Lately I’ve taken up a fondness for speaking at conferences, meetups, and other gatherings. If you’re interested in having me speak with your team or at your event please get in touch and we’ll set something up!
July 27, 2018
I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be giving two talks this summer at the first-ever PHPDetroit conference in the Greater Detroit, MI area!
I usually keep it on the down-low (as a resident of Buckeye Country), but I was born in mid-Michigan before moving to Columbus, Ohio when I was three. Still, I spent lots of time visiting my Michigan family during summers and holidays growing up, so it’s pretty amazing to now a) be working for a Michigan-based company and b) get to visit Michigan semi-regularly for conferences like WordCamp Ann Arbor, Beer City Code, WordCamp Grand Rapids, and now PHPDetroit.
Tags: Detroit, PHP
August 16, 2018
Last summer, Matt Trask took me to get my first taste of Nashville hot chicken at Hattie B’s. I was in Nashville for Music City Code, and Matt wanted to pick my brain about conferences: the good, the bad, and the…not so good. He revealed that he and some of the other members of the Nashville PHP community were in the early stages of planning a new conference: Southeast PHP.
Now, almost a year later, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be speaking at the inaugural Southeast PHP this August in Nashville, TN!
Tags: CLI, Hot Chicken, PHP, Southeast PHP
September 19, 2018
I’ve spent most of my life living in Ohio, and it’s a state I very much consider to be my home. However, after a trip to San Diego a few years ago while I was working at 10up, San Diego certainly entered the running. When I heard that a new PHP conference, WavePHP, was starting up in San Diego — at the same resort we stayed in for our team meetup (so I already know where the best tacos in the area are) — I knew I had to apply. Now, I’m finally able to announce that I’ve been accepted to speak at the first-ever WavePHP!
Tags: PHP, San Diego, WavePHP
May 4, 2018
Update March 27, 2018: Speakers just received word that due to low ticket sales and sponsorship, WordTech! won’t be happening this year.
I’m proud to announce that I’ll be giving my Writing WP-CLI Commands That Work! talk at the inaugural WordTech! conference this Star Wars Day (May 4, 2018) in Toronto.
While this is a brand-new conference, I have a special attachment to it: Lead Organizer Peter MacIntyre (one of the organizers of Northeast PHP) reached out to Eric Mann and I all the way back in January of 2017 about organizing a new, development-focused WordPress conference; he noted that WordCamps often cater to the broadest range of developers, meaning it’s rare for a camp to have more than a few “advanced” development talks. While I’m a fan of development-oriented WordPress conferences (such as LoopConf), I don’t have the bandwidth to help organize a conference. I told Peter that I’d still be happy to submit when the CFP is open. Fast forward a year or so, and I’m excited to be among the inaugural batch of speakers!
Tags: Canada, WordPress, WordTech!, WP-CLI
May 31, 2018
I’m not shy about telling people that php[tek] and php[world] are two of my absolute favorite conferences. Both are organized as collaborations between php[architect] and One For All Events, and play host to some of the biggest names in the PHP ecosystem. That’s why I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be giving two talks at php[tek] 2018!
Tags: CLI, Infrastructure, PHP, php[tek]
May 19, 2018
While the camp didn’t come together last year, I’ve spoken at the last three WordCamp Dayton conferences and am happy to be returning this year! I’ll be giving a new talk, Code Review: For Me & You, at WordCamp Dayton 2018!
Tags: Code Review, Dayton, WordCamp
June 9, 2018
I’ve long considered WordCamp Kent (formerly WordCamp Northeast Ohio, and WordCamp North Canton before that) to be the premier WordCamp in Ohio. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in Cincinnati last year, WordCamp Dayton always puts on a good show, and Columbus will always be my first (and hometown) ‘Camp, but Kent has been the highlight of my Ohio WordCamp experience for the last few years.
