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Michelle Obama In Utah

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Cindy Diaz, Staff Writer

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Tech-based company Pluralsight hosted Michelle Obama during a conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City during September 19th-21st.

The company welcomed many well known technologists and business leaders in the industry, where they openly discussed the future of technology, digital transformation and emerging tech trends. One of the most important invited speakers was Michelle Obama.

Heather Zynczak, the Chief Marketing Officer at Pluralsight, referred to the former first lady as “a role model, champion and inspiration for women, families and young people across America and around the world”.

However, many people argued that Mrs. Obama wasn’t knowledgeable enough to participate in this event due to her lack of “tech background”. In spite of the fact that many people didn’t consider Obama very suitable for this occurrence, she has attended tech conferences in the past, such as Apple’s annual developer conference, where she encouraged companies to hire more women and close the gender wage gap. Under the Obama administration, she was particularly eager to encourage females to get a better education as well.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in Utah are paid 71 cents for every dollar paid to men, resulting in an annual wage gap of  $14,681. Having the former first lady speak at this special event might urge firms to provide a more equal pay for women.

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