Perspectives in leadership

Perspectives in Leadership

Perspectives in Leadership is a podcast for tech leaders. We sit down with some of the industry’s most future-focused minds to learn about their experiences in tech and how they approach leadership in an ever-evolving world. You’ll gain valuable insights into improving your team’s workflow, creating a culture that facilitates individual and collective wellbeing and staying innovative even when the pressure mounts.

December 15, 2022

It's like coding in the dark with Cat Hicks

Dr. Cat Hicks, VP of Research Insights for Pluralsight Flow, joins Adam to discuss her recent developer presentation, “It’s like coding in the dark.”

November 21, 2022

There's more to development than developers with Danielle Vansia

Danielle Vansia, an established technical writer, discusses her unique career route and the myriad tech careers beyond being a developer on Perspectives in Leadership, Pluralsight's podcast.

November 3, 2022

How to spot and prevent burnout with Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering at Shopify

Farhan Thawar has spent his career working long hours in the world of engineering. He's learned how to spot burnout in his teams and, in this discussion, offers tips on how to do the same at your orgniazation.

October 20, 2022

AI/ML: How data science improves policy writing with Lauren Domnick of Northwestern Mutual

Lauren Domnick, Senior Director Data Science at Northwestern Mutual, understands the power of data. At Northwestern Mutual, they were faced with a massive problem at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic: How can they continue to underwrite insurance policies without access to medical records? The answer was data. 

September 29, 2022

Psychological safety and organizational transparency with Alex Draper

In this episode of Perspectives in Leaders, Alex Draper, Founder and CEO of DX Learning, joins Adam to discuss the importance of creating a psychologically safe work environment that empowers people to give open and honest feedback. The discussion ranges from the challenges that lie within providing feedback up the chain, how to overcome imposter syndrome, and the essentiality of managing the fear of negative consequences. 

While at surface level, these may all be “soft” skills, the hard impacts that result from a healthy and open organization include overall improved culture, a more sustainable developer experience, and a more productive workforce.

September 15, 2022

The State of Upskilling with Bank of Montreal: Larissa Chaikowsky & Christine Crouch on their organization's tech fluency journey

In this episode of Perspectives in Leadership, Adam sits down with two leaders from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) to discuss their organization's upskilling journey. BMO’s Christine Crouch, Director, Future of Work, and Larissa Chaikowsky, US CHRO and Head, Talent, Reskilling and Acceleration, share their experiences implementing an upskilling strategy for their employees as well as the importance of tech fluency for their teams. 

Adam shares stats from Pluralsight’s State of Upskilling report as Christine and Larissa offer examples of how their organization combats talent churn by digitizing and personalizing the employee upskilling experience. 

August 25, 2022

Workforce Transformation and Tech Skills Development

Pluralsight’s recently released Technology Skill Development workbook is an interactive strategy guide for your organization’s workforce transformation.

In this discussion, Heather MacDonald, a Principal Consultant of Workforce Transformation at Pluralsight, dives deep into the workbook.

August 18, 2022

Accessibility needs to go beyond compliance with Elsa Vane

Elsa Vane has spent her life thinking about and advocating for disability rights. She’s written and taught extensively about the subject and now works at Pluralsight as an Accessibility Specialist, helping to assure our products, websites, and meeting spaces are accessible to our employees, partners, and users.

In this conversation, Adam and Elsa discuss what accessibility looks like by the letter of the law as well as what organizations can do that extends beyond that bare minimum.

August 11, 2022

Upskilling through unlearning with Barry O'Reilly

Barry O’Reilly has built a career on unlearning. So much so that he’s literally written the book on the concept. Throughout his tech journey, he’s found success through not being precious with the knowledge he’s learned. Rather he looks at that previous knowlesge and how it relates to the things he’s seeking to learn to continue finding success. 

In this discussion, Barry and Adam talk about organizations growing comfortable with unlearning as a vital upskilling tool for executives and employees alike. They focus on the fact that you don’t just have one shot to succeed but rather you have many. 

July 28, 2022

The data brings us together with Luke Dion, VP of Engineering Operations for Cox Automotive

Luke Dion shares how the Cox Automotive teams use Pluralsight Flow to focus on the engineering metrics that matter most and how the platform enables them to scale their communication and cohesion.

July 14, 2022

Tech talent in 2022: Investing in your people and your processes

In this episode, Carla is joined by Travis Wickesburg, a Senior Solutions and Services Director, to discuss Pluralsight's new Tech Talent report.

July 7, 2022

Drinking your own champagne with Thibault Imbert, VP of Marketing & Growth at GitHub

Thibault Imbert, VP of Marketing and Growth at GitHub, joins Adam to walk through how his organization “drinks their own champagne” and creates internal product champions. They discuss product lead growth opportunities and creating essential product feedback loops for their developers and their end users. 

