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Hi. I'm Kathy Zant!

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by. I’m Kathy Zant, and this is my home on the web. 

I contribute on Wordfence’s Think Like a Hacker podcast if you want to hear what I think about WordPress, security, and innovation.

I also have my own neglected podcast, A Web of All Things. I’ve been so focused creating content at work lately, my own writing and podcasting have taken a back seat. I’m aiming for balance, so look for content there too.

I’ve been a user of WordPress for well over a decade, and only recently I’ve become active in the WordPress community. I helped out at WordCamp Phoenix. We’re ramping up for WCPHX 2020, and I’m excited about that.

 

Kathy Zant
WordCamp Phoenix Org Team
Kathy Zant WordCamp Sacramento

I am a Speaker

Need a speaker? I love talking about WordPress, the community, the open web, publishing online, security, hacking, and innovation. I also like to talk about changing mindsets to live a more fulfilling life. I do my best to inject comedy and fun into every talk I do. 

I’d be happy to discuss your event’s needs and prepare a presentation specific to your needs. Or you can peruse my past talks and see if something fits. 

 

I am a Walker of Dogs

In 2010, I met a golden retriever named Riley. I then was graced with my own golden, Alex. We walked every day in our rural neighborhood outside of Mount Shasta City. They’ve since moved on, as have I. Now I play with Bodhi on the outskirts of Phoenix. But I’ll never forget these two gud bois. 

I am a Writer

I’ve been writing since the beginning of time. I hope to write more. You can read some of the things I’ve written on the blog.  

Latest Writing

Security Amidst Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Every time I check the news, this COVID-19/coronavirus scare gets a little worse. It has already impacted so many lives, in China and beyond. Even if you don’t know someone who has immediate family infected by the virus, you’re likely affected somehow. Grounded travel, panic buying, mask hoarding, closed borders, stock market crashes… even if you’re not directly affected, you’re somehow directly affected. I read yesterday that the supply chain disruption and panic will likely kill more people through limited access to medication, clean food, and sanitation than will die from infection by coronavirus. Even if that isn’t true and this virus is as dire as they say, do we really want to go out of this world in fear? As I contemplated this, I

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WordCamp US

I’m sitting in a Sheraton hotel room in downtown Seattle. I’ve got a cup of Starbuck’s Pike Place in front of me, and my eyes and brain don’t want to focus. After WordCamp US, I worked a few frantic days at home and then grabbed yet another flight, this time to WordCamp Seattle. I had a blast at both WCUS and WCSEA. Right this moment, I am tired. I am not sure if I’ve been this tired before in my life. And yet, it’s been worth it. Open | The Community Code At WCUS, we premiered our documentary short about the WordPress community, Open | The Community Code. It started as an idea and recognition of our friends in the WordPress community that give so

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Thank you, Sacramento

I had the opportunity to speak at WordCamp Sacramento, which holds a special place in my heart. Sacramento was my introduction to the WP Community, thanks to the amazing Jennifer Bourn. I am always happy to come back. It was great to have a fun Star Wars theme! Jose Castaneda did a fantastic job as lead organizer of the event at the Falls Event Center in Roseville. Thank you to the organizers for inviting me; I am always honored to come to WCSAC. Here are my slides. You can copy them, you can share them, you can reuse them or parts of them for your own talk wherever you want to spread the good word about WordPress security. A reminder: Use unique passwords everywhere. Use

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