The WordPress.com
Growth Summit 2021

Calling creators, small businesses, and publishers! Do you have a story to tell or a product to sell? Let our leaders inspire you to find and grow your audience, build a thriving community, and earn money. Join us online at the second annual WordPress.com Growth Summit.

Americas & EMEA

August 17, 2021
11:00am – 4:30pm EDT
(see in your local time)

Asia Pacific

August 18, 2021
11:00am – 4:30pm JST
(see in your local time)

You’ve got an idea; let’s get it online

Get expert advice on how to design your site, write effective copy, attract traffic, build a community, and earn money during this online event.

Get inspired

Our leaders built their businesses from the ground up. Jumpstart your project with the benefit of their experience in design, publishing, audience development, and e-commerce.

Build for growth

Roll up your sleeves! Get hands-on, expert help on how to build your site, market your ideas, and earn revenue.

Find your community

Learn from peers around the world. Get inspired and make real connections at our virtual networking sessions. Build relationships to boost your business and stay inspired beyond the Growth Summit.

Speakers

More 2021 speakers to be announced soon!

Empty

Join a community of successful bloggers, creators, publishers, business leaders, and WordPress.com experts for engaging talks and practical tips on how to grow your site and reach your goals.

Amani al-Khatahtbeh

Founder at Muslim Girl

Marjorie Asturias

Director of Growth R&D at WordPress.com

Mike Bal

Head of Community Growth at WordPress.com

Jerry Bates

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

Tolly Carr

General Manager at HBCU Gameday

Neil Chase

CEO at Cal Matters

Andrew dela Serna

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

Erika Ellacott

Merchant Community Advocate, WooCommerce at Automattic

Kim Fox

VIP, Product Strategy at CalMatters

Richard Midson

Podcasting for Beginners Lead at WordPress.com

David Nitzsche

Owner/Editor at Workprint

Rose Pajaroja

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

Jessica Petrie

Owner & Lead Teacher at Yoga Next Door

Wali Pitt

Web Developer at HBCU Gameday

Kathryn Presner

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

Kristina Quinones

Director of Growth Marketing at WordPress.com

Jeff Rozic

Growth Marketing at WordPress.com

Anja Spilker

Founder & CEO at ZALOA Languages

Tanya Thibodeau

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

James Weber

Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com

Kinsey Wilson

Head of Newspack at Automattic

Agenda

11:00am – 11:10am

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Keynote
Speaker to be announced.


11:10am – 11:45am

Building A News Publication In Today’s New World
Customer Conversation: CalMatters on building a modern news organization and empowering other emerging digital voices along the way. With Kim Fox and Neil Chase of CalMatters. Hosted by Kinsey Wilson, Founder and Head of Newspack at Automattic


11:45am – 12:10pm

From Solopreneur to A Movement
Customer Conversation: How Amani al-Khatahtbeh built a website and started a movement celebrating emerging voices and #MuslimWomensDay with MuslimGirl.com. Hosted by Kristina Quinones, WordPress.com Director of Growth Marketing.


12:15pm – 1:00pm

Interactive Workshops
Four interactive sessions are available, each focused on a specific topic: Blogging, Podcasting, Growing an Audience, and SEO.

Empty

Happiness Bars
Bring your WordPress questions to an expert and get answers in real time! Our Happiness Engineers are ready to help you achieve your website goals.

Empty

Networking & On-Demand
Feel free to spend this time networking with other Growth Summit attendees or watching any of the great product demo videos featured in our On-Demand library.


1:00pm – 1:45pm

Business Growth in a Digital World
Customer Conversation: Jessica Petrie on starting Yoga Next Door, adapting her business to the digital world, and growing for the future. Bonus: Jessica shares a live Yoga Next Door session featuring Chair Yoga stretches, breathwork, and a guided meditation. Hosted by TBD.


1:55pm – 2:20pm

Growing an Audience
Customer Conversation: HBCU Gameday (Steven Gaither, Tolly Carr, and Wali Pitt) on starting a sports media brand for today, and grew an audience at the intersection of sports and culture. Hosted by WordPress.com Marketing’s Jeff Rozic.


2:20pm – 2:45pm

Building an Online Business
Customer Conversation: How Anja Spilker and Zaloa Languages built a language learning service business that grew during the global pandemic. Hosted by TBD.


2:45pm – 3:30pm

Interactive Workshops
Four interactive sessions are available, each focused on a specific topic: Blogging, Podcasting, Growing an Audience, and SEO.

Empty

Happiness Bars
Bring your WordPress questions to an expert and get answers in real time! Our Happiness Engineers are ready to help you achieve your website goals.

Empty

Networking & On-Demand
Feel free to spend this time networking with other Growth Summit attendees or watching any of the great product demo videos featured in our On-Demand library.


3:40pm – 4:05pm

From Side Hustle to Successful Business
Customer Conversation: How David Nitzsche grew Workprint into a thriving creative editorial services business, and created a website to share the company’s storytelling. Hosted by Marjorie Asturias, WordPress.com Marketing & Partnerships Director.


4:05pm – 4:30pm

Closing Keynote & Remarks
Speaker to be announced.

Americas & EMEA

August 17, 2021
11:00am – 4:30pm EDT
(see in your local time)

Asia Pacific

August 18, 2021
11:00am – 4:30pm JST
(see in your local time)

Watch a recap of last year’s Growth Summit!