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Data Storytelling Virtual Summit

April 28th & 29th, 2020

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Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many upcoming tradeshows and events have been canceled. To do our part and continue to cultivate education for our friends, customers, and partners, we’re holding a virtual event for analytics leaders and Revenue Operations teams. Learn how to become an effective data storyteller by taking your data and turning it into insights in a way that anyone can understand.

The Data Storytelling Virtual Summit gives attendees the opportunity to learn about industry trends, share input, and build relationships with their peers virtually.

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Agenda

April 28th

April 29th

April 28th - 10:00-10:20 AM CT

How to Tell a Compelling Data Story

Do you use data in your job? Do you understand what data your leadership cares about? Do you know how to communicate clearly with visualizations? You are probably asked to present the insights in your data. Knowing how to tell a data story is critical to ensure people will take action on your findings. In this session you will learn frameworks and principles allowing you to find, design and present the most important stories in your data and ensure that data stories you are telling are what your audience wants to hear.

Zack Mazzoncini, Co-Founder of Decisive Data

Founder of Data Story Academy & Co-Founder of Decisive Data

Zack Mazzoncini is the Founder of Data Story Academy and a Co-Founder of Seattle-based data and analytics firm Decisive Data. Over the years Zack has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals develop data-driven cultures centered around data storytelling. Zack graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications, rhetoric, and public speaking. He is considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the analytics industry.

April 28th - 10:30-10:50 AM CT

Spreading Facts, Not Fear! How Data Storytelling Helps Us Understand Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis impacts our world, it is harder than ever to stay informed. Right now, it’s essential to have reliable and unbiased resources to help keep your families, friends, and coworkers informed and safe. Data storytelling technology does just that, turning overwhelming amounts of data into plain-English stories.

In this session, we will walk through the data from World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins to show how they can create informative data stories and open up the conversation around their impact.

Dan Platt, Senior Principal of Market Innovation

Senior Principal of Market Innovation at Narrative Science

Dan is the Senior Principal of Market Innovation at Narrative Science, which creates software that writes stories from data to drive understanding and results. He is the leader of Narrative Science’s Data Storytelling for Good initiative, which aims to drive positive social outcomes with the company’s technology and products. Dan has built and presented several demonstrations showing how Data Storytelling can help communities understand and act on the data governments make available. Since joining Narrative Science in 2010, he has served in a variety of roles including product management, professional services and customer education. Dan holds degrees in Economics and Journalism from Northwestern University.

April 28th - 11:00-11:20 AM CT

When Machines Tell Stories with Larry Birnbaum

Join Narrative Science and Larry Birnbaum, cofounder and Chief Scientific Advisor at Narrative Science for a Fireside Chat about how computers can talk to humans.

Larry is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also serves as Head of the Computer Science Division. His research focuses on applied AI, including social media data analytics and preference prediction, contextual search and natural language processing with special emphasis on automatic content generation.

Bring your questions about AI and natural language generation and get answers firsthand from the founders and leaders behind our Data Storytelling technology.

Larry Birnbaum, Professor of Computer Science & Journalism at Northwestern

Fireside Chat with Larry Birnbaum, Professor of Computer Science & Journalism at Northwestern & Chief Scientific Advisor at Narrative Science &

Larry Birnbaum is a Co-Founder of Narrative Science and serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Advisor. He focuses on next-generation architecture, advanced applications and IP. In addition, Larry is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also serves as Head of the Computer Science Division.
Larry’s research focuses on applied AI, including social media data analytics and preference prediction, contextual search and natural language processing with special emphasis on automatic content generation. He received his BS and PhD from Yale, and was on the faculty there before joining Northwestern.

April 28th - 11:30 AM-12:00 PM CT

Telling Your Data Story with the 3Vs: Vocabulary, Voice and Vision

The road to Data Management ruin is paved with good intentions, both strategic and tactical. Although Data Leaders know that data management and governance will help grow, improve and protect their businesses, many have trouble articulating that value in a way that resonates with Business Stakeholders and secures proper funding. Data Leaders, especially those more rooted in information technology, tend to focus more on the technical HOW instead of the strategic WHY and often have unrealistic expectations that Business Stakeholders will understand or even care about the physical implementation process.

