Speakers

Learn from the industry’s brightest minds

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres
SALT LAKE CITY | AUG 27-29
ANNOUNCING

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Keynotes

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah
International comedian and “The Daily Show” host
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Born in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid, Trevor Noah has overcome enormous challenges to become who he is today—an international comedy star, best-selling author and widely-respected political commentator. His life experiences and approach to success have given him a powerful voice that even the most accomplished technology leaders benefit from hearing.
Thursday
1:20 PM
GENERAL SESSION
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Adam Savage
Adam Savage
Special effects designer and fabricator
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Adam Savage is widely known for his role as co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” and “Unchained Reaction” and his special effects have been featured in films like “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” and “Episode II: Attack of the Clones”.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General session
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Alex Honnold
Alex Honnold
Professional adventure rock climber
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Alex Honnold is one of the most recognized and followed rock climbers in the world. He was recently the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, “Free Solo” and is the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental non-profit.
Tuesday
10:00 AM
General session
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Mona Chalabi
Mona Chalabi
Data Editor
The Guardian
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“Mona Chalabi's simple interpretations of information are a refreshing take on a sector often left for the intellectually elite.” —Digital Arts Mona Chalabi is a journalist who really loves numbers. She is the Data Editor of The Guardian where she writes articles, produces documentaries, and illustrates, as well as animates, data. She is also a data journalist for NPR. After analyzing statistics for the United Nations, Mona Chalabi saw how important data was, but also how easily it could be used by people with their own specific agendas. Since then, her work for organizations like Transparency International and The Guardian has had one goal: to make sure as many people as possible can find and question the data they need to make informed decisions about their lives. She gives speeches and teaches courses on data journalism, and when she can, she illustrates data. Her illustrations were commended by the Royal Statistical Society; they said, “Her deceptively simple graphs are fun and accessible.” Mona also helped create the Emmy-nominated four-part video series “Vagina Dispatches” which explores the physical, social, and sometimes political dynamics that surround women’s bodies. She also hosts Vice’s TV program “The Business of Life,” a new kind of talk show that breaks down the financial machinery behind some of the most important issues of our time. Mona has a master’s degree in International Security from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has worked for FiveThirtyEight, the Banks of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and the International Organization for Migration. Mona lives in New York City. The only thing you need to know about her personal life is that she loves Peter Falk.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General session
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Arne Duncan
Arne Duncan
Managing Partner
Emerson Collective
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As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Turn It In. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General Session
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Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs
Founder and President
Emerson Collective
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Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and president of Emerson Collective. Based in Palo Alto with a strong presence in Oakland, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., Emerson Collective uses philanthropy, impact investing, and promoting policy solutions to reimagine some of society’s most calcified systems and create new possibilities for individuals, families, and communities. Emerson’s mission centers on advancing immigration policies, preserving the environment, re-envisioning the future of high school, and ending gun violence in Chicago. Powell Jobs serves as board chair of The XQ Institute and College Track, a college completion program she founded in 1997 to combat the alarming achievement gap among students of color. She also serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the boards of Chicago CRED, Conservation International, and The Council on Foreign Relations. She is co-owner of The Atlantic, Anonymous Content and Concordia Studios, and an investor in Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Powell Jobs earned her bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General Session
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Aaron Skonnard
Aaron Skonnard
Co-founder and CEO
Pluralsight
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Aaron Skonnard is the CEO of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS), a fast-growing enterprise technology skills platform. Aaron cofounded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 1,000 employees and 1,500 expert authors. As CEO, Aaron focuses on business strategy, future direction, product development and strategic partnerships. On a day-to-day basis, he works closely with the entire executive team in different capacities, including recruiting, brand management, marketing, sales, feature planning and content acquisition.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General session
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Thursday
1:20 PM
GENERAL SESSION
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Thursday
3:40 PM
General session
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Speakers
Ai-ling Chang
Ai-ling Chang
Director of Video Content Production
Pluralsight
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Ai-ling Chang is the Director of the Video Content Production experience at Pluralsight. As a life-long learner with a passion for mission-driven organizations, Ai-ling's career has spanned the non-profit, education, and technology sectors. Combining the skills of design thinking, business and leadership, her major interests are in how the principles of human-centered design and people leadership can create healthy teams that make game-changing impact. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and music.
Change Leadership is Everyday Leadership
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Alex Cline
Alex Cline
Product Designer
Pluralsight
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Alex Cline is a Product Designer at Pluralsight and has spent the last 9 years working across disciplines for tech companies like Asana, Jane, Birchbox, Fab, and Grooveshark. Alex was selected to be a part of Designer Fund’s Bridge fellowship program, and she has also been featured on podcasts such as Design Details and Diseño Cha Cha Cha. When she’s not making things for the internet, she likes curating mood boards, hiking in the wrong kind of shoes, and learning the ins-and-outs of being a new mom.
How to create a healthy learning culture and a safe environment to learn, grow and collaborate
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Allan Stewart
Allan Stewart
Lead Architect
Emmersion Learning
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Allan Stewart is the lead architect at Emmersion Learning. He enjoyed computers and writing code from a young age, which led him to earn his Computer Science degree and go on to a professional software development career. He has experience from small local shops up to international enterprise companies doing full-stack development with a focus on server-side APIs. Since graduation from college in 2006, Allan has learned that how we write software is as important as getting a job done. He is an advocate for test-driven clean code written by collaborative teams practicing Agile and Lean practices.
2.5 Years of Mob Programming
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Allison Horn
Allison Horn
Managing Director, Learning and Leadership Development
Accenture
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Allison is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Global Human Resources organization, serving as Accenture's Global lead for Learning & Leadership Development. She oversees an annual training budget of more than $1 B and leads teams around the world that deliver award-winning learning outcomes for Accenture’s 480,000+ people. She has been part of Accenture’s Human Resources organization since 2004, holding various roles across Learning, Credentialing, and People Mobility. Prior to joining Accenture’s Human Resources team, Allison worked in Accenture’s Talent & Organization Performance consulting practice, working with clients across Financial Services and Products industries. Allison holds a M.A. degree in Higher Education/Adult Learning from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. degree in Political Science/Spanish from Stonehill College. Since leaving graduate school, Allison has followed a path of continuous learning as an avid reader, an everyday researcher, and a frequent student on today's most relevant learning platforms.
Alisa Sheyn
Alisa Sheyn
Vice President of Operations
GitPrime
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Alisa’s an engaging technology leader with over ten years of experience in technology operations and portfolio management. She considers herself a lifelong learner, tackles all challenges with a data-driven approach and considers people and team dynamics the most valuable asset in any organization. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Alisa spent her time at Avid Technology, where she ensured the product and engineering organizations were aligned to strategic goals and oversaw technology operations, and American Tower, where she managed a portfolio of system implementations. Alisa loves being active outdoors, all things tech and traveling the world to experience other cultures.
[PS Platform] Messaging Matters: How We Built a Data-Driven Engineering Culture
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Amy Heinrich
Amy Heinrich
Head of Data Science
Pluralsight
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Amy Heinrich is Head of Data Science at Pluralsight, where she leads a team of data scientists in the Data Insights and Analytics group. Amy partners with Pluralsight leaders across the organization to deliver data science solutions that improve operational processes and support strategic decision making. Amy loves the creativity of using data for problem solving, and enjoys leading data scientists in that effort.
Amy Irvine
Amy Irvine
Enterprise Customer Success Leader & Pluralsight Author
Pluralsight
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Amy began her career as an educator 25 years ago as a graduate student at UC Davis. Teaching college communication courses, she discovered a passion for facilitation and instructional design. She turned down the chance to pursue her PhD to study organizational communication where it happens! Her first job as a computer-based training developer led to developing 1st generation eLearning products at PeopleSoft. These roles kicked off an extensive career designing, consulting, teaching and leading in the evolving world of eLearning. For more than 20 years, Amy has consulted with top global organizations to form expert practices strategic business alignment, learning implementation, continuous learning, and growing learning cultures. As a Pluralsight Author, she loves the chance to deliver practical and relevant content that learners can apply immediately to their professional lives.
Workshop: Help your teams create a learning habit
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Anna Mikhova
Anna Mikhova
Product Manager, Curriculum & Skillnet
Pluralsight
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Anna Mikhova is an Arizona State University graduate in computer science and business. She came to Salt Lake City and Pluralsight product by way of San Francisco and before that, Dublin Ireland where she’s worked on ticketing, sales and marketing products for the better part of 10 years. She’s worn many hats from Creative Technologist to Head of Digital Experience, but her passion always remains grounded in finding ways to truly improve peoples lives. Anna believes that re-inventing oneself is one of the most exciting parts of living, and continuous learning is an intricate part of that process. Presently, Anna is digging into the behavioral science behind human motivation and learning and how healthy behaviors may be ignited to create a positive and inclusive culture of learning.
How to create a healthy learning culture and a safe environment to learn, grow and collaborate
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Angela Payne
Angela Payne
Sr Director Instructional Design Practices
Pluralsight
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User-centered researcher, technologist, experience designer who gathers, analyzes and synthesizes a variety of qualitative and quantitative evidence to design and validate digital experiences that support digital transformations. Over 20 years of experience in communications, research, instructional design, product management and digital learning experience design and delivery. Holds a PhD in Educational Technology.
Red Thread Thinking for User-Centered Innovation
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Anita Grantham
Anita Grantham
Chief People Officer
Pluralsight
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Anita Grantham is the Chief People Officer at Pluralsight, a learning platform that helps businesses and individuals all over the world harness the power of technology. Anita is driven by Pluralsight’s mission to democratize professional learning-an unmet need she has seen in companies throughout her career.
