59 minutes | Sep 19, 2020

Teneika Askew: Empowering Decision Making with Data Visualization

Teneika Askew, Head of People Analytics at Mozilla, met with us to explore how to utilize data for effective visualization and creating data stories that enable decision-makers to take action. WATCH Subscribe to Great Tech Pros video on YouTube, Facebook and Apple Podcasts. LISTEN Subscribe to Great Tech Pros podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Questions that Teneika answers: [1:50] What has changed in Business Analytics? [3:14] What is your approach to creating data visualizations? [5:38] Free/Low cost data visualization tools for small businesses. [7:36] What type of data visualization recommendations do you offer to larger businesses that do not have tool/platform preferences? [10:31] What were you doing with CDC? [17:01] What drove you to Data Visualization as a career? [18:41] Booze Allen – How I made an impression. [22:05] College Student Opportunities: Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) & INROADS internships. [25:07] What advice do you have for those making a career change into Data Visualization? [28:08] What training do you advise for those who are new to data and data visualization? [34:52] What is your approach to handling quantitative data? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [37:24] How embracing is machine learning and data analytics in relation to using them for data visualization? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [41:45] What additional advise do you have for those pivoting their career toward data and/or data visualization? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [48:55] How can one mange and automate data that is bad and/or challenging to work with? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) [52:10] How much does programming languages play into your work and which programming languages are your clients requesting the most for data visualization projects? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION) Useful Links: You can connect with Teneika on her website, Twitter and Linkedin. Tools include PowerQuery, PowerBI, Tableau, Google Data Studio and SAP Tools. Though it is important to implement a new platform/solution, it is equally as important to inform and educate end-users on how to utilize the new platform or solution. Every career/job has a data component – Do make an effort to learn how to utilize data as a skill. Doing so will enhance your skill-set and help you enhance your career. College students should look into scholarship, internship and other opportunities offered by their university like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and INROADS internships. For those who are new to data visualizations, start with Microsoft Excel, work to graduate from a beginner Excel user to an advanced Excel user, then learn Microsoft Power BI and Tableau. Microsoft currently offers free Power BI training, Tableau Prep & Tableau Desktop are not free unless you are a student, freeCodeCamp and SimpliLearn. Stock Media provided by ikoliks / Pond5 Special thanks to the students, alumni and administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the College of DuPage for their help in making this episode a success.
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