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Freelancer Lifeline is a resource destination where FX members can find grant opportunities, loan information, digital events, creative tools, and more. We hope it serves as a source of comfort, inspiration, and support as we navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Vice President (Acting President)
As a writer and designer, Liz loves collaborating with others to craft authentic stories and content in novel ways. With more than a decade of experience in marketing, design, and the arts, she pulls from a rich and diverse skill set to deliver engaging and thoughtful results, no matter the task at hand. A never-ending desire to grow, learn, and engage keeps her active within the KC community through volunteering and serving on local boards and committees.
Julie Cortés is an award-winning freelance advertising/marketing copywriter and proofreader, who works in all mediums and most industries. Her client and account lists run the gamut, from ad agencies and design shops to corporations and small businesses. Cortés has dedicated her 20+ year career to helping other freelancers be successful as well. She is the founder of The Freelance Exchange of KC, an adjunct professor at the KC Art Institute where she created her own course, Freelancing 101, and a professional speaker and business coach targeting both freelancers and the people who hire them.
Member At Large
George brings a combination of business acumen, sales passion, and servant leadership to his role. Since his early career, George has been involved with creative teams and their business leaders, taking care of client relationships and developing new ones. He leads new business initiatives from his grounding in strategy, his orientation toward relationship development, and his core values of service. One of his special gifts is the ability to help a team identify their unique positioning to the market, and then to translate that into new business results through effective prospecting, targeting, and new and expanded relationships that lead to sales.
A Kansas City native, Estella attended Texas Christian University. She started photographing abstract images after receiving her first camera at age three, a Polaroid and has loved being behind the lens ever since. The culmination of photography and a love of reading and writing has led to gallery exhibits of her photography (Art Basel Miami 2019), three screenplays, a collection of short stories, poetry/lyrics, and a novel, Jaded. Currently, Estella uses her creative skill set to produce content ranging from fine art, content marketing, and short films.
Elizabeth was FX's very first Membership Director and she is excited to put her 25+ years of entrepreneurial experience to work! A Texas transplant, avid coffee lover, proud mother of two, survivor of divorce and a true creative visionary. Her passion and strategic ability to adapt to the client’s needs and create from the business owner’s shoes – whether by pixel or print – is phenomenal. Elizabeth is a dynamic communicator who will keep it real, make you laugh, empower you to soar to new heights and realize your strengths.
Hamama Bushra is an enthusiastic traditional illustrator and graphic designer, who enjoys the unique hands-on process that analog offers. She also makes a mean cup of tea. She plans all the coffee meet-ups and the happy hours that members and non-members alike can enjoy.
Kate Bradshaw is a graphic designer with a passion for using visual language to make connections and tell stories. Working almost exclusively with entrepreneurs and freelancers as clients, she loves to see independent creatives succeed. She joined FX’s Board of Directors in order to further that goal and support Kansas City’s creative and entrepreneurial community. Before life led her to design, Kate spent several years working for nonprofit animal rescue groups around the Midwest. She has two cats, drinks too much coffee, and enjoys enthusiastically trying to identify fonts.