More than the sum of our skills: A panel on modern tech skills development
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Anthony Gregorio
Anthony Gregorio
Director, Technology Enablement and Enterprise Architecture
The Home Depot
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Build your enterprise training playbook
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Audrey Langheinrich
Audrey Langheinrich
Product Manager
Pluralsight
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University of Pennsylvania graduate with over ten years of professional experience setting up and conducting experiments. Audrey has a love for learning and enjoys seeking improvement in the world around here. She has a background in psychology incorporating that into her work at Pluralsight. Audrey has served as a product manager at two of Utah's Unicorns, enjoying the growth and changes they have undergone. Audrey's love of the four seasons led her to the beehive state to enjoy all it has to offer. Feel free to ask her about any of her many pets, raising bees or her greatest product launch to date, her daughter.
Am I successful? Learnings about failure.
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Becky Whitehead
Becky Whitehead
Vice President of Software Development and Delivery
HealthEquity
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Becky Whitehead serves as Vice President of Software Development and Delivery at HealthEquity and has been on the HealthEquity team for over six years. She is responsible for leading software engineering teams to deliver high quality, scalable, and secure software solutions that support the strategic goals of the organization. She has led the transition of the organization to utilize Lean/Agile practices and is currently leading the organization towards continuous delivery and microservice architecture utilizing PaaS solutions. Prior to joining HealthEquity, Becky served as PMO director at StayWell Interactive where she worked to implement solid project management practices and transition the software development organization to Agile/Scrum methodologies. She also worked at GE as a strategic project manager leading multiple high-priority technology projects. Becky holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix. Becky has been married for over 17 years and loves to spend time with her husband golfing, sport shooting, camping, and enjoying time with friends and family.
Bhavika Shah
Bhavika Shah
Manager of Learner Experience Personalization
Pluralsight
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Bhavika is a product leader at Pluralsight where she leads teams to deliver a personalized learner experience. She is passionate about leading and growing individuals and teams that build world-class products, specifically products that help people learn technology more effectively. Prior to her product roles at Pluralsight, Bhavika held client-facing roles at Smarterer (acquired by Pluralsight) and General Electric, after completing the GE Commercial Leadership Program. Bhavika holds a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and can be found cooking up a storm or traveling to new countries on her off time.
How to create a healthy learning culture and a safe environment to learn, grow and collaborate
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Bonita Stewart
Bonita Stewart
VP of Global Partnerships
Google, Inc.
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Bonita Stewart career spans over two decades of digital transformation across multiple industries. Since joining Google in 2006, she has driven adoption of digital technologies within the C-suite in the U.S. and globally. Bonita is also a Pluralsight board member.
Tuesday
10:00 AM
General session
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Boyd Wold
Boyd Wold
Head of TWS
MarketAxess
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Blockchain for Business Growth: Use crypto to increase revenue, efficiency, and consumer engagement
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Brandon Peay
Brandon Peay
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Pluralsight
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Brandon Peay believes strongly in being a life-long learner. As an avid reader, he is always on the lookout for new ideas and thought pieces on leadership development, technology and business strategy. So he is a natural fit on Pluralsight’s executive team where he shoulders the responsibility for strategy, business operations, partnerships and M&A. Brandon is passionate about Pluralsight’s mission of creating progress through technology that lifts the human condition.
Breeanne Matheson
Breeanne Matheson
Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University
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Breeanne Matheson holds a PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and works as an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University. Breeanne studies women's issues in global workplaces and devotes much of her classroom time to helping students to apply a professional and international lens to their studies in an effort to equip them for the global marketplace. She incorporates her experience from years of industry experience in digital marketing and content strategy which encourages a pragmatic and tangible approach to her work. She has extended this pragmatism and passion for real-world problems to focus her research and classroom structure in order to fight racial and gender inequality in the developing and modern world.
Welcoming Women to Work: Strategies for Breaking the Bro-Code
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Brian Clausen
Brian Clausen
SVP of Product and Sales
GitPrime
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Brian Clausen is the SVP of Product and Sales at GitPrime, where he works collaboratively with software engineering organizations to implement metrics-driven programs that enhance visibility to engineering workflows and enable engineering productivity growth. Brian has over twenty years of senior management experience in product, sales and marketing with growing software companies, including GitPrime, Kibo Commerce, Experts Exchange, Shopatron and Razorfish. Brian holds a masters and bachelors degree from Stanford University.
[PS Platform] Leveraging Metrics to Empower Engineering Organizations
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Brian Harrison
Brian Harrison
Chief Architect
IPT Associates
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Brian is currently the Chief Architect for a small Systems Integrator that is very focused in Cloud Deployments. Prior to that he has worked in the Cloud space for other SIs as well as Microsoft. He has also spent his entire career trying to education and training where he can through Blogs, Videos and now as an author for Pluralsight.
The Ops in DevOps: a Monitoring, Logging, and Alerting Strategy for the Cloud
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Caitlin Mann
Caitlin Mann
Director of Innovation and Learning
Salesforce
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Caitlin Mann is the Director of Learning for the Technology, Marketing, and Products organization at Salesforce. Her team consists of three charters: on-boarding, technical training, and leadership development for a global audience of 10,000 employees. Her team's mission is to instill a continual learning and knowledge sharing mindset across the organization while also partnering with executive leadership on business initiatives that require learning and change management. Caitlin has been in the tech industry for 10 years with a focus on Learning & Development for the past eight. Caitlin earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona and currently lives in San Francisco.
More than the sum of our skills: A panel on modern tech skills development
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Casey Ayers
Casey Ayers
Author
Pluralsight
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Casey Ayers has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. Specializing in project management and business analysis certifications, Casey is the author of Pluralsight's series of PMP, Project+, and PMI-PBA prep courses, and is a contributing author to Pluralsight's CBAP, CCBA, ECBA, and ICAgile series. Casey built http://Study.PM to serve as a resource to help others advance in their careers, expanding on his courses at Pluralsight with step-by-step guides and insightful articles that can help you plan your next big leap.
Teaching Your Techniques: Building Learning Experiences that Captivate Learners and Secure Institutional Memory
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Chris Petzy
Chris Petzy
Program Manager (Learning Analytics)
Liberty Mutual Insurance
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With a background in business management and focus on lean/agile thinking, plus 7+ years experience in data analytics, I help blend learning data with key strategic initiatives to help drive a culture of continuous learning at scale.
Creating Transparency with Learning Data
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Christina Mehr
Christina Mehr
Senior Manager, Human Resources
The Home Depot
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Build your enterprise training playbook
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Dale Meredith
Dale Meredith
AUTHOR
PLURALSIGHT
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"Dale Meredith is a well-known security expert, IT trainer, author and public speaker. Early on in his career, Dale spent 8 years in IT management roles but quickly realized his professional passion and expertise stemmed from teaching others about technology. Dale has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998, and in 2004 he became a certified ethical hacker and instructor for EC-Council. These past 20 years Dale's IT expertise and instructing talents have taken him all around the United States training and supporting companies of all sizes. Dale has authored 24 courses for Pluralsight which capture his superb ethical hacking knowledge and training abilities. Along with authoring for Pluralsight and his IT classroom training, you can catch Dale on stage speaking at IT conferences helping IT teams keep their companies safe, relevant and “breach” aware. Outside of the professional sphere, Dale spends quite a bit of his time speaking at adult and youth non-profit community gatherings where he shares his knowledge with the intent to help everyone be safe and smart with their technology and personal devices. Outside of the professional sphere, Dale spends quite a bit of his time giving back by speaking at adult and youth non-profit community gatherings and posting on his 'Dale Dumbs IT Down' social media sites. Dale uses these speaking engagements and social media sites to 'Dumb Down IT' concepts with the intent to help everyone be safe and smart with their technology and personal devices. YouTube:daledumbsITdown
Ethical Hacking: New and Improved DIY Mobile Security Workstation for Cheap
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Dan Appleman
Dan Appleman
CTO
Full Circle Insights
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Dan Appleman brings over a decade of experience on the Salesforce platform to his role as Chief Technology Officer at Full Circle Insights. He is a Salesforce MVP and a frequent speaker at the annual Dreamforce conference and other Salesforce conferences. He is the author of the book "Advanced Apex Programming for Salesforce", and numerous Pluralsight courses relating to the Salesforce platform as well as other technology and professional development topics.
Make Salesforce an Integral part of your Technology Stack and Training Programs
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Make Salesforce an Integral part of your Technology Stack and Training Programs
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David Gotrik
David Gotrik
Senior Cryptographer
AgilePQ
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David Gotrik serves as the senior cryptologist at AgilePQ, on a mission to secure the Internet of Things. From an early age, David tested the boundaries of computer systems and the command line. His passion for solving complex problems drove him to achieve a B.S. Computer Engineering and M.S. Mathematics from the University of Nebraska. David's talents propelled him to great heights in his field, where his hard work and dedication gained him recognition from academic research institutes, government entities, burgeoning international tech companies and as of late, Netflix documentary film crews. In his free time, David is an amateur radio enthusiast, cryptogram solver, white-hat hacker, tinkerer, outdoorsman, and is recognized by his housemates as chef-extraordinaire of Omaha cuisine.
At the Edge: The IoT Security Imperative
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David Torgerson
David Torgerson
Director of DevOps
Lucidchart
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David is the Director of DevOps at Lucidchart with 20+ years in DevOps (many of those years were before DevOps was a thing). He has led infrastructure, security, network, ops, and DevOps teams at several organizations including Fidelity Information Services, FamilySearch, and Lucid. In 1999, he was one of the top-rated Quake 2 players in the world, and he loves pizza.
