The festival of WordPress
July 23, 2021

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Speakers

Aditya Kane

Aditya Kane

Open Source enthusiast and WordPress community builder | Editorial Desk and Marketing at rtCamp. Aditya works on the WordPress Community Team. He has lived much of his life in the two cities of Mumbai and Pune in India. He loves reading books and wished he was a philosopher. He believes that the core tenets of

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Alison Knott

Alison Knott

Alison K (Alison Knott) is an international tech speaker who’s passionate about the intersection of web, creativity and business. A proud woman in tech, Alison produced Atlantic Canada’s first WordPress conference and Meetup. She also mentors emerging female and non-binary designers and marketers. Her presentations are an unusual blend of high-octane enthusiasm and actionable lessons.

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Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman helps nonprofits and wellness-based businesses build thriving online communities. As a Customer Success Manager at GiveWP she works diligently each day to assist nonprofits in growing their communities and receiving more donations online to make a bigger impact in the world. As an SEO consultant, she’s passionate about tending to the internet like

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AmyJune Hineline

AmyJune Hineline

AmyJune Hineline is the Open Source Community Ambassador and QA Engineer at Kanopi Studios. With a dual focus on both open-source community development and inclusivity, she is uniquely positioned to help individuals become more comfortable and confident as they contribute to their communities. She co-organize various open-source camps and conventions throughout North America, empowering individuals

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Anne-Mieke Bovelett

Anne-Mieke Bovelett

Anne-Mieke Bovelett runs an internationally focused web agency in Mönchengladbach (Germany) and trains agencies in efficient use of Elementor Pro. Originally she’s a web designer, but nowadays more focused on frontend development due to her self assigned role as a passionate accessibility advocate. Diagnosed in her late 40’s, she’s convinced ADHD can be a super

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Arindo Duque

Arindo Duque

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

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Bolanle O

Bolanle O

Bolanle is a Nigerian reality show winner, entertainment journalist & media personality and a team member/contributor at www.stereogoddess.com.

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Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones is the founder of the premium plugin store Mongoose Marketplace, best known for the Mongoose Page Plugin used by more than 30,000 WordPress websites. He lives in the little town of Victor Harbor south of Adelaide.

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Chandrika Sista

Chandrika Sista

Chandrika Sista is a full stack WordPress developer at Camna LLC. She started working with WordPress in 2011. After working as a freelancer for over 5 years, she joined Camna LLC as a full stack developer. She is also the lead developer for the Chamber Dashboard plugins which provide an easy way for Chambers of

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Chris Lema

Chris Lema

Chris has been helping people leverage the web to build online solutions (membership sites, LMS, and online stores) for more than 20 years. A trusted name in eCommerce, he’s the VP of Product at Nexcess where his team created the first Managed WooCommerce hosting product.

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Christina Workman

Christina Workman

Christina is a Website Specialist at WebDevStudios, with over 10 years of experience working with WordPress. She is passionate about web accessibility and contributing to the WordPress community. A self-proclaimed purple-ophile, she also enjoys a nice mug of tea while watching British murder mysteries.

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Big Orange Heart

Community Interview

Our community interviews are new for this WordFest and we’re excited to be able to bring the stories of so many community members forward! Special thanks to our podcasters who stepped up to interview the community members for us! Tracy Apps from Women in WP Joe Casabona from How I Built It Joe Howard from

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Craig West

Craig West

Craig is freelance trainer and architect that focuses on bringing together the WP and non-WP worlds by advocating WP-HTML, ‘where there is HTML, there is WP’. He is based in Brighton and attends the local WordUp meetings. With a previous career in business and accounting, as well as having run his own non-IT business, Craig

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Dan Maby

Dan Maby

Dan has a passion for supporting people and believes in mentoring others. He thrives on the opportunity to help those around him grow, develop and achieve their goals. He is the Founder of Big Orange Heart, a mental health non-profit that delivers his vision of better well-being within remote working communities. Dan also has an

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Danielle Zarcaro

Danielle Zarcaro

Danielle Zarcaro is the founder of Paperback Web Development and has been developing and maintaining custom WordPress websites for almost a decade. 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.

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David Leichner

David Leichner

David Leichner is responsible for creating and executing Strattic’s marketing strategy and managing the marketing team that forms the foundation for Strattic’s market penetration. David has over 25-years of marketing and sales executive management experience garnered from leading enterprise software vendors including Information Builders, Magic Software, BluePhoenix Solutions and most recently as CMO of SQream

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David Lockie

David Lockie

David Lockie’s interests lie in WordPress, open source and future technology trends, especially blockchain. He founded Pragmatic in 2012 and merged with Angry Creative in 2020 where he’s now CMO. David loves working with clients to help them build success using sustainable open source web software, and in turn enjoys sharing his expertise on this

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Davinder Singh Kainth

Davinder Singh Kainth

Davinder Singh kainth, a creative who loves to create online spaces powered by WordPress. In the ecosystem for 15+ years focused on creating websites, digital products, courses, business coaching, email marketing, and content creation.

