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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Being inspired by others through storytelling is core to our human existence, so when a colleague approached me about the inspiration from Evey Mahlerwein’s story and I felt the #Ginger #Redhead connection, I had to share (plus, father and son smiles are infectious).

Sean Larson, the son of Splunker Charles (C.D.) Larson, likes all things technical. He’s the CEO of his own little computer repair business, Computer Heads (...which mostly dismantles things), and has a number of other initiatives he’s always cooking up.

After reading the story about Evey—the 12-year old daughter of SplunkTrust member Rich Mahlerwein—Charles was inspired to have his son try the course. Sean took the opportunity to learn everything he could about Splunk and machine data. With a little practice and some serious determination, he passed the Splunk Fundamentals 1 course—no easy feat!

Charles attributes much of his son’s learning and success to the interactive and positive approach our trainers provide. The personal interaction via virtual connection is not only the new learning style, but also easily adopted in time. I mean, come on—just look at the personality coming from instructor Christopher Visaya in the photo below! I was particularly impressed by the “CEO Office," since examples such as this are the way to a next generation of collaborative and curious leaders. 

Splunk made an investment to support the growth of technology as it relates to increasing and inspiring STEM education. Last year, Splunk Education introduced a free Splunk Fundamentals 1 self-paced e-learning course to introduce people to Splunk technology and the full range of capabilities it has to offer. The course comes complete with an engaging mix of videos, animation and demos, along with downloadable training materials, quizzes to test your knowledge and hands-on exercises.

Over the past year, we've had 82,040 people attend the class and look to have that number continue for the future as the world learns about Splunk! Ready to dive in and learn the Splunk ropes yourself? Get started with Splunk Fundamentals 1 and navigate your way to certified status in no time.

“People + Product + Passion = Splunk”

This story embodies one of our core values—Passion. You can have the best people and the best product in the world, but without passion, you can't call it Splunk. It's is the single most valuable element of our culture, the one emotion which all Splunkers possess the most of and the quality that drives us further and enables us to reach higher. It's the reason we get excited to share Splunk with anyone who will listen and the reason we keep striving every day to protect what Splunk is and improve what Splunk does. And if you don't believe it, just ask us to tell you about Splunk and see what happens.

Marva Bailer
Posted by Marva Bailer

Marva joined Splunk in 2014 to build the Southeast region. Utilizing best practices to expand and scale,  she was appointed to be an internal advisor, bringing a sales/customer lens to critical customer-facing programs to increase the business acumen of the field sales teams in the areas of C-suite selling. She is an executive coach for onboarding new leaders to keep up with the influx of new talent, and an active leader in mentoring, Splunk4Good, Women in Tech and other internal and external executive customer advocacy and leadership organizations. Prior to Splunk she held leadership roles at IBM focused on creating new markets with industry vertical specialization; and as a retained executive from San-Francisco based Micromuse where she held several executive roles including General Manager for the Federal division. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland in Communications, and a M. S. The John’s Hopkin’s Carey School of Business, Organizational Development and Change Management.

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