To win over Business Stakeholders, Data Leaders must create a compelling narrative to evangelize how data programs enable the strategic intentions of their Enterprise. In this session we will review: Your Data Story vs Data Storytelling/Data Literacy Efforts, Why Data Management is Macro-Trend agnostic, and Leveraging the 3Vs : Vocabulary, Voice and Vision

Scott Taylor, Data Whisperer and Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting

Data Whisperer and Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting

Scott Taylor, The Data Whisperer, has helped countless companies “calm data down” by enlightening business executives to the value of master data and proper data management. He focuses on business alignment and the “strategic WHY” rather than system implementation and the “technical HOW.”

As Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting, he works with companies to help them tell their data story.

An avid business evangelist and original thinker, Scott continually shares his passion for the strategic value of master data through industry events, public speaking opportunities, blogs, videos, white-papers, podcasts, cartoons, puppets shows and all forms of thought leadership. He lives in Bridgeport, CT where he often kayaks in Black Rock harbor. He can also juggle pins and blow a square bubble.

April 28th - 12 - 12:25 PM CT

Learn Magic! Join us for "Why is a Magician like a Data Storyteller?" with magician Danny Orleans

Why is a Data Storyteller like a Magician? A good data story leverages three major components: data, a narrative and visuals. A good magic trick combines the trick’s secret with the narrative and visuals. The goal for each is pretty much the same. Both the magician and data storyteller want to influence their audience’s interpretation of the magic trick or story and change the way people perceive their world. 

With that in mind you will enjoy how Danny Orleans incorporates sleight-of-hand and mind-bending illusions into a short presentation. You will see why magic, like stories, is an easy way to communicate meaningful information. The visuals are powerful and remain in the memory for a long time. 

BONUS MAGIC LESSON! — Bring a crisp dollar bill and two paperclips to the session. Danny will be teaching you a magic trick that you’ll be able to instantly master and share in your own virtual performance or with your quarantine-mates.

Danny Orleans, Corporate Magic

Danny Orleans is a professional magician that incorporates business themes and clients’ marketing messages into his magic presentations. Since the early 1990s he’s been serving his clients by helping them build traffic and generate leads at trade shows, entertaining at corporate receptions, and hosting annual meetings.

For the past 20 years he’s appeared at many data conventions including the TDWI (Transforming Data with Intelligence) Conference, Gartner D&A, MicroStrategy World, IRCE, Snowflake Summit and AvayaENGAGE. His clients include Actian, Blue Prism, WhereScape, Windstream, americaneagle.com, ExxonMobil, and Honeywell.

During quarantine, he’s been performing magic from his living room where he’s been adding a touch of magic to ZoomMeetings, virtual happy hours, and family celebrations of his clients. More information about Danny Orleans is available at www.corporatemagicltd.com

April 28th - 12:30-12:50 PM CT

Language and The Machine: Words versus Meaning with Kris Hammond

Over the past few years, we have seen tremendous progress in the area of Language Modeling. Models such as GPT-2 and Bert are able to generate text that, on a good day, read somewhat human. The only problem with them is that while the texts that they generate might read well, they are disconnected from the world. They were never designed to tell the truth let alone the truth you need to communicate today. Today, we will explore these models juxtaposed against systems that use language to bridge the gap between what the machine knows and what we need to understand.

Kristian J. Hammond

Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University and Co-Founder/Chief Scientist at Narrative Science

Kris is the Chief Scientist at Narrative Science and professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University. His areas of research include human-machine interaction, context-driven information systems and artificial intelligence.

In 1999, he founded Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). At the InfoLab, his team creates technology that bridges the gap between people and the information they need.

April 28th - 1:00-1:20 PM CT

Unlocking the Data Driven Value of Conversations: How Chat Data Can Inform Your Marketing Strategy

The world has changed…quite a bit. And we have no choice, as businesses, but to change with it.

People and businesses that were your bread and butter customers only a few short months ago now may no longer be a fit. And businesses that you would never have dreamed of as having a need for your product, now need it more than ever.

The good news is: you have a wealth of information at your fingertips. Your chat data, call logs, email replies, etc. all give you the key insights into your prospects, customers, and business that will help you change course effectively.

Join Drift’s marketing ops pros, to understand how using conversational analytics and data inside your CRM can help you inform and redefine your marketing strategy in light of COVID-19. In this live session you’ll learn how to:

Understand and interpret the data you receive from customers and prospects
Turn this data into actionable insights about your marketing and overall business strategy
Expand your understanding of your own product/service and its applications.

