SPEAKERS

Learn from the industry’s brightest minds

Mainstage Speakers

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”.
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.
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.
Breakout Speakers
Allan Stewart
Allan Stewart
Software Architect
Pluralsight
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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.
Monday
11:02 AM
2.5 Years of Mob Programming
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
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.
Monday
11:05 AM
Failure: A Product Success Story
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
10:50 AM
Welcoming Women to Work: Strategies for Breaking the Bro-Code
AlignBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
11:05 AM
The Ops in DevOps: a Monitoring, Logging, and Alerting Strategy for the Cloud
LearnBreakout
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.
Monday
11:01 AM
Teaching Your Techniques: Building Presentations that Captivate Learners and Conserve Your Knowledge
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
Dale Meredith
Dale Meredith
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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
Monday
10:52 AM
Ethical Hacking: New and Improved DIY Mobile Security Workstation for Cheap
BuildIntermediateBreakout
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.
Monday
11:02 AM
Aligning Salesforce with your Technology Stack and Training Programs
AlignBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
10:53 AM
30 billion devices coming. Are we having unprotected text?
LearnIntermediateBreakout
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.
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.
Monday
10:52 AM
Power BI: Self-service BI or Wild, Wild West?
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
11:02 AM
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Docker
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
9:13 AM
30 Web Application Security Vulnerabilities in 30 Minutes
BuildBreakout
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.
Monday
10:56 AM
How Bots and AI are transforming Healthcare in the US
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Kesha Williams
Kesha Williams
Software Engineering Manager
Chick-fil-A
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Kesha Williams is an award-winning software engineering manager with over 20 years’ experience. She's passionate about emerging technologies, speaking, teaching, and mentoring. She's trained thousands of software engineers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching at the university level. She routinely leads innovation teams in proving out emerging technologies and shares her learnings at technical conferences around the globe. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, writes news for InfoQ, authors video courses, and mentors women in tech.
Monday
11:04 AM
Breaking Bias
LearnBeginnerBreakout
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.
Monday
11:04 AM
The UX of Data
AlignAdvancedBreakout
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.
Monday
10:55 AM
Turning great individuals into a great team
BuildAdvancedBreakout
Maureen Botoman
Maureen Botoman
Director of Engineering - Learner Engagement
Pluralsight
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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.
Monday
11:03 AM
Cutting the fat in your lean processes
BuildBeginnerBreakout
Michael L Perry
Michael L Perry
Principal Consultant
Improving Enterprises
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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
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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.
Monday
11:03 AM
Building a Data Science Practice: From Lone Unicorn to Organizational Scale
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Raquel Breternitz
Raquel Breternitz
Senior Designer
Pivotal Labs
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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.
Monday
11:03 AM
Everyone Should Be Able To Use Your Software: Building an Inclusive Software Product, as a Team!
LearnIntermediateBreakout
Roan Bear
Roan Bear
Consultant
Roan Bear Consulting
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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.
Monday
11:02 AM
Aligning Salesforce with your Technology Stack and Training Programs
AlignBeginnerBreakout
Roland Guijt
Roland Guijt
Author
Pluralsight
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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!
Monday
10:55 AM
Understanding Modern Application Security
LearnIntermediateBreakout
Shawn Woodward
Shawn Woodward
Product Owner / Lead Cloud Engineer
Transamerica
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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.
Monday
10:57 AM
Time to "do" Identity Management Differently
AlignIntermediateBreakout
Tania Katan
Tania Katan
CEO
Creative Trespassing
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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
Trenton Bond
Trenton Bond
Head of Information Security
Pluralsight
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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.