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Hear from industry-leading marketers and technologists who are innovating with WordPress to deliver breakthrough digital experiences. Here are some of our highlighted speakers this year:
San Antonio Spurs
Becky Hammon is currently the first ever full-time female NBA Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Spurs. She is a Collegiate All-American, WNBA All-Star, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and one the 15 All-Time Greatest Players in the WNBA. Becky made history in 2014 by joining the Spurs coaching staff, has overcome every obstacle in her way during her career and has a shot at being the first ever female Head Coach in the NBA.
The Center for Generational Kinetics
Jason Dorsey is the leading Millennials and Gen Z researcher and speaker. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show and over 100 more TV interviews. His passion is solving tough generational challenges for organizations and leaders.
Felicity Carson is CMO for IBM Watson Customer Engagement which covers a set of marketing, commerce and supply chain solutions that helps organizations personalize their customer experiences. She is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities and creating a strategy to generate awareness and new opportunities for revenue growth.
Barb Palser works on Google's Global Product Partnerships team, collaborating with large publishing platforms and open-source ecosystems to improve the open web experience for consumers, creators, brands, and developers through modern web technologies (AMP, PWA, etc.) and performance best practices.
Melanie Mitchell is a published author and global keynote speaker tasked with growing revenue and new customer acquisition. She has the unique experience of working in leadership roles on the client side, agency side, and platform side for some of the largest companies in the world. Melanie sits on several advisory boards and has been named one of the top 50 Influential Women in Digital Marketing for the past two years.
Blue State Digital
Martin Olson leads the agency engineering team at Blue State in addition to heading up large development and tech consulting projects. Over 20 years in startup and agency technology, he's specialized in uniting strategy and design with clever and maintainable technical solutions for major corporate, non-profit, political and government clients. Music nerd, proud immigrant, enthusiastic tinkerer and delighted to be here.
Will Crain brings experience in high-profile corporate transformations–from brand repositioning campaigns to turnarounds and large transactions–to Edelman’s Austin office. Will’s clients span multiple industries, and draw on his expertise in corporate communications, CEO positioning, digital campaigns, public affairs, and issues management. Previously, Will served as communications and legislative advisor to various U.S Congressmen.
As a #1 Best-selling Author and Motivational Speaker, Erik Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 25 million people this decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. His work has been used by the National Guard to Nordstrom to NASA. NYU Stern indicated Qualman is to digital leadership and transformation what Deming is to quality and Drucker is to management.
Mary Ellen Dugan
An accomplished senior marketing executive with 20 years of experience, CMO Mary Ellen Dugan leads all WP Engine global marketing activities, ranging from product marketing, partner enablement and demand generation, brand building, advertising and integrated marketing.
Ryan Marsh is a Software Development Coach and Evangelist who works with brands to increase speed, quality, and lower costs of software development. Ryan believes that the performance of most teams is hindered by problems that don’t have to be there. He is a sought after coach and trainer who has transformed the development experience at some of the biggest brands in America.
Phil Crumm is 10up’s Director of Strategic Opportunities, and works closely with 10up’s engineering, web strategy, and delivery leadership teams to craft thoughtful, innovative approaches to client challenges that leverage new and emerging techniques and technologies to build forward-thinking, future-ready solutions.
Michael Tremante leads Cloudflare's Solution Engineering team in the Americas where he specializes in security and performance. Michael also has previous experience in internet data mining, penetration testing, building secure web applications, and currently runs a web development agency.
The Richards Group—Click Here Labs
Jonathan Jeter has over 20 years of web development, digital marketing, and technology experience as a developer and manager. He and his teams have built innovative web and mobile applications for clients such as PepsiCo, Pizza Hut, Dr. Pepper, Samsung, Charles Schwab, T-Mobile, Heineken, HP, Frito-Lay, SC Johnson and others.
Amazon Web Services
As a Solutions Architect, Niranjan Hira is often found near a white board helping our customers assemble the right building blocks to address their business challenges. In his spare time, he breaks things to see if he can put them back together.
As Chairwoman and CEO, and a 28-year technology veteran, Heather Brunner has steered WP Engine to hypergrowth and global expansion, with offices in four countries serving over 80,000 customers in 135+ countries.
As CEO of Recognition Media, David-Michel Davies and team have grown The Webby Awards to be what The New York Times calls “the Internet’s highest honor.” In 2018, The Webbys received more than 13,000 entries from 70 countries globally making it the most sought after award for digital work on the planet.
As Chief Technology Officer, US, Steven Moy leads the technology consulting practice and collaborates on strategy across R/GA’s US offices to maximize R/GA’s impact with clients. With over 30-years of experience, Steven has implemented large-scale technology transformation projects for Fortune 500 brands, including McDonald’s, Staples, and Coach, among others.
Jason Cohen is the founder and CTO of WP Engine. As a successful, repeat entrepreneur (founded Smart Bear; sold 2008 and IT WatchDogs; sold 2004), Jason became a founding mentor of Austin's top incubator, Capital Factory.
New York City Mayor’s Office
Devon Hirth is a product designer and front-end web developer with the NYC Opportunity technology team supporting ACCESS NYC and Growing Up NYC, which operate to increase benefit access for New York City residents. Previously, he was Design Fellow with the Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Foundation where he helped create Daisy Debt, a technology nonprofit, and also works with other design driven nonprofits and start-ups as a product design consultant.
Monica Cravotta is a B2B tech marketing veteran, with 20+ years experience in marketing leadership roles for enterprise and SaaS companies. Now the senior marketing director at WP Engine, Monica oversees the product go-to-market strategy for the WordPress digital experience platform. Prior to WP Engine, Monica led product marketing at Spredfast and Mass Relevance, and held marketing and PR leadership roles at Bazaarvoice, Whole Foods Market, and i2 Technologies (now JDA Software).
Lee McLendon is responsible for the user experience, product management and engineering teams that research, design and build WP Engine's preeminent WordPress digital experience platform. He has more than 20 years’ experience leading global product development teams that have built large scale, customer-centric solutions at companies including SolarWinds, NetIQ, Mission Critical Software and Telescan.