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Can’t-miss speakers to inspire your next innovation

June 06, 2019

We’re putting the final touches on an amazing (and gender-balanced!) Pluralsight LIVE 2019 speaker lineup.   

The powerhouse technologists we’ve been lucky enough to learn from in years past (think Cathy O’Neil and Jaime Teevan) are getting some awesome company in the as-yet unofficial LIVE hall of fame.

Here are just a few of the innovative and inspiring tech giants we can’t wait to see:

Tania Katan

CEO, Creative Trespassing

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Tania is an inspirational speaker, best-selling author of “Creative Trespassing,” and co-creator of the internationally viral women’s empowerment campaign #ItWasNeverADress.

Tania has no shortage of lessons from the frontlines of limit disruption. In the spirit of defying boundaries to create the future with tech, Tania will lead a how-to session at LIVE on transforming your limitations into inspiration to fuel—rather than sap—your work.

“Yep. Let’s break the rules to make room for more creativity at work!” - @taniakatan

Kesha Williams

Software Engineering Manager, Chick-Fil-A

Kesha Williams


What do you get when you cross a passion for emerging tech with speaking, teaching and mentoring prowess? An award-winning software engineering manager with over 20 years’ experience who’s trained thousands of software engineers globally while teaching at the university level.

Oh, and she created S.A.M.

Kesha routinely leads innovation teams in proving out emerging technologies, spearheads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, writes news for InfoQ, authors Pluralsight courses, and mentors women in tech.

We hung on every word of Kesha’s talk last year at LIVE, and can’t wait to see what the AI afficionado has in store for us next!

“As a young girl, I believed that computers would soon control the world, so I wanted to be the one to control the computers.” - @KeshaWillz

Lex Roman

Senior Product Designer, Growth, The Black Tux

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Lex brings to the table deep expertise in product analytics, early stage experimentation and AB testing. Plus, she seeks out opportunities to apply her tech skills to real-world problems. Case in point: By joining forces with the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and Hack for L.A., Lex is addressing the massive homeless crisis in L.A. in new and innovative ways.

For her LIVE session, Lex will draw upon her extensive rep as a data whiz (having led product analytics at startups, and defined measurement strategies for over 30 companies) to teach us about the UX of data.

“Strategic design can improve lives and grow companies. In order to see the impact of design, we have to measure it.” @calexity

Raquel Breternitz

Senior Designer, Pivotal Labs

Raquel Breternitz


An award-winning designer, speaker, and writer, Raquel is passionate about inclusion, accessibility, and keeping tech human (and human-focused). At Pivotal Labs, she works to enable government agencies to be human-centered, do the right thing, and do what works. With her sharp eye for ethical considerations and human-centered outcomes, we know her session will leave us with plenty of actionable steps for building inclusive, accessible products for balanced teams.

“Disability is simply a mismatch between what you want to accomplish and what your environment allows you to do.” - @RaquelDesigns


With our goal of gender parity in mind, LIVE 2019 is shaping up to be a fresh take on tech conferences! Join us in the audience to get the latest and greatest from technologists across 30 industries, all at the top of their game. Or, help us build out an even more diverse agenda by applying to speak at the tech skills conference everyone will be talking about.