Paula Pant, and J. Money for a special edition of the Stacking Benjamins podcast. Live from the COUNTRY Financial stage in the Expo Hall.

Speakers
JS

Joe Saul-Sehy

Before creating Stacking Benjamins, Joe was a 16 year financial planning veteran and media specialist. His advice has appeared in wide-ranging places such as the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and Detroit News. He's been featured in magazines such as Bride, Child and Best Life. Joe was the Detroit WXYZ TV "Money Man" for nine years. Stacking Benjamins offers readers and listeners relaxed financial tips and commentary on current events.


Friday September 19, 2014 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Bissonet 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

3:30pm

Expo Hall (Happy Hour)

The FinCon Expo Hall adds incredible value to your #FinCon14 experience.

With more than 35 financial and new media companies showcasing the most cutting-edge products, technologies and services, you’re sure to find solutions to improve your business and help your readers.

The Expo Hall is also where we will have our live podcasting stage, show-casing some of the best financial podcasts available today.

Join us in the Expo Hall from 3:30pm to 6:30pm for an exclusive happy hour. Your free drink ticket will be given to you as you exit the Mardi Gras ballroom. 



Friday September 19, 2014 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:30pm

BiggerPockets Podcast
Join Brandon Turner and Joshua Dorkin for a special, live edition of the BiggerPockets Podcast. Live from the COUNTRY Financial stage in the Expo Hall.

Friday September 19, 2014 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Bissonet 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

5:30pm

Listen Money Matters Podcast
Join Matt Giovanisci and Andrew Fiebert for a special, live episode of the Listen Money Matters podcast. Live from the COUNTRY Financial stage in the Expo Hall.

Friday September 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Bissonet 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

5:30pm

FinCon Local Leaders Meetup (Community Event)
FinCon Local is a way to connect with other Financial Bloggers, Podcasters, and Planners in your city. Come join us to talk about the benefits of connecting locally and how you can get involved as a leader or attendee.

Deacon Hayes will be leading this meetup. For more information or to RSVP contact deacon@wellkeptwallet.com.

Friday September 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

Freelancer Meetup (Community Event)
Another chance after the morning's Freelancer's Marketplace for freelancers to meet up and talk more. Any freelancers or businesses who need to hire freelancers are welcome.

Meet at the table closest to the Credit Karma booth in the FinCon Lounge. We will then head to the hotel bar.

Please RSVP at: aaron.crowe.consulting@gmail.com

Friday September 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

Board Game Meetup (Community Event)
RSVP: Send an email to scott@focusedintensitycoaching.com

We'll meet starting at 5:30pm in the FinCon Lounge and ready to go on as late as folks are interested. If you RSVP and then send your contact information after attending we'll provide all winners a "certificate of awesome" via email to print out and hang on your wall. If you can bring a game of your own please do, I'll be bringing several.

For more info or to RSVP contact Scott Maderer @focusdintensity scott@focusedintensitycoaching.com

Friday September 19, 2014 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Betterment Networking Event
Please join the Betterment team for an evening of food, beverages, and talking shop. We'll be at Crescent City Brewhouse, which is a 5 minute walk from the New Orleans Marriott. Food and drinks and complimentary, and there may be a Betterment t-shirt or two in the deal. Be sure to stop by and have some fun with us!

Friday September 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crescent City Brewhouse 527 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00pm

Witches Brew Ghost Tour (Community Event)
Friday, 9/19, 8pm, meet at the Supreme Court Building

(or we can meet at 7:30 pm and all walk over together from the FinCon Lounge)

This is the four-in-one haunted walking tour of the local cemetery, French Quarter and voodoo grounds with Witches Brew Tours.

Because how do you go to New Orleans and NOT go on a ghost tour! Also, LivingSocial is offering a deal on this company's tickets: https://www.livingsocial.com/cities/59-new-orleans/deals/1220418-haunted-tours-of-new-orleans

Just purchase your own ticket, reserve a spot on the 8 PM tour on Friday, 9/19 and either meet us at the Supreme Court Building or at the FinCon Lounge at 7:30 PM.