Lynn Tan & Kate Adams, Marketing Ops Pros at Drift

Drift

Lynn Tan – Sr. Marketing Ops Manager @ Drift
Lynn is Drift’s go-to person for marketing tech stack questions, works closely with the marketing team on the execution and analysis of our demand gen initiatives, and keeps a watchful eye on any captured leads and follow-ups. She’s the one who eats, sleeps, and breathes lead attribution.

Kate Adams – VP of Marketing @ Drift
Kate Adams is passionate about aligning marketing with sales and product teams, in order to create fully integrated marketing campaigns across all platforms to maximize both revenue and growth. She strives to bring businesses and brands to life in the hearts and minds of prospects and customers by creating and delivering valuable, compelling content for each stage within the customer life cycle.

April 28th - 1:30-1:50 PM CT

What Disney Can Teach Us About Data Storytelling

Chris Wagner is a Microsoft MVP and Analytics Architect that has been working in the data and analytics space for nearly 20 years. Join Chris in this session to learn how Disney can teach us how to be data storytellers  by making data and information accessible to the masses.

Chris Wagner, Analytics Architect at Rockwell Automation & Microsoft MVP

Analytics Architect at Rockwell Automation & Microsoft Power BI MVP

April 28th - 2:00-2:20 PM CT

The Future of Work: Applying Artificial Intelligence to Your Data Leads to a Culture of Openness & Empowerment

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, and improvements in three key areas–learning, human communication, and empathy–will help define the future of work. Come and learn more about what your own work might look like in the future, as well as how you can prepare and thrive in this new environment.

Nate Nichols, VP of Product Architecture at Narrative Science

VP of Product Architecture at Narrative Science

As Vice President of Product Architecture, Nate is responsible for high-level design of how our products work, particularly around what our products know, how they learn more, and how they apply what they know to provide value to our users. To ensure Narrative Science delivers the most value to our customers using the most advanced technology available, he works closely with industry leaders and academia to incorporate new techniques and approaches, as well as articulating our vision for how AI can help people better understand the world around them. He also oversees our Incubator program, a cross-functional team dedicated to exploring innovative technology that will propel our customers forward.
Nate earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University (“Machine-Generated Content”) in 2010 and his BA from DePauw University.

April 28th - 2:30 - 2:50 PM CT

Promoting & Governing BI Tools in your Organization: The Best Framework for BI Adoption

This session is focused on the education of administering, adopting, and promoting a BI platform for an Enterprise solution. The overall success for an enterprise using BI tools comes down to not just the skilled BI champions but how BI is deployed to an organization and maintained.

Join us to learn about adopting a framework for your BI team to govern and manage content, utilizing Workspaces for BI Collaboration and organization of Report content, creating a BI Admin team who maintains and defines the intent of Workspace environments, establishing naming conventions for content (Dashboards, Reports) for End Users, methods to help support and educate end-users to adopt BI, and creating an internal BI Support Site.

Tommy Puglia, Microsoft MVP

Tommy Puglia is passionate about Power BI & how Data Analysis can impact decisions. Using Power BI since it was known as “Power BI Designer”, he is a Microsoft MVP and consumes whatever he can to constantly learn and apply BI for Marketing & Sales. He is also a leader of the Chicago Power BI User Group. He is also MCSA certified in BI Reporting by Microsoft.

April 29th - 10:00-10:20 AM CT

Maximizing the Impact of Your Data

Many organizations leverage BI to provide their customer additional visibility to their data. While this could help differentiate your core product or services, it leaves all the work to the end user, to invest time in finding insights from those reports and eventually make decisions that could help improve their top line or bottom line. By leveraging your organization’s domain expertise and applying some simple techniques, those reports can be upgraded into commercial products with clear ROI, becoming a new revenue stream. Join us for this hands-on session where our head of strategy consulting will take you through an end-to-end journey of how to transform your data offering into an actionable insights product, including building a value-based pricing strategy.

Charles Holive, Managing Director, Strategy Consulting at Sisense

Managing Director, Strategy Consulting at Sisense

April 29th - 10:30-10:50 AM CT

The Science of Video and the Metrics That Matters Most

Ethan Beute, Chief Evangelist at BombBomb

Chief Evangelist at BombBomb

Chief Evangelist at BombBomb, bestselling co-author of Rehumanize Your Business, and host of The Customer Experience Podcast, Ethan has collected and told personal video success stories in a variety of formats over the past decade. He’s sent more than 10,000 videos himself. Prior to joining BombBomb, he spent a dozen years leading marketing teams inside local television stations in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Colorado Springs. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and UCCS in communication, psychology, and marketing. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and son.