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Dielle Kapunan

Dielle Kapunan

Dielle Kapunan is a lawyer who’s somehow found her way into helping build intuitive WordPress tools. She co-leads the fully remote team behind Stackable – Page Builder Gutenberg Blocks, one of the first and most widely-used custom block collections for Gutenberg.

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Emily Hunkler

Emily Hunkler

Emily is the Director of Growth at GoWP a company that creates happiness for digital agencies and helps them to become more profitable by increasing their revenue, lowering their overhead costs, and retaining their clients for ongoing work. When she’s not hanging out in the GoWP Niche Agency Owners Community, she enjoys spending time in

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Hasan Bappi

Hasan Bappi

WordPress customer support specialist, providing customer support for 10+ years, currently working for Liquid Web (GiveWP Support Technician).

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Imran Sayed

Imran Sayed

Imran is a WordPress Engineer at rtCamp He is also a WordCamp Speaker, WordCamp India Organiser, and a regular contributor to the WordPress community. He is also a core contributor in WordPress and has a rich experience in Node, React and Laravel. Apart from this, Imran has a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge which

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Jo Minney

Jo Minney

Jo Minney is a small business founder and web developer based (for now) in Perth, Western Australia. She is passionate about UX, data-driven decision making, cats and travel – not necessarily in that order. In her non-existent free time, Jo consults with the federally funded Australian Small Business Advisory Service providing accessible advice and training to

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Jodie Fiorenza

Jodie Fiorenza

Jodie Fiorenza sits as the Director of Business Development at WebDevStudios. Since starting with the company in 2016, she has been responsible for creating unique web strategies and solutions for clients including Viacom, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, and The Society of Women Engineers. Jodie brings twenty years of sales and marketing experience to WebDevStudios.

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Joe Casabona

Joe Casabona

*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 creation with

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Joe Howard

Joe Howard

Yo! I’m the founder of WP Buffs & WPMRR. I love WordPress and especially the community that powers it 🙂 P.S. Don’t forget to grab your spot for the upcoming WPMRR Virtual Summit!

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Kathy Zant

Kathy Zant

Kathy has been a frequent speaker at WordCamps across the United States and an organizer for WordCamp Phoenix for 2 years. She was also one of the Executive Producers of the documentary short, Open | The Community Code, about the WordPress community. She performs a number of community outreach activities to help empower WordPress users

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Kenna Griffin

Kenna Griffin

Kenna Griffin has been a writer, editor, and educator for more than two decades. Griffin is the content director for Content Journey, an Oklahoma-based content marketing company. She also is an adjunct journalism professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. She was a full-time professor and college

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Justin Foell, Laura Coronado and Cristina Holt

Laura Coronado, Cristina Holt, Justin Foell

Cristina Holt is the Director of Project Management at WebDevStudios, overseeing the project management team and the execution of innovative responsive website development projects. Cristina ensures client projects are organized, engineering is updated, and everything is on track. Justin Foell is the Engineering Manager at WebDevStudios. Since starting in 2017, he’s helped develop robust solutions

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Lee Matthew Jackson

Lee Matthew Jackson

Lee is the host of the Agency Trailblazer Podcast, dad of 3 awesome kids, and happy agency owner at Event Engine. Having gone through some very dark times in his agency and personal journey, he has a passion for teaching other agency owners how to fall back in love with their businesses again and develop

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Leo Gopal

Leo Gopal

Leo, formerly founder of WPHugs, holds the upliftment of Mental Wellness as a goal close to his heart. Been involved across the spectrum of WordPress for over 10 years, he finds his passion in writing and teaching.

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Lesley Sim

Lesley Sim

Lesley is the co-founder of Newsletter Glue, a modern, SEO-friendly newsletter editor inside WordPress. Users can glue their email service provider to their website, then write and send newsletters without leaving WordPress. In previous lifetimes, she’s run her own digital marketing agency, co-owned a craft beer brewery, taught freediving professionally, worked at an ad agency,

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Maciek Palmowski

Maciek Palmowski

Maciek is a WordPress Ambassador at Buddy passionate about all things related to web development. He is a speaker & organizer of CMS-related events in Poland. After hours, apart from cycling – which he loves – he spends most of his time looking for cutting–edge (well, ‘interesting’ is enough) news from the CMS world to

VIEW SPEAKER »
Aditya Kane

Aditya Kane

Open Source enthusiast and WordPress community builder | Editorial Desk and Marketing at rtCamp. Aditya works on the WordPress Community Team. He has lived much of his life in the two cities of Mumbai and Pune in India. He loves reading books and wished he was a philosopher. He believes that the core tenets of