Got questions? I'm happy to answer them:

Mel, brokegirlrich@gmail.com

Friday September 19, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Louisiana Supreme Court Building 400 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
 
Saturday, September 20
 

8:00am

Wealth Anatomy Podcast
Join Ryan Michler for a special, live edition of the Wealth Anatomy podcast.

Saturday September 20, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00am

Breakfast hosted by Scottrade
Saturday September 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00am

Social Media Manager Meetup (Community Event)
Meet in the FinCon lounge during breakfast.

Are you a community builder or social media manager? Let's get together and chat over coffee. Would love to learn about your work and the campaigns your working on.

Please let me know if you can join us. You can tweet me @mikedelgado or email me at: michael.delgado@experian.com.

Speakers
MD

Mike Delgado

Mike is a community shepherd, digital marketer, and educator. He serves as the social media community manager for Experian, North America and teaches social media strategy courses at the University of California, Irvine Extension. He writes for Social Media Examiner and blogs about how businesses can build thriving communities at MikeDelgado.org. He is tweeting @mikedelgado and hosts Experian's weekly #CreditChat and #MarketingChat.


Saturday September 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00am

#FinCon14 Check-In and Badge Pick-Up
Saturday September 20, 2014 8:00am - 5:30pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00am

#FinCon14 FinCon Lounge with Experian
Sponsors

Saturday September 20, 2014 8:00am - 6:45pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

The Business of You: How to Build a Brand and Become an Influencer, Without Doing All The Work!

Many in the FinCon community have personally used Chris’ advice and I had the pleasure of seeing him speak at NMX in 2012. Chris is a professional speaker who brings an energetic, experienced voice to the stage.

Bio: A serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing.

Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hit shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.


Speakers
CD

Chris Ducker

CEO, Virtual Staff Finder
A serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing. Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hit shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.



Saturday September 20, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:45am

Book Signing with Chris Ducker
Speakers
CD

Chris Ducker

CEO, Virtual Staff Finder
A serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris helps other entrepreneurs catapult their businesses into the 21st century utilizing what he calls the ‘New Business’ style of marketing. Chris’ new book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, hit shelves April 1st, 2014. Learn more about Chris at www.chrisducker.com.


Saturday September 20, 2014 9:45am - 10:00am
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Ask the Expert: David Weliver, Founder of MoneyUnder30.com
Have a question about blogging, WordPress design, monetization, or growing your email list? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to David.

The session is informal. Come and go as you please.

Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Freelancing: A Better Way to Work?
For years, people have associated "work" with "employment", but I believe that this is the best time in history to change that by embracing the freelance work model. As experts in both personal financing and blogging, FinCon attendees are uniquely positioned to thrive as freelancers in the fields of writing, editing, SEO, and web development. Furthermore, we can serve our readers as financial advisors and personal coaches.

Moderators
JS

Jason Steele

Freelance Writer, Money Talks News, Money Crashers, Wise Bread, Card Wisdom, and others.
Since 2008, Jason Steele has been a freelance contributor to many of the leading personal finance sites including Credit.com, Wise Bread, and Money Crashers. In addition, his work is regularly features at mainstream outlets such as MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider.

Speakers
CA

Constantine Anastasakis

Director of Biz Dev, Fiverr
CS

Carrie Smith

Blogger, Careful Cents
Carrie Smith is a financial writer and business owner who helps creative entrepreneurs discover the art of making a living, so they can afford to create. In 2012 she paid off $14,000 of debt then quit her full-time accounting job to pursue writing and blogging.


Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

How to Build a Rockstar Brand from Scratch, Stand Out from the Pack and Maximize Your Impact
You have a passion to help others make and maintain their money wisely, eh? That’s great! But, if only ten people know how awesome-sauce you are, will you really make the impact you daydream about? Or can you ever turn this “hobby” into your full-blown business?

This upbeat session will give you step by step instruction on how to stand out from the pack in a world oversaturated with bloggers, podcasters and radio show hosts so you can make major impact and major money in your niche.

