FX March Happy Hour

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Get some practice in for St. Patrick’s Day – join FX for our March Happy Hour at the Dubliner in the Power & Light District wear your Irish Green! Those wearing obvious green for the occasion will be eligible for a prize drawing! (Micro flecks of green in your clothing doesn’t count. And we’re not checking your undies, either!)

$ 3 Drafts, Wells & House Wine

Join Us:
Wednesday, March 15th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dubliner – Irish Ale House & Pub
Power & Light District
170 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Parking tips:

  • Closest parking garage is accessible from 13th Street, between Grand and Walnut with expected cost of $3. (Maybe carpool and save some bucks.)
  • Or better yet, take the street car to 14th & Main and walk two blocks east to 14th & Grand.

For more info on the Dubliner, visit their website: http://thedublinerkc.com

FX November Happy Hour

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We might get lucky and get one more outside Happy Hour in, given the current beautiful weather! So, patio if it’s nice – otherwise, we’ll gather inside. What a great opportunity to make connections with others in our very talented group… AND get to meet some of our new members!

FX buys appetizers! | 52 tap beers at 1/2 price! | #3 Well Drinks | $4 House Wine | Specialty cocktails $2 off!

Join us:
Thursday, Nov 17th
Rock & Brews
5701 W 135th St, Overland Park KS 66223
5:00-7:00 P.M.

FX October 28th Luncheon – Suits vs. Creatives

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Suits vs. Creatives: Battleground to Higher Ground

Things don’t always go as planned – especially in advertising. It’s just the nature of the business. We all know conflicts can arise between clients and creatives when a deadline is looming, and the work was due “yesterday.”

Help is on the way, though! Our October program speaker and fellow FX member, Cami Travis-Groves has developed fail-proof, step-by-step ways to help diffuse conflicts and move forward with solutions that both suits and creatives can live with.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Diffuse emotions that run high during conflicts
  • Remain in control with objectives clearly defined for all involved
  • Find solutions that everyone can agree on

We all need better tools to resolve conflicts and keep our clients satisfied and coming back for more. Be sure to bring your questions, as there will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, October 28th.

You don’t want to miss this program!

About the Speaker:

cami-travis-groves_headshot-jan2016-198x198Cami Travis-Groves is a graphic designer, speaker and author. She is also a design strategist (think high-level, problem-solving for the good of the project and the bottom line) and a good-juju spreader in the Kansas City area. Travis-Groves has spent 25+ years designing in all forms and working for all types of clients, from a multi-million-dollar investment firm and one-person startups to independent publishers and international recording artists. She has worked on national brands such as Travelhost, Pepsi and Frito Lay (through TLP/DDB Needham), and the Wishbone book series. Travis-Groves is the author of the book, Get Out of Your Rut!

Join us:
Friday, October 28th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Buffet lunch at Noon.

The Burg & Barrel
7042 W. 76th St. (just east of Metcalf)
Overland Park, KS
913-649-2525

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Nonmembers who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Attendees can enjoy any combination of the following Burg & Barrel favorites:

  • Caprese Chicken Sandwich
  • Chopped House Salad with Fried or Grilled Chicken
  • Hamburger with American or Swiss Cheese
  • Mean Bean Sandwich

Buffet starters, side dishes, soft drinks and iced tea are included. One price, many options. Price includes tax and tip.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

 

FX July Lunch – Branding the RideKC Streetcar

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Join The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City on Friday, July 29th, for a behind-the-scenes look at the design ups and downs that led to the final paint scheme, name and integrated regional brand for Kansas City’s new streetcar.

Kansas City’s first modern streetcar has arrived. In January of 2014, Willoughby Design was chosen by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority to create the brand identity system for the KC Streetcar. Simultaneously, Willoughby engaged with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to develop a new regional brand.

Come hear Willoughby Design’s President Megan Stephens and Creative Director Nicole Satterwhite describe the process of branding not just a streetcar, but a regional transportation system. Get the inside scoop on the KC Streetcar names that were considered but discarded, and learn why the timing of this new/old mode of transportation is spot-on for Kansas City’s renaissance.

The event will also include a brief presentation and tour of UMKC’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, launched in December 2014 to celebrate successful Kansas Citians who built their businesses from the ground up.

