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  • June 7, 2019 CPE Event (links for attendees... and notes for non attendees)

    Session Title:  Telling your data story with the Art + Data methodology

    Abstract: In working with hundreds of organizations over the years, Zack has noticed a common problem the majority of companies struggle with. They've invested significant time, energy and money in gaining access to their data and preparing it for use in the business. Yet they overlook one critical piece of the puzzle: developing capabilities to find and visualize the most important stories in their data.

    In this presentation you will learn:

    The three step Art + Data process. 
    10 Data Storytelling techniques. 
    Hands-on time to implement the process and techniques using a sample scenario or a real business scenario of your choice.
    Supporting Links:
    Data Story Academy: https://datastoryacademy.com
    Art + Data Free Book: https://www.artplusdata.com/free-book
    Art + Data Dashboards:  https://www.artplusdata.com/portfolio
    How to prepare for this session:

    If you currently use Tableau Desktop, come with a dashboard you would like to reimage leveraging the Art + Data Methodology.

    If you don’t currently use Tableau, feel free to bring a dashboard or report in the platform of your choice or download a free trial of Tableau https://www.tableau.com/partner-trial?id=19610.

    Zack’s Bio: 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's personal mission statement is: "Change people's lives for the better by being the best version of myself".

    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.  

    When Zack is not serving customers and coaching teams in the art of data storytelling, he can be found spending time with his wife and three boys or fly-fishing. More
  • June 2019 President's Message

    We are just days away from our 1st CPE event of 2019.   There's still time to register to lean about the latest Excel tools and for the 3-hour mini-conference on communicating data visually by the author of Art + Data.   Zack Mazzoncini and I spoke for an hour today about his presentation to review some of the materials he has prepared for us - I'm excited!  It will be great learning and great networking.   

    Although it is not absolutely necessary to have a laptop, or even a Tableau trial installed, both may help.  Technically the Art + Data presentation is "platform agnostic" so you can use the concepts to build on your current platform (even Excel).   Comments last year about wanting to learn about Tableau is what led us to Zack and he will provide some interesting samples and an introductory interactive tour.   Whether for personal preparation, or if you simply are unable to schedule this event in, below are a few links to help with your data visualization presentations.

    Art + Data ebook

    Data Story Academy resources

  • May 2019 President's Message

    Although we had to push our event date back, registration is now open for our next CPE Chapter event on June 7th.   In addition to great networking opportunities for individuals considering a pursuit of the CMA, CMA candidate peers, and CMA accountants, this will also be a great learning opportunity.

    I am excited that our main presenter will provide a 3-hour interactive session on visual presentations of accounting/finance data via world class dashboards.   Zack Mazzoncini is the author of Art + Data, the founder of Data Story Academy and a Co-Founder of Seattle-based data and analytics firm Decisive Data.  Although the general concepts he will present cover any platform, Zack will use Tableau as a demonstration tool.  As this an interactive presentation you will want to bring your laptop.

    Microsoft is also sharing staff to present on the latest and some of the more advanced Excel tools. 

    Be sure to stepover and register for this great event, and looking forward to seeing you on June 7th. More

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