Creative Freelancer Conference Networking If you’re a freelancer, networking is the name of the game, both to attract clients and to stay in touch with your peers when you work from home. With that in mind, Creative Freelancer Conference offers plenty of opportunities for you to mingle with your fellow attendees. You may very well meet a future client, collaborator, supporter or sounding board. And if you’re not yet an expert schmoozer, don’t worry—CFC networking events are designed to make it easy to connect. Read on for details.

Thursday, June 21

Happy Hour: 5-Minute Presentations From Attendees
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Now’s your chance to get started as a speaker, practice speaking or polish your pitch. You’ll get helpful feedback from a panel of experts to make your presentation stronger than ever.

Friday, June 22

Creative Freelancer Conference Breakfast Roundtables
8:00 – 8:50 am

Dig deep into your favorite freelance topics over breakfast. Each table will be labeled with a topic and will have an attendee or speaker on hand to get the conversation going. Have a subject that particularly interests you? Feel free to start your own roundtable on the topic of your choice!

HOW Design Live Networking Kick-Off
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Hosted by The Creative Group, masters of the art of networking, the Kick-Off gives you a chance to meet other designers, creative freelancers, in-house managers and packaging designers as you participate in a fun icebreaking game. It’s a great way to meet a wide variety of creatives and, as an added bonus, it’ll get you revved up for the HOW Design Live Opening Keynote.

The HOW Design Live Opening Reception
8:00 – 10:00pm

The Opening Reception, sponsored by Mohawk Fine Papers, is your first chance to explore the overflowing Exhibit Hall, and it’s also a networking opportunity disguised as a party. There will be drinks, snacks and live music, and that just makes it even easier to strike up a conversation with an interesting stranger. And don’t forget the vendors you’ll be meeting—you never know when they’ll be able to provide the perfect solution to a tough design or production problem. So gather as many business cards as possible (your badge pouch is a handy place to stash them).