Second round of speaker announcements

Once again we are working our way through all of the fantastic speaker proposals. While the selection process is still active, we’re excited to have confirmed our second group of speakersWordCamp NYC 2015.

As before you may recognize some of the names from around the WordPress community, others may be new to you.

Laura Hartwig

Get More Out of Gravity Forms

WordPress Developer for the MarkNet Group in New York where I enjoy creating websites for a large range of clients. She loves the WordPress community and strongly support their “give back” philosophy and is a co-organizer of the WordPress Westchester Meetup Group. Laura also has a blog full of free tutorials at I’m passionate about teaching classes, training people to use WordPress and spreading the WordPress love.

Anthony D Paul

War Room Collaboration Across the Internet Canyon

Anthony D Paul an interaction designer, researcher, and prototyper. By night, you’ll find me spread across the Mid-Atlantic meetup scenes—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. When I’m not doing responsible adult things, I grow the world’s hottest chili peppers, then tear gas my household while making hot sauce.

Chrissie Pollock

Community Consultation Creates Compelling Content

Chrissie Pollock worked as a freelance professional writer for nearly two decades and is still active in a writing group. Now she works for Automattic as a Happiness Engineer, helping people set up sites and drawing readers to them. She also guides users through Writing 101, Blogging 101 and other courses at’s online Blogging University. Chrissie enjoys being a co-organizer for a local WordPress meetup. One of her favorite parts of working with WordPress is tapping into its vibrant community.

Melissa Cahill

SEO for WordPress

Melissa Cahill is the owner of Panoptic Online Marketing, LLC, a New York City-based agency providing integrated marketing solutions for small businesses seeking to leverage their online presence through SEO, SEM, paid search advertising, email, social media and SMS (text message) marketing. She is also a founding member of the Tadpole Collective.

John Eckman

The Enterprise Disconnect: WordPress and the Complexity of Simplicity

After a first career as an academic, John‘s been working in digital agencies for the last 15 years, and with WordPress for the last 8. He has been one of the organizers for WordCamp Boston since 2010, and is the CEO of 10up. He grew up in Richfield, MN but now lives in Salem MA with his wife and dogs. He blog is Open Parenthesis.

Josepha Haden

Using WordPress to Bridge Digital Divides

Josepha comes from a long line of writers and was raised to be a life-long learner. She has a passion for language and storycrafting, a skill she practices on Josepha has over a decade of experience using SEO, data analysis, and content marketing to bring success and visibility to clients all over the world. Since 2010 she’s been working in her hometown of Kansas City to increase digital literacy and get more women in technology. Josepha works at Automattic as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project.

Tom Ransom

Gone in 900 Seconds Tom Ransom (San Francisco, CA) is a freelance WordPress developer. Clients include web development agencies around the world, small businesses with unique application requirements, a few Fortune 500 companies and a celebrity or two along the way. Tom has been developing applications for small business since mini-computers were the size of a small desk.

Boone Gorges

Shared Terms of Endearment: An Annotated History of the WordPress Taxonomy Component 

Boone Gorges is a member of the WordPress core team and a lead developer for BuddyPress. He is a freelance plugin developer and WordPress consultant. He was a New Yorker until the rent got too damn high, and now he lives in Chicago.

Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Designing Websites for Human Beings

Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to further communication between people ever since. He’s a staff author with at LinkedIn where he has published 60+ courses on WordPress and front-end development. His WordPress Essential Training course has been viewed by over 100,000 people. Morten also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is a popular guest lecturer and lecturer at schools, events, and conferences.

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We are working diligently to ensure that WordCamp NYC 2015 will have something for everyone!