CI/CD: Not Just Deploying More Often
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Deborah Kurata
Deborah Kurata
Author
Pluralsight
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Deborah Kurata is a software developer, consultant, conference speaker, and Pluralsight author. Her courses include: "Angular: Getting Started", “Angular Routing”, and “Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals in C#”. For her work in support of software developers, she has been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and is a Google Developer Expert (GDE).
The State of Modern Web Development
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Elton Stoneman
Elton Stoneman
Developer Advocate
Docker
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Microsoft MVP | Pluralsight Author | Developer Advocate @Docker I'm a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft MVP and Developer Advocate at Docker. I've been architecting and delivering successful solutions with Microsoft technologies since 2000, most recently Big Data and API implementations in Azure, and distributed applications with Docker. Currently I'm interested the evolution of the Microsoft stack, exploring the great opportunities to modernize existing .NET Framework apps with Docker, and run them alongside new .NET Core apps in Windows and Linux containers. I'm a regular presenter and workshop host at conferences. I've been fortunate to speak at DockerCon, NDC, DevSum, BuildStuff, SDD, Container Camp and Future Decoded. You'll often see me at user groups too - Docker London, London DevOps and WinOps are my locals.
Workshop: Modernizing .NET Monoliths with Docker
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Erin McNamara
Erin McNamara
Director of Product Marketing
Pluralsight
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Erin McNamara is a director of product marketing at Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS). With years of software experience under her belt, she’s tackled products, pricing, personas & other things that don’t begin with “P”. Erin has a background in market research and is fluent in Sarcasm. She has a love for clarity, well-placed curse words, and pragmatic views of the world. When not scarfing down breakfast burritos, you can find Erin exploring the beauty of Salt Lake City with her husband and her black Lab/Weiner dog (you’re welcome for the visual).
Erin Rifkin
Erin Rifkin
GM / Partner, Developer Relations
Microsoft
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Erin Rifkin leads Cloud+AI Content & Learning, which is responsible for all Cloud+AI documentation, training, and architectural guidance. Her team’s charter is to make it easier for customers and partners to leverage online content to learn and adopt Microsoft technologies. Great online content is the foundation of everything they do ranging from product documentation, reference and sample code, architectural guidance, and hands on-interactive learning with free access to Azure resources. Erin and team create online experiences for Microsoft like docs.microsoft.com, dev.microsoft.com, Microsoft Learn, and the Azure Architecture Center, they are excited to support and contribute to open source platforms, tools, and processes. They have developed documentation and training platforms on GitHub and use open source tools and workflows to develop and deploy content. They pride themselves on enabling developers, administrators, and architects to do what they love; write, code, automate, and learn.
Eugene Meidinger
Eugene Meidinger
Author
Pluralsight
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Starting out as an accidental DBA and developer, Eugene Meidinger now focuses primarily on BI consulting. Eugene helps lead the Pittsburgh Power BI User group.
Power BI: Self-service BI or Wild, Wild West?
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Evelyn Hytopolous
Evelyn Hytopolous
CEO & Founder
EconBloc
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Evelyn is a senior blockchain economist with a depth of experience across many initiatives focused on economic design, marketplace growth strategy, and design of protocols for market operations. She has worked for enterprises and governments across four continents on projects that range in value from $500K to $400MM. Evelyn holds an MPA from London School of Economics and a BA Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
Frances Coronel
Frances Coronel
Software Engineer
Slack
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Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive. She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and has both a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science. Frances is also a board member and open source lead for Techqueria, a nonprofit representing the largest community for Latinx in Tech and the host of Tech Queens, the first and only podcast that focuses on the stories and advice shared by women of color in tech. Her passions outside of work include contributing to open-source, public speaking and mentoring other URMs in tech.
Progressive Web Apps 101
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Gary Bolles
Gary Bolles
Chair for the Future of Work
Singularity University
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Gary A. Bolles is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur focused on initiatives with impact, especially related to the future of work & learning. As adjunct Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community to create an abundant future of work and learning. As a partner in the consulting firm Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting organizations and markets, through lectures and strategy consulting. And as co-founder of eParachute.com, he helps job-hunters & career changers, from youth to 50+, with online and in-person programs inspired by “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, the best-selling career book of all time. He also chairs FulcrumConference.com, an event focused on actionable strategies for the future of work and learning. Throughout the years, Bolles has produced a variety of impact-related strategic initiatives, conferences and events. He is a co-founder of SoCap, SocialCapitalMarkets.net, the premier gathering for impact entrepreneurs and investors, and he was the co-producer of DGREE.org, a 2010 conference focused on the future of higher education; Silicon Valley Meets the U.N.; the US Broadband Coalition; and of Closing The Gap: Strategies for an Inclusive Economy. He was the editorial director for six technology magazines, and is the former of Chief Operating Officer of Evolve Software.
The FUTURE OF WORK & the FUTURE OF NEED
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George Boone
George Boone
Senior Manager, OrangeMethod
The Home Depot
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Deconstructing The Home Depot's Technology Bootcamp
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Build your enterprise training playbook
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Gilbert Lee
Gilbert Lee
Head of Content
Pluralsight
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Gilbert Lee is the Head of Content at Pluralsight Inc. (Nasdaq: PS), a technology skills platform. He joined Pluralsight in 2014 as VP of User Experience, and in 2016 was promoted to Head of Product to lead the company’s product strategy, customer research and product development where he oversaw the product management and design teams for Pluralsight’s learner, leader and author experiences. He now leads the Content organization, which includes the content acquisition and production of thousands of courses and our network of 1,500+ expert authors. Gilbert was instrumental in integrating several product acquisitions, including Code School, Smarterer, HackHands and Digital Tutors. His leadership contributed to the company’s successful IPO in May 2018. Throughout his 20-year technology career, Gilbert has held product and design leadership roles across a variety of industries and organizations, including Domo, O.C. Tanner, Northrup Grumman, Utah.gov, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is passionate about human-centered design, and enjoys sharing his knowledge on the subject with companies seeking to design better products and experiences.
Giselle Mota
Giselle Mota
Principal, Future of Work
ADP
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Giselle Mota is a Principal consultant on the Future of Work at ADP where she assists organizations with innovative human capital management strategies amidst digital disruption such as AI, automation, analytics, and many other future of work areas. Speaking at events such as TEDx, DisruptHR, and several HR conferences and events she always brings relevance, simplicity and humanity to future of work topics that can often seem abstract and complex. She holds a Master’s in Business with a focus on organizational design and change management.
The next frontier of AI actually makes us more human
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Greg Shields
Greg Shields
Author Evangelist
Pluralsight
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Greg Shields is Author Evangelist with Pluralsight and is a globally-recognized expert on systems management, virtualization, and cloud technologies. A multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert, and Citrix CTP awards, Greg has been a contributing editor for Redmond Magazine and Virtualization Review Magazine, a co-chair for TechMentor events, and is a frequent speaker at IT conferences worldwide.
Hampton Paulk
Hampton Paulk
Director of Curriculum, Development
Pluralsight
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Hampton began learning and creating in the digital realm over 15 years ago and enjoys helping students improve and work toward their goals. When he's not working on the computer, you’ll find him spending time with his family, hopefully outdoors, enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
The State of Modern Web Development
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Haroon Yasin
Haroon Yasin
Co-founder and Chairperson
Orenda Welfare Trust
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Haroon Yasin is an education activist, social entrepreneur and Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion. With support from Malala Fund, Haroon digitised Pakistan’s national curriculum and developed Taleemabad, a mobile and web application that helps out-of-school students resume their studies.
Pluralsight One Partnerships: Technology Skills Development in the Humanitarian Sector
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Heather Zynczak
Heather Zynczak
Chief Marketing Officer
Pluralsight
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Heather Zynczak is the CMO at Pluralsight, a technology learning platform, where she leads a data-driven organization that delivers real, qualitative results. She is responsible for the company’s digital revenue and spends her time driving go-to-market strategy. Excited by the company’s mission, culture and opportunity to expand into the enterprise, Heather joined Pluralsight in 2016. Her leadership and growth-marketing mindset contributed to the company’s successful IPO in May 2018. Within her 20-year career, Heather has held executive marketing positions at some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing enterprise tech companies. She is passionate about data-driven marketing and a champion for women in tech. Heather enjoys sharing her experience and insights on both subjects, and has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and other high-profile publications.
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Thrive at Live Luncheon Series -- Breaking Barriers for Women in the Workforce
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James Budge
James Budge
Chief Financial Officer
Pluralsight
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Drawing on his more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, James acts as the financial and operational advisor to the Pluralsight executive team. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s financial, data and information technology teams. His expertise, knowledge and skills play a critical role as Pluralsight accelerates its growth.
Jason Martin
Jason Martin
Vice President - Professional Services
Google Cloud
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Jason currently leads Professional Services for Google Cloud. In this role, he is responsible for three main lines of business—consulting services, learning services, and technical account management. Prior to Google, Jason served executive roles at various Silicon Valley start­ups that ranged from pure infrastructure (Cumulus Networks, Coraid, and VMware) to software and internet services (Rostima, NetGravity, and DoubleClick). He helped lead two of these start­ups through IPOs. The largest was VMware, where Jason built the worldwide professional services team from 3 to over 500 people and helped launch key services partner programs like VCP, VAC, and VATC. In his early career, Jason was a manager at Andersen Consulting's San Francisco office in the Entertainment and Media division. Jason has a B.S. in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
Jenny Carlston
Jenny Carlston
Software Engineering Architect
Pluralsight
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Jenny Carlston is a creative-sciencey-engineering type. She started programming rogue software in high school but went legit after that. She enjoys creating cool tech and talking to people about their passions. She comes from a long line of educators, artists, and engineers and works as a software architect at Pluralsight where she can fully utilize her mad skills.
