Meet Your Hosts
Nathan has been working in the WordPress space for nine years. He podcasts over at WP Builds and WP Tavern, and this has enabled him to connect with lots of interesting people in the WordPress community, many of whom are speaking at this summit.
He likes to help other people to get their ideas out there, so that their plugins and themes find their audience.
Anchen le Roux
Anchen runs Simply Digital Design, a boutique studio that focuses on Website and Summit site Development on the Day Rate Model. She's been an avid contributor to the WordPress community for the last 6 years. Besides organizing WordCamps, speaking, and contributing to Core, she loves hosting and producing Summits and offers a Build Your Website Like a Pro course to those who are new to WordPress. Recently she launched a new venture with her design partner called Simply Stunning Sites to help solve a need for more helpful page, funnel and summit templates.
Meet Your Speakers
Former partner and Chief Product Officer at Copyblogger Media, I am also the founder of StudioPress (acquired by WP Engine). I am a designer, a WordPress expert, and in my free time, you can find me frequenting the local Starbucks or running a nearby trail.
With 23 years of experience, Jennifer Bourn leverages her graphic design, web design, and copywriting background to help small businesses build brands, create content, and grow profitable online platforms. Known for her ability to make the complex simple, Jennifer has parlayed her experience as a freelancer and 16-year microagency owner into webinars, workshops, business training programs, and online courses that help freelancers build sustainable, enjoyable, profitable businesses that support the lifestyle they desire.
Don’t let Joe Casabona’s Master’s Degree in Computer Science intimidate you; he is not only an approachable guy, but a born teacher. Joe started his career almost 20 years ago as a freelance web developer before realizing his true passion, which is sharing his years of knowledge about website development, podcasting and course creator to help Podcasters and other creators. Joe’s career trajectory includes 20+ years experience building websites, 16+ years using WordPress, 11+ years teaching at the college level, 7+ years podcasting, plus he is the author of four books, including his latest: HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide. When he’s not creating courses for LinkedIn Learning, you can find Joe spending time with his family, enjoying baseball, or talking too much about Star Wars.
Say hi at @jcasabona and find more information at casabona.org.
Anne (she/they) is UNC Chapel Hill psychology grad who started working in WordPress in the university setting before joining Automattic in 2014 as a happiness engineer. In mid 2020, they switched to the developer relations wrangler position and, shortly after, kicked off the Full Site Editing (FSE) Outreach Program. Over a year into the outreach program effort, she's excited to share information about the latest and greatest for the FSE effort and what this means for the future of WordPress.
Chris Badgett is the cofounder and CEO of LifterLMS, a learning management system for WordPress. He helps education entrepreneurs create, launch, and scale high value online training platforms. He believes in democratizing education in the digital classroom and contributing as much as possible to the WordPress community.
Laura Elizabeth is a designer and the founder of 3 products: Client Portal (a super simple way to store your clients' deliverables), Design Academy (a design course for developers), and Project Pack (sets of templates and documents for freelancers and agencies).
She loves helping creative businesses improve their workflows, project management skills, and design through both free and premium products.
Check our her free course on giving clients a 5-star experience here: clientexperiencecourse.com.
And for a free 6-day masterclass in improving your design skills: learndesigncourse.com
Danielle Zarcaro is the founder of Overnight Website and Paperback Web Development. She’s been developing and maintaining custom WordPress websites for almost a decade. She'll get excited any time there's a gadget to tinker with or a puzzle to put together. She loves snuggling cats and putting hot chocolate in her coffee. You'll often find her awake past sunrise and up in time for the sunset.
Overnight Website brings you amazing, effortless websites overnight. It’s a hassle-free way to get a high-quality website quickly without the back and forth — whether it’s finally bringing your idea to life or you need to start over.
Paperback Web Development is a queer womxn-owned web development studio that specializes in support for complex and existing websites. We also provide custom WordPress website maintenance and development for businesses and partner with design and marketing agencies to support and develop websites and online systems for their clients.
I created my first professional website in 1995 for the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Since then I've worked as a web developer and in IT management. I am a WordPress enthusiast, enjoy learning and sharing with others, and administer the Dynamic WordPress Facebook group. On the topic of WordPress theme builders, I've created twenty walk-throughs looking at the tools and techniques available.