Speakers
PW

Patrice Washington

Personal Finance Author, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth
In 2009 Patrice C. Washington didn't even know what a blog was, but she did know she was passionate about helping others WIN in their finances so she figured it out. Today as a nationally recognized speaker, #1 best- selling author, featured columnist and media personality, she's focused on moving the masses from debt management to money mastery. | | Patrice’s wisdom on money matters has been a recurring feature by national brands such as... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Pinterest Marketing: How to Drive Viral Traffic to Your Blog and Expand Your Reach
Pinterest is without a doubt the most powerful marketing tool that the blog world has ever seen, and it is completely free to use! Learn how to vastly expand your reach and drive viral traffic to your blog even if your current platform is very small. In this session you will learn:
  • Why Pinterest is such a powerful tool, especially for women bloggers, and what it can do for your blog.
  • The surprising secret to what type of content drives the most traffic and the 3 essential elements of a perfect pin.
  • The three most important things you can do to improve your Pinterest page right now.
  • How to use collaborative boards to dramatically expand your reach.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Soukup

Ruth Soukup

Owner, Living Well Spending Less Inc.
Ruth Soukup is the founder of LivingWellSpendingLess.com, one of the most popular personal finance blogs on the web, and the New York Times bestselling author of the book Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. She is also the author of the bestselling blogging guide, How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) and the founder of EliteBlogAcademy.com, an advanced blogging course. Her next book, Unstuffed: Decluttering... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Why the Mommy Bloggers are Making More Money than Your Money Blog
Marketers have been allocating more and more of their traditional and digital marketing budgets towards blog advertising, specifically by engaging bloggers in paid campaigns. "Mommy bloggers" have been taking a large piece of the pie by contracting with these major brands to boost revenue; as someone who has been both a money and mommy blogger, I'll share the tips I've used to secure bigger paying gigs and keep big brands coming back year after year, including outreach, contract negotiation, payment terms, and reporting.

Speakers
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Linsey Knerl

Knerl Family Media
Linsey is a freelance blogger, author, and public speaker, with experience managing online communities, including her first social role as the Community Manager of Wise Bread. Her company, Knerl Family Media, provides digital content, including video, copy, and photography, for a variety of brands, such as ConAgra, Walmart, and American Express.


Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

7 Rules for Capturing, Cultivating, and Converting Leads from your Blog
Are you leveraging your blog to sell your products and services? Leads are the lifeline of new sales and new clients. In this session, Stephanie Sammons will teach you her proven method for capturing, cultivating, and converting leads from your blog. She'll also give you action steps and her most recommended tools for setting up your unique lead generation system.

Speakers
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Stephanie Sammons

Founder/CEO, Wired Advisor
Stephanie is a digital entrepreneur and CEO of Wired Advisor (http://www.wiredadvisor.com).


Saturday September 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Anti-Social: Why Writing for Twitter and Facebook is Limiting your Content's Reach
PF bloggers are all about community, but sometimes community limits opportunity. Posts written for social sharing that are about "5 Ways to..." or are centered around funny memes typically don't answer people's questions, don't have a long shelf-life, and don't create maximum business opportunity for you. In today's online world, writing for Google is the way to go because if you do it well you can create content that will keep people coming back to your site. Attend this session to learn more about this approach and to see how one corporate blogger created a traffic-generating powerhouse in a year's time.

Speakers
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Thomas Bright

Digital Marketing & Content Strategist, ClearPoint CCS
Thomas Bright handles the digital content strategy at ClearPoint, a national non-profit credit counseling agency. He's pretty knowledgeable about best web practices and fired up about SEO, but writing remains his passion. His favorite topic in personal finance is student loans, and he enjoys sharing his tips on how to pay them off most efficiently. When he isn't working, he's exploring Richmond, Virginia with his wife and friends and soaking up... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Ask the Expert: Casey Bond, Managing Editor at GOBankingRates.com
Have a question about writing, editing, or managing a team of writers to deliver killer content? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to Casey.

The session is informal. Come and go as you please.

Saturday September 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

How To Get Booked To Speak At Events (And Deliver A Killer Talk)
Let's be honest. You've probably attended plenty of conferences and events, saw the speaker on stage, and thought, "I can do that!" It's time to stop hiding behind a computer and time to try your skills in front of a live audience. Come learn from Grant Baldwin, a professional speaker, who has spoken at hundreds of events and knows how to get booked to speak. He will also show you how to position your brand as a speaker so you can continue to get booked in the future. As someone who has delivered thousands of presentations to audiences as big as 13,000, Grant will also teach you what makes an engaging and effective talk.