About the Speakers:

Megan Stephens, President and Partner
As a creative strategist, writer and account director, Megan specializes in leading the agency’s people-centered design process to create brand experiences that consumers love. From infusing new energy to help brands compete in the ever-changing marketplace to creating concepts from the ground up, Megan is passionate about envisioning possibilities and bringing them to life around design, messaging and experience. She has led brand strategy and experience initiatives for a large range of local, national and international brands over her 18-year tenure at Willoughby Design. Megan is a passionate advocate for women in the workplace and creating a culture of creativity, curiosity, balance and respect at Willoughby. 

Nicole Satterwhite, Creative Director and Partner
Nicole’s holistic, tenured approach to design leadership directly reflects her grace and polished demeanor. A design champion in the purest sense, Nicole has spent her 19-year tenure at Willoughby honing their numerous award-winning brand identities and brand experiences. Nicole excels at overseeing large scale projects. Whether it’s art directing a photo shoot, developing a multi-faceted brand experience or collaborating with architects and developers to bring a new branded environment to life Nicole makes sense of complexity and brings it all together with style. 

Ticket price includes lunch from Waldo Pizza, including salad and soft drinks.

Join Us
Friday, July 29th
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

Location:
Bloch Executive Hall at UMKC
The Bloch School and Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
5108 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110
Directions: http://www.entrepreneurship.bloch.umkc.edu/about/directions.asp

Parking is at the Cherry St. garage (corner of 50th and Oak St. and accessible from Oak). Attendees can access Bloch Executive Hall by walkway, going out the garage and through the Student Union to Bloch Executive Hall.
Map: https://www.umkc.edu/maps/documents/volker_maps/UMKC_Volker_campus.pdf

Cost: $20 Members, $20 Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 27th, 2016.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Nonmembers who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Register

Please select pizza preference with your reservation.

Meat
Cheese
Veggie

These options will show in Eventbrite, after you have begun your registration:

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 27th, 2016.

 

 

FX December Lunch – What Creatives Can Learn from The Star’s Redesign and World Series Coverage

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Let’s Just Say it was a Busy October

In October, while the Royals were chasing the crown, The Kansas City Star rolled out a completely redesigned print edition — the first since 2006. The change surprised readers — and the responses that followed pleasantly surprised one Star staffer.

In an era where supposedly no one reads print newspapers anymore, Kansas City Star public editor, Derek Donovan was inundated with calls and emails from readers. Since the redesigned edition landed on readers’ lawns, Donovan has been busy answering readers’ questions and reading their comments about the newspaper’s new look.

Join us as Donovan tells us what drove the design overhaul, and gain some key insights for your own client work. Also, find out how The Star’s editors, writers and photographers managed some late-night deadlines to deliver stellar World Series coverage.

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About the Speaker:

Derek Donovan is The Kansas City Star’s public editor. He has been with the paper since 1995, and is also director of research and information. He contributes occasional reviews and other articles to the Features sections as well. Derek holds undergraduate degrees in Communications and French from Truman State University, and a Master of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Join us:
Friday, December 4th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

The Granfalloon
608 Ward Parkway (Country Club Plaza)
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-753-7850

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Register

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

FX February Lunch – It’s That Time Again – Tax Time

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It’s That Time Again – Tax Time
What You Need to Know to Make it Through Tax Season

The joy and cheer from the holiday season has quickly given way to tax season. For freelancers, knowing what to write off or whether to file taxes yearly or quarterly can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, provided that you know what you’re doing.

Make sure you join us as we welcome our favorite accountant, Jeff Green of Green & Company. Jeff is back to lead a lively and informative discussion on year-round best practices and preparing your taxes, plus share what’s changed.

As freelancers, we primarily focus on getting work, keeping work, and growing our businesses. Being financially savvy when it comes to income taxes also comes with the territory. You don’t want to miss this program!

About the Speaker:

With more than 15 years of public accounting experience – including the last four and one half years committed to his own business – Jeff Green provides comprehensive accounting, audit, and tax services for businesses and individuals in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Jeff is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has an MS in Taxation from the University of Memphis and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Join Us
Friday,February 26th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

Brio Tuscan Grill
Country Club Plaza
502 Nichols Drive
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-5888

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Register

Don’t forget to RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

FX April Lunch – The P.O.W.E.R of Copy (and Design)

 

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Does Anyone Read Anymore?

