Kathy Zant, Speaker

I am a Speaker

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Can security empower an audience?

I believe that it can. In fact, I believe that talking about security can empower people to make big changes in their lives and that those changes make the world a much better place. 

How much good will you do if you’re not feeling secure?

Joan Jett? No, just me.

I’ve been speaking in front of audiences since I was 11 years old. 

Church? I was the youngest lector. I learned how to pronounce difficult words in the Bible before I knew how to do anything algebraic.

High school? I was on the debate team. I was good at 2nd affirmative rebuttal because I could talk faster than anyone else. I loved researching obscure and underreported topics. And I still like to argue and research obscure topics.

College? On the speech team. I had to unlearn talking fast and hone my ability to speak clearly. I was talking about “recombinant DNA” before we started calling it GMO and shaking our fists at Monsanto.

Proof is in the picture. This was from my high school yearbook. I think I am arguing about arm sales or something else ridiculous that the government was doing. My words in a high school debate tournament did not stop anything, but I probably got a massive trophy. I was so impressed with myself wearing a Phi Rho Pi pin on my lapel.

I wish I didn’t look so much like a blonde Joan Jett, but we all have ridiculous fashion choices from high school, don’t we.

I am thankful for the internet: it saved me from becoming a DC policy wonk or a lawyer. Code is so much more fun.

Passionate about Publishing

My personal mission is to help empower people to get the most out of the internet and stay safe while doing so.

For the last 20 years, I’ve been diving deep on web development, WordPress, and internet security. 

I absolutely love talking to non-technical beginner audiences. I am fanatical about making complex technology easy to understand for anyone and everyone. I am a believer in the WordPress mission of democratizing publishing and giving everyone a voice.


Here are some of the things I’ve spoken about. TL;DR I’m all about WordPress, security, and empowerment through innovation.

  • The Hacker Mindset: How Beating WordPress Hackers Taught Me to Overcome Obstacles and Innovate 
  • WordPress Security 101: The Basics of Keeping your Site Safe
  • Securing WordPress in the Small Business 
  • eCommerce Security
  • Evaluating WordPress Plugins: Strategies for Extending Core Functionality
  • How Secure is your WordPress Website? Testing for Vulnerabilities
  • Ways Hackers Get into Your Website (and how to stop them)
  • Passwords and Authentication
  • Website Vulnerabilities: Keeping your internet presence safe
  • Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Evaluating Security Vendors
Kathy Zant WordCamp Sacramento

Recent Engagements

Some of the places where I’ve spoken in the last couple of years include Meetups, WordCamps, and business training centers. This is not a comprehensive list. 

  • Meetups in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Hollywood, Phoenix. 
  • WordCamps in Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Miami, Boston, Rochester, Minneapolis, including the national WordCamp US conference in St. Louis.
  • Rutgers Business School – Small Business Development Center 
Some videos of my talks:
  • WordCamp Boston July 2019 – The Hacker Mindset (video)
  • WordCamp Rochester October 2019 – Evaluating Plugins (video)
  • WordCamp US November 2019 – The Hacker Mindset (video | slides)

kathy [@] zant [dot] com

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