Jake Pfohl is the founder of startblogging101.com, a website dedicated to teaching others how to build fast, profitable WordPress sites with Gutenberg. Jake has been developing niche affiliate WordPress sites since 2014 and loves teaching others what he's learned over the years. Outside of blogging, Jake is a Software Automation Engineer with a passion for entrepreneurship, music, and technology.
Shannon Mattern teaches web designers how to stop undercharging and overdelivering and book premium (and dreamy) clients so that they can create full-time incomes. Learn more about Shannon and the Web Designer Academy at http://webdesigneracademy.com.
Kyle Van Deusen
Born in California and raised in Texas, Kyle is a husband and proud father of three. After spending 15 years as a graphic designer and earning a business degree, he launched his agency, OGAL Web Design, in 2017 and The Admin Bar community with Matt Sebert in 2018.
Hi, I'm Cheryl Oliver, I worked as a web designer building WordPress websites for big corporate companies such a Mini Cooper and Lexus before I started my own business.
When I had my daughter I decided I wanted to be able to spend more time with my kids than a traditional 9 - 5 would allow. So I quit my job and started my own business as a funnel builder.
After building funnels for coaches for over a year, I realised that most coaches were struggling with their funnels because they weren't using the right words to connect with their ideal clients. They were trying to sell them the process rather than the benefit. And that is what I'm really good at so I niched down into helping coaches with their sales pages.
Now I create kickass sales pages for Business Coaches, including offer strategy, copy and design. So you end up with a page that is beautiful, sounds like you and converts!
I created my first website at 14 years old on GeoCities & then started building websites for clients as a freelancer while touring the world as the leader of a rock band. This eventually grew into an agency with a team of 12 based in London – before we built Atarim.io to redefine the way web agencies work and collaborate with their clients.
To continue on the mission of simplifying the website creation process, we created Bertha.ai - A fully integrated writing assistant for websites, that takes what I learned from building more than 1,000 websites to allow website owners to create engaging and precise websites copy with a click of a button.
I believe that every web agency should have an easy time delivering their service, collaborating with their clients and team, grow their business and free up time and stress for them and their families. Eliminating potential burnouts and discontent for their business.
Everyone should feel empowered finishing the build and when they collaborate for support.
Every Project shouldn't go past the deadline and with as little back and forth as needed.
Candy Phelps is the founder of Bizzy Bizzy, a U.S.-based interactive and collaborative branding and web design agency, and creator of the 1 Day® Website. As an author, speaker and trainer, Candy offers a gold mine of wisdom uncovered by 12+ years of running a WordPress agency and countless lessons learned the hard way. She loves sharing knowledge, tactics and tools and her unique team-based 1 Day model with fellow designers and developers through 1 Day® Works.
Candy is the author of “Grow Your SEO: Search Engine Concepts Even Your Grandma Could Understand” and “1 Day Website: Revolutionize Your Web Design Business.”
Lee is OBSESSED with building block based themes, plug-ins and websites. He runs a small agency building custom WP sites and builds block based themes and plugins to speed up and systematize his agency’s development workflow.
Michelle Frechette is the Director of Customer Success at GiveWP, where she and the Customer Success team work with fundraisers all over the world to make the world a better place. Part of that is helping customers evaluate their websites and researching what works to convert site visitors to supporters and donors.
In addition to her work at GiveWP, Michelle is the Podcast Barista at WPCoffeeTalk.com, cofounder of underrepresentedintech.com, creator of wpcareerpages.com, a volunteer for BigOrangeHeart.org, author, business coach, and a frequent speaker at WordPress events. You can find out more at her website WorksByMichelle.com.
Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh
Anh is a WordPress developer, blogger and also a local WordPress meetup organizer in Hanoi, Vietnam.
He started his first blog on WordPress in 2006 and since then, he has developed themes and plugins for WordPress. Currently, he leads the development of his plugin Meta Box (600k+ active installs), Slim SEO (10k+ active installs) and manages a team GretaThemes to make premium themes.
Laura Kåmark is a strategic web designer and tech expert who creates stunning, money-making websites for passionate female entrepreneurs.
With her signature two-day VIP Website Experience, she’ll take your DIY website and turn it into one that looks good AND sells. Leave the tech and automations to her as she creates an intentional customer journey that converts your website visitors to purchasers.
