Changing the world: Pluralsight One news & empowering words from Malala

Day 3 of Pluralsight LIVE

Malala Yousafzai and Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard

Another epic Pluralsight LIVE for the books. We closed out our final day with more great main stage speakers, exciting announcements and an inspiring discussion with Malala Yousafzai.

People [around the globe] are recognizing the importance of education. And they’re taking action. — Malala

Announcing new products and partnerships for Pluralsight One

Aaron speaks with Hadi Partovi of Code.org about the partnership with Pluralsight One

Last year during our first Pluralsight LIVE, we announced our social impact initiative, Pluralsight One. This year, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard took the stage again to share the progress we’ve made since then and the future we’re working towards with two exciting new products and a slew of powerful partnerships.

Head over to the new PluraslsightOne.org to read the inspirational stories of impact, and find out more about how, together, we can all work to close the technology skills gap and lift the human condition.

Magic with Malala

After hearing about the ways Pluralsight One is working to empower nonprofits and the communities they serve, as well as educators and students, we welcomed the amazing and profound Malala Yousafzai to Pluralsight LIVE.

The incredible Malala answered questions from our CEO, Aaron Skonnard, like a boss (it’s hard to believe she’s only 21!) and drove home the importance of female education with her uniquely powerful voice. She explained that education, not war, is the way to defeat extremism, and highlighted the importance of appreciating and celebrating our diversity — because we have so much more in common than we realize.

Main stage & breakout presentations

We couldn’t close out LIVE 2018 without hearing from some more amazing speakers. These industry leaders did not fail to make us laugh, inspire action and get us excited about creating the future with technology.

Karenann Terrell, Chief Digital & Technology Officer at GSK, sat down with our CMO, Heather Zynczak to discuss the importance of empowering people in the workplace and being mission-driven.

Jaime Teevan, Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s CEO, said technologists have a responsibility not to engage in the “war to misuse attention” that’s happening, and to think carefully about what they’re doing in order to create positive change.

Global VP and CLO at SAP, Dr Heike Laube, talked about the importance of organizations “building a story” when it comes to learning.

Self-proclaimed “Kim Kardashian of data visualization,” Brendan Dawes gave an enlightening and hilarious presentation on the importance of starting small and avoiding perfectionism, while wowing the audience with examples of his work and inspiring us all to create.

Education activist, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had a tough act to follow—his own daughter! But he did not disappoint. His presentation and Q&A with Aaron Skonnard was illuminating and heartwarming, encouraging attendees to be more courageous and focused on the importance of education.

Check out the recaps from day 1 and day 2 at Pluralsight LIVE 2018, and see how you can join us next year: August 26–29, 2019. Until next time, LIVE squad!