Introducing Our WordCamp St. Louis 2017 Keynote Speaker: Jarrett Gucci

Our keynote for WordCamp St. Louis 2017, is Jarrett Gucci. His talk will be about “WordPress, not just software, but LIFEWARE.” Jarrett dedicates his business, WPFixit.com, to helping WordPress users accomplish their goals, whether it’s spreading some message, or selling some product or service. He does this by providing services to fix WordPress sites, when those site owners are either too busy to do it, or they aren’t able to fix it. He has also spoken at several WordCamps around the United States, in the past few years.

His official bio:

Jarrett Gucci comes from a retail background that started at Home Depot in Buffalo, NY, as cashier, and 18 months later was asked to be a project manager, based out of Carson California, with a goal of opening 12 stores in 14 months. This goal was accomplished. He has also been an area manager at Big Lots, and Bed Bath and Beyond. He left his very last retail career as a district manager at Linens & Things, in 2007, to pursue a hobby of website development, as hope he could make some money doing it. After 4 years of building and managing WordPress sites, he founded a company called WP Fix It, and since 2011, his company has serviced over 30,000 WordPress support tickets. Something you may not know about Jarrett, besides all this, is that when he was 15 his neighbor gave him a 1962 dodge dart, and he completely took it apart and rebuilt it.

We went ahead and asked Jarrett a few questions for us, so here is his interview:

NILE FLORES: WordPress, not just software but LIFEWARE, why did you pick this topic?

JARRETT GUCCI: Some look at WordPress and see a software or a tool that can build an online presence for their idea, service or message. Then there are others that look at WordPress and see a living and breathing POWERHOUSE PLATFORM. Let me walk you down the path of how WordPress can provide an opportunity to accomplish all your goals.

NILE FLORES: What would you like people to takeaway from your talk?

JARRETT GUCCI: I would love for attendees to get inspired and energized not only about WordPress but also the upcoming talks they will attend at this WordCamp.

NILE FLORES: What motivated you to start using WordPress?

JARRETT GUCCI: I began to use it based on a need to develop client sites faster. I stuck with it because of the community that surrounds it.

NILE FLORES: What motivated you to contribute back to WordPress?

JARRETT GUCCI: My favorite thing is helping others to learn and be successful. Giving back to the WordPress community allows me to do both of these.

NILE FLORES: Who do you look up to in the WordPress community, and why?

JARRETT GUCCI: I can not really pin point a certain person or people. I can honestly say that over the years, those I have met in the WordPress community have been very gracious and humble.

NILE FLORES: What’s the biggest 1 or 2 things that WordPress users should be doing with their websites?

JARRETT GUCCI: Same thing they should be doing with everything in life, learning and growing to be better.

If you’d like to hear Jarrett’s talk, you’ll need to buy a ticket to WordCamp St. Louis. Hope to see you March 18th!

WordCamp St. Louis Diversity Statement

Platitudes are cheap. We’ve all heard conferences and communities say they’re committed to “diversity” and “tolerance” without ever getting specific, so here’s our stance on it:

We welcome you.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification. We welcome activists, artists, bloggers, crafters, dilettantes, musicians, photographers, readers, writers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. We welcome people who want to change the world, people who want to keep in touch with friends, people who want to make great art, and people who just need a break after work.

We welcome fans, geeks, nerds, and functions.php overloaders. (We welcome WordPress beginners who aren’t sure what any of those terms refer to.) We welcome you no matter if you’ve used WordPress since it was called b2/cafelog or if you just heard about it yesterday.

We welcome you. You may wear a baby sling, hijab, a kippah, leather, piercings, a pentacle, a political badge, a rainbow, a rosary, tattoos, or something we can only dream of. You may carry a guitar or knitting needles or a sketchbook. Conservative or liberal, libertarian or socialist — we believe it’s possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. We believe in the broad spectrum of individual and collective experience and in the inherent dignity of all people. We believe that amazing things come when people from different worlds and world-views approach each other to create a conversation.

We get excited about creativity — from pro to amateur, from novels to haiku, from the photographer who’s been doing this for decades to the person who just picked up a sketchbook last week. We protect our creativity and our diversity through our Code of Conduct.