When Laura’s not in work mode, you can find her at the beach down the street – toes in the sand, big smile on her face, with at least one dog, two kiddos, and a husband by her side.
Chris was previously at Automattic before co-founding Extendify (https://extendify.com/) to turn Gutenberg into a super power for SMBs. At Automattic, Chris worked on led various acquisitions and investments as well as other strategic projects. Earlier, Chris worked in private equity and for an enterprise software company, PowerReviews.
You may know me from the Katka Template Pack, or some speed optimization tips, but in the recent years I was mainly focusing on creating tutorials and complete course that are freely available to make sure everyone can get started with the right foundations in place. The community gave me help when I was a beginner, I will do the same when possible.
Rob Stinson is a full-time product marketer and part-time product designer for Genesis and its suite of plugins and themes. He was a co-founder of Block Lab (now Genesis Custom Blocks) and comes from long background of agency and product work in the WordPress ecosystem. You can follow him on twitter at @rob_stino
Martin Huntbach and Lyndsay Cambridge
Martin and Lyndsay are the authors of the best selling book, Content Fortress and directors of Jammy Digital - an award-winning agency that helps entrepreneurs get more sales from their websites.
Having experienced just how difficult it is to balance running an agency with family life, Martin and Lyndsay discovered how to use content to attract higher-paying, better clients who were eager to work with them.
They now dedicate their time to helping other web design agency owners and freelancers do the same, through their website Agency Jam.
Mike Oliver is a designer & WordPress developer living in Florida. Mike began as an agency designer over 20 years ago and has been working independently for the last 10 years. Aside from building websites for clients, he is also a contributor to GeneratePress & GenerateBlocks.
Mike also enjoys teaching other GeneratePress and GenerateBlocks users how to build lightweight, clean websites via his YouTube channel and online course.
Natasha Cozad is a website expert with over 20 years of experience. She made her first site when she was thirteen and by the end of high school had designed and hand-coded more than a hundred websites. One was even featured in an article on the New York Times website.
She transformed her beloved hobby into a career that has allowed her to help other people find their path as web designers and business owners.
Arindo Duque is a WordPress developer from Juiz de Fora, Brazil - living in Madrid, Spain.
He is the founder and CEO of NextPress, a WordPress plugin development shop responsible for products such as WP Ultimo and WP Admin Pages PRO.
Arindo has given talks in numerous WordCamps in Brazil and was also one of the organizers of the local WordPress Community in Juiz de Fora before moving abroad.
Corey Dodd is a designer with 20 years experience working with large companies such as Nova Radio, national advertising agencies and boutique design studios.
His background in working as a creative in digital and tech companies has given him a broad skill set that covers design, strategy and coding.
He’s passionate about helping others in the design community, especially when it comes to topics around money, pricing and processes.
He currently runs Elk Creative, a small design studio from Geelong Victoria, that is focused on delivering custom branding and digital solutions for property development and commercial construction businesses.
Jonathan Jernigan has lived in Destin his entire life (born and raised!) and started APEX Web Solutions shortly after leaving high school. While in school he built websites for sports teams, family and friends, and local small businesses. After leaving his job at a local I.T. company, he began building websites professionally which grew into what would become APEX Web Solutions.
APEX Web Solutions now specializes in Oxygen Builder for all client facing WordPress projects. In addition, Jonathan creates YouTube tutorials and premium courses around Oxygen Builder and WordPress.
Outside of work, Jonathan is an avid fan of Formula 1 racing and enjoys working on cars. The theme behind the name APEX Web Solutions and our core phrases like “driven” all stem from this love of motor racing.
Birgit Pauli-Haack has spent the last 25 years in web development and web community. In August 2021, she started working as Developer Advocate for WordPress at Automattic. Birgit is also the publisher / curator of the Gutenberg Times a site sharing All things Gutenberg, the new block-editor in WordPress. She co-hosts the Gutenberg Changelog podcast and hosts Live Q & A on the Gutenberg Times YouTube channel. Before working for Automattic, Birgit Pauli-Haack provided interactive, user-friendly, web-based business applications and server administration services to an array of corporate, nonprofit and private clients, both international and domestic with her company, Pauli Systems, headquartered in Naples, Florida founded in 2002.