Black Box Blueprints: Visualize your Business Domain with Lean Flow principles
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Jes Ford
Jes Ford
Data Scientist
Recursion
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Jes is a sponsored snowboarder turned astrophysicist turned data scientist, and currently works at Recursion in downtown Salt Lake City. Jes earned a PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia in 2015. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the large scale structure of the Universe, by mapping dark matter in clusters of galaxies using gravitational lensing. She was awarded a Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research on the boundary between data science and traditional astronomy at the University of Washington's eScience Institute, where she promoted reproducible research and open science. Before coming to Recursion, Jes worked as a data scientist for Backcountry in Park City, UT. Jes has a passion for teaching and learning, is a certified Software Carpentry instructor, organizer of the PyLadies chapter in Salt Lake City, and a local ambassador for the global Women in Data Science conference. When she isn't playing around with code, she loves to be outside. Snowboarding is her primary pursuit, and what brought her to Utah, but she is also an avid hiker and mountain biker, and loves camping and exploring the natural world.
Getting Started Testing in Data Science
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Jesse Janzer
Jesse Janzer
Director of Technology
Tafi
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100% 8 jesse 1 of 2 Context: CG5 Jesse Janzer Jesse Janzer has built his career as a developer over the last 20+ years. After running a successful web development business, he made his way to Tafi where he was one of the founding developers and leads on our technological direction. He is proficient in a multitude of languages and focused heavily on the R&D aspects of advancing our tech. Comment resolved Jesse Janzer has built his career as a developer over the last 20+ years. After running a successful web development business, he made his way to Tafi where he was one of the founding developers and leads on our technological direction. He is proficient in a multitude of languages and focused heavily on the R&D aspects of advancing our tech. Ashley Freter has joined the document.
One Language Isn't Enough
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Jessie Mauser
Jessie Mauser
Written Content Operations Lead
Pluralsight
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Jessie Mauser is Written Production's Problem Solving Unicorn. She has been an instrumental part of building the guides experience from its earliest days. In addition to her tech prowess, she is masterful in the editorial arts and loves dogs, especially her Boxer/Shepherd mix named Zelda.
[PS PLATFORM] What Fuels Our Engine? Under the Hood With Pluralsight’s Content and Curriculum Team
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Joe Eames
Joe Eames
Author
Pluralsight
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Joe began his love of programming on an Apple III in BASIC. Although his preferred language is JavaScript, he has worked professionally with just about every major Microsoft language. He is currently a consultant and full time author for Pluralsight. Joe has always had a strong interest in education, and has worked both full and part time as a technical teacher for over ten years. He is a frequent blogger and speaker, organizer of ng-conf, the AngularJS conference (www.ng-conf.org), and a panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast (http://javascriptjabber.com/)
The State of Modern Web Development
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Johanna Ratliff
Johanna Ratliff
Senior Software Engineer
Pivotal
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Johanna Ratliff is a software engineer and distributed systems nerd. She has worked on many Cloud Foundry observability projects in her last three years at Pivotal, informing her desire to apply Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) principles to all aspects of tech. After earning a Computer Science degree from Colorado School of Mines, she went on to find her career in actively consuming too much caffeine, pair programming awesome code, and playing with *nix boxes. In her spare time she enjoys camping, coffee, and gardening.
Contributability: Using SRE Principles to Create Better Open Source Community
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John Galante
John Galante
Executive Director
Year Up
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John Galante serves as Year Up New York|New Jersey’s Executive Director. John joined Year Up in 2017 as a senior advisor for our Corporate Engagement teams across the country and stirring up some exciting opportunities in the financial services industry for our young people. Prior to joining Year Up, John was the Chief Information Officer for the Consumer and Business Banking Divisions of JP Morgan Chase. In this capacity, John was responsible for setting and implementing the technology strategy that transformed Chase Branches to a client focused self-directed digital environment. Prior to being the CIO for Consumer and Business Banking, John was the CIO for the Chase Wealth Management business where he led the largest retail brokerage conversion in the history of the industry –converting over $83 billion in assets across over 1.6 MM accounts. Throughout his 13-year career at JP Morgan Chase, John has led the development and implementation of new, innovative technology for a number of successful businesses including the Custody, Clearing, Fund Administration and Hedge Fund Services. During his tenure at JP Morgan Chase,John was also the Executive sponsor of the JP Morgan Chase / Year Up partnership. Through this partnership, JP Morgan Chase hosted over 1,000 Year Up interns and converted over 300 of the interns to JP Morgan Chase employees. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase in 2004, John was the CIO of Worldwide Securities Services at Citigroup. Before joining Citigroup in 1997, John held a number of senior management positions at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers where he started his career. John recently retired after 37 years in the Financial Services industry.John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Long Island University. John is on the board of MercyFirst, a nonprofit that serves the needs of 3,200 children and their families. John has been happily married to his wife Fran for over 40 years and they have four happily married daughters and eight grandchildren.
Pluralsight One Partnerships: Technology Skills Development in the Humanitarian Sector
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John Kay
John Kay
Manager, OrangeMethod
The Home Depot
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Deconstructing The Home Depot's Technology Bootcamp
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Jon Middleton
Jon Middleton
Chief Technology Officer
Tafi
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Jon Middleton been a developer and managing development teams for the last 20 years. He has worked for companies here in Salt Lake in technical leadership roles with a heavy emphasis in scale-able server / client applications and omni-channel e-commerce applications. He joined Tafi in 2012 and has helped lead cycle development on some of our core technology that runs our applications today. As CTO, Jon is focused on continuing to grow our ecommerce solutions as well as spearheading new production features to our artist tool set.
One Language Isn't Enough
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Jonathan Mills
Jonathan Mills
Author
Pluralsight
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Jonathan is a Pluralsight Author, Technology Advisor, and Business Leader. As a member of the Chief Digital Advisory team at World Wide Technology, Jonathan is able to leverage his unique experiences and skills to drive digital transformation for his clients. As a dedicated developer community leader, Jonathan serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developers Conference, Microsoft MVP, and is a regular speaker and keynote presenter at conferences around the globe.
The State of Modern Web Development
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Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner
Software Craftsman
Pluralsight
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Jon graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science. His thesis was on "cool robot stuff" (more specifically, user interface design combined with interactive machine learning applied to robot control). He has worked as a developer doing data conversion, government management software, and educational software focused on teaching children English. He also taught computer science at Neumont University. He currently works as a software craftsman at Pluralsight, which specializes in video-based, online technical training. Jon develops mostly using C# (he started back with .NET 1.0), but has used and continues to use a smattering of other programming languages. When not developing professionally, he enjoys working on mobile, game, robotics and other random side projects.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Docker
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Josh Cummings
Josh Cummings
Principal Software Engineer
Pivotal
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Josh loves to code, and his kids love to code, too! Since he was a wee teenager with a TSR-80 from Radio Shack, he's loved building whatever came to mind. These days, he contributes full-time to the Spring Security codebase, a security library for Java developers. He also is the author of a handful of Pluralsight courses about web application security in Java, which all feature Terracotta Bank, an open-source intentionally-vulnerable web application that helps engineers practice ethical hacking as well as secure coding in Java. When Josh isn't coding, he's dunking over his kids on a seven-foot basketball hoop, eating frosted mini-wheats, or reading Brandon Sanderson. Or he's coding.
30 Vulns in 30 Minutes
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Julie Silge
Julie Silge
Data Scientist
Stack Overflow
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Julia Silge is a data scientist at Stack Overflow. She is both an international keynote speaker and a real-world practitioner focusing on data analysis and machine learning practice. She is the author of Text Mining with R and has a PhD in astrophysics. She loves making beautiful charts and communicating about technical topics with diverse audiences.
June Cho
June Cho
Enterprise Cloud App Developer
Microsoft
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June is an Enterprise Cloud App Developer for the Global Black Belt Team at Microsoft—focusing on Healthcare and Life Sciences. From Artificial Intelligence to Machine Learning, June has a deep passion to weave in new and emerging technologies into innovative applications, which has digitally transformed a myriad of Fortune 100 healthcare companies. When he’s not helping customers with their digital journey, June leads internal technical trainings at Microsoft for all the new incoming developers and cloud architects.
How Bots and AI are transforming Healthcare in the US
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Karenann Terrell
Karenann Terrell
Chief Digital & Technology Officer
GSK
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Karenann joined GSK as Chief Digital & Technology Officer in September 2017 with a company-wideremit to transform how new technologies are used to improve performance across the Group. She is amember of the Corporate Executive Team.She is responsible for GSK’s digital, data and analytics strategy. She works with a wide range of partnersfrom inside and outside the healthcare sector to bring new technologies to GSK, enhancing areas such asclinical trials and drug development; improving how we interact with healthcare professionals, customersand consumers; and making internal processes more efficient.Karenann’s previous role was Chief Information Officer for Walmart, where she led a multi-year effort totransform Walmart in the use of data, analytics and digital engagement with its customers. Prior toWalmart she was at Baxter International, where she was Chief Information Officer, and before thatDaimler Chrysler Corporation. Karenann began her career in General Motors and held various roles inmanufacturing, engineering and brand management.Karenann is a member of the board of trustees for the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on science andtechnology centre.She earned graduate and post-graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University andPurdue University, respectively.
Kate Petersen
Kate Petersen
Director of Internal Authors
Pluralsight
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Kate leads Pluralsight’s team of full-time video and interactive content authors. Experienced in sourcing Pluralsight’s expert authors, Kate’s passionate about connecting them to learners around the world, as they look to grow their skills.