April 29th - 11:00-11:20 AM CT

Sustaining a Data Culture with a Distributed Team

Whether we are working from home during a crisis, or co-operating internationally across borders, time-zones and cultures, remote working is rapidly becoming the new normal for the new enterprise. It is equally true that our businesses today run on data for operational, tactical and strategic decision support.

In this session, Donald Farmer draws on is experiences leading multinational and highly-distributed teams to show how data management, analysis and story-telling can not only help us to work better, it can actually help us to work in new ways which are more effective and more impactful.

We’ll cover the importance of data as an asset, how to develop a community of practice around data analytics, and how to communicate better with data both as individuals and as teams.

Donald Farmer, Principal at TreeHive Strategy

Principal at TreeHive Strategy

Donald Farmer is an internationally respected speaker and writer with over 30 years of experience in data management and analytics. He advises investors, software vendors, and enterprises on data and analytics strategy. In addition to working with startups, Donald led teams at Microsoft and Qlik, building some of the most important and innovative analytics platforms on the market.

His consultancy, TreeHive Strategy, works globally with teams from the newest startups to some of the worlds largest businesses. In addition to data and analytics strategy, Donald frequently consults on governance and compliance issues, particularly for companies implementing self-service architectures. His workshops on innovation strategy have helped to drive significant changes in numerous businesses in fields as diverse as fashion design and high-tech manufacturing.

April 29th - 11:30-11:50 AM

Data Visualization & Accessibility: A Compliance Imperative with Big Business Benefits

Accessibility in all of your marketing efforts is not just a moral imperative, it’s good business. However, in financial services — where information is often presented in complex charts and graphs — the task of making your digital content fully accessible can be an enormous one.

What are the processes you need to understand to meet your compliance requirements for accessibility? Who are the stakeholders you should be engaging? What are the technologies available to meet these requirements? And what are the benefits to the business of making digital content and data visualizations more accessible?

In this session, we will answer these questions and others you may have on your journey toward delivering more accessible digital content, clearing the current legal and compliance hurdles your organization faces, and finding the business benefits within accessibility that your organization may be overlooking.

Jay Wightman & Mike Colombo, Maark

Jay Wightman, Global Head of Digital Experience at Manulife

Jay has spent nearly two decades leading organizations at the intersection of digital innovation, business, and customer experience. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Jay was a founding member of several Boston-based startups that focused on scaling digital business models, rethinking legacy product and service offerings, and transforming marketing organizations through the introduction of web, mobile, and cloud technologies. Jay brings this expertise and his experience managing cross-functional teams to a new role at Manulife investment Management, Global Head of Digital Experience, responsible for driving digital transformation in marketing.

Mike Colombo, Maark CEO
Mike is the founder of Maark, a digital agency in Boston, and has served as the agency’s strategic, creative and technology lead in programs ranging from the complete digital transformation of Fortune 500 clients, to the end-to-end relaunch of category-leading brands, to the design and development of new digital products and services. Responsible for identifying opportunities to help clients in their biggest challenges, Mike has grown the agency to more than 60 employees in 4 offices around the world.

April 29th - 12:00-12:30 PM CT

Join us for a Mindfulness Meditation

Join us and Ritual Hot Yoga for a 20-minute Mindfulness Meditation to break up your day.

Ritual Hot Yoga Chicago

Ritual Hot Yoga is offering over 55 live streaming virtual classes every week featuring the Ritual Hot Yoga Signature Flow, Ritual Yin, and Ritual Hot Abs classes. The Ritual teachers weave in weekly intentions/peak poses and daily sequences/playlists. Get ready to breathe and move to the beat of the music for a yoga class like you’ve never experienced.

April 29th - 12:45-1:20 PM CT

Fireside Chat: Data for Everyone! Why Humanization is Key Scaling Understanding

Join us and the following data storytellers for a discussion on making data accessible to everyone.

