Mini Project Update: Hallway Chats, Andrea Gallo + WCUS

As we wind down the year and wrap up a few projects, we’re excited to share a few of the projects we recently completed or supported. 

Andrea Gallo: Advocating for Special Education with a New Website

Andrea Gallo WebsiteA teacher and attorney, Andrea Gallo is a special education advocate dedicated to helping parents advocate for their children.

Based in suburban Philadelphia, Andrea helps parents support their children with Independent Educational Plans (IEP) or 504 plans. She knows what it’s like to struggle to help children from falling behind academically, socially, and emotionally. Her twins were born two months prematurely and needed significant developmental services.

As a special education advocate, Andrea’s services include attending IEP meetings, private consultations, record and testing review, and more.

In October, we helped Andrea set up a new website. To learn more about her services, head over to

Hallway Chats: Six Months of Episodes

Hallway ChatsLaunching their podcast in June 2017, Liam Dempsey and Tara Claeys work together to strengthen community and build understanding through Hallway Chats. It’s a weekly show that shares the stories of the designers, developers, project managers, content creators and more who make up the WordPress community.

Tara and Liam interview the unique individuals throughout the wider WordPress ecosystem. Though the guests of the show use and make a living with WordPress, the show is not technical. It focuses on the human side of WordPress and on the guests’ definition of success – and how they work to achieve success.

With six months of episodes featuring 26 episodes, Hallway Chats has been downloaded more than 2,500 times. Liam and Tara are grateful for the embrace of their work. It’s encouraging to know that the human connection the show aims to build has found an eager audience.

Hallway Chats is published every Thursday. Find it on iTunesStitcher and anywhere good podcasts are found.

WordCamp US 2017

WordCamp USLast week, Lauren and Liam flew down south to Nashville, Tennessee for the annual national WordPress conference, WordCamp US. Having never before been to Nashville, we greatly enjoyed being in a new city and meeting the new and familiar faces of those who attended the event.

The conference covered a diverse range of topics, from accessibility to the future of the WordPress editor, and from technical workflows to understanding design principles. So many of the talks and presentations were really valuable. Lauren and Liam both came away with many ideas to implement into our own work and processes.

In addition to the presentations at the conference, the networking with other WordPress people from around the world was very productive. We each met in person for the first time some of the people we have known only on social media. Liam went for several morning runs through the city with his Hallway Chats cohost and other attendees. And both of us took advantage of the wonderful Nashville food and drink scene, getting out on the town with our WordPress friends.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the WordPress community, check for local WordPress Meetup groups in your area. You may also wish to see if there is a WordCamp in your area coming up. Whether a designer, developer, or a website owner, we think you’ll be glad you made the effort.

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