Speakers
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Grant Baldwin

Speaker/Podcaster/Author, The Baldwin Group
Grant Baldwin is a nationally recognized speaker and author. His book and curriculum "Reality Check" is used in over 500 high schools around the country. He has given hundreds of presentations and has spoken to over 400,000 people in 47 states through leadership conferences, conventions, and other events. He is also host of the podcast "How Did You Get Into That?" which interviews people doing interview and inspiring work. As much as he enjoys... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Revealed: How To Make Editors Fall In Love (And Stay In Love) With Your Work
Tired of having pitches summarily rejected? Wondering how to turn one successful pitch into a long-term relationship? It’s not magic.

In this panel, three veteran personal finance editors will share practical, concrete advice on how to write pitches that editors can’t resist, deliver stories that editors can’t wait to read and become so indispensable that editors can’t help but give you more assignments.

The discussion will be led by Miranda Marquit, author of “Confessions Of A Professional Blogger” and 2014 Plutus Award winner for Best Blog Contributor Or Freelance Writer.

Moderators
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Miranda Marquit

Owner, Miranda Marquit Freelancing, LLC
Miranda is a freelance journalist, professional blogger, and author. She provides content to numerous publications, online and offline, including U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, Wise Bread, Discover magazine, and her local newspaper. Her latest book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger, was self-published with money raised from a successful crowdfunding campaign (Miranda's other two books were handled by publishers). Miranda works... Read More →

Speakers
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Victoria Araj

Blog Team Leader, Quicken Loans
Victoria Araj leads the Quicken Loans Zing Blog and held roles in mortgage banking, public relations and more in her nine years with the company. Previously, she worked with and for notable politicians Congressman John Dingell and former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in political science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in public administration from... Read More →
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Korrena Bailie

Managing Editor, Bankrate Insurance
Korrena is current managing editor at Bankrate Insurance. She has been an editor for 5 years and also holds a master's degree in creative writing.
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Matt Schulz

Senior Industry Analyst, CreditCards.com
Matt has spent much of the last decade helping people make smart decisions about their money. | | He has helped lead web editorial teams for multiple financial websites, a TV station, a college sports website and a newspaper. He has been quoted as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and many other media outlets. He is also a regular contributor to USNews.com's My Money blog. | | When he's not working, he's... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:45am

Lunch and Keynote with Ally Bank

Content Amplification Through Social Media

The social media landscape is constantly evolving, and its success depends on content creation and brand participation. It’s increasingly important for brands to curate social content that aligns with their overall voice and tone, and find the right environment to spread their message to their target audience.

At Ally Bank, we have found success by developing a comprehensive strategy to connect with our audience of financially savvy customers. By identifying categories of interest to theAlly Bank audience, we are able to develop social content that creates a strong bond with our customers and encourages active participation on our channels.

Don’t miss our discussion on the importance of social media for branded content amplification and more during Saturday’s lunch at FinCon14!


Speakers
Sponsors

Saturday September 20, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Carondelet 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

1:30pm

Big Blog Breakthrough Workshop with the Mustachians
Everybody at Fincon has a blog, but how can you make it BIG? A self-spreading entity that grows by word of mouth and gets millions of pageviews per month?

This is a limited-attendance session where we'll analyze five blogs from the audience in rapid fire mode to figure out what is working, what is not, and how it could be improved. Then we'll move on to informal Q&A and consulting on any questions you like.

Speakers
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Mrs. Money Mustache

Writer, MMM
Mrs. Money Mustache adds a much needed female perspective to the Mr. Money Mustache blog. Besides working behind the scenes at MMM, she is also an occasional writer, web site designer, financial consultant, and real estate agent.
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Mr. Money Mustache

Writer, MMM
Mr. Money Mustache grew up as a small-town Canadian kid, graduated from school to become an engineer, saved and invested early and retired at age 30. Now nine years into retirement, he writes a self-titled blog that has grown to gather over a million pageviews per week. Through Fincon, he hopes to swap ideas with other bloggers on what works (and what does not) in attracting and keeping a loyal audience.