Panel includes:
– Thierry Breyette, Associate Director, Information Analytics at Novo Nordisk Inc
– Michael Carpenter, Director of FP&A Decision Analytics at Home Depot
– Sarah Coyle, Lead Reporting Analyst in the Chief Design Office at USAA

April 29th - 1:30-1:50 PM

Let’s Talk: The Power of Transparency Through Data Storytelling

Rachelle Hodgson, Analytics Manager at Fike

Analytics Manager, Fike

Rachelle Hodgson is the manager of analytics at Fike Corporation, an international manufacturer and service provider of explosion, pressure and fire protection. She’s an accountant-turned-analyst due to her love of uncovering the story hidden beneath the data.

April 29th - 2:00-2:30 PM CT

The Secret to Stronger Marketing & Sales Relationships: Understanding the Story Behind Your Data

Join us and the following data storytellers for a discussion on how data storytelling leads to marketing and sales alignment.

Panel includes:
– Eric Dreshfield, Vice President of Delivery, ITequality and Founder of Midwest Dreamin’
– Jeremy von Halle, Revenue Operations Leader and Business Owner
– Cassidy Shield, VP of Marketing at Narrative Science

April 29th - 2:40-3:00 PM CT

Differentiate Yourself as a Data Analyst: The Story-First Approach to Better Dashboards

In our new world of remote working, creating a clear story in your dashboards is more important than ever. In this session, we’ll discuss how analysts and BI experts can use a story-first approach to creating actionable dashboards that business users can understand instantly.

Keelin McDonell, GM of Business Intelligence & Integrations at Narrative Science

General Manager of Business Intelligence & Integrations, Narrative Science

Keelin McDonell is the general manager of business intelligence and integrations at Narrative Science, an AI-powered software startup that turns data into stories. She believes a dashboard with a story is simply better than a dashboard without one. Prior to joining Narrative Science in 2011, she was on the Kindle team at Amazon. Keelin also held editorial roles at The Washington Post and The New Republic after earning her BA in English from Columbia University.

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Meet the Data Storytellers

Zack Mazzoncini

Founder of Data Story Academy & Co-Founder of Decisive Data

Zack Mazzoncini is the Founder of Data Story Academy and a Co-Founder of Seattle-based data and analytics firm Decisive Data. Over the years Zack has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals develop data-driven cultures centered around data storytelling. Zack graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications, rhetoric, and public speaking. He is considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the analytics industry. His audiences are inspired to find the most important stories in their data and lean into their creativity.

Lynn Tan

Sr. Marketing Ops Manager at Drift

Lynn is Drift’s go-to person for marketing tech stack questions, works closely with the marketing team on the execution and analysis of our demand gen initiatives, and keeps a watchful eye on any captured leads and follow-ups. She’s the one who eats, sleeps, and breathes lead attribution.

Kate Adams

VP of Marketing at Drift

Kate Adams is passionate about aligning marketing with sales and product teams, in order to create fully integrated marketing campaigns across all platforms to maximize both revenue and growth. She strives to bring businesses and brands to life in the hearts and minds of prospects and customers by creating and delivering valuable, compelling content for each stage within the customer life cycle.

Ethan Beute

Chief Evangelist at BombBomb

Chief Evangelist at BombBomb, bestselling co-author of Rehumanize Your Business, and host of The Customer Experience Podcast, Ethan has collected and told personal video success stories in a variety of formats over the past decade. He’s sent more than 10,000 videos himself. Prior to joining BombBomb, he spent a dozen years leading marketing teams inside local television stations in Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Colorado Springs. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and UCCS in communication, psychology, and marketing. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and son.

Donald Farmer

Donald Farmer is an internationally respected speaker and writer with over 30 years of experience in data management and analytics. He advises investors, software vendors, and enterprises on data and analytics strategy. In addition to working with startups, Donald led teams at Microsoft and Qlik, building some of the most important and innovative analytics platforms on the market.

His consultancy, TreeHive Strategy, works globally with teams from the newest startups to some of the worlds largest businesses. In addition to data and analytics strategy, Donald frequently consults on governance and compliance issues, particularly for companies implementing self-service architectures. His workshops on innovation strategy have helped to drive significant changes in numerous businesses in fields as diverse as fashion design and high-tech manufacturing.

Scott Taylor

Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting

Scott Taylor, The Data Whisperer, has helped countless companies “calm data down” by enlightening business executives to the value of master data and proper data management. He focuses on business alignment and the “strategic WHY” rather than system implementation and the “technical HOW.” As Principal Consultant for MetaMeta Consulting, he works with companies to help them tell their data story.