VIEW SPEAKER »
Alison Knott

Alison Knott

Alison K (Alison Knott) is an international tech speaker who’s passionate about the intersection of web, creativity and business. A proud woman in tech, Alison produced Atlantic Canada’s first WordPress conference and Meetup. She also mentors emerging female and non-binary designers and marketers. Her presentations are an unusual blend of high-octane enthusiasm and actionable lessons.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman helps nonprofits and wellness-based businesses build thriving online communities. As a Customer Success Manager at GiveWP she works diligently each day to assist nonprofits in growing their communities and receiving more donations online to make a bigger impact in the world. As an SEO consultant, she’s passionate about tending to the internet like

VIEW SPEAKER »
AmyJune Hineline

AmyJune Hineline

AmyJune Hineline is the Open Source Community Ambassador and QA Engineer at Kanopi Studios. With a dual focus on both open-source community development and inclusivity, she is uniquely positioned to help individuals become more comfortable and confident as they contribute to their communities. She co-organize various open-source camps and conventions throughout North America, empowering individuals

VIEW SPEAKER »
Anne-Mieke Bovelett

Anne-Mieke Bovelett

Anne-Mieke Bovelett runs an internationally focused web agency in Mönchengladbach (Germany) and trains agencies in efficient use of Elementor Pro. Originally she’s a web designer, but nowadays more focused on frontend development due to her self assigned role as a passionate accessibility advocate. Diagnosed in her late 40’s, she’s convinced ADHD can be a super

VIEW SPEAKER »
Arindo Duque

Arindo Duque

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

VIEW SPEAKER »
Bolanle O

Bolanle O

Bolanle is a Nigerian reality show winner, entertainment journalist & media personality and a team member/contributor at www.stereogoddess.com.

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Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones is the founder of the premium plugin store Mongoose Marketplace, best known for the Mongoose Page Plugin used by more than 30,000 WordPress websites. He lives in the little town of Victor Harbor south of Adelaide.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Chandrika Sista

Chandrika Sista

Chandrika Sista is a full stack WordPress developer at Camna LLC. She started working with WordPress in 2011. After working as a freelancer for over 5 years, she joined Camna LLC as a full stack developer. She is also the lead developer for the Chamber Dashboard plugins which provide an easy way for Chambers of

VIEW SPEAKER »
Chris Lema

Chris Lema

Chris has been helping people leverage the web to build online solutions (membership sites, LMS, and online stores) for more than 20 years. A trusted name in eCommerce, he’s the VP of Product at Nexcess where his team created the first Managed WooCommerce hosting product.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Christina Workman

Christina Workman

Christina is a Website Specialist at WebDevStudios, with over 10 years of experience working with WordPress. She is passionate about web accessibility and contributing to the WordPress community. A self-proclaimed purple-ophile, she also enjoys a nice mug of tea while watching British murder mysteries.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Big Orange Heart

Community Interview

Our community interviews are new for this WordFest and we’re excited to be able to bring the stories of so many community members forward! Special thanks to our podcasters who stepped up to interview the community members for us! Tracy Apps from Women in WP Joe Casabona from How I Built It Joe Howard from

VIEW SPEAKER »
Craig West

Craig West

Craig is freelance trainer and architect that focuses on bringing together the WP and non-WP worlds by advocating WP-HTML, ‘where there is HTML, there is WP’. He is based in Brighton and attends the local WordUp meetings. With a previous career in business and accounting, as well as having run his own non-IT business, Craig

VIEW SPEAKER »
Dan Maby

Dan Maby

Dan has a passion for supporting people and believes in mentoring others. He thrives on the opportunity to help those around him grow, develop and achieve their goals. He is the Founder of Big Orange Heart, a mental health non-profit that delivers his vision of better well-being within remote working communities. Dan also has an

VIEW SPEAKER »
Danielle Zarcaro

Danielle Zarcaro

Danielle Zarcaro is the founder of Paperback Web Development and has been developing and maintaining custom WordPress websites for almost a decade. 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.

VIEW SPEAKER »
David Leichner

David Leichner

David Leichner is responsible for creating and executing Strattic’s marketing strategy and managing the marketing team that forms the foundation for Strattic’s market penetration. David has over 25-years of marketing and sales executive management experience garnered from leading enterprise software vendors including Information Builders, Magic Software, BluePhoenix Solutions and most recently as CMO of SQream

VIEW SPEAKER »
David Lockie

David Lockie

David Lockie’s interests lie in WordPress, open source and future technology trends, especially blockchain. He founded Pragmatic in 2012 and merged with Angry Creative in 2020 where he’s now CMO. David loves working with clients to help them build success using sustainable open source web software, and in turn enjoys sharing his expertise on this

