Communities and the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense

Josepha Haden is a speaker at WordCamp Chicago this talking about Communities and the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense. Get to know her below!


Josepha comes from a long line of writers and was raised to be a life-long learner. She has a passion for language and storycrafting, a skill she practices on Josepha has over a decade of experience using SEO, data analysis, and content marketing to bring success and visibility to clients all over the world. Since 2010 she’s been working in her hometown of Kansas City to increase digital literacy and get more women in tech. Josepha works at Automattic as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project and can be found on Twitter as @josephahaden.

WordPress Mini-Interview

  1. My initial introduction to WordPress was at WordCamp Fayetteville in 2009 or so. I founded the local Kansas City community in 2010 and started hosting WordCamps in 2011.
  2. I believe strongly that WordPress can be used to help everyone learn and perfect their 21st century skill set. One of the most elusive, but most important, is the skill that allows us to have more effective communication online. With better communication comes better collaboration which is, arguably, the heart of the WordPress project. I am motivated to speak at WordCamps to raise awareness of these skill-honing aspects of WordPress.
  3. The people, hands down. I’ve never been to a WordPress event (Meetups, training workshops, WordCamps, you name it) where I felt unwelcome. The platform is made infinitely better by the support and encouragement of the people who build it.