An avid business evangelist and original thinker, Scott continually shares his passion for the strategic value of master data through industry events, public speaking opportunities, blogs, videos, white-papers, podcasts, cartoons, puppets shows and all forms of thought leadership. He lives in Bridgeport, CT where he often kayaks in Black Rock harbor. He can also juggle pins and blow a square bubble.

Stuart Frankel

Narrative Science, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Frankel is the CEO and a co-founder of Narrative Science. Stuart leads the company’s strategy and corporate vision, focusing on how customers can achieve better business outcomes by implementing artificial intelligence technologies.

Nate Nichols

VP of Product Architecture at Narrative Science

As Vice President of Product Architecture, Nate is responsible for high-level design of how our products work, particularly around what our products know, how they learn more, and how they apply what they know to provide value to our users. To ensure Narrative Science delivers the most value to our customers using the most advanced technology available, he works closely with industry leaders and academia to incorporate new techniques and approaches, as well as articulating our vision for how AI can help people better understand the world around them. He also oversees our Incubator program, a cross-functional team dedicated to exploring innovative technology that will propel our customers forward.Nate earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from the Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern University (“”Machine-Generated Content””) in 2010 and his BA from DePauw University.

Jay Wightman

Global Head of Digital Experience, Manulife Investment Management

Jay has spent nearly two decades leading organizations at the intersection of digital innovation, business, and customer experience. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Jay was a founding member of several Boston-based startups that focused on scaling digital business models, rethinking legacy product and service offerings, and transforming marketing organizations through the introduction of web, mobile, and cloud technologies. Jay brings this expertise and his experience managing cross-functional teams to a new role at Manulife Investment Management, Global Head of Digital Experience, responsible for driving digital transformation in marketing.

Mike Colombo

Founder & CEO, Maark

Mike is the founder of Maark, a digital agency in Boston, and has served as the agency’s strategic, creative and technology lead in programs ranging from the complete digital transformation of Fortune 500 clients, to the end-to-end relaunch of category-leading brands, to the design and development of new digital products and services. Responsible for identifying opportunities to help clients in their biggest challenges, Mike has grown the agency to more than 60 employees in 4 offices around the world.

Rachelle Hodgson

Analytics Manager, Fike

Rachelle Hodgson is the manager of analytics at Fike Corporation, an international manufacturer and service provider of explosion, pressure and fire protection. She’s an accountant-turned-analyst due to her love of uncovering the story hidden beneath the data.

Michael Carpenter

Director of FP&A Decision Analytics at Home Depot

Michael is the Director of Decision Analytics for The Home Depot. He is responsible for managing analytical decision support for the Company’s U.S. Stores Operations organization.

Tommy Puglia

Microsoft Data MVP & Senior Manager BI at CompTIA

Tommy Puglia is passionate about Power BI & how Data Analysis can impact decisions. Using Power BI since it was known as “Power BI Designer”, he is a Microsoft MVP and consumes whatever he can to constantly learn and apply BI for Marketing & Sales. He is also a leader of the Chicago Power BI User Group. He is also MCSA certified in BI Reporting by Microsoft.

Keelin Mcdonell

Narrative Science, General Manager of Business Intelligence & Integrations

Keelin McDonell is the general manager of business intelligence and integrations at Narrative Science, an AI-powered software startup that turns data into stories. She believes a dashboard with a story is simply better than a dashboard without one.

Dan Platt

Senior Principal of Market Innovation at Narrative Science

Dan is the Senior Principal of Market Innovation at Narrative Science, which creates software that writes stories from data to drive understanding and results. He is the leader of Narrative Science’s Data Storytelling for Good initiative, which aims to drive positive social outcomes with the company’s technology and products. Dan has built and presented several demonstrations showing how Data Storytelling can help communities understand and act on the data governments make available. Since joining Narrative Science in 2010, he has served in a variety of roles including product management, professional services and customer education. Dan holds degrees in Economics and Journalism from Northwestern University.

Charles Holive

MD Data Monetization and Strategy Consulting at Sisense

Charles Holive is a recognized industry thought leader in data monetization, business innovation, analytics and AI. Over the last 10 years, he has specialized in creating, scaling and running new analytics business units that generate tens of millions of incremental yearly revenue.

Sarah Coyle

Lead Reporting Analyst in the Chief Design Office at USAA

Currently, Sarah is working to build and strengthen an information-driven culture within USAA’s Chief Design Office (CDO).  She is enjoying learning about design thinking and figuring out how the world of analytics and design come together in what she calls human-centered information.

