Ilise Benun is an author, national speaker, founder of Marketing Mentor and, with HOW Magazine, of the Creative Freelancer Conference. She is on a mission to teach the creatively self employed how to take control of their business and get the work they want and she does this through one-on-one, as well as group, mentoring. She writes a regular column for Applied Arts and HOW Magazine, manages 2 blogs, The Marketing Mix Blog and the Creative Freelancer Blog and has been featured in national newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Inc. Magazine, Essence and more.
She is the author of 7 books, including The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money, Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive, Self-Promotion Online, The Art of Self Promotion and Public Relations for Dummies, 2nd Edition.
Benun has given presentations for art schools and international trade organizations, including the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), HOW Design Conference, Freelancers Union, Creative Freelancer Conference, AIGA and Graphic Artists Guild, Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, American Marketing Association, Business Marketing Association, Advertising Photographers of America, ASMP, Editorial Freelancers Association, the NYU Entrepreneurship Summit, the Usability Professionals Association (several local chapters) and many ad clubs around the country.
She started her business in 1988 and has been self-employed for all but 3 years of her working life. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Tufts University.