Saturday September 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

How I Revamped My Email Autoresponder Sequence this Past Year and Doubled My Sales
This talk is the sequel to Steve's presentation last year where he discussed how he made over 300K with an email autoresponder. This session will go into much more depth on the actual process of creating a effective email sequence to sell your own products. You will learn how to create a high converting email sequence as well as tactics for increasing your email subscriptions.

Speakers
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Stephen Chou

Founder, MWQHJ LLC
Steve runs the popular blog MyWifeQuitHerJob.com where he blogs about his experiences running his various online businesses. | | He strongly believes that entrepreneurship should be about providing you with the freedom to do what you enjoy and to spend more time with the people you love.


Saturday September 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

The Digital Nuts & Bolts of Creating a DIY WordPress Course that sells 24/7
A complete roadmap for DIYers looking to take their knowledge and package it into a high quality Wordpress course that sells while you sleep. A behind the scenes look at all the ingredients that go into a successful & effective online course. Topics covered include plugins, design, layout, payment processors, content creation workflow, & more. By the end of this session you will have an exact recipe for creating a beautiful high converting WordPress course.

Speakers
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Joseph Michael

Joseph Michael is a top-notch Scrivener coach who helps people become world-class writers by mastering Scrivener. His online course, Learn Scrivener Fast, has helped even best-selling authors and full-time writers like Michael Hyatt and Joanna Penn create their best work. The course reveals Scrivener's untapped powers and hidden benefits, which is why writers like to say that he's their secret weapon. His course helps them become published... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

Who Else Wants to Grow Their Podcast Audience?
This session will provide 3 proven strategies that will increase engagement, build rapport with listeners & create a positive buzz about your podcast.

Moderators
avatar for Jared Easley

Jared Easley

Co-Founder, Podcast Movement
Jared Easley is a genuine entrepreneur. He has been called the Zig Ziglar of the podcasting world. In the past couple of years he's started a podcast, written a book and co-founded Podcast Movement which is the World's Largest International Podcasting only Conference. Jared is a noticer, motivator, friend and power content creator. He has found the way to do all of this and still keep his family first.

Speakers
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Rob Berger

Founder, Dough Roller
Rob is a trial attorney in Washington, D.C. and the founder of DoughRoller.net. Through his blog, newsletter, and podcast, he helps people get out of debt, manage their money, and build wealth.
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James Kinson

Founder, Cash Car Convert
I am all about helping people understand why they should own a cash car and how best to find a great car for cash. Cash cars are cool. Auto debt is dangerous.
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Vernon Ross

Ross Public Relations
Vernon Ross is Founder & CEO, Ross Public Relations & Marketing. Entrepreneur, Podcast host and Social Media Strategist. His marketing career has spanned across several industries from medical, to video games marketing. He's also the host of a popular, and top ranked podcast fittingly named “The Social Strategy Podcast” where he interviews top business leaders about social media, online business strategies and networking. In addition Vernon... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

Service Project: Help Make STEM Kits for New Orleans Charter School with T. Rowe Price and HandsOn New Orleans

T. Rowe Price is partnering with HandsOn New Orleans to offer FinCon attendees an opportunity to positively impact our host locale of New Orleans by supporting and strengthening the community. 

HandsOn News Orleans is a non-profit that connects passion with purpose by matching their base of volunteers to over 40 local partner agencies that address an array of issues from education and the environment to homelessness and housing.  By involving businesses in service projects, they achieve their mission to engage, empower and transform communities.

About the event:

Volunteers are asked to assemble packages that contain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) toys, games and home experiments appropriate for 8-11 year olds.  Examples of these activities include: a Thermochromics experiment, disappearing ink chemistry kit, geometry set, a DIY fruit-powered clock experiment, and more.  These kits are designed to inspire children to learn outside the classroom, and teachers will distribute them to students who are struggling in their studies as an additional incentive to learn. 