[PS PLATFORM] What Fuels Our Engine? Under the Hood With Pluralsight’s Content and Curriculum Team
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Kevin Igarashi-Ball
Kevin Igarashi-Ball
Manager, OrangeMethod
The Home Depot
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Deconstructing The Home Depot's Technology Bootcamp
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Kristen Fry
Kristen Fry
Global Learning Partner
Accenture Operations
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Taking your Team’s Cloud Skills to the Next Level
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L Michelle Smith
L Michelle Smith
CEO
no silos communication llc
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L. Michelle Smith is an author, speaker and professional executive and business coach who helps businesses and people thrive and succeed at the intersection of culture, technology and business. She is the founder of no silos communications, the parent company for a series of media, content and tech brands. She has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning communicator and integrated marketer at global agencies, her own boutique agency and a Fortune 10 technology, telecom and media company. She is in constant demand as a keynote speaker, facilitator, panelist and host and has been featured across the United States for Brand-Innovators at their summits in Dallas, NYC Social Media Week and SXSW, Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, Howard University’s Annual Social Media Conference, the National Black Public Relations Society annual conference, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) global conference, Blogging While Brown, Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Summit and other major venues. She is an Executive Leadership Council Fellow and a member of the Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Strategic Communications Board of Visitors. She is also the creator, producer and host of the very popular The Culture Soup Podcast™️ which features human interest interviews with some of the most innovative names in tech, business and culture. (Top 10 Apple Podcasts, Business/Business News) Michelle is also the lead trainer for The 30 Minute Mentor™️ (#30MM), a knowledge platform which provides one-on-one, professional executive, business of career coaching and also organizes growth cohorts for entrepreneurs and corporate professionals hoping to grow their leadership skills, personal brands, online and offline executive presence and business acumen. She is a contributor for Black Enterprise as well as an official business coach for Black Enterprise FWD, formerly the BE Entrepreneur Summit. She is also a member of the prestigious faculty of LEAD360, an organization that addresses the full-circle needs of the Fortune 500 executive through development, enrichment and networking.
Thrive at Live Luncheon Series -- Diversity in Tech: Building a Bigger Tech Table
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Lauren Gray
Lauren Gray
Principal, Product Management
Pluralsight
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A lover of the mountains, Lauren Gray's product knowledge is deeply rooted in her UX design background. She's passionate about human-centered design and educating others about best practices around product management and design. Currently employed at Pluralsight, Lauren spends her days working on the Product Management Practices team where she is able to mentor and coach others on all things Product. She is also educating the future of UX designers at V School. When she's not designing products or learning new things, you can find her climbing, biking or skiing in the Wasatch Range.
How to create a healthy learning culture and a safe environment to learn, grow and collaborate
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Lauren Mason Carris
Lauren Mason Carris
Director, Learning Experience
Western Governors University
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Lauren is a learning design leader with over 15 years of curriculum, program, and learning design experience in higher education settings. She inspires teams and institutions to solve complex challenges in personalized learning design, at scale. She applies her drive for innovation to transforming the learning experience and enterprise evolution of Learning Design Methodology, Learning Management Systems, Digital Asset Management Systems, and Accessibility. Lauren is a respected leader who excels at solution-driven collaboration, talent development, and scalable change-leadership. She relies on the latest innovations and research in technology, learning science, user experience and design, and industrial-organizational psychology to reimagine learning experiences and transform design practice.
Power Skills for Innovation
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Lawrence Cole
Lawrence Cole
US Head of Sales, Mid-Market Multi-Channel & Consumer Goods
Google
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Lawrence Cole is the US Head of Ad Sales for the Mid-Market Multi-Channel and Consumer Goods verticals at Google. An experienced tech GM with skill spikes in sales, operations, marketing and management, his career has spanned several industries and functions at organizations such as Google, UPS, Earthlink, Internet Brands and NASA. While at Google, Lawrence has been a sought after global thought leader having written several industry white papers on lead generation, customer development, measurement and analytics. He has also spoken on numerous panels and at conferences on the subjects of customer development, digital marketing strategy and diversity & inclusion. Lawrence has also consulted c-suite executives at Google and at other publicly traded companies specifically on the topic of diversity and has written multiple articles and white papers on customer analytics and lifetime value. Outside of Google, Lawrence gives his time to several non-profit organizations that bridge access gaps for underprivileged communities into tech. He is a member of the Board of Directors for AnnieCannons, an organization that educates former victims of human tracking with marketable software engineering skills. He is also a Board Advisor for the Aviation Community Foundation, an organization that leverages interest in the field of aviation to expose youth to STEM and STEM-related career fields. Lawrence is an active angel investor and sits on the deal screening committee of the Silicon Valley chapter of The Wharton Alumni Angels. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering for Florida A&M University and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania with a concentration of behavioral analytics.
Thrive at Live Luncheon Series -- Diversity in Tech: Building a Bigger Tech Table
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Leah Johnson
Leah Johnson
CEO
LCJ Solutions
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Leah Johnson is an experienced communications strategist and the founder and CEO of LCJ Solutions, a communications firm partnering with top-tier brands such as, Conoco Phillips, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Ally Bank, New York Public Radio and many others. She has led teams and advised Fortune 250 CEOs, non-profits and high-level political campaigns on how to define and promote brand value while navigating complex, challenging environments. Before founding LCJ Solutions, Johnson was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Citigroup Inc. where she served as the chief communications advisor to the CEO and applied messaging and problem-solving skills to high-visibility challenges.
Leigh Ann Seidensticker
Leigh Ann Seidensticker
Manager, Organizational Change Management
Cardinal Health
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Taking your Team’s Cloud Skills to the Next Level
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Lex Roman
Lex Roman
Senior Product Designer, Growth
The Black Tux
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Lex Roman is currently a growth designer at The Black Tux. Her focus is on the impact of design rather than the output of design artifacts. As a result, she has deep expertise in product analytics, early stage experimentation and AB testing. Through her growth work, Lex has become facile with data – leading product analytics at startups and defining measurement strategies for over 30 companies. Previously, she was the Lead Product Designer at Burner, leading not only growth design but also customer research, product analytics and experimentation. She has worked for Carbon Five, Neo and Kluge helping clients drive up conversion and reach new audiences. Notable clients include Toyota, Nissan, Macys.com, Deloitte, Prosper and Joyable.
The UX of Data
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Liam McLennan
Liam McLennan
Principal Consultant
Readify
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Liam is a technology leader, engineering manager and agile product delivery expert. He helps organizations to develop effective technology strategy, then implement that strategy to achieve their objectives. Other major interests are optimizing the impact of software delivery and building cross-functional, high-performance teams. He is currently a Principal Consultant for consulting company Readify. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer of an online media and travel company with 300,000 members.
Turning great individuals into a great team
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Lindsay Bayuk
Lindsay Bayuk
VP of Product Marketing
Pluralsight
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Lindsay Bayuk is the VP of Product Marketing at Pluralsight (Nasdaq: PS). She joined in 2016 and currently leads a global team of product marketers, analyst relations and customer advocacy. She was previously the VP of Product Marketing at Price Intelligently (bootstrapped), Head of Product at Pure Chat (seed round), and Director of Product at Infusionsoft (Series E). While at Infusionsoft she led the product marketing and core product management teams. Before moving into product marketing and management she was part of the marketing team at WebPT. Lindsay is an advocate for market-focused, data-driven marketing and product development, and a B2B SaaS geek. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two bengal cats. In her free time (likely with iPhone in hand) you can find her taking in cultural and culinary delights. Connect with her @lindsaybayuk or read her latest thinking on Medium.
Lindsay Nuon
Lindsay Nuon
Founder and CEO
EmpirEqual
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Lindsay began her career in STEM in the US military over 15 years ago and has since worked in the US Intelligence Community with government agencies including NCIS, the FBI, and HHS; Fortune 500 companies, and one of the hottest Cybersecurity start-ups in the industry topping best-of-lists from Dark Reading to WSJ. She is the Founder and CEO of EmpirEqual, an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in the Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law Certificate Program, a trusted Startup Advisor & Mentor, and the Founder of a the global non-profit, Women of Color in Blockchain (WCB). Her commitment to transforming communities, organizations, and industries through Social Impact and technology initiatives have been covered in Al Jazeera, CNBC, and quoted in Buzzfeed.
Beyond Bitcoin, Bros, and Lambos: A Deep Dive into The Real Blockchain Revolution
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Lindsey Kneuven
Lindsey Kneuven
Chief Impact Officer
Pluralsight
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Lindsey Kneuven is Chief Impact Officer for enterprise technology skills platform Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS) and Executive Director of the company’s social enterprise, Pluralsight One. In this role, Kneuven will lead the company's philanthropic initiatives, implementing strategies that align Pluralsight's product, culture, community, people and brand to make a meaningful impact on the way the world learns. As Executive Director of Pluralsight One, she manages all aspects of the social enterprise, including partnerships, grants and product development. Prior to joining Pluralsight, she was Chief Impact Officer for Cotopaxi, a Utah-based outdoor gear company with a social mission at its core. She led the organization’s global philanthropic strategy which included all giving, supply chain initiatives, and employee engagement. She was recognized by Utah Business as one of 30 Women to Watch and by the Community Foundation of Utah as an Enlightened 50. She serves on the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Community Engagement as well as several nonprofit boards. Lindsey formerly directed global grant making, strategic planning, and large-scale employee engagement programs for a portfolio of multi-national corporations, including: Oracle, Juniper Networks and Singularity University at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). With over $7.3 billion in assets under management and over $823 million granted in 2015 alone, SVCF is the largest community foundation in the world. While there, Lindsey led the organization’s work on human trafficking and wrote a grant-funded white paper on human trafficking in Silicon Valley that earned her the Leigh Stillwell Award for Excellence. Lindsey also has extensive experience in international development and nonprofit management, having spent a number of years working in East Africa to develop and implement a primary school literacy model with Nuru International as their Senior Education Program Director. Before Nuru, Lindsey served as the Global Grants Manager for the Salesforce Foundation where she oversaw the strategy, programming and success of multimillion dollar granting initiatives for four years. She has been active in international and domestic poverty alleviation initiatives for over 15 years.
