FinCon19 Big Idea main stage talk



In her talks, Tanja shifts the conversation about money to social and environmental good, life purpose, and happiness, rather than wealth for its own sake. That spirit combined with her seamless blend of polish and realness have made her a sought-after speaker in the personal finance space and beyond.

Sample keynote/workshop/panel leader topics:

General Audience: 
  • Wallet activism: Use your financial power to help the planet and its people
  • Use your financial independence to do good in the world
  • Work optional: Align your money and your values to live a purpose-driven life
  • Reset your life to focus on what means most to you
  • Put your money where your values are
  • Give your money a mission statement
Financial Professionals:
  • Guide your clients to align their money with their values through banking and investing
  • The personal finance industry and systemic racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ+ bias, etc.
  • What traditional retirees can learn from the early retirement movement
  • How to pivot into activism writing without losing credibility
  • How to “sneak” activism content into status quo news outlets
  • The imperfect expert: Balancing authority and vulnerability to connect with your readers
  • Tackling topics that scare you to better serve your audience
  • Build a platform without selling out

“Tanja’s compelling presentation connected deeply with our audience, offering them the possibility to achieve their career goals by taking control of their financial independence.”

— Google team lead

Selected past speaking experience

  • FinConX Big Idea talk (virtual main stage), November 2020
  • FinCon19 Big Idea talk (main stage), September 2019
  • Keynote to Women’s Economic Development Council, May 2021
  • Featured speaker to Financial Planning Association of Northern California, November 2020
  • American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) conference, October 2019
  • Featured speaker at Tesla, May 2019
  • Keynote speaker at Google NYC, May 2018
  • Ecuador FI Chautauqua, November 2019
  • Cents Positive Seattle, October 2019
  • Cents Positive Chicago, October 2019
  • Featured in Playing with FIRE documentary, fall 2019
  • Headline speaker at CampFI Mid-Atlantic, May 2019
  • Headline speaker at CampFI Midwest, August 2018
  • Featured speaker at FinCon18, September 2018
  • Headline speaker for SoFi member event, January 2018
  • Cents Positive Denver, November 2018
  • Keynote speaker at Achieving the Dream, Spring 2017
  • Speaker at ComNet17, September 2017
  • Panel leader and panelist at FinCon17, October 2017
  • Speaker at Lola Retreat, August 2017
  • Featured speaker at Open Education Conference, Fall 2017
  • Guest lecturer at University of Nevada, Reno, 2015-2016
  • Keynote speaker at GED Testing Service conference, 2011

For speaking requests

Please email me at tanja [at] tanjahester dot com. If it’s for something big, my incredible agent Lucinda Blumenfeld will be involved. Feel free to reach out to her directly at lucinda [at] lucindaliterary dot com // 917.722.6323.

Tanja Hester Speaking One-Sheet