Kits will be delivered to students at the Einstein Charter School.  Einstein Charter School took over a failing elementary school in 2006.  Since then, Einstein has made continuous, uninterrupted gains in student achievement, has raised the school’s grade to a B, and has received its second consecutive “Top Gains School” designation from the Louisiana Department of Education after surpassing the state’s annual school growth expectations.

Einstein Charter is an open admission, tuition-free school serving 909 students’ ages 4-14 years old.  91% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Get Involved: Help us create these easy-to-assemble kits in Studio 9 of the Preservation Hall, from 2:00-4:30pm on Saturday, September 20th. It only takes a few minutes, and with your help, the kits will benefit over 200 students living in underserved neighborhoods of New Orleans.


Sponsors
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Kylie Muratore

Public Relations Coordinator, T. Rowe Price
Attending and sponsoring FinCon to meet and develop relationships with financial bloggers, while providing access to T. Rowe Price experts and insights.


Saturday September 20, 2014 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Studio 9 Preservation Hall 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

2:15pm

Mentoring Program hosted by Elite Blog Academy

If you’ve registered for #FinCon14 you received several bonuses, and one of those was the chance to participate in Blog Mentoring: a live, one-on-one session with a mentor who can help you answer your most burning questions.

Here’s the info you need:

  1. Approximately 2-3 weeks prior to #FinCon14, you will receive an email with your partner’s name as well as a number. This number will be your match number and will help you find seating as well as your partner during the session. A list will also be posted outside the conference room door.
  2. If you’re not sure if you signed up for Blog Mentoring when you registered for #FinCon14, simply revisit your order at Eventbrite.com and make your selection. Do so by August 21st, the deadline.
  3. If you are no longer interested in Blog Mentoring, please update your order at Eventbrite.com and indicate that you do not want to participate. Please do so by August 21st, the deadline.
  4. Alternatively, you can email Jana before August 21st at bloggermentoring@gmail.com to make changes.
Even More Information About Blog Mentoring

What can people expect from Blog Mentoring at #FinCon14?

You can expect to be paired with a mentor/mentee prior to the conference. You can expect to participate in an hour and a half session on Saturday, the 20th, where you talk one-on-one with your partner.

Who should participate? And how will you decide to match mentor/mentee?

Everyone with a blog should participate. All #FinCon14 speakers are required to participate as a mentor. Matches will be made based on answers to questions asked in your Eventbrite.com registration. Revisit your order there to see what you chose.

How can you prepare to make the most of the session?

If you’re a mentee, bring your questions. If you’re a mentor, maybe take some time to preview your mentee’s blog.

What can people expect to get from the session?

The session will have a very loose structure. And it’s pretty easy. If you’re a mentee, simply sit next to your mentor and start asking questions. If you’re a mentor, do your best to answer questions or make a plan to follow up or make a connection for your mentee.


Saturday September 20, 2014 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Carondelet 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

2:30pm

Ask the Expert: Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo.com
Have a question about list building, email marketing, and being awesome? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to Noah.

The session is informal. Come and go as you please.

Saturday September 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

iMake Your Money Count Podcast
Saturday September 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Acadia Foyer 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:45pm

Ask the Expert: Emily Guy Birken, Published Author and Freelance Writer
Have a question about writing, editing, or getting a book deal? Swing by the Ask the Expert roundtable in the FinCon Lounge and ask your question to Emily.

The session is informal. Come and go as you please.

Saturday September 20, 2014 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Acadia 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:45pm

Better Results in Less Time: 5 Surprising Tools for Running Your Blog
Anyone that's been blogging for awhile knows that there is a lot to do beyond just writing and hitting publish. Whether it's making your site search engine friendly, deciding what to write about, or promoting your posts on social media, it all takes time. We'll discuss software and plug-ins that allow you to save time and consistently make the most of every article you write. These tools have been my secret to running over a dozen blogs and I'll tell you exactly what they are so they'll help you with yours.

Speakers
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Tom Drake

President, Drake Media Inc.
Tom Drake started blogging in 2009 when he started Canadian Finance Blog, which is recognized as one of the top personal finance blogs in Canada. Since then, he founded Drake Media Inc., where he manages over a dozen blogs and more than 40 websites overall.