June 16 2022

The continuous learning culture of Capital One with Melanie Frank

In this conversation, Melanie and Adam discuss the 2022 State of Upskilling, Capital One's work in automating processes, the unexpected team building aspects of hybrid work, and shifting organizational mindsets from goal achieving to one of constant improvement. 

June 9 2022

Key Criteria for Evaluating DevSecOps Tools with Shea Stewart from GigaOm

In this conversation, Shea Stewart from GigaOm breaks down the things you need to consider when looking at the tools to hit your DevSecOps needs. 

May 26 2022

How to hire an astronaut with Tony Holmes

How can you hire for a position when the qualifications didn't exist even six months earlier? The solution is to rethink how you engage with candidates. In this conversation, Tony discusses the types of questions he asks, the traits he looks for, and the best ways to understand the evolving world of technology from a talent acquisition standpoint.

May 12 2022

There is no leadership toolkit with James Caplin

James Caplin has coached CTOs and CIOs at some of the largest companies in the world. He's well known for his ability to help everyone from established executives to first time managers look inward to discover how they can become better leaders for their teams and organizations.

April 28 2022

Organizational and community activism with Kimberly Jones

Adam interviews Kimberly Jones, and internationally recognized social activist, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and filmmaker on the latest episode of the podcast. Kim became a global phenomenon when her passionate andspontaneous video, How We Can Win, went viral in 2020 and she has since wrote a book with the same title.  

Kim and Adam discuss how organizations can better connect with their community and best practices for helping employees get involved in movements they believe in.

April 7, 2022

It's the function that matters with Christian Boer

In this episode, Adam interviews Christian Boer about his groundbreaking font he designed for people who suffer from Dyslexia. They discuss the fascinating way he used his own experience as a dyslexic person to build out the font and Christian explains how uniformity can be a problem in accessibility. 

They end the episode by talking about modern websites and why it's important to build experiences for the end user and not the client. You can see his font and download the chrome extension version of the font at

March 31, 2022

Leading a cloud transformation with Drew Firment

On this episode, Adam's coworkers Raphi and Ned, Cloud Strategy Architects at A Cloud Guru, interview Drew Firment about how to drive a success cloud transformation.  

In this discussion, Drew talks through key considerations from vendor selection to measuring success, shares his learnings and tips for success and highlights the importance of talent development for driving change.

March 24, 2022

Ableism in the workplace with Kari Harbath

On this episode, Adam is joined by Kari Harbath to discuss her new Pluralsight course, Understanding Ableism in the Workplace. According to WHO, about 15% of the world's population lives with a disability, meaning to create a truly diverse and inclusive workforce you must be inclusive of people with disabilities. 

The conversation opens with Kari's background as well as her story about raising her daughter Sloan. You can learn more about them at They then discuss the content within her course and how to approach conversations about ableism in your own life. 

March 10, 2022

The definition of "done" with Kristen Foster-Marks

Adam chats with Kristen Foster-Marks, a Senior Software Engineer at Pluralsight, about engineering teams on track and working together. They dive into the data we should all be paying more attention to, how dashboards improve communication, and thriving in an asynchronous environment. 

Kristen shares some insights into a few powerful new reporting tools in Pluralsight Flow before offering up the best (and worst!) advice she's ever received.

February 24, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in tech with Matthew J. Yazzie

Matthew J. Yazzie is an indigenous rights advocate and organizational and behavioral scientist with seventeen years of diversity, equity and inclusion experience in the tech world. 

In this conversation, Matthew and Adam discuss the importance or organizational goal setting for company ERG success, the fact that not knowing something doesn't make you a bad person, and much more. 

February 10, 2022

Data driven, people focused with Greg Ceccarelli

Greg Ceccarelli, the General Manager of Pluralsight Flow, joins Adam on the latest episode of the podcast. Greg has spent much of his career as a data scientist and deeply understands that data is essential for organizational success but it also needs to be used to improve the engineers' experience. 

In this conversation, we get into the importance of understanding that people are our most valuable resource, building organizational trust and how communication creates transparency and team health.

January 13, 2022

Bath bombs don't cure burnout with Dr. Tracy Brower

On the second episode of Perspectives in Leadership, Dr. Tracy Brower discusses the biggest mental health issues in tech today, how to track "untrackable" data connected to productivity and career growth, and leadership through empathy.

January 13, 2022

Creating a culture of communication with Sumit Gupta

On the first episode of Perspectives in Leadership, we interview Sumit Gupta, founder of We discuss how to get the most out of your tech team, the best ways create healthy spaces for discussions about mental health, and his decades long career in software development. 

For more of Sumit's incredible insights, be sure to subscribe to his newsletter on the Deploy Yourself website.

December 22, 2021

001 - Introducing Perspectives in Leadership

Perspectives in Leadership is a new podcast by Pluralsight for tech leaders. Each episode, we'll interview some of the industry’s most future-focused minds to learn about their experiences in tech and how they approach leadership in an ever-evolving world.

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