Carole Olinger


My name is Carole Olinger and I am a former Luxembourgish government officer who took a four-year sabbatical to find new professionally enjoyable challenges. I live in the German Eifel together with my husband Alain Schlesser and our three French Bulldogs. I am also a certified dog's behaviour and health trainer and all-over passionate about dogs. Furthermore, I am a committed "lipedema fighter" for myself and other affected women with regular appearances in print, online and TV media in Luxembourg.

Since WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna, I have become a true WordPress Community-Junkie, passionate WordCamp attendee, volunteer, speaker, and organizer.

I am currently building my first websites, among my personal blog. I am an occasional content writer and between August 2017 and March 2019, I was the WordPress Community Manager for Plesk.
More to come very soon, so stay tuned!

You can read a part of my WordPress story on HeroPress:

The Only Journey Is The One Within

Talks on WordPress TV:

  • An Bord der WordPress Community - Auf der Reise zu mir selbst.

WordCamp Berlin 2017 (German)

  • Aboard the WordPress Community - A Journey of Self-Discovery

WordCamp Utrecht 2017 (English)
WordCamp Miami 2018 (English)
WordCamp Torino 2018 (English)

  • Turn Rejection Into Personal Growth

WordCamp Nijmegen 2018 (English)

  • Table Ronde: WordPress et les Femmes en 2018

WordCamp Lausanne 2018 (French)

My emcee performance at WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris:

Track Pullman - Day One (afternoon)

Track Pullman - Day Two (morning)


Latest Blog Posts:

On Health, WordPress and a Tough Decision

April 1, 2019 | 58 Comments

Earlier this year, I had to take a tough decision. It took me quite a while and I had to do a lot of introspective work but I have decided to stop my activities as a WordPress Community Manager for Plesk, a job that I’ve always been doing with a lot of passion and joy.…

Manifesto by a female open source contributor

September 2, 2018 | 11 Comments

I will not take the responsibility for other people’s insecurities, lack of time, energy, or passion for a project. This is about them, not about me. I will not lower my drive or what I expect of my own performance because other people cannot keep up or follow. This is also about them, not about…

Photos from WordCamp Utrecht

December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

A bit late but still in 2017, I am proud to share my photos from <a href=”https://2017.utrecht.wordcamp.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>WordCamp Utrecht</a> with you.<br /> I love the pictures and they truly reflect how awesome the event was for me: one of my favourite WordCamps in 2017! You can read my full recap on the Plesk blog:…

WordCamp Nijmegen – Photo Recap

September 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

<a href=”https://www.plesk.com/blog/plesk-news-announcements/wordcamp-nijmegen-recap/” target=”_blank” role=”button”> Read my recap of WordCamp Nijmegen on the Plesk blog </a> <p><a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/” rel=”license”><img src=”https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-sa/4.0/88×31.png” alt=”Creative Commons License” /></a><br /> This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Attribution to Plesk Photographer: Carole Olinger for Plesk

WordCamp Brighton

August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month I attended WordCamp Brighton together with my husband Alain and some friends from the German WordPress community. After London, it was my second WordCamp this year in the UK and I enjoyed it very much. I was emceeing again after I did this at WordCamp Europe for the very first time and…

Third surgery… a few days to go!

August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Monday, 4th of September, I will have my third – and hopefully last – lipedema surgery. In fact, I am less nervous than I was for the two precedent surgeries: I know what’s going to happen and I trust my doctor. On the other hand, I feel wretched because I know exactly what’s going to…

A Frenchie’s Tale

August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Did you know that our three French Bulldogs have their own blog in German?
It isn’t very active in the last three years, but they shared, for example, their experience of their very first WordCamp last year in Frankfurt: Schniewies go WordCamp Frankfurt

Becoming a “Pleskian”

August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s both an honor and a pleasure for me to announce that I am now part of the amazing Plesk team.
I will work remotely and will mostly focus on WordPress-related tasks and initiatives as Community Manager.

My personal lipedema story

July 27, 2017 | 3 Comments

Diagnosis and therapy After 2 decades of suffering, I got diagnosed with lipedema in summer of 2015. Lipedema is a chronically progressive disease which is basically a very painful fat disorder, that almost exclusively affects women. It causes a symmetrical accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous tissue that disproportionately affects the lower limbs from buttocks to…

My emcee preparations for WCEU 2017

July 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

As a follow up to my post last week Looking back at WordCamp Europe 2017 as an emcee, I’ll be publishing my emcee preparations for WordCamp Europe 2017.

If sharing my preparations can help other (new) emcees to do a better job, I am happy to do so.