We think accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority, not an afterthought. We think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. We believe in being inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the desire to build a community.

We have enough experience to know that we won’t get any of this perfect on the first try. But we have enough hope, energy, and idealism to want to learn things we don’t know now. We may not be able to satisfy everyone, but we can certainly work to avoid harming anyone. And we promise that if we get it wrong, we’ll listen carefully and respectfully to you when you point it out to us, and we’ll do our best to make good on our mistakes.

We value empathy more than we value code quality and how well you know WordPress. Not just empathy for the users of the things we make but for everyone who contributes as well. When any of us make a mistake, we are ready and willing to take the responsibility to correct it. If someone is hurt by us, it is always our first response to put ourselves in their shoes.

We recognize that inclusivity is not as simple as words on a page and just the statement that all are welcome. Sometimes we will need to step out of our comfort zones to make everyone feel welcome. We recognize that privilege is real and that the privileged have more bandwidth to be uncomfortable and help make our space more welcoming.

We decided when organizing this WordCamp that we would like it to be a conference that we wanted to attend ourselves. We thought it was important to bring this discussion out into the open. We want more people involved in the community and we don’t want anyone to feel silenced. We are specifically interested in making the lesser heard voices heard.

We welcome diversity because we believe it makes the open source community stronger and more productive. We believe diverse teams make better products. We strive to make everyone feel welcome and know that their contribution is important.

Come WordCamp with us.

(Adapted from the Open Source & Feelings Diversity Statement)

Photo by Chris Koerner – Licensed under Creative Commons

Call for Sponsors

One day. One place.
350 highly engaged WordPress people who really do want to see how you can help them.

The St. Louis WordPress community is WordPress users, designers, and developers:

  • Business owners.
  • Marketers.
  • Web designers and developers.
  • Computer users.
  • Web hosts.
  • Even a few of the people who help make WordPress itself.

On March 18, they’re coming together to talk about WordPress.  To share tips and tricks. And to see what’s new.

Which is where you come in.

At WordCamp St. Louis – or any WordCamp, really – the emphasis is on local.

Local speakers. Local participants. Local businesses. Local designers and developers.

So if you’re a local business, or you do business in the region (Yes, Cardinal Nation counts!) and you want to get in front of folks who care enough about the Web and WordPress to come to WordCamp on a Saturday, you want to be here too.

Because there’s no better way to start a relationship than to meet someone face-to-face.

Sponsorship Packages

Check out the packages below. One of them is sure to fit your needs – and give you just the icebreaking exposure you need to start a few meaningful conversations with folks you can really help.

Platinum = $2000
  • 4 tickets to WordCamp St. Louis and the speaker-sponsor dinner on Friday night.
  • Your logo on digital communications <strong>and</strong> printed materials
  • A dedicated table in the common area, where you can give live demos or hand out your favorite swag.
  • dedicated sponsor post on the sponsors page with a company blurb of your choice
  • official tweet announcing your support
  • sidebar logo link
Gold = $1000
  • 3 tickets to WordCamp St. Louis
  • logo on digital communications
  • dedicated table in common space
  • dedicated sponsor post on the sponsors page with a company blurb of your choice
  • official tweet announcing your support
  • sidebar logo link
Silver = $500
  • 2 tickets to WordCamp St. Louis
  • space on shared swag table
  • official tweet announcing your support
  • sidebar logo link
Bronze = $150
  • 2 tickets to WordCamp St. Louis
  • space on shared swag
  • sidebar logo link
Scholarship = $60
  • You’ll get 1 ticket and 1 ticket will be contributed to our scholarship fund that helps us provide tickets to those who might not otherwise be able to attend
  • We’ll recognize you in a blog post and announce your support via social media

In-kind

  • contact us to work something out. We’re flexible!

Become a Sponsor today!









Welcome to WordCamp St. Louis

WordCamp St. Louis is happening  March 18th!

We’ll be at Washington University‘s Danforth Campus. We will once again be in the Laboratory Sciences Building on the North Side of campus. To get directions, check out the Location page.

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