Nearly 40 creatives packed the conference room at Hayden-Heights Library in St. Paul on the evening of May 22, eager to learn the secrets of a successful freelance career. Speaker Carolyn Porter, who operates a one-woman design shop called Porterfolio, shared work, observations and wisdom gleaned over her 12-year solo career collaborating with companies like Boston Scientific, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Prime Mortgage.

Following the presentation, many of us made our way to Payne Avenue for refreshments and further discussion of passion projects and other design topics at the lively Ward 6.

This event was the first in an ongoing Happy Hour Speaker Series sponsored by AIGA Minnesota Solopreneurs. To learn more, visit our Initiatives page here.

Summary by Lisa Troutman, photos by Sandra Theis and Heather Olson


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Karin Odell
Karin Odell
Solopreneurs CoChairs
Karin Odell, the owner of Venus Designs Inc, has created visual strategies for clients such as the Soil Health Partnership and Great MN Schools for over 15 years. She has helped many small-to-large-sized companies and organizations align their communications design, both on-line and in print. She also works with other agencies to assist in setting up branded presentation materials.