2020 Recap

Our Speakers

Jillian Johnsrud

Jillian Johnsrud

Lynn Frair

Lynn Frair

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Doc G


Julien Saunders

Julien Saunders

Rose Lounsbury

Rose Lounsbury

Travis Hornsby

Travis Hornsby


Natalie Torres-Haddad

Natalie Torres-Haddad

Jackie Cummings Koski

Jackie Cummings Koski

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson


So what happened at EconoMe 2020?

Images of our speakers

We learned from speakers who personify the #1 rule of the EconoMe stage: Authenticity

Everyone has a unique set of circumstances, skills, and preferences that require a customized financial plan. The diversity in the EconoMe speaker line up demonstrates that there isn’t a “right way” to pursue FIRE. Check out all the speeches from EconoMe on our YouTube channel!

An EconoMe interactive session

We asked ourselves, “What does wealth mean to you?”

Personal finance is personal! There are so many reasons why people pursue financial independence and we had the opportunity to share with one another during this interactive activity.


An EconoMe breakout session

A crowd favorite were our 6 breakout sessions that happened mid day

Not only did we learn from our awesome speakers, but we learned from each other! We discussed real estate, investing, FI healthcare options, entrepreneurship, finding our tribe, and optimizing credit card points.

Image of Chief Dog Buddy

Chief Dog Buddy was the mascot of the “Find Your Buddy” campaign

Community matters, especially when you decide to take an unconventional path like the pursuit of FIRE. EconoMe is designed to help you make new friends… and who better to show you how than our Chief Economeist’s best Bud.


We watched Playing with FIRE together

Playing with Fire showcases a radical subculture known as FIRE, that embrace frugality and financial optimization to achieve financial independence. Follow one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler — and happier— life.

The after party!

We had way too much fun with that photo booth at the after party

As if EconoMe wasn’t already a party, we closed it out with an epic after party at a unique venue downtown. Drinks were flowin’, photo booth was poppin’, live music was bumpin’, and we all got to share with each other our favorite moments from the day!


The brewery tour was amazing

We walked off our hangovers during an Urban Hike and started drinking again during the brewery tour!

Is there any doubt that Cincinnati, the lowest cost of living metro area in the US, is also THE BEST city to pursue financial independence? We got to see first hand what makes this city so great via a 3 hour walking tour. We also learned more about Cincinnati’s rich beer history.

Don’t take it from us! Listen in as one EconoMe attendee, Brenda Olmos, shares her experience of attending the conference

“I was surprised by the diversity, impressed by the turnout… there was a lot of attention to detail that was so thoughtful and went a long way… it’s so nice to be around people who are open about finances, it’s like a breath of fresh air!”.


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