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I connect with audiences.

If you’re looking for someone to inspire, motivate, educate, and entertain technical and non-technical audiences alike, I’m on it. I make time disappear with engaging stories with purpose. I am passionate about helping people live more fulfilling lives through intentional use of technology, meaningful connection, and honest, purposeful communication.

So you want to know…

How I got here.

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

Grade school? I was the youngest lector at church. 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.

College? On the speech team. We were champions. I had a fantastic time and learned a lot.

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 trophy.

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. Aren’t you happy I shared mine with you?

I am thankful for the internet: it saved me from becoming a DC policy wonk or a lawyer.

Kathy the debater

You’re either using technology to create, or you’re using technology as a distraction.

The great thing is that you get to decide how technology exists in your life. You can either choose to be empowered and use the tools we have to create, or let others use it to distract you from who you really are. I think you know which side I’m on!

Kathy Zant WordCamp Sacramento
Photo credit: Jacob Henderson @jwh1138

Do you have an audience you’d like to inspire or educate? Whether you’re looking for deeply technical content or sales and marketing inspiration and ideas, I meet your audience where they’re at and inspire them.

Demystifying Technical Topics

Even the most technical audiences look for easier ways to learn and expand their knowledge. I have a broad experience with a number of languages, platforms, and modalities with an emphasis on baking security into everything.

Helping non-technical audiences easily use technology

We no longer have the luxury of being non-technical. From security concerns to sales and marketing online, technical aptitude has become a necessary part of life.

Recent Presentations

Events Where I’ve Presented

I’ve spoken at dozens of WordPress meetups, WordCamps, and other events, but here are some highlights.

  • WordCamp US 2019: The Hacker Mindset (video)
  • WooSesh 2021: 6 Proven Ways to Make More Money with WooCommerce
  • WordCamp Rochester Keynote October 2020 – Thriving in Uncertain Times, Finding Security through WordPress (video)
  • WordFest 2022: Overcoming Adversity
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Empower your audience though tech empowerment

Bring stories of empowerment through technology and democratized publishing to your audience. Whether online or in person, I can work with your team to create the perfect presentation that your audience will remember.

I learned a lot!
Really enjoyed your presentation style. You were full of information, yet made it undaunting. Thanks!
Marty M.
Focus on action.
I loved that your presentation gave me a list of things I can do right now to achieve my goals. I learned things I didn’t expect to learn, but I am glad I did. Thanks for making it fun.
Rachel B.
I learned so much.
Kathy knows her stuff! Great presentation and so much fun.
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