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OUR TEAM

This work doesn’t get done without people to raise funds, review applications, disperse money and constantly evaluate needs this fund could help support. A huge thanks goes out to these humans …

Emily Leach, Founder

I’ve been called a pioneer in the world of uniquely-talented people who feel empowered to go beyond conventional jobs and create businesses from unique vantage points and perspectives.

I have a guiding belief that those working for themselves deserve the same respect, access to benefits and opportunities for growth as those working for corporations. It’s what drives my tireless fight to ensure this growing population of Independent Professionals are lifted up and celebrated for their courage and willingness to live their lives according to a new set of rules … their own.

Laura Briggs, Co-Founder

Laura Briggs is a freelance writer and book marketing specialist for nonfiction authors, a two-time TEDx speaker, the volunteer Executive Director for Operation Freelance, and an author.

Abbi Perets, Co-Founder

Abbi Perets is a copywriter with 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She’s passionate about writing email sequences and sales pages that help women get their courses, services, and products in front of the people who need them most. Her signature approach comes down to building powerful, long-lasting relationships with readers so that they open every email you send.

Abbi’s clients are able to engage with customers, crush their sales goals, and never have to worry about email marketing again. She’s worked with entrepreneurs at all levels, including top radio personalities and members of the ClickFunnels 2-Comma Club.  

Julie Cortés, Co-Founder

An award-winning advertising/marketing copywriter, Julie Cortés has run her own freelance business for more than 20 years. Best known as the founder of The Freelance Exchange of KC, Cortés created her own much-needed college-level course, Freelancing 101, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the world-renowned KC Art Institute. Recognized with awards dozens of times over for her work, leadership, volunteerism and community involvement, this freelance rockstar is regularly sought out for media interviews, public speaking, and professional coaching for freelancers as well as those who hire them. Cortés is loving life, living out her passion of helping others succeed.

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About the Fund

The Freelance Community Fund empowers the growth of freelance businesses and their owners by easing their access to funds for training and expansion. It is created for smaller opportunities that will have a large impact like workshops, coaching programs and conference attendance, that are likely to expand the knowledge base of the individual to run a stronger freelance business.

The fund was founded in October 2019. We will evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of the fund in a year’s time, and decide whether to continue to raise funds.