Everything Conference

A Multipotentialite Meeting of the Minds. IRL!


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The world needs us, and we need each other.

Multipotentialites are innovators, mold-breakers, artful tinkerers, and thoughtful problem solvers. Our strengths are valuable and needed, even if they aren’t always understood by society. Everything Conference is a call to action for multipotentialites to embrace our superpowers and bring our unique melange of skills and passions to the world.

Everything Conference is the first of its kind: a highly interactive and community-focused event where you get to show up as your whole self. As a participant, you’ll have a chance to join a range of workshops and activities to help you build a sustainable and fulfilling life as a multipod. Everything Conference is founded on the premise that we each have something awesome to offer. Most of the action will be participant led–maybe you’ll even lead something!

Join Emilie Wapnick and dozens of multipotentialites at Everything Conference on September 12-15, 2019 in Portland, Oregon:

Why Everything Conference… and why now?

Since 2012, we’ve been running online events for the great multipotentialites in our community, the Puttytribe. But we’ve also been pining for something more concrete; more in-person. We want to see what magic might arise when we put dozens of multipotentialites together, in one space, to learn, share, and collaborate.

What happens when I show up?

At Everything Conference, you’ll find:

  • New insights and action steps to move your career and projects forward.
  • A buffet of learning for your ravenous multipotentialite soul
  • The self-care and reflection time you need to make the most of your Everything Conference.
  • Energy, inspiration, and creative momentum to bring home with you.
  • Opportunities to share what you’re good at, what you love, and what makes you you with others who are just as passionately curious.
  • Belonging and connection. You’ll be among your people: other multipotentialites who “get” your non-linear path and your shifting, sometimes overlapping passions.

Where will the magic happen?

Everything Conference will take place at Taborspace in Portland, Oregon. Taborspace is a non-profit coffeehouse and grassroots community center in historic Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church (please note that Everything Conference is entirely non-religious and Taborspace has an inclusive mandate. All are welcome). The building is old and beautiful, and there are range of different spaces, including an arts room, library, gorgeous commons area, and yard.

Featured Contributors

Here’s the deal: we’re sick of conferences where celebrities are put on pedestals. At ETC, the participants are the contributors. Once you sign up, we’ll be in touch to see whether (and how) you’d like to get involved. We’re serious about elevating the gifts and experiences of every single person who shows up.

Here’s a little about your event organizers and some participants who have already told us, “heck yes, I’ll be there!”

Emilie Wapnick is an award-winning author, artist, and community builder. She’s the founder and creative director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Emilie’s TED talk has been viewed 6 million times and translated into 37 languages. She’s the author of How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (HarperCollins, 2017).


Joel Zaslofsky is the community-animator, multipotentialite, and quantum biology fanatic behind a bunch of neat stuff. He’s the Connections and Operations Guy for the Puttytribe, hosts the popular Smart and Simple Matters podcast, and has one overarching theme in life: bringing people together. You’ll often find him deep into a minimalist spreadsheet, making his wonderful wife roll her eyes at his antics, or playing with his two young sons around Edina, Minnesota.


Vanessa Tharp is an experience designer and an organization and accountability coach who works with people doing good in the world. She loves to travel, has a heart in service, enjoys photography, bubble baths, and is a total foodie. Vanessa also has over a decade of experience as an educator with an emphasis in leadership. She’s been dubbed a super-connector and her energy and enthusiasm are contagious!


Jeff Harry believes there’s nothing quite like watching a Senior Executive screaming with delight while skipping after a tiny LEGO® car. As the VP of Fun at Play-Well TEKnologies, he and his team show kids and adults how to tap into their true selves + feel their happiest and most fulfilled–all by playing with tiny LEGO® pieces. By infusing more play into the day-to-day, it turns out that giving people permission to be really silly helps them be more productive, learn faster, and love their work.


Charlie Gilkey helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. He’s the founder of Productive Flourishing, author of the forthcoming Start Finishing and The Small Business Lifecycle, and host of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Prior to starting Productive Flourishing, Charlie was a Joint Force Military Logistics Coordinator while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Philosophy. He lives with his wife, Angela, in Portland, Oregon.


Pamela Slim is an author, community builder, and consultant. Since 2005, she has advised thousands of entrepreneurs and companies such as Infusionsoft, Constant Contact, and Prezi. Pam is best known for her first book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, along with her follow-up Body of Work. In 2016, Pam launched the Main Street Learning Lab at K’é in Mesa, Arizona, as a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration.


Stephen Warley has been happily unemployable for 18 years. He once ran his business from Spain for 4 months, discovered how to make six-figures working 20 hours a week, and farmed 1,000 square feet in Boston. On top of interviewing over 500 entrepreneurs, Stephen shows creatives how to weave all their different ideas together into one common profitable purpose. He believes self-employment is the future of work and more people are capable of working for themselves than they realize.


Abe Cajudo is a flux artist, multimedia storyteller, and freelance creative consultant living in Long Beach, California. He helps businesses build deeper connections with their customers by telling better stories–no matter the medium. Abe is the author of one book, director and editor of dozens of videos, and the designer of numerous web, graphic, and crowdfunding campaigns. In other words, he likes making stuff.


Humaira Hamid believes life is bigger than we can imagine, and kindness or courage are always called for. Her unwavering desire to connect and ask beautiful questions has led to a work as an award-winning educator, facilitator, consultant, and performer. As a recovering perfectionist and hyper-achiever, she’s taken a professional pause to explore what slowness and contribution might look like in a fast-paced digital age, and help others do the same.


Riikka Salonen connects people and ideas that increase equity, access, and the sense of belonging in organizations. A polyglot change agent originally from Finland, she’s supported thousands of people polishing their personal brand and finding a dream job (or a life partner). Riikka finds joy in building tiny houses for the homeless, furnishing homes for refugees, finding jobs for people with disabilities, growing organic food, and cuddling with her twin puppies and husband.


Denise Ransome is a clutter-canceling creative catalyst. She firmly believes that everything can be done with ease and grace and that, in fact, is her mantra as a productivity coach, project manager, and event manager. Her unique combination of tact and tenacity allows her to help people make sense of the clutter so they can focus on the work that matters. Denise also lives in Corbett, Oregon and is the owner of the Peach Cheesecake Ranch.


Anthony Ongaro is an audio-visual creator and intentional-living advocate. He’s the founder of Break the Twitch – a YouTube channel, podcast, and blog about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Amy, and their rocking dog, Rocky.



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