Saturday September 20, 2014 3:45pm - 4:15pm
La Galerie 2 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:45pm

How to Effectively Use Video to SuperCHARGE Your Brand
Today's casual browser may spend a few minutes reading your website before they bounce. However, YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network and they stay on the site an average of 15 minutes. Your audience is on YouTube.

Creating and publishing engaging personal video blogs, tutorials or content rich videos can really help you connect with your audience.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to Find Content Ideas
  • Shooting, Editing, and Publishing- how to maximize the look on a minimal budget.
  • Find Your Funny Bone- how to inject your videos with humor.

Speakers
avatar for LaTisha Styles

LaTisha Styles

Founder, Young Finances
LaTisha Styles is an author and motivational speaker specializing in simple and fun finance for millennials. She focuses on building wealth the smart way: through savvy investing and excellent money management. As one of a handful of video bloggers in her niche, she produces funny, insightful videos on the basics of personal finance. Investment firms, banks, and insurance companies have featured her videos that cover the basics of personal... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 3:45pm - 4:15pm
La Galerie 4 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:45pm

So You Wrote a Book: Now, What? (Mastermind)
If you’ve recently finished writing a book, or always thought about writing one, you might be wondering: what’s next?

Three experts weigh in on whether you should go the self-publishing or traditional publishing route, how they got people to pay attention to them and which marketing tactics helped them sell more copies of their books.

When the session is over, you can join FinCon’s Book Marketing Mastermind online to get continued support throughout your book publishing journey.

Moderators
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Cait Flanders

Managing Editor, RateHub.ca
Cait Flanders is a personal finance blogger from Vancouver, Canada. In 2011, she found herself completely maxed out with more than $28,000 of consumer and student debt. Cait started her blog, Blonde on a Budget, to chronicle her debt repayment journey and never dreamt of the career opportunities it would lead to. Cait is the Managing Editor of RateHub.ca, the top financial services comparison site in Canada. She is also a contributor at The Globe... Read More →

Speakers
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Megan

Education Lead, Firepole Marketing
Megan Dougherty is the Education Lead for Firepole Marketing, and over the past 4 years has taught hundreds of entrepreneurs how to build and grow their online businesses. | | With a passion for Instructional Design and Gamification, Megan is fascinated by the different models people can use to increase the size of their audiences and the thickness of their wallets - always built upon a strong foundation of integrity and relationship... Read More →
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Beverly Harzog

Credit Expert & Author, BeverlyHarzog.com
Beverly Harzog is a nationally recognized credit card expert, consumer advocate, and the author of Confessions of a Credit Junkie: Everything You Need to Know to Avoid the Mistakes I Made (Career Press, November 2013). She runs a popular credit card blog on her website, www.BeverlyHarzog.com. | | She’s appeared on Fox News, ABC News Now, FoxNews.com Live, CNN Newsource, and is a frequent guest on syndicated radio shows. Her advice can also... Read More →
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Todd Tresidder

Founder, FinancialMentor.Com
Todd is a former hedge fund manager who "retired" at age 35 to become a financial educator and consumer advocate. He began FinancialMentor.Com on the premise that quality financial education must be separated from investment product sales to reduce conflict of interest. He is the author of 5 books including the best seller "How Much Money Do I Need To Retire" and is now creating the (soon to be) industry standard wealth building curriculum "7... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 3:45pm - 4:15pm
La Galerie 3 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:45pm

Unleash Your Blogging Superpower to Stand Out and Get Noticed
Personal finance bloggers are like X-Men: we all have something that makes us unique, and when we choose to embrace that power, we're unstoppable.

Whether it's your personal story, your voice, or your hidden talent, using your blogging superpower in full force can help you build community, credibility and crazy recognition.

You'll walk away from this session with ideas for how to stand out from the crowd and the confidence to embrace your quirkiness to get the recognition you deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Halligan

Stephanie Halligan

Art to Self
Motivational cartoonist, author and happiness champion at ArtToSelf.com


Saturday September 20, 2014 3:45pm - 4:15pm
La Galerie 6 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:30pm

Building Your Blog, Business & Brand...One Book at at Time

Farnoosh was a special guest at the first annual conference, #FinCon11, where she shared insights on connecting with traditional media. Now she’s back to deliver a keynote that you don’t want to miss.

