The freelance workforce is anything but one-size-fits-all. We span different industries, age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, and levels of expertise. Occasionally, this can make it difficult to explain what we're talkng about when we're talking about the freelance worker. But when we focus on our common problems, our diverse perspectives can lead us to better solutions for all.

On Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at New York City's Civic Hall, Freelancers Union and Civic Hall will cohost a panel featuring a few of New York City's leading innovators and entreprenuers pioneering new models to improve the lives of workers for an exclusive panel event:

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Leading the conversation will be Freelancers Union Founder & Executive Director, Sara Horowitz. She'll set the stage for a dynamic conversation on how we can ensure the new workforece is equipped for the ever-increasing gig economy.

Hamilton Nolan, who spearheaded Gawker's decision to unionize earleir this year, will bring his perspective on how traditional union models can work in the new media sector. Andrew Rasiej, of New York Tech Meetup, will shed light on the growing number of freelancers in New York's ever-expanding tech industry.

At LiquidTalent, Alex Abelin, has come up with an algorithm designed to help freelancers find better work. The LiquidTalent tech community helps freelance tech workers find meaningful professional connections.

Hailing from academia, Arun Sundararajan of NYU Stern School of Business, studies the sharing economy and its effect on freelancers. He regularly contrbutes to the New York Times and Wired Magazine.

Finally, model-turned-tech CEO Jess Perez will talk about her new app Tycoon, and how it's helping models manage their finances and take control of their careers.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will also be in attendance talking about what the city can do to support and empower the freelance workforce.

With these creative minds in one room, the conversation is sure to be engaging and exciting. The panel will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.; please join us afterwards for networking and a freelancer photo booth!