Pluralsight One Partnerships: Technology Skills Development in the Humanitarian Sector
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Liz Blair
Liz Blair
Product Manager
GitPrime
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Liz Blair is an experienced product manager with an emphasis on workflow optimization and process design. She is currently a Product Manager for the GitPrime product, where she works cross-functionally to deliver products enabling data-driven engineering management. Liz has worked across a variety of industries; including, healthcare, supply chain planning, and transportation/distribution. Liz holds a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in Supply Chain Management and currently resides in Southwest Colorado.
[PS Platform] Leveraging Metrics to Empower Engineering Organizations
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Maggie Roque
Maggie Roque
Sr. Program Manager, Diversity & Belonging
Pluralsight
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Maggie Roque breaks barriers in her workplaces and her communities to enhance the human experience. Her career began in education, advocating for underserved students and is now focused on the tech industry, where she helps organizations embed diversity, inclusion, and belonging into their culture and strategy. Maggie believes that innovation and creativity don't thrive in a one-size-fits-all environment and creates opportunities for people to be their best and most whole selves. She loves to learn about (and discuss -- don't get her started) our brains and why we do what we do, feel what we feel, and think how we think.
Thrive at Live Luncheon Series -- Diversity in Tech: Building a Bigger Tech Table
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Manasi Vora
Manasi Vora
Head of Product Strategy
Sia
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Manasi is the Head of Product Strategy at Sia where she focuses on cloud storage products and growth of the Sia network. She is an active member of the blockchain community and most recently led the MIT Bitcoin Expo. Having founded Women in Blockchain Boston, she aims to break down barriers to entry and increase diversity in the blockchain space. Prior to falling down the crypto rabbit hole, Manasi worked in the financial industry across multiple roles. Manasi holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Take control of your data – how blockchain technology enables secure cloud storage
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Mariah Hay
Mariah Hay
Head of Practices
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Formerly the Vice President of Product, Mariah Hay now serves as Head of Practices for Engineering, Product Management, Product Design, Data, and Instructional Design at Pluralsight a fast-growing enterprise technology skills platform that serves more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies. In the past four years, Mariah has lead the product-side integration of three acquired companies, growing the organization from 8 to nearly 40 cross-functional teams, challenging and inspiring each one to understand the daily life of Pluralsight end users, guiding the design of a human-centered product from the ground up. Mariah has spent her career teaching and advocating human-centered design, and in 2017, she was awarded the Women Tech Award for “Product Excellence.” Before joining Pluralsight, Mariah served as the Director of User Experience design for Universal Mind, one of the largest independent digital agencies in North America. She also lead all user experience for AMC Health, and under her leadership, the company developed a remote patient monitoring software that connects with medical devices and clinical services. Prior to that, Mariah served as a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design where she developed and directed graduate coursework focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of tangible design thinking on all levels of strategy, planning and management. Mariah earned a bachelor's in art at the College of Charleston and a master's of fine art in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She continues to share her knowledge and passion for human-centered design by serving on the board of the Women’s Tech Council of Utah and actively mentoring aspiring designers. She is the Founder and Co-Organizer for Ladies that UX Salt Lake City Chapter and Co-Organizer for Product Hive, a community of product managers, strategists and designers that come together to learn, contribute and connect, through volunteer-led opportunities.
Matt Forkner
Matt Forkner
Chief Legal Officer
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Matthew Forkner is Chief Legal Officer at Pluralsight, a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. In this role Forkner is responsible for Pluralsight's global legal activities and policies, as well as risk management, corporate ethics and social responsibility, compliance and regulatory affairs. Forkner joined Pluralsight in March 2018 from GoDaddy, where he served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel. Prior to GoDaddy, he practiced law at Silicon Valley law firms Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Fenwick & West, where he advised and represented financial institutions and corporations worldwide on issues including corporate governance, complex corporate transactions, and capital markets offerings.
Maureen Botoman
Maureen Botoman
Director of Engineering - Learner Engagement
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Maureen Botoman is a developer turned engineering leader with a passion for fostering autonomy in individuals and teams. Maureen values continuous learning, and recognizing that learning can happen in all forms. She strives to get a variety of information to try to find the best strategies to move forward. In her quest for knowledge, she has gotten her MBA from the University of Utah, is an avid reader, and an obsessive podcast listener. Maureen is a champion for inclusivity at all levels, from serving as an accessibility advocate at work to launching a chapter of Women Who Code in Utah.
Iterating on Lean Process
  • Learn
  • Beginner
  • Breakout
Megan Boczar
Megan Boczar
Salesforce Developer
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Megan Boczar has been a software developer since 2017. She graduated with a degree from the University of Michigan in anthropology with minors in museum studies and Polish language, literature, and culture. Since graduation, her passion for data took her around the outskirts of development for several years. She finally jumped into a bootcamp at Grand Circus in Detroit, where she found a new passion for accessibility, good front-end design, and equality in the tech industry as a whole. She now serves as a co-founder and Director of Learning for tech[inclusive], a non-profit organization providing safe and accessible learning opportunities and networking events for underrepresented people in tech and their allies. She works as a Salesforce Developer at Pluralsight remotely from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Gender Microaggressions in the Workplace: A Guide for Allies
  • Learn
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Meghan Manfre
Meghan Manfre
Senior Director of Curriculum Planning
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Meghan Manfre is the Senior Director of Curriculum Planning at Pluralsight where she leads the team responsible for setting the strategy and designing the curriculum for the content published on the Pluralsight platform. Her 15 year publishing and content creation career spans a multitude of content mediums including video, book, and academic journals with companies such as McGraw-Hill Education and Elsevier. Meghan is also a lead organizer of BSidesSF, a non-profit organization designed to advance the body of information security knowledge by providing an annual, two-day, open forum for discussion and education in the San Francisco Bay Area.
[PS PLATFORM] What Fuels Our Engine? Under the Hood With Pluralsight’s Content and Curriculum Team
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Melanie Mitsch
Melanie Mitsch
Senior Manager, Development Education
Workday
  • Bio
  • Sessions
While initially starting her career in software development, Melanie Mitsch quickly realized her passion for educating others on solving technical problems. She recognized the gaps and challenges teams have in technical education and knowledge sharing. Melanie began taking the lead on educating her immediate teams and those around her, correcting or creating documentation and working on cross-team communication. Since then, enhancing technical education and understanding how to evolve the delivery of that knowledge has been her career purpose. She pushes her team to think outside of the box, finding ways to evolve as the technology does. Melanie loves watching her team develop and rollout learning experiences across Workday development teams and loves even more when development teams ask for more.
More than the sum of our skills: A panel on modern tech skills development
  • Learn
  • Breakout
Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey
Chief Information Officer
State of Utah
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Michael Hussey was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Technology Services in October 2015. In 1995 Michael was hired in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget working as an integral member of the IT team serving the technology needs of Governor Leavitt. In 2002, Hussey was part of the team which designed, developed and implemented a critical software application and statewide database for the Lt. Governor’s Office upon congressional mandate. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which required states to have a centralized voter database In 2013, Hussey received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Public Service. Hussey attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
Michael L Perry
Michael L Perry
Principal Consultant
Improving Enterprises
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Software is math. Every class is a theorem. The compiler is the proof. And unit tests check our work. Michael has recorded Pluralsight courses on CQRS, XAML Patterns, and Cryptography, in addition to Provable Code. He was recognized as a Microsoft MVP for seven years. He maintains the spoon-bending Assisticant, Correspondence, and Jinaga open-source libraries. You can find his videos about distributed systems at historicalmodeling.com. And he helps his clients at Improving benefit from the power of software mathematics.
Michelle Keim
Michelle Keim
Senior Director of Data Science
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Michelle Keim is the head of the Data Science practice at Pluralsight. During her tenure, she has built a team and established the data science and machine learning capability at Pluralsight from the ground up. She has a keen sense for how to leverage data, analytics, and machine learning to drive actionable business insights, build data products, and impact strategy. She is currently focused on scaling the capabilities and impact of data science in a rapid-growth environment, and leveling up her entire organization to operate through data-first thinking. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Michelle applied her quantitative skills and business acumen across numerous industries, at companies such as Boeing, T-Mobile, and Bridgepoint Education. Michelle has a BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington, where she conducted research on Bayesian methods for both search and recommendation engines. She holds patents in both text mining methodology and algorithms for determining electrical loads from meter data.
Building a Data Science Practice: From Lone Unicorn to Organizational Scale
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  • Intermediate
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Minna Wang
Minna Wang
Product Manager of Insights & Analytics
Degreed
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Minna Wang is a creative problem solver obsessed with data and how to communicate it: how to use data to accurately represent the world, tell stories, and create amazing products and experiences. She is currently the Product Manager of Insights & Analytics at Degreed, a SaaS learning platform enabling learners and businesses to build and measure the skills they need for the future. Prior to Degreed, she was an analyst at Kickstart Seed Fund, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Utah, and a writer for Silicon Slopes, the voice and hub of Utah’s startup and tech community. Minna graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s in computational biomedical engineering.
How to be the Dumbest Person in the Room: Making complex ideas less terrifying and more relatable
  • Learn
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Monika Khanna
Monika Khanna
Associate Design Director
IBM
  • Bio
  • Sessions
An empathetic design thinker who likes to transpire design solutions with over a decade of industry experience to enhance the customer experience seamlessly. Currently Monika is pursuing a career as Associate Design Director in IBM. Previously, she worked with companies like Publicis Sapient, Birlasoft, Bennett Coleman, Affle Appstudioz, Oodles technologies. She has extensive experience in UX research, storyboards, creating wireframes(both on paper and tool like Azure, sketch), information architecture and usability. In her spare time, she likes to write articles on UX and share her knowledge. She loves to travel and explore new places.
