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Session: Belonging in WordPress

Date: Friday, July 14, 2023
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am (CDT) (UTC-05:00)
Location: Room 1
Format: General Lecture Session

Who is this session for?


Session description

For WordPress and the WordPress ecosystem to be truly accessible, it has to be available to everyone. When we talk about accessibility in WordPress, we usually talk about web accessibility. But our community is more than websites - it’s people.

What if I told you that people in the disabled, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent, and even older communities, often find the way to success paved with roadblock after roadblock?

DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging) is more than screen readers and color contrast. It’s about making sure that there is room everywhere for everyone.

This talk will bring forth the struggles that people in our community experience in finding success, as well as ways we can all be advocates for one another, and make room at the table for all.


Michelle Frechette

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Director of Community Engagement, StellarWP

Michelle Frechette is the Director of Community Engagement for StellarWP at Liquid Web.

Michelle was called "The busiest woman in WordPress." by Matt Mullenweg at WCUS 2022.

In addition to her work at StellarWP, Michelle is the Podcast Barista at, cofounder of, creator of, the president of the board for, Director of Community Relations and contributor at, co-host of the WPMotivate podcast, author, business coach, and a frequent organizer and speaker at WordPress events. Michelle lives outside of Rochester, NY where she’s an avid nature photographer. You can learn more about Michelle at


  • General Lecture Session: Belonging in WordPress

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