June 20-21, 2018


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Looking to start a remote career? Here's exactly how to build one from scratch.


  • How to build a killer portfolio, nail remote job interviews, and find out how you can get experience through freelance gigs
  • Where to look for remote job listings and how to tell if a job is legit
  • What skills you need to have on your resume to make you the strongest candidate possible



Adda Birnir is the founder and CEO of Skillcrush, the country’s largest online education company focused on training women in technical topics, boasting an audience of over 250,000 women learning life-changing digital skills.  

Before founding Skillcrush, Adda ran a web design and development company that built sites for media clients such as The New York Times, ProPublica, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and MTV. She has been named one of the "20 Women to Watch in Media" by the Columbia Journalism Review, one of the "30 Most Important Women in Tech" by Business Insider, and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, Fast Company, and Mashable


Laura Spawn is co-founder and CEO of Virtual Vocations, Inc., a leading niche job board exclusively focused on providing human-screened remote jobs and career services related to telecommuting. has been featured in media outlets like Forbes, HuffPost, CNBC, and Small Business Trends. Prior to founding Virtual Vocations alongside her brother, Adam Stevenson, Laura’s background was in management and social services. She spent four years working as a private fiduciary within a government office assisting the elderly population where she lived. For the past 11 years, Laura has worked from home after launching Virtual Vocations in response to her own need for a remote job as well as a vacancy in legitimate resources providing scam-free online job leads. Today, Laura lives in Oregon with her family and continues to work remotely, growing her business to a team of more than 30 professionals working daily from all over the world to provide jobseekers with access to one of the largest online databases catering exclusively to telecommute jobs.


Sarah Eggers is a web designer and marketer who loves working with small business owners and bloggers. You can get to know her on Twitter or Instagram.  


Sarah Park is the Operations Manager for MeetEdgar, a social media scheduling tool that stops updates from going to waste. Since 2013, she has specialized in creating and maintaining empowering, positive workplace cultures for remote teams.  


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You've got a job you love with a company, co-workers, and boss that you adore, but you want to add in the flexibility to work from home. We'll cover how to turn your in-person job into a remote one—STAT.


  • How to make an action plan for a productive conversation with your boss
  • Exactly what to say to your boss to convince them to let you go remote
  • How to stay connected to your team once you've left the office life behind


Brooke Hurford helps to run a remote company called Workfrom. She was previously a Project Manager at a Portland agency called Sightworks and after that went to Epicodus, a coding school in PDX. She studied front end development, which she loves. She is passionate about remote work and strives to use Workfrom to improve the lives of remote workers all over the world. This type of work has changed her life, and she wants to help others do the same. She spent 2017 traveling and working around the world, and has continued to do the same in 2018. She is also passionate about coliving and has spent a lot of her traveling time living with some of the top coworking / coliving retreats and houses.  


Haele Wolfe went to school for writing and has a strong background in the arts. Before working in tech with the gang at Skillcrush, she trekked around New York City as a freelance film and audio producer, illustrator, and English Second Language tutor. Looking for more stable work that would let her be creative, continue writing, and allow her to grow her digital skills led her to Skillcrush's content team, and the rest is history.



Libby is a Career Counselor at Skillcrush where she helps our students get started on the career path of their dreams. She went to school for apparel design and honed her communication and design skills working in the wedding industry in roles ranging from custom pattern making to visual merchandising. Eventually the hours and fast pace of retail finally caught up to her and seeking a change of pace, she took a 9-5 job in an office setting where she, not surprisingly, was bored to tears. While sitting behind that desk however, she taught herself to code, escaped the office setting, and dove headfirst into freelancing in web design and digital marketing for creative entrepreneurs.


After turning her back on office life in Australia in 2013, Radhika set out to create a life lived on her own terms (a constant work in progress). She runs a location independent marketing agency and, as the co-founder of Fulltime Nomad, she is super passionate about helping others live life with more freedom and flexibility, and a bit of travel thrown in for good measure.


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Worried about making the jump to remote work? Here's exactly what you need to know to make the transition as seamless as possible. 


  • Remote work etiquette rules and culture
  • How to communicate with your team when you're not in person
  • How to fight loneliness and feelings of isolation  


Caro Griffin is the Director of Operations at Skillcrush, a community for women changing their career with tech skills. As a freelancer web developer, she specialized in building WordPress websites for local arts organizations. Now she’s focused on helping other women in tech find their place in tech. Remote work, superhero comics, and chai lattes are a few of her favorite things.


Katharine Zaleski is CoFounder and President of PowerToFly, a startup that specializes in connecting women with companies that care about diversity and inclusion. Katharine was the 6th hire at Huffington Post, and went on to work at the Washington Post as Executive Director of Digital and Founding Managing Editor at NowThis. She continues to address gender parity in the workplace on sites like the New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune, and has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.


Lauren McGoodwin, CEO, founded Career Contessa in 2013 after working in recruiting for a tech company and experiencing the gap in career development resources available for women who were job searching, soul searching, leading and managing, or trying to find new ways to advance within their careers. Lauren’s goal was simple: create a career resource site completely dedicated to women which, unlike the average job database, took into account the unique challenges women in the workplace experience including the wage gap, career breaks and minority representation in leadership positions. After identifying the void in career development services available for women, Lauren knew that Career Contessa needed to be more than just a portal to apply for jobs and, rather, a place where women could gain a competitive edge in the workplace through original career advice, job opportunities and an inside look at companies hiring, e-learning courses and access to expert career coaches. Career Contessa now helps over 1 million women navigate their careers each year and has partnered with a number of leading brands including Dollar Shave Club, FabFitFun, HomeAway, and Pandora, to provide their subscribers with an insider’s look at job opportunities with some of the country’s most exciting and fastest growing companies. Lauren's career expertise has been featured in Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Refinery29 and many other leading business and lifestyle publications.


Sarah Charrouf is a web developer, designer, and project manager living in Vancouver, BC. She is passionate about art, design, the written word, and technology. Sarah aims to do work that has a positive impact on other people's lives. Her motto is "do good work." She spends the majority of her time living up to this motto, and when she's not at her desk, you can find her performing at or attending comedy shows, writing, doing yoga, or exploring Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.