Design is for humans
  • Learn
  • All levels
  • Breakout
Nate Walkingshaw
Nate Walkingshaw
Chief Experience Officer
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Most widely known for his keen product development methodologies, Nate is obsessed with how products are built and the teamwork it takes to build them. As CXO, Nate has crafted an organization that is centered on user experience, and also created collaborative teams including: product managers, UX designers, analysts, and persona researchers.
Thursday
3:40 PM
General session
  • Learn
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Nikki Veit
Nikki Veit
Director of Application Development
State of Missouri
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Nikki Veit has a proven track record for establishing and advancing programs to evolve application development including source control, DevOps, security, and training. She was instrumental in creating an internal training program for Scrum Masters of which 100% of participants become certified as Professional Scrum Masters (PSM I). As the Director of Application Development, Nikki is currently establishing effective Scrum squads and a low-code development program with a goal of delivering business value to partners faster. With over twenty years’ experience in IT, Nikki is passionate about learning and enjoys working with new technology. Her current mission is “Transform IT by building happy, healthy, productive teams that provide superior services for Missouri citizens one scrum squad at a time!” Outside the office, Nikki enjoys building Legos and traveling with her family. As of May 2019, she has visited 49 of the State Capitols with her family.
More than the sum of our skills: A panel on modern tech skills development
  • Learn
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Omar Khan
Omar Khan
General Manager, Azure Customer Success Marketing
Microsoft
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Omar Khan is the General Manager of Azure Customer Success marketing. His team is responsible for Azure adoption programs, Azure service experience, as well as Azure technical skilling. Prior to his current role, he served as product management director for several Azure services including App Service, Mobile Services, Notification Hubs, API Management, Redis Cache, Service Bus, Azure Mobile Engagement where he was responsible for the product strategy and definition of each service and its overall business performance. Prior to that, Omar served as a program manager leader for several developer tools including Visual Studio, ASP.NET, IIS, Azure SDK, WebMatrix, Visual Web Developer, and Visual InterDev.
Get Your Organization Ready for the Cloud Journey
  • Learn
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Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell
Editorial Director
TEDWomen
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Pat Mitchell is the editorial director of TEDWomen. Throughout her career as a journalist, Emmy-winning producer and pioneering executive, she has focused on sharing women’s stories. She is chair of the Sundance and the Women’s Media Center boards and a trustee of the VDAY movement, the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is an advisor to Participant Media and served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.
Thursday
12:00 PM
LUNCH
  • Learn
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Thrive at Live Luncheon Series -- Breaking Barriers for Women in the Workforce
  • Learn
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Pietro Galli
Pietro Galli
CIO
Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Pietro is a driver of change and social impact. Over the last 20 years he has worked in different program and management roles within the humanitarian sector – mostly in countries affected by conflict and mass displacement. Having started to work at the Norwegian Refugee Council in 2011, he now heads the ICT section and leads on the organization’s digital transformation ambition. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in post-war recovery studies.
Pluralsight One Partnerships: Technology Skills Development in the Humanitarian Sector
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Raquel Breternitz
Raquel Breternitz
Senior Designer
Pivotal Labs
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Raquel Breternitz is an award-winning designer, speaker, and writer. She is passionate about inclusion, accessibility, and keeping tech human (and human-focused). She is currently a Senior Designer at Pivotal Labs, where she works to enable government agencies to be human-centered, do the right thing, and do what works. She is also a staff writer for Autostraddle, the grassroots lead of the Pivotal, D.C. Diversity & Inclusion chapter, and founder of the [email protected] Employee Resource Group. As a designer, Raquel’s work spans a variety of mediums and domains, connected by her passion for research-driven inclusive design and hunger for tackling complex problems. She works content-first (ban lorem ipsum), with a sharp eye on ethical considerations and human-centered outcomes. Raquel lives in D.C. with her partner and an extremely floofy cat, but her heart will always be in her hometown of sunny Austin, Texas. She will sometimes get emotional about fonts, and she is Extremely Online at @raqueldesigns.
Everyone Should Be Able To Use Your Software: Inclusive, Accessible Products for Balanced Teams
  • Learn
  • Intermediate
  • Breakout
Roan Bear
Roan Bear
Consultant
Roan Bear Consulting
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Roan Bear implemented her first salesforce web-2-lead form in 2003, and was astounded that marketing metrics could be measured! She got her first salesforce developer org on June 10, 2005, and yes, she keeps it with that year’s UI because she’s that type of geek. After many years as a consultant supporting and extending customer's salesforce orgs, she co-founded Full Circle Insights in 2010. She was part of the team that designed the company's first four fully native products. She served as the VP of Customers Success, VP of Products and CTO/Advisor. Roan is currently spending time Chillin', Travelin' and Dabblin'. As part of Dabblin', she is speaking at events, learning new things, and engaging with some short-term interesting projects.
Make Salesforce an Integral part of your Technology Stack and Training Programs
  • Align
  • Beginner
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Roberta Dombrowski
Roberta Dombrowski
Product Manager
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Roberta Dombrowski is an award-winning learning designer with over ten years of experience designing and delivering user-centered digital learning experiences.Roberta is currently a Product Manager for Role IQ at Pluralsight, where she brings her expertise in workplace assessments to empower learner’s technology skill development through the measurement and skilling up within a role.Roberta holds a MS in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning with Boise State University and was a 30 under 30 award recipient at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2018 conference. Roberta lives in Providence, RI.
[PS PLATFORM] Combining Tech + Business Strategies to Improve the Customer Experience
  • Align
  • Beginner
  • Breakout
Rochana Golani
Rochana Golani
Director, Learning and Enablement
Google Cloud
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Rochana is the Director of Learning and Enablement at Google Cloud where she leads strategy for training that enables customers, partners, and internal employees to develop and advance their skills as they adopt cloud technologies. Her team is responsible for designing, building, delivering technical and business training curriculum. Rochana also leads the Google Cloud Certification Program that validates skills and proficiency for individuals in Cloud Technologies. Rochana has 20 years’ experience in training Curriculum, Certifications, and Sales Enablement. Prior to joining the Google Cloud team, Rochana spent 3 years with Amazon Web Services and 8+ years with VMware. Rochana holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering. She is passionate about skills development and she is based in Sunnyvale, CA.
Taking your Team’s Cloud Skills to the Next Level
  • Learn
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Roland Guijt
Roland Guijt
Author
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Roland is a Microsoft MVP enjoying a constant curiosity around new techniques in software development. His focus is on all things .NET, browser technologies and development for the enterprise. As a long-time trainer, he leads many courses on these topics and speaks about them at international conferences. He is also a well-known Pluralsight author. The word that comes to mind when he thinks about software development is passion! Feel free to contact him on Twitter!
Understanding Modern Application Security
  • Learn
  • Intermediate
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Rose Sheldon
Rose Sheldon
Director, Enterprise Learning
Allstate
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Rose Sheldon is a passionate leader who supports organizational transformation through education innovation. As the Director of Enterprise Learning Programs, Rose is leading Allstate’s journey to enable employees to learn and ultimately meet the future workforce needs of the company. In her immediate prior role as Director of Claims Learning and Development, Rose led the transformation from a traditional learning approach to an interactive, dynamic, and modern learning environment. Her team opened the state-of-the-art Claims Learning Lab in April 2018, which allows new Claims employees to learn about claim handling in a simulated environment to better understand how they can deliver for customers in their time of need. During her career at Allstate and other insurance companies, she has held several roles including education manager, licensed sales producer, and agency owner. In addition, Rose held several sales leadership roles that were focused on training staff and onboarding customers. She has a BS in HR Management and an MBA in Customer Experience. Rose also believes in serving her community and is a lifetime member, and troop leader, of Girl Scouts where she continues to support the important role the organization plays in developing women as future leaders.
More than the sum of our skills: A panel on modern tech skills development
  • Learn
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Saad Bashir
Saad Bashir
Chief Information Officer
City of Seattle, Washington
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Saad Bashir was nominated by Mayor Durkan in Jan-2019 and officially confirmed by City Council in March-2019 as the City of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer. In his role, Saad’s team of 700+ overseas a variety of technology investments that run the daily operations of the corporation. Prior to Seattle, Saad was based in Canada’s capital, where he served as Director of Economic Development and Innovation and later as Chief Information Officer for the City of Ottawa. Saad is a seasoned executive with several years of experience in the private and public sectors. He has held positions with organizations including Citibank, Flextronics, Canadian Pacific, Nortel Networks and Calgary Economic Development. He is best known for his expertise in strategic planning, business development, financial analysis and change management. Saad has a degree in Computer Engineering from Queen’s University. He has held various volunteer board positions including most recently serving on the board of the international NGO, Oxfam Canada. He is also a 2013 recipient of “Forty Under 40” award.
Myth-busted: 5 Common Myths about Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Learn
  • Panel
Sam Pena
Sam Pena
Senior Director of Solutions Architects
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Sam Pena is the Senior Director of Solutions Architects for Pluralsight, the technology skills platform that helps technology leaders evaluate the technical abilities of their teams, align learning to key business objectives and close skills gaps in critical areas like cloud, mobile, security, and data. Responsible for the Pluralsight Solutions Architecture organization in the East and Public Sector, Sam leads a team that helps enterprise customers create repeatable processes and learning experiences to educate and promote personal, as well as enterprise, productivity. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Sam has thrived in various roles for key analytics vendors and customers which included: - Solutions Architect for Interana, a big data behavioral analytics company, founded by two ex-Facebook engineers. - Financial Services Engineering Team Lead for Qlik, a visual analytical platform. - Business Analyst for Deutsche Bank’s Market Data Services, responsible for building and deploying analytical BI Solutions to Business Management. Additionally, Sam is an Adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), where he teaches a curriculum of Information Management and Data Analytics for the Master’s Program for the School of Professional Studies. Sam holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.