Bio: Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, author, speaker and TV personality. Her work and advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Time and Money magazines.

Her television credits include The Today Show, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Dr .Oz and The View. She was the host of the Webby-nominated show Financially Fit on Yahoo!, the #1 personal finance series on the web.

Her latest book, When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning hit shelves May 1. Learn more about Farnoosh at Farnoosh.TV.


Speakers
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Farnoosh TOrabi

Financial Reporter, Farnoosh.TV
Farnoosh is a personal finance expert, author, speaker and TV personality. Her work and advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Time and Money magazines. Her television credits include The Today Show, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Dr .Oz and The View. She was the host of the Webby-nominated show Financially Fit on Yahoo!, the #1 personal finance series on the web. Her latest book... Read More →



Saturday September 20, 2014 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:15pm

Book Signing with Farnoosh Torabi
Speakers
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Farnoosh TOrabi

Financial Reporter, Farnoosh.TV
Farnoosh is a personal finance expert, author, speaker and TV personality. Her work and advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Time and Money magazines. Her television credits include The Today Show, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Dr .Oz and The View. She was the host of the Webby-nominated show Financially Fit on Yahoo!, the #1 personal finance series on the web. Her latest book... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

5th Annual Plutus Awards Ceremony hosted by USAA

Submit Nominations and Vote

We’re gearing up for the 5th Annual Plutus Awards. Each year has brought improvements, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the closing night festivities at FinCon14. We’re looking forward to being even more closely integrated with FinCon — and ready to recognize what’s best about the financial blogging community.

There are a number of exciting changes in the works for Plutus. A new website design is on the way, along with a process for easier voting and increased social integration to make it easier to share your Plutus votes with your peers.

This year’s MC for the Plutus Awards is Ashley Jacobs, from Wise Bread. After her performance in the “Thrift Shop” parody from last year, we’re excited to see what she brings to the Plutus Awards.

We’re also bringing back some categories that were axed from the Awards in the past, and adding new categories that reflect the growing diversity of the personal finance blogosphere and the multimedia efforts that many bloggers are making.

As we’ve done in the past, we will open up nominations in categories to the public. Once nominations are collected, the top five vote-getters in each category, with the exception of Blog of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and People’s Choice (each has 10 in a category) will be announced as finalists.

A panel of personal finance bloggers will then vote on those finalists, choosing the winner in each category, with the exception of the People’s Choice award, which is given entirely on the basis of a popular vote.

Here are some of the important dates to be aware of as we approach Plutus Awards season:

  • Nominations for Plutus Awards will open on August 1, 2014, and we will continue accepting nominations/votes until August 25, 2014. People’s Choice voting will continue until September 17, 2014.

It’s going to be an exciting year for FinCon and for Plutus. We hope you’ll join us.

Learn more at http://www.plutus14.com

Speakers
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Luke Landes

Luke Landes is the founder of premiere personal finance blog Consumerism Commentary and is a renowned writer covering personal finance and money management. | | With experience building online communities since 1990, Luke founded Consumerism Commentary to hold himself publicly but anonymously accountable for his decisions with money. | | Consumerism Commentary has received accolades from Money Magazine, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday September 20, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mardi Gras 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Plutus Awards Happy Hour
Hosted by Experian.

Speakers
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Luke Landes

Luke Landes is the founder of premiere personal finance blog Consumerism Commentary and is a renowned writer covering personal finance and money management. | | With experience building online communities since 1990, Luke founded Consumerism Commentary to hold himself publicly but anonymously accountable for his decisions with money. | | Consumerism Commentary has received accolades from Money Magazine, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek... Read More →


Saturday September 20, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bissonet 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

9:30pm

Dance Party at Beach on Bourbon with PTMoney.com
Free drinks.
Come party with PT at Beach on Bourbon.
227 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 

Speakers
avatar for Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor

FinCon / PT Money Conferences LLC
Founder of FinCon and PT Money: Personal Finance


Saturday September 20, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Beach on Bourbon 227 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130