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Cocktails with Communicators: Breaking Out on Your Own

February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Network and gain tips on how to launch out on your own!

Have you ever thought about leaving your full-time job to freelance? If so, this event is for you.

You’ll find out what you need to do before hanging out your shingle, where to find clients and how to make a living working for yourself. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions, share stories and connect with your fellow communicators.

Presenters Kirsten Lambert, Ed Duffy and Kelly James will help you to know what to do before hanging out your shingle, where to find clients, and how to make a living working for yourself.

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5:30-6:00 p.m. Networking, refreshments
6:00-7:00 p.m. Presentations and Q&A
7:00-7:30 p.m. Networking

WeWork Grant Park, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604

Price: $25 IABC members / $35 non-members / $5 IABC student members

R.S.V.P. by Monday, February 20.




Kirsten Lambert has wielded her pen in communications and marketing for almost 30 years. For the past 15 years she has plied her trade as principal of Watermark Communications, which helps corporations and nonprofits connect with their audiences using traditional and nontraditional media. Before launching Watermark, Kirsten honed her skills at Chicago-area organizations such as Kraft, Budget Rent a Car, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The American Orthopaedic Association.

Ed Duffy is a strategic communications professional who helps organizations “bridge the gap” from where they are today to where they want to go — whether that gap relates to a marketing, training, or change-management initiative. As a result, the organization’s story becomes more authentic, the audience comes to better understand what’s expected of them, and the organization’s goals and objectives become more easily achieved.

Kelly K. James escaped from the law in 1997. Since then, the former attorney has authored/ghostwritten more than 20 books, including “Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Second Edition,” and more than 1,000 articles for 60-plus national magazines.


About Our Event Host

WeWork provides small businesses, startups, freelancers, large enterprises, and everyone in-between with the workspace, community, and services they need to make a life, not just a living. With weekly events, personalized support, month-to-month flexibility, and access to over 50,000 like-minded creators around the world, WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business. Book your tour here!

Parking is available at the Grant Park South Garage.


February 22, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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332 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604
332 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604 United States
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