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Meet The #MasterFreelancer Judges!

We’re thrilled to announce the judges for the CreativeMornings and FreshBooks Master Freelancer Awards! Join us in welcoming:


Legends and experts in their respective industries, they’re excited to look through the submissions and crown three winners. Let’s get to know them!

Ingrid Fetell Lee

Design Director at IDEO, Ingrid is currently on sabbatical writing The Aesthetics of Joy, a book about the connection between design and emotional wellbeing. Loves polka dots, pancakes, and the color pink.

“I’ve read predictions that 40% of the workforce will be freelancers by 2020, and it makes perfect sense. The tools have gotten so much better. It’s easier than ever to strike out on your own and craft a business out of your passion.” — Ingrid Fetell Lee

Josh Hansen

Josh, the Creative Director at FreshBooks, is a guy who learned to do by doing. He grew up serving customers at the family business before immersing himself in the ideas of the contemporary art and fashion community in Milan. Informed by a unique world view he has explored the translation of ideas through print, advertisements and art. Most recently working in advertising in Toronto, Josh brings with him a sensitivity to a brand’s role within the larger community in which it operates.

“Watching an idea take shape is an electrifying and humbling experience.” — Josh Hansen

Liz Danzico

Part designer, part educator, full-time dog owner. Chair of MFA Interaction Design for SVA. Creative director for NPR. Former freelancer. Bobulated. Watch her CreativeMornings/NewYork talk.

“When I left a full-time job to freelance, every morning, I would shower, dress, and get on the subway. I would ride the subway in a perfect loop so I could return home to begin work. Ritual is key in life and in freelancing.” — Liz Danzico

Mike McDerment

Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting software for service-based small business owners, with more than 10 million users worldwide. Mike has spent the last decade making accounting software accessible to ​people who work for themselves. He is also the co-author​ of Breaking the Time Barrier, which helps professionals better price their services, and has seen more than 200,000 downloads since its release in 2013. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times he is reportedly the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.

“You face obstacles working for yourself. Seeing these as learning opportunities is the recipe for growth – both personal and professional. At the end of the day, self-determination, serving clients and mastering your craft make it all worthwhile.” — Mike McDerment

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina grew up in mountainous Switzerland, influenced by renowned Swiss design and a lot of fresh air. I am often referred to as swissmiss, her successful design blog. Over the past 9 years she started a few side projects that have redefined her career and organically turned into businesses: She runs a Brooklyn based collaborative workspace called FRIENDS, is the inventor of a to-do app called TeuxDeux and is the CEO and Founder of Tattly. Oh, and she founded CreativeMornings!

“Freelancing was a lonely experience so I started a co-working space in 2008. That was the best decision of my life and has completely transformed my career. Freelancers need to support and celebrate each other to live a courageous, creative life.” — Tina Roth Eisbenberg

Give ‘em show social media love @creativemorning, @freshbooks and with #MasterFreelancer and tell them how you’re rocking the freelance lifestyle!

Haven’t applied yet? Head to and show us what you’ve got! We’re accepting submissions through June 1st!

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