WordCamp NEO (2016) marked the first time the conference was held in Kent, Ohio, along with the first time I got to formally meet Chris Lema (my current boss); I’d be lying if I said the session I spent sitting into the hall talking to Chris didn’t in some way lead to me being at Liquid Web today. Then I spent the after-party having a great conversation with podcaster, educator, and generally funny (lookin’) Adam Silver. Last year, I got to know WordPress educator and freelancer Carrie Dils along with SEO expert Rebecca Gill (who wasn’t even speaking, she just wanted to take in the fun). Kent consistently pulls in big names for a moderately-sized WordCamp, meaning you’re able to really get to know the speakers and attendees.
Tags: Ohio, Testing, WordCamp
June 30, 2018
I’ve written in the past about my love for WordCamp Grand Rapids, and I’m excited to announce I’ll be returning this year for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 on Saturday, June 30! Even better, I’ll be joining two of my colleagues — Chris Lema and Andrew Norcross — as Liquid Web (apparently) takes over the conference!
The theme for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 is around tools and services (an area I’m particularly passionate about), so I’m especially excited. This year, I’ll also be giving my first-ever lightning talk, Up and Running with WP-CLI.
Tags: Grand Rapids, Lightning Talk, WordCamp, WordPress, WP-CLI
May 25, 2018
Last weekend, I premiered by Code Review: For Me & You talk at WordCamp Dayton; while I was certainly pressed for time, I feel the talk went rather well. Unfortunately, the WordCamp Central-provided lavaliere mics weren’t working, so I was warned the morning of that while the sessions would still be recorded, the only audio input would be what was picked up by the on-camera microphone (in the back of the room).
On Twitter, Ben Keith — News Application Developer at the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) — asked if there would be a publicly-posted recording, and I had to break the news that if the video makes it to WordPress.tv the audio will likely be subpar. Ben then invited me to give the talk at one of their upcoming INN Office Hours, which just so happens to be this week!
Tags: Code Review, Institute for Non-Profit News, Webinar
June 1, 2017
I always love experiencing a new (to me) conference in a new city, so I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ve been accepted to give Building for the PHP Command Line Interface at Music City Code in Nashville, TN.
Tags: CLI, Music City Code, PHP
June 10, 2017
Grand Rapids is one of my hands-down favorite cities in Michigan, and I’m absolutely bummed that I haven’t been there since I spoke at WordCamp Grand Rapids a few years ago. Luckily, that’s about to change, as I’ve been invited to give I’d Like to Write the World Some Docs this June at Beer City Code 2017.
Tags: Beer City Code, Documentation, Grand Rapids
June 24, 2017
I’m proud to announce that I’ll be giving Computers <3 Structured Data for the second time this June at WordCamp Kent.
I was fortunate enough to give two talks at WordCamp Northeast Ohio (NEO) — the conference’s old name — last year, and it truly is a fantastic conference. Last year, we had keynotes from Eric Meyer and Chris Lema, and this year we get a keynote from the one and only Carrie Dils (who, if you follow her OfficeHours.FM podcast, invited me to speak with her last fall).
Tags: Structured Data, WordCamp
August 26, 2017
August 2014 was a big month for me, professionally speaking: I was accepted to speak at WordCamp Grand Rapids, my first out-of-state WordCamp. Grand Rapids was where I saw my first talk from Chris Lema. It’s where I met my friends Cate, Topher, Brian, and Chris (who’s also responsible for me joining Untappd), who collectively convinced me to bite the bullet and apply to distributed teams, which landed me at 10up. Topher and Cate sat with Kim and I at the after-party, regaling us with stories of raising a family in a household with one parent working remotely full-time; the DeRosia’s — whether they know it or not — are a big part of why Kim and I were ready to bring Emily into the world.
After the conference, Kim and I drove the five hours back home to Columbus in her uncomfortable, silver Honda Civic. I looked forward to the next WordCamp Grand Rapids, to seeing all of my new friends again.
Fast forward a year, and WordCamp Grand Rapids didn’t happen in 2015. 2016 wasn’t in the cards, either, and I was left wondering if I’d ever get to use Grand Rapids as an excuse to return to Beer City, USA.
Tags: Grand Rapids, Structured Data, WordCamp