Creative Director Matt Fey asked the question during his December webinar titled, The P.O.W.E.R of Copy. We live in a time where we have access to so much information so quickly that it can feel like overload to readers. Creatives charged with telling brand stories through words and images know the challenge of trying to quickly catch (and keep) the readers’ attention.

Mark your calendars to join us on Friday, April 1, as Fey of J. Schmid & Assoc. Inc. offers a shorter version of his webinar presentation and time for Q&A. It promises to be engaging, interesting and educational.

Whether you write, edit, design or take photos, it’s important to have a structured creative process. Each letter in the P.O.W.E.R acronym stands for an actionable step in his process – a “check the boxes” verification. Fey’s presentation explains how design, copy and photos successfully play together.

You don’t want to miss this program.

About the Speaker:

Matthew Fey is an idea brothel … a sweaty commingling of words and concepts. He challenges the expectations of what catalogs and direct marketing can be, pushing the medium in daring, original directions. As creative director for J.Schmid & Assoc. Inc. , he has earned a reputation as an inventive problem-solver. Whether for catalogs, direct mail, space ads or any marketing channel, he understands the interaction between the page and the customer, the geometry of maximizing space while embracing simplicity, and the power of strong words to ignite action. His creative vision has helped define and redefine brands such as Jockey, New Pig, The Kansas City Steak Company, Relax The Back, Legal Sea Foods, Jack Stack Barbecue, The HoneyBaked Ham Company and Mead. His best ideas often begin as frantic Post-It notes scribbled in the night.

Join Us
Friday, April 1st
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

The Burg and Barrel
7042 W. 76th St. (just east of Metcalf)
Overland Park, KS
913-649-2525

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Register

Don’t forget to RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation. These options will show in eventbrite, after you have begun your registration:

Classique Burger Sandwich – certified angus beef, American or Swiss cheese, bib lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle. Side of fries. Please note type of cheese (if any) when registering.

Chicken Caprese Sandwich – grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto & balsamic reduction. Side of fries.

Mean Bean Sandwich – black bean veggie patty, Pepperjack, bib lettuce, tomato & chipotle cilantro mayo. Side of fries.

Chicken BLT Wrap – sun-dried tomato tortilla, grilled chicken breast, applewood
smoked bacon, romaine, tomato & garlic aioli. Side of fries.
Chopped House Salad – grilled or fried chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, romaine, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, egg & tomato.

FX April 29th Lunch – How to Act in Business – Setting the Stage for Success!

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How to Act in Business – Setting the Stage for Success

Every presentation and networking event is an opportunity to move people to action. Do you know how to leverage this dynamic? Figure out how to get things done efficiently, in a limited amount of time, while engaging a diverse audience.

At this month’s FX luncheon, we’ll learn about body language, voice and action to better keep your audience engaged. Corey Hansen—a professional actor, professor, presenter and communications coach—will be our speaker, sharing everything he’s learned about acting and how to apply it to the business world.

Come ready to dive into acting dynamics and walk away with a new “Structure of Action” for how to craft and debrief your own critical messages.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, April 29th, as Corey, of How to Act in Business, offers behavioral and business development skills, plus time for Q&A.

You don’t want to miss this program! It promises to be engaging, interesting and motivating.


About the Speaker:

Corey Hansen is an energizer, author, speaker, coach and actor. He focuses on executive presence, technical demonstration skills and presentation effectiveness. He has a unique perspective and discipline resulting from years of experience on corporate and professional acting performance stages. He worked for Sprint for 20 years as a Briefing Consultant, planning and facilitating executive customer and prospect visits, conducting demonstrations of technology in network, device and application solutions.

Join Us
Friday, April 29th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

Johnny’s
8719 W. 95th St. (Southwest corner of 95th & Antioch)
Overland Park, KS
913-948-9500

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Register

Don’t forget to RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation. These options will show in eventbrite, after you have begun your registration:

JOHNNY WILSON* – In honor of Johnny’s founder, Mr. John Wilson. Swiss, cheddar & bacon. The most popular burger by far! Comes with choice of fries or steamed vegetables.

BUFFALO N’ BLUE WRAP – Buffalo chicken strips, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Johnny’s blue cheese dressing in a jalapeño cheddar tortilla. Choose grilled or crispy. Comes with fries. Please note type of choice when registering.

JOHNNY’S COBB – Mixed greens, eggs, tomatoes, bacon, black bean salsa and blue cheese crumbles. Served with tarragon vinaigrette and topped with grilled or crispy chicken. Please note type of chicken when registering.