Workshop: Aligning Skill Development to Real Business Goals
  • Align
  • Workshop
Scott Dorsey
Scott Dorsey
Managing Partner
High Alpha
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Scott Dorsey is an accomplished leader who has earned numerous accolades, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, American Business Awards Executive of the Year, TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology and many more. He currently serves as managing partner of High Alpha, a leading venture studio that launches, scales and invests in enterprise cloud companies. Before High Alpha, Scott co-founded and served as CEO and chairman of ExactTarget, where he led the company through an IPO prior to its acquisition by Salesforce. Through the acquisition, Scott joined the Salesforce executive leadership team and led the Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud.
Wednesday
9:00 AM
General session
  • Learn
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Scott Root
Scott Root
Application and Professional Development Manager
Wegmans
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Scott Root is an Application and Professional Development Manager at Wegmans Food Markets located in Rochester, New York. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Rochester where he teaches Computer Science courses focusing primarily on web and cloud application development. In Scott’s role at Wegmans, he is responsible for the professional development of over 100 software developers as Wegmans digitally transforms and embraces innovative technology. Scott is an alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his master’s degree in 2006. As an active member of Rochester’s development community, Scott represents Wegmans at university hackathons and various other community events surrounding software development and Microsoft Azure.
[PS PLATFORM] Combining Tech + Business Strategies to Improve the Customer Experience
  • Align
  • Beginner
  • Breakout
Shawn Malhotra
Shawn Malhotra
CTO, Corporates Customer Segment
Thomson Reuters
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Shawn joined Thomson Reuters in March of 2017 to lead the new Toronto Technology Centre. He also served as the Global Head of Open Platform & Eikon as part of the Financial & Risk organization. After the divestiture of the Financial & Risk business, Shawn assumed his current role leading technology for the newly formed Corporates Customer Segment in September of 2018. In this role, Shawn is responsible for a global development team of over 1000 that delivers software solutions to corporations in the tax, legal and compliance domains. Previously, Shawn spent 12 years at Intel (formerly Altera), where he most recently served as a Director of software development within the Programmable Solutions Group and Site Director for the Toronto Technology Centre, which was home to 200 software engineers. During this time, Shawn oversaw the site through Intel’s $17B acquisition of Altera. Shawn holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and Master’s of Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds 4 issued patents.
Lessons Learned Building a Global Technology Organization
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Shawn Woodward
Shawn Woodward
Product Owner / Lead Cloud Engineer
Transamerica
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Experienced Lead Engineer/Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Data Center, Enterprise Architecture, Virtualization, Servers, Cloud Environments and Disaster Recovery. Strong engineering professional with a passion for automation and devops. And I like beer.
A New Approach to Identity Management
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  • Advanced
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Simon Allardice
Simon Allardice
Author & Curriculum Manager
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Simon Allardice has over three decades of software development experience in areas from banking to transportation, nuclear reactors to game development. As an Author and Curriculum Manager at Pluralsight, he now creates content, and helps figure out what other content still needs to be created. Before joining Pluralsight, Simon was the principal developer author at lynda.com, creating their first software development course in 2002 and writing the most-popular and highest-rated courses in their library, with over 40 million views. His courses are often highly visual, with animation, motion graphics and live video. Simon obsesses on making complicated subjects accessible, memorable, and easier to learn.
Specialization is for Insects: Being a Better Generalist
  • Build
  • Intermediate
  • Breakout
Sophia Hudson
Sophia Hudson
Systems Engineer
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Sophia is a Systems Engineer on Pluralsight's Operations team, whose work focuses on enabling teams to innovate quickly, safely, and securely using cloud services. Her background is broad, with experience in distributed systems cloud services, system architecture, software engineering, big data, and artificial intelligence. When not finding solutions for Pluralsight, she is most likely to be found reading or creating digital paintings on her iPad.
Clear Skies Ahead - Scale, Innovation, and the Multi-Cloud Future of Pluralsight
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Stan Hansen
Stan Hansen
President, North America Sales
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Sunny Washington
Sunny Washington
CEO
Because Learning
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Sunny is the CEO of Because Learning, a SLC based edtech company that provides a program for schools to engage students in STEM. Because Learning provides schools a complete STEM solution that includes an hands-on tools, curriculum, and professional development so any students can run their own experiments right in the classroom or in space though a satellite partner. Sunny has spent over 15 years at edtech companies working with schools in over 80 countries. She was an early employee at Instructure and Certiport. She’s passionate about education and wants to make sure that all teachers and students have access to tools that can provide a more positive education experience.
It's a global market so how do you take advantage of it?
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Tania Katan
Tania Katan
CEO
Creative Trespassing
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Tania Katan is an inspirational speaker, bestselling author of the new book: Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life (Penguin Random House, 2019), and co-creator of the internationally viral women’s empowerment campaign #ItWasNeverADress campaign. As a keynote speaker, Katan is sought the world over by everyone from Fortune 500 companies to leading tech companies to universities and beyond, including: CiscoLive!, Expedia, S.H.E. Summit, Amazon, Talks at Google, Business of Software, Uber, Etsy, Humana, TEDx, Comedy Central Stage, and more. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, HuffPost, Time, ReadWrite, Adweek, BuzzFeed, Mashable, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, CNN, and more. Katan is passionate about teaching people and companies the skill of generating creative breakthroughs. For more of Katan’s productive disruptions, www.taniakatan.com
Creative Trespassing: How to Find Inspiration Where Others See Only Limitations
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  • All levels
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Tanya Hannah
Tanya Hannah
Chief Information Officer
King County, Washington
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Myth-busted: 5 Common Myths about Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Learn
  • Panel
Thomas Hatch
Thomas Hatch
CTO and technical founder
SaltStack
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Tom is the technical founder of SaltStack a widely respected authority in automating the work of enterprise IT systems management and security. The award-winning software Tom created is used by tens of thousands of businesses to manage and secure more than 100 million servers, virtual machines, cloud instances, network and IoT devices.
The secret to winning IT security roulette
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Tiffany Lyons
Tiffany Lyons
Software Engineering Manager
Modernizing Medicine
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Tiffany Lyons is a Software Engineering Manager at Modernizing Medicine where she works with engineers to enhance autonomy for both individuals and their respective teams. She believes that quality data can provide visibility to strengthen engineering workflows, grow productivity and heighten individual performance. Tiffany holds bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University."
Travis Kimmel
Travis Kimmel
Head of Developer Productivity
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Travis Kimmel is the CEO and co-founder of GitPrime, now a Pluralsight company. GitPrime’s the leading provider of data-driven metrics for software engineering organizations. As a Y Combinator alum and former engineering leader, he is focused on helping software teams use data to become more effective and to bridge communication between engineering and the rest of the enterprise.
Trent Bond
Trent Bond
Head of Information Security
Pluralsight
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Trent Bond is an experienced information security and privacy leader with a passion for building practical cyber security strategies. As the head of information security at Pluralsight, Trent leads the program that protects the business brand and reputation as well as the protection of customer personal data. He has extensive experience in Cyber security architecture, risk management, penetration testing, incident response and has been developing ways to help organizations protect data and systems for over 19 years. When he’s not defending the universe from the dark places of the cyber world, he can be found honing social engineering skills and fighting for the user.
Trish Uhl
Trish Uhl
Founder
Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP is the creator of the Learning Systems Engineering Framework™ and founder of the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum. Trish works globally with business executives, CIOs and Learning & Talent Development leaders on the strategy formulation of learning ecosystems engineered to enable digital transformation initiatives, enhanced employee experiences and intelligent workplaces. Specializing in emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and IoT applied to workplace learning, Trish helps organizations leverage analytics, ambient data and dynamic feedback loops to support coaching, knowledge sharing and continuous learning. Starting out in the 1990s as a Senior Application Specialist in what was then Xerox’s inaugural IT consulting and distance education practices, Trish has been at the forefront of learning and technology for 25 years. An author, a speaker and a frequent recipient of industry awards and accolades, Trish continues to lead, having most recently served as a Global Steering Committee member responsible for the refresh of the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) Capability Map in defining the key skills, competencies and capabilities critical to the modern L&D function.
The Curious Case of the Coaching Chatbot
  • Build
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Tristan Roque
Tristan Roque
Head of Business Operations Europe
Rakuten
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Tristan Roque is originally from the Philippines and has worked within all the corners of IT industry globally in Americas, Europe, Oceania and Asia. He was a Java and Oracle-certified Professional during his early years, an ex-Country Manager/CEO of a Poland-based IT Services company and currently the Learning Manager of Technology Division globally for Japan's biggest internet services company.
Leaders leading leaders in today’s modern digital industry
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  • All levels
  • Breakout
Vadim Omeltchenko
Vadim Omeltchenko
AWS Solutions Architect EDU
AWS
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Vadim Omeltchenko is AWS Solutions Architect for the World Wide Public Sector, focusing on Higher Ed customers. Vadim holds Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and has over 20 years of experience in systems engineering, performance tuning, automation and infrastructure. Prior to joining AWS in 2016 he worked in Telecommunications and FinTech industries. Today Vadim specializes in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning services, helping customers with strategic as well as applied aspects of adopting AI/ML in various business verticals.
Machine learning for every developer and data scientist
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Zack Kirchin
Zack Kirchin
Manager, OrangeMethod
The Home Depot
  • Bio
  • Sessions
Deconstructing The Home Depot's Technology Bootcamp
  • Build
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