EconoMe Conference

EconoMe Conference

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Learn about the one-day conference coming up in March that provides you with resources to enhance your happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

The American Dream looks drastically different than it did a few decades ago. That’s the idea that Diania Merriam wanted to explore when she planned to host EconoMe, a one-day conference coming up  that provides attendees with resources to enhance their happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

“Provocative speakers will explore the idea of a ‘new American Dream,’” Merriam explains.

With roots in the FIRE movement (financial independence, retire early), the EconoMe Conference has its sights set on helping people join the lifestyle movement of FIRE with the goal of financial freedom. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the first documentary about the movement called Playing with FIRE as well as meetups for networking and discussions on other topics such as real estate, investing, travel hacking, healthcare options for early retirement, and more.”

“I was motivated to start a conference after the pursuit of FIRE changed my life,” says Merriam. “After I discovered blogs like Mr. Money Mustache and Frugalwoods, as well as books such as Your Money or Your Life and The Simple Path to Wealth, I used my new-found knowledge to get out of $30,000 in debt in 11 months.”

After getting herself out of debt, Merriam was able to negotiate a remote working relationship with her employer as well as a two-month unpaid sabbatical to walk the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile trek across northern Spain).

The EconoMe Conference will take place on March 7 at the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall at Tangeman University Center. It’ll end with a party following the event at the Woodward Theater.

Once the conference is over, Merriam says that she hopes attendees are inspired by the ideas shared through the speakers and leave feeling that they learned something valuable.

“I also hope the content expands their understanding of what is possible when it comes to their finances and creating more freedom in their lives,” she adds.

To learn more about and to purchase tickets to the EconoMe Conference, visit