FISH ‘N’ CHIPS – Premium Northern Atlantic Cod breaded with a Cajun twist. Served with “chips” from across the pond, hush puppies, coleslaw & Johnny’s southern tartar sauce.

TERIYAKI STIR FRY – Stir fried vegetables with your choice of chicken or steak served over rice pilaf. Please note type of choice (if any) when registering. This can also be ordered without meat, as a vegetarian selection.

 

FX May 29th Lunch – Tricks of the Trade – A Roundtable Discussion

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Tricks of the Trade
A Roundtable Discussion on the Freelance Life

Whether you’re just starting out on your own or have been at it for a while, there’s always something to learn about this funny business of ours.

Got a question you’ve been dying to ask? Want to know the specifics others put in their contracts? Have a client horror story you want to share to help prevent others from experiencing the same thing?

Now’s your chance. Come join us as we discuss best practices, share freelance strategies, and exchange ideas as to how to be bigger, better, smarter and savvier business pros.

Maybe you want feedback on your portfolio. Perhaps you’re curious how others charge. Or maybe you just want to commiserate when business has been slow.

Whatever the case may be, that’s the beauty of The Freelance Exchange—where you can make the most out of this friendly support network in which you can effectively exchange ideas, share situations, and learn from others.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, May 27th, for one of the most enlightening programs FX hosts throughout the year.

Join Us
Friday, May 27th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

The Gran Falloon
608 Ward Parkway (Country Club Plaza)
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-753-7850

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Register

Don’t forget to RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation. Sandwiches come with choice of house-cut fries or side salad. These options will show in eventbrite, after you have begun your registration:

Plaza Club Sandwich: Mesquite Turkey, sliced ham, peppered bacon, avocado, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomato, roasted chili sauce.

Black Bean Vegetable Burger: Avocado spread, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato.

Falloon Burger: Angus Beef, smoked cheddar, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, Dijon Aioli.

Tequila Avocado Chicken Salad: Grilled Chicken, avocado, cherry tomatoes, black beans, roasted corn, white cheddar, tortilla strips, roasted red pepper and vinaigrette.

 

FX June Lunch – Success Tactics to Turn Life Into One Big Connecting Opportunity

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FX June 24 Luncheon – Mark Your Calendar & Join Us
Success tactics to turn life into one big connecting opportunity

Join the Kansas City Freelance Exchange on Friday, June 24th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to hear Joyce Layman discuss her recent venture into the world of podcasting, “In Layman’s Terms” and her new book, “Your Connecting Advantage.” Joyce’s book has refreshing new views on how not to network, and how she can help you identify the strategies, tips, and techniques that will work for you to become connected and connecting.

About the Speaker:
Joyce is the author of two books, a business speaker (tactics with a touch of humor), podcast host, and referred to by many as a walking LinkedIn. Her passion is inspiring people to step out of their current habits and into new opportunities that are already surrounding them. She leverages her extensive experience in the science of mindset and the art of business connections to help her clients create an advantage over their counterparts and their competition. More than motivation, she’s intent on helping others build their business and life by design.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, June 24th, as Joyce, of JL Enterprises LLC, offers her tips on podcasting as well as networking, plus there will be time for Q&A.

You don’t want to miss this program!

Join us:
Friday, June 24th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

The Burg and Barrel
7042 W. 76th St. (just east of Metcalf)
Overland Park, KS
913-649-2525

Cost: $20 Members, $20 Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 10 a.m., Thursday, June 23rd, 2016.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Non-members who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Register

Please select one meal choice with your reservation.
These options will show in Eventbrite, after you have begun your registration:

Classique Burger Sandwich – certified angus beef, American or Swiss cheese, bib lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle. Side of fries. Please note type of cheese (if any) when registering.

Chicken Caprese Sandwich – grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto & balsamic reduction. Side of fries.

Mean Bean Sandwich – black bean veggie patty, Pepperjack, bib lettuce, tomato & chipotle cilantro mayo. Side of fries.

Chicken BLT Wrap – sun-dried tomato tortilla, grilled chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, romaine, tomato & garlic aioli. Side of fries.

Chopped House Salad – grilled or fried chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, romaine, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, egg & tomato.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 a.m., Thursday, June 23rd, 2016.