VIEW SPEAKER »
Davinder Singh Kainth

Davinder Singh Kainth

Davinder Singh kainth, a creative who loves to create online spaces powered by WordPress. In the ecosystem for 15+ years focused on creating websites, digital products, courses, business coaching, email marketing, and content creation.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Dielle Kapunan

Dielle Kapunan

Dielle Kapunan is a lawyer who’s somehow found her way into helping build intuitive WordPress tools. She co-leads the fully remote team behind Stackable – Page Builder Gutenberg Blocks, one of the first and most widely-used custom block collections for Gutenberg.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Emily Hunkler

Emily Hunkler

Emily is the Director of Growth at GoWP a company that creates happiness for digital agencies and helps them to become more profitable by increasing their revenue, lowering their overhead costs, and retaining their clients for ongoing work. When she’s not hanging out in the GoWP Niche Agency Owners Community, she enjoys spending time in

VIEW SPEAKER »
Hasan Bappi

Hasan Bappi

WordPress customer support specialist, providing customer support for 10+ years, currently working for Liquid Web (GiveWP Support Technician).

VIEW SPEAKER »
Imran Sayed

Imran Sayed

Imran is a WordPress Engineer at rtCamp He is also a WordCamp Speaker, WordCamp India Organiser, and a regular contributor to the WordPress community. He is also a core contributor in WordPress and has a rich experience in Node, React and Laravel. Apart from this, Imran has a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge which

VIEW SPEAKER »
Jo Minney

Jo Minney

Jo Minney is a small business founder and web developer based (for now) in Perth, Western Australia. She is passionate about UX, data-driven decision making, cats and travel – not necessarily in that order. In her non-existent free time, Jo consults with the federally funded Australian Small Business Advisory Service providing accessible advice and training to

VIEW SPEAKER »
Jodie Fiorenza

Jodie Fiorenza

Jodie Fiorenza sits as the Director of Business Development at WebDevStudios. Since starting with the company in 2016, she has been responsible for creating unique web strategies and solutions for clients including Viacom, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, and The Society of Women Engineers. Jodie brings twenty years of sales and marketing experience to WebDevStudios.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Joe Casabona

Joe Casabona

*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 creation with

VIEW SPEAKER »
Joe Howard

Joe Howard

Yo! I’m the founder of WP Buffs & WPMRR. I love WordPress and especially the community that powers it 🙂 P.S. Don’t forget to grab your spot for the upcoming WPMRR Virtual Summit!

VIEW SPEAKER »
Kathy Zant

Kathy Zant

Kathy has been a frequent speaker at WordCamps across the United States and an organizer for WordCamp Phoenix for 2 years. She was also one of the Executive Producers of the documentary short, Open | The Community Code, about the WordPress community. She performs a number of community outreach activities to help empower WordPress users

VIEW SPEAKER »
Kenna Griffin

Kenna Griffin

Kenna Griffin has been a writer, editor, and educator for more than two decades. Griffin is the content director for Content Journey, an Oklahoma-based content marketing company. She also is an adjunct journalism professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. She was a full-time professor and college

VIEW SPEAKER »
Justin Foell, Laura Coronado and Cristina Holt

Laura Coronado, Cristina Holt, Justin Foell

Cristina Holt is the Director of Project Management at WebDevStudios, overseeing the project management team and the execution of innovative responsive website development projects. Cristina ensures client projects are organized, engineering is updated, and everything is on track. Justin Foell is the Engineering Manager at WebDevStudios. Since starting in 2017, he’s helped develop robust solutions

VIEW SPEAKER »
Lee Matthew Jackson

Lee Matthew Jackson

Lee is the host of the Agency Trailblazer Podcast, dad of 3 awesome kids, and happy agency owner at Event Engine. Having gone through some very dark times in his agency and personal journey, he has a passion for teaching other agency owners how to fall back in love with their businesses again and develop

VIEW SPEAKER »
Leo Gopal

Leo Gopal

Leo, formerly founder of WPHugs, holds the upliftment of Mental Wellness as a goal close to his heart. Been involved across the spectrum of WordPress for over 10 years, he finds his passion in writing and teaching.

VIEW SPEAKER »
Lesley Sim

Lesley Sim

Lesley is the co-founder of Newsletter Glue, a modern, SEO-friendly newsletter editor inside WordPress. Users can glue their email service provider to their website, then write and send newsletters without leaving WordPress. In previous lifetimes, she’s run her own digital marketing agency, co-owned a craft beer brewery, taught freediving professionally, worked at an ad agency,

VIEW SPEAKER »
Maciek Palmowski

Maciek Palmowski

Maciek is a WordPress Ambassador at Buddy passionate about all things related to web development. He is a speaker & organizer of CMS-related events in Poland. After hours, apart from cycling – which he loves – he spends most of his time looking for cutting–edge (well, ‘interesting’ is enough) news from the CMS world to

VIEW SPEAKER »