Larry Birnbaum

Chief Scientific Advisor at Narrative Science and Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern

Larry Birnbaum is a Co-Founder of Narrative Science and serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Advisor. He focuses on next-generation architecture, advanced applications and IP. In addition, Larry is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, where he also serves as Head of the Computer Science Division.
Larry’s research focuses on applied AI, including social media data analytics and preference prediction, contextual search and natural language processing with special emphasis on automatic content generation. He received his BS and PhD from Yale, and was on the faculty there before joining Northwestern.

Cassidy Shield

VP of Marketing at Narrative Science

Cassidy Shield is the VP of Marketing at Narrative Science. Father of Three. Husband to One. Enjoyer of life and everything that comes with it. He believes data is simply better with a story. Twitter: @cassidyshield

Eric Dreshfield

Founder of Midwest Dreamin' and Vice President of Delivery at ITequality

Eric Dreshfield is the  c. Eric is responsible for sales, marketing and finance at ITequality. He is also the Founder of Midwest Dreamin’, the country’s largest Salesforce Community-led conference; and a member of the Salesforce MVP Hall of Fame. Twitter: @ericdresh

Jeremy von Halle

Co-Founder of Mud City

Jeremy von Halle is the Co-Founder of Mud City, a Sales & Operations agency helping companies scale their revenue organizations strategically and responsibly. Previously, he was the VP of Revenue Operations at Jellyvision, a software company that helps employees make better decisions about their health benefits. At Jellyvision, Jeremy led Sales & Marketing Operations, Sales Enablement, Customer Insights & Analytics, and Demand Generation. He was responsible for the reporting and analysis across all Revenue teams including Marketing, Business Development, Sales, Account Management, and Channel & Partner Sales.

Kristian J. Hammond

Chief Scientist at Narrative Science & Professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University

Kris is the Chief Scientist at Narrative Science and Professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University. His areas of research include human-machine interaction, context-driven information systems, and artificial intelligence.

In 1999, he founded Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). At the InfoLab, his team creates technology that bridges the gap between people and the information they need.

Chris Wagner, MBA

Microsoft MVP, Analytics Architect, Mentor, Leader, and Visionary

Chris has been working in the Data and Analytics space for nearly 20 years. Chris has dedicated his professional career to making data and information accessible to the masses. A significant component in making data available is continually learning new things and teaching others from these experiences. To help people keep up with this ever-changing landscape, Chris frequently posts on LinkedIn and to this blog.

Thierry Breyette

Director Scientific Analytics at Novo Nordisk

Thierry has over 13 years of experience in pharma and med-tech organizations, turning information into action for stakeholders across the business. Interested in the value that data science, advanced analytics, and data visualization can bring, particularly to medical affairs and commercial teams

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Chris Walker is an advisor to CMOs and CROs, and a B2B marketing thought leader focused on augmenting Sales performance using progressive digital/social/content marketing strategies. As the CEO of Refine Labs, Chris partners with B2B revenue executives to accelerate growth with a proven process called Revenue Engine Optimization.

Ritual Hot Yoga Chicago

Join us for a 20-minute Mindfulness Meditation!

Ritual Hot Yoga is offering over 55 live streaming virtual classes every week featuring the Ritual Hot Yoga Signature Flow, Ritual Yin, and Ritual Hot Abs classes. The Ritual teachers weave in weekly intentions/peak poses and daily sequences/playlists. Get ready to breathe and move to the beat of the music for a yoga class like you’ve never experienced.

Danny Orleans, Corporate Magic

Danny Orleans is a professional magician that incorporates business themes and clients’ marketing messages into his magic presentations. Since the early 1990s he’s been serving his clients by helping them build traffic and generate leads at trade shows, entertaining at corporate receptions, and hosting annual meetings.

For the past 20 years he’s appeared at many data conventions including the TDWI (Transforming Data with Intelligence) Conference, Gartner D&A, MicroStrategy World, IRCE, Snowflake Summit and AvayaENGAGE. His clients include Actian, Blue Prism, WhereScape, Windstream, americaneagle.com, ExxonMobil, and Honeywell.

During quarantine, he’s been performing magic from his living room where he’s been adding a touch of magic to ZoomMeetings, virtual happy hours, and family celebrations of his clients. More information about Danny Orleans is available at www.corporatemagicltd.com