#FBW Asheville & Waynesville 2022 #FBW Asheville & Waynesville 2022


Speaker applications for 2022 are currently closed.

#FBWAVL plans to continue in the third week of April 2023. If you have a zone of genius in the realm of freelance business and want to take the stage in 2023 to share your wisdom, apply via the form at the bottom of this page. We’re accepting applications for presentations, workshops, panel discussion ideas, and other creative programming.  

#FBWAsheville Team

Hornsby Creative, Experiential Designer, #FBWAVL Organizer

About the Organizer:

John Hornsby is the Founder and Chief Creative Director of Hornsby Creative. Throughout his 25 year career, he has served in leadership for various creative companies. He has rarely held a traditional job, always finding his way into unique situations. These have included running a DIY performance space, playing in bands while running the art depart more…

Amp'd Designs, Brand Designer

About the organizer:

Hi! I am the owner of Amp’d Designs, helping passionate businesses stand out through branding, web design, and graphic design. I found my path to design through music, and my love for branding while studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where I received a BFA in Communications Design. I held several positions at design studios in NYC, includi more…

Present Moment Media, Digital Marketing Strategist

About the speaker:

Hi, I'm Sumaya K. Owens, founder of Present Moment Media. I’m a queer unschooling parent, healing arts practitioner, social justice organizer, and holistic business & marketing consultant. I am passionate about uplifting the voices of changemakers and visionaries. I built my career from scratch, starting as a yoga and meditation teacher, then a co more…

WNC Social Media Buzz, Digital Marketing Expert

About the organizer:

Meet Lorelei Garnes, the founder/owner of WNC Social Media Buzz, Inc. Lorelei has worked in the public sector for over 25 years in various fields supporting small business owners. Lorelei started this company with $400, a laptop, and a dream! She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses across the United States. Being a small busin more…

Leslie King Empower, Empowerment Coach

About the organizer:

I have been a freelancer and entrepreneur my whole work career. I started in film production and opened a few businesses. While figuring out my next thing I found life coaching.  This clicked for me. I am now an empowerment coach helping people figure out the next thing in their work or life. I love helping people live an extraordinary life. 


Equity Over Everything

About the speaker:

Aisha Adams is the program developer for the Lenoir-Rhyne Equity and Diversity Institute (LREDI). Adams is an influencer with a heart for community economic development who champions social change advocates, thought leaders, and courageous disruptors. With her curriculum and leadership, LREDI has trained equity advocates from several states who unders more…

Legal Shield division of Pharus Global

About the speaker:

Alex Cardona started his career in social work after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in public health. After a few years of frustration with the mental health system, Alex transitioned from social work to teaching. As a middle school physical education teacher, Alex thought that he had found his life’s purpose. Alex Creat more…

Haywood Community College, Small Business Center Director

About the speaker:

Ashley Swanger is the Small Business Center (SBC) Director at Haywood Community College.  Ashley is a WNC native with a passion for putting her business operations, and strategy experience to work developing people and supporting small businesses.  She holds an MBA and has over 20 years of experience in business management, operations, and supply chai more…

Better Than Unicorns

About the speaker:

What happens when we find ourselves in an unbelievable situation, jaw wide open, with our senses on fire because we cannot fully understand what just happened? Half of us are going to shun it away and look for reasons not to participate. The other half will embrace this new river into our understanding of what this new reality means for all areas of o more…

Christopher Filipiak LLC

About the speaker:

Christopher cares about sales and loves the people, the value, the process, the stories, the psychology, the wins, and the challenge. Sales and entrepreneurship have been amazing vehicles for his personal and professional growth.

As an Engineer, Christopher learned how to systematically solve problems and figure things out. He learned systems t more…

Eliza Sage Meadows, LLC

About the speaker:

Eliza is a licensed mental health counselor and teaches mindfulness meditation on the free app, Insight Timer. She believes wellness is defined by how deeply we honor the authentic expression of our true nature. Her goal as a helper is not to “make you better” but to help you discover that which makes you feel more alive.

Her style draws deeply more…

Franny's Farmacy & Franny's Farm

About the speaker:

Franny Tacy was born in Nashville, TN to a banker (mother) and a cattle farmer (father). Little did Franny know how much her parents’ professions would influence her career. With an extensive education in forestry, Education MA and research work with the Smithsonian Institute, Franny continued her aim of helping people with a pivot to pharmaceutical s more…

Swinney Creative

About the speaker:

Gabriel Swinney is the founder of Swinney Creative and has more than a decade of marketing experience. Gabriel specializes in commercial, architectural, and interior photography; and loves integrating edge technology like drones, 3D imaging, VR/AR into his projects. A passionate believer in the importance of relationships in business, Gabriel can ofte more…

About the speaker:

