Talks + Panels

Here are past speaking engagements I’ve had the pleasure of participating in!

 
 
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Building Your Own Themyscira: Networking in Your Niche - SDCC 2019

Conversation about finding your niche in the geek community and building community over competition.

  • Jordan Ellis | founder of Jordandené, co-editor of The Sartorial Geek

  • Robyn Warren | founder of Geek Girl Strong

  • Che Grayson | writer, filmmaker, and creator of Magic Hour

  • Jazzlyn Stone |former COO of Bombsheller

  • Rose Del Vecchio | co-founder of FanMailBox and Charmed: Box of Shadows

  • Taylor Deatherage | founder of LoganArch, event planner for Chicago TARDIS

 
Photo by Adron Buske

Photo by Adron Buske

Nerd For A Living - SDCC 2019

Do you want to build a career in the “geeky” industry you love, but you’re not sure where to begin? This panel of professional “Nerds for a Living” will share advice and insights into a variety of careers that exist within comics, gaming, publishing, podcasting, and more. From entrepreneurial endeavors to working for some of the biggest brands in fandom, learn how our guests got their start – and get actionable advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want. Moderated by Nerd For A Living co-founder, Wendy Buske, and featuring guest speakers:

  • Sarah Kuhn | Heroine Complex series, Batgirl

  • Jen Vaughn | D20 Dames Podcast, Teenage Wasteland

  • Christina “Steenz” Stewart |co-creator, Archival Quality

  • Annalee Newitz | founder of io9, author of Autonomous

  • Jazzlyn Stone | former COO of Bombsheller, comics marketing consultant

  • Robyn Warren | founder of Geek Girl Strong

 
Photo by Artisan Dungeon

Photo by Artisan Dungeon


LEVEL UP: BE A NERD BOSS- C2E2 2019

Industry insiders share tips and tricks on finding success within the growing nerd industry. Hear firsthand accounts of the tools wielded and the path taken to carve out a unique brand, service, or idea. From building your initial concept to marketing, licensing, sales, and everything in between…join this raid group for specific techniques and buffs that will aid in clearing trash mobs and finding success.

  • Jordan Ellis | CEO | Jordandené

  • Ashlie Hammond | Co-Founder | Monkey Minion Press

  • Moderated By Wendy Buske | Producer and PR Manager | Nerd For A Living

 
Photo by Adron Buske

Photo by Adron Buske

NOSTALGIA MARKETING IN GEEK BIZ- ECCC 2019

The “good old days” can conjure powerful emotions - ones that make us long for all we loved way back when. More than ever, geeky brands are tapping into those warm, fuzzy feels - and creating products inspired by the stories, games, toys and more that bring us back in time. Where is this trend going, and what opportunities are there for makers and fans alike? This panel of creators, taste-makers and industry pros will talk about how nostalgia plays into what they make, the way they market their work, and the benefits it provides for connecting with an audience.

 
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BUILDING YOUR OWN THEMYSCIRA: CONNECTING WITH OTHER GEEK BOSSES- ECCC 2019


A round table discussion with women who found their niches in the geek community and have worked in them to grow both personally and professionally. In this panel, we’ll explore the worlds of networking and collaboration while sharing tips on how to start building professional relationships and promote community over competition.

 
The amazing panelists! Photo by Adron Buske

The amazing panelists! Photo by Adron Buske

BEHIND THE MERCH TABLE: TURNING YOUR ART INTO PRODUCTS THAT SELL -ECCC 2019


Your art is selling well, but now your fans want merch and you’re not sure where to start. Which designs work best on a shirt, pin, or bag? Where do you find a manufacturer? Is it possible for small creators to manufacture ethically? How the heck does shipping work? Join this motley crew of experienced merch-slingers and artists to talk ethical clothing manufacturing, shipping, product development, and what they’ve learned firsthand through trial and error - so you don’t have to!

 
Photo by Adron Buske

Photo by Adron Buske

LEVEL UP: BE A NERD BOSS- ECCC 2019


Industry insiders share tips and tricks on finding success within the growing nerd industry. Hear firsthand accounts of the tools wielded and the path taken to carve out a unique brand, service, or idea. From building your initial concept to marketing, licensing, sales, and everything in between…join this raid group for specific techniques and buffs that will aid in clearing trash mobs and finding success.


In conversation with Jaimie Cordero, Moderated by Wendy Buske.

 
Photo by Adron Buske

Photo by Adron Buske

THE CULT OF SIDE HUSTLE- ECCC 2019


The idea of having your own geek-biz "side hustle" can be exciting - making cash and even pursuing a creative dream without quitting your day job. But it can also be daunting and overwhelming. How do you get going? What do you love doing enough to add hours of work to your every day? And, most importantly, is the reality of what it takes to be "successful" something you REALLY want to do? This panel of nerdy business "hustlers" will share what it took for them to get off the ground, the roadblocks they've had to navigate, and if all of that hustle is paying off personally and professionally.


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Women in Leadership: How to Turn Passion and Dedication Into a Dream Job -Geek Girl Con 2018

I had the chance to talk about whats it’s like to work in leadership as women with these incredibly talented badasses:

 
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How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Breaking into Careers in Geek Culture -SDCC 2018

Do you want to build a career in the "nerdy" industry you love, but you're not sure where to begin? This all-star panel of professional "Nerds for a Living" will share insights into a variety of careers within comics, literature, podcasting, animation, film, and more. Learn how these panelists got their start, and get advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want. Travis McElroy (The Adventure Zone; My Brother, My Brother and Me), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman in Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited), Tomi Adeyemi (author of Children of Blood and Bone), Ben Blacker (Vertigo's Hex Wives; co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Jaimie Cordero (CEO and Glitter Jedi of Espionage Cosmetics), Jazzlyn Stone (COO of Bombsheller), and others will engage in this fun discussion moderated by Wendy Buske (Fictitious; Nerd for a Living) that'll leave you ready to conquer your post-SDCC goals.

 
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Level Up: Be a Nerd Boss -San Diego Comic Con 2018

Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics CEO), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Jazzlyn Stone(Bombsheller), and Jordan Ellis (The Sartorial Geek) combine their forces, skills, and life hacks as successful, nerdy business professionals to share their wisdom with fellow nerds interested in starting and/or maintaining their business. Moderated by Mandie Roman (Geeky Glamorous).

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Building Your Own Themyscira: Connecting with Other Geek Bosses
-San Diego Comic Con 2018

Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold) moderates a discussion with Jordan Ellis (Jordandene and The Sartorial Geek), Robyn Warren (GeekGirlStrong), Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women), Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics), Jazzlyn Stone (Bombsheller), and Rose del Vecchio (FanMailBox) about finding your niche, building professional relationships, and fostering community over competition.

 
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Level Up: Be a Nerd Girl Boss at C2E2 2018


Combine your talents w/ your fandom and become the Nerd Boss of your dreams! Sharing some tips and tricks on finding success within the ever growing nerd industry with: Jamie Cordero of Espionage Cosmetics, Lionheart Artistry, and James Wulfgar of CosAwesome Studios.