Mentoring at SXSW V2V


I guess spending almost 10 years at anything makes one a bit of an expert — if in persistance (…if not entrepreneurship, business, finance, law, networking, marketing…)!


And SXSW V2V agrees! I’m incredibly excited to be a mentor at the inaugural fest in Las Vegas, NV, August 11-14, 2013.



English: This is a picture of Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is SXSW V2V? Like the Austin SXSW, there will be keynotes (I’m excited for Tony Hsieh‘s), plenty of educational marketing, startup and tech sessions, along with a variety of mentors to counsel on your ideas, projects, portfolios, pitches, startups, and aspirations. I haven’t even gotten to the parties yet.


Why Vegas? The downtown tech scene is growing by leaps and bounds — think Zappos for just a start — and this post gives some other great reasons this event is just the beginning.


What are the sessions about? “The goal here is for a less established professional to have a chance to ask career-related advice from a well established professional.”


How do you sign up for a session? “Attendees will be invited to sign up for Mentor sessions before SXSW V2V begins (this interface will go live closer to the actual event).”


I can’t wait to see you there — and stay tuned for info on discounted badges.

Lisa GhisolfMentoring at SXSW V2V

Wordcamp Milwaukee

I’ve been to a few cities’ WordCamps now, and every city has its own flavor — but every one has great info and a community of WordPress pros who are passionate about the platform. And, they’re always willing to share tips, tricks and even the basics to newbies and professionals alike.

Milwaukee, though only in its second year, is definitely at the top of my list for a few reasons: Friendly folks, a relaxed vibe, and a great location, Bucketworks.

I’ll be talking about freelance work and how I’ve found it, lost it, and found a good business rhythm for myself. And I hope you’ll be there too!

The schedule is still being finalized, but it’s going to be a great lineup! Sign up today using the code “Ghisolf” for a discount.

And be sure to follow the hashtag #WCMKE and the Twitter feed @WordCampMKE for updates.

Lisa GhisolfWordcamp Milwaukee

WordPress in a Nutshell at Creative Chicago Expo

Hey! It’s been a while, but as I work and rebrand Gizmo, I’ve been busy! Look for a lot of new, great stuff coming down the pike.

Also, I just learned I’ll be speaking at the Creative Chicago Expo on March 2 @ 1:30pm, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center.

My topic is a light version of my WordPress in a Nutshell: Your Website, Security & More workshop:

WordPress is a very easy content management system [CMS] to use — once you’ve learned the basics and what is possible. I will take you through:  WP basics, the dashboard, how it all works;  How to run a clean WP site;  How to install plugins [and some favorites and not-so-favorites];  Security;  Where you can take your site from here!  I have been building WordPress custom & template sites since 2008 and can take you through everything from what to do if you’re hacked, on to content management techniques. Bring your questions!

It’s free and I’m sure there will be plenty more great seminars, so I hope to see you there!

Lisa GhisolfWordPress in a Nutshell at Creative Chicago Expo