Meet Gillian Hailey - founder of Bloom Embodied Wellbeing. Gillian is an Authentic Living Embodiment & Empowerment Coach for wildly ambitious, secretly sensitive, soulful women, creatives, change makers, and truth seekers. Bloom is seeded from her lifelong personal and professional exploration of the delicate dance of “doing” and “being” in the wo more…


About the speaker:

I grew up in Brevard, NC and then went to college at Appalachian State University to get a degree in Sustainable Development (and one in French, but that one doesn't come up as often). I've always been interested in the ways humans produce objects, how we interact with them, and how they contribute to economies and cultures. For about 5 years, I worke more…

Mountain BizWorks, Craft Your Commerce Program Director

Session description:

Gwynne will be part of our Waynesville Failure Friday panel as we explore the importance of fun and failure in business. We'll dig into how we can learn from mistakes to inform best practices. Along with how failure is a precursor to future success and can actually be fun.

Venture Asheville

About the speaker:

Jeffrey Kaplan is the Director of Venture Asheville, an organization that serves as a catalyst for high-growth startups by building entrepreneurs and getting startups funded. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, startups in Venture Asheville’s portfolio created over 285 new jobs, raised over $30M investment dollars, and earned $85M in revenue in the local Ashe more…

Jen Aly Coaching

About the speaker:
Jen Aly is a holistic business & prosperity coach for creative entrepreneurs. 

She started her first of 7 businesses in 2003, has learned a lot the hard way, has filed bankruptcy, and has more than tripled her income within 3 years. 

As a coach and facilitator, Jen empowers creative and holistic entrepreneurs in money and business.  A coa more…

The Skene Agency

With a background spanning social work to financial services. My goal is to help create a more mindful marketplace. 

Lindsay Barrasse Media / Voyager Creative / Best Testimonials

About the speaker:
Lindsay Barrasse is the Co-Chair of Digital Content for AIGA Asheville. After graduating college Lindsay traveled back and forth from her home town of Scranton, PA to San Francisco, CA freelancing for CURRENT TV, producing programs as well as a host/personality for the station. During that time she was also a direct partner for YouTube. She then moved to L more…

Yoga Nut

About the speaker:

Lindsay Coward, MPH, is a Worksite Wellness Provider and Yoga Instructor living in Asheville, NC with her husband and two children. After being overworked in the corporate realm, Lindsay found herself depleted and un-well in mind and body and so turned to yoga for relief. Through this experience, Lindsay felt led to bring yoga and wellness to the work more…

Clearlight Yoga

About the speaker:

Michael Johnson is a life-long student and practitioner of yoga. He has been a full-time instructor for over 20 years, teacher trainer since 2003, advanced teacher trainer since 2007, and now offers in-depth month-long courses on Yoga, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Meditation, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Vinyāsa and a 195-day practice Challenge. 

Sessio more…

Namaste in Nature

About the speaker:

I was burnt out from a successful yet stressful corporate career, ended a toxic long-term relationship, and was struggling with an autoimmune disease when I quit my job in 2015. 

That same year, I lived out of a backpack while:
• completing my yoga teacher training in India, 
• meditating with Buddhist monks in Thailand/Myanmar and 

BrandStage Consulting

About the speaker:

Just as the spark bursts from the flame, most paths to success do not follow a straight line. After years in business management, sales, and then radio production, I founded the successful branding and marketing agency Kudzu Brands in 2010. In 2021, I sold my agency and opened a private consulting firm BrandStage Consulting.

When I am not creat more…


About the speaker:

Nathan Phillips is Head of Community & Market Development at ReSource - a B2B marketplace that provides alternative funding and growth services. He is a multi-disciplinary project manager focused on startups with a track record of building, launching, and selling new products and businesses in brick and mortar, e-commerce, and hybrid models throug more…

Curve Theory

About the speaker:

Reggie is the founder of Curve Theory, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary graphic design and media business located near Asheville, NC. He received his BFA in Graphic Design in 1997 from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Reggie is considered a design leader in his industry. He created the multimedia class at Washington University as part of more…

Land of Sky Advisors

About the speaker:

Over 40 years of helping leaders and managers improve business performance. Certified and experienced in Total Quality, Strategic Planning, Performance Management, and Business redesign for higher levels of performance.

Session description:

 Attendees will respond more effectively in their markets when working with the more…

JB Media Institute

About the speaker:

Sarah Benoit is the lead instructor of JB Media Institute and President of Creative Original, Inc. She’s an SEO, social media, and web design expert and educator. Sarah teaches and speaks on marketing topics across the country each year. She loves dancing, laughter, cats, glitter, walking outside, and connecting with people.

Session de more…

Lake Junaluska, Director of Marketing and Communications

About the speaker:

Shannon Quinn is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. She has worked in marketing and public relations for companies such as Earth Fare and Chimney Rock State Park, as an editor for Lark Books, and as a freelance content writer and marketing consultant for small businesses and nonprofit org more…