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The Data Plus Women meetup at Tableau Conference has been an annual tradition since 2013. In 2016, we (Brit and Chloe) had the opportunity to speak at the event. In our talk, we shared our stories of being women in analytics and how our experiences inspired us to start She Talks Data. At the end of the event, we couldn’t believe how many people approached us with an outpouring of support and interest in our stories. Three of those people were Katie, Julie, and Mona—active members of the Tableau community and now She Talks Data advocates. That event was where our friendship started; a friendship that would inspire drastic life changes that brought them all from different parts of the country to live and work in the Bay Area with us.
Tableau Conference (TC) is a welcoming environment and the perfect opportunity to stretch yourself to learn, network, and expand your point of view. Over the years, the Data + Women community has taught us all that our stories and experiences matter and that you shouldn’t underestimate the impact you can have on others (and yourself) by being vulnerable and open. TC has a special place in our hearts and we encourage you to participate in the community events and meetups that help foster these relationships.
As the 2018 Tableau Conference approaches, Katie, Julie and Mona outlined some tips to help ensure that Tableau Conference is a place where we can create lasting connections, at the Data + Women meetup and beyond.
From: Katie Poznanski-Ring, originally from Indianapolis, IN.
In my research, I came across Brit’s blog and Chloe’s Twitter feed; their content resonated with me, and later I learned that they’d be speaking at the DPW meetup! As an introvert, my natural tendency is to avoid big networking events but I committed to introducing myself to them and went in with a mission. Once the talks were over, I gathered my courage to say hello. Brit, Chloe, and I had a genuine conversation about She Talks Data, the exciting moves they both made to the Bay Area for incredible work opportunities, and my interest in making a similar move to get more immersed with data and analytics. My advice for Tableau Conference is:
From: Julie Thomson, originally from Kansas City, MO.
As I stood in a line with other overambitious conference goers to meet Chloe and Brit I second-guessed myself and thought “What am I doing? I should just go to the next session.” I related to their story and knew that I could learn from them so I went for it. When I approached them, I had nothing better to say than “I really liked your talk, could I get your business card?" (*face palm*).
Brit and I ended up exchanging emails after I expressed desire for a mentor. After landing home in Kansas City, I asked her for feedback on my dashboards to up my visualization game. Email exchanges turned into calls to talk about her feedback and the conversation evolved into talking about work, life, and travels. The business card I had put into my pocket a few months prior turned into a mentor and friend.
From: Mona Liang, originally from Atlanta, GA.
I still remember the excitement when I first stepped into TC16. As a solo conference goer, I was always on the move, checking conference schedule and making sure I was learning as much as I can. It was not until I stumbled into the DPW talk that night when I was truly inspired by Brit, Chloe, and 500+ people who shared the same passion-telling stories of women in the data analytics field.
I felt strongly connected and had to introduce myself. Next thing I know, I was spending the rest of my TC journey with Brit, Chloe and Katie! Two years later, when I was ready to move from Atlanta to the Bay area, the girls gave me all the advice and I’m now proud to be their coworker and friend.
Be sure to join us at the Data Plus Women event at TC18 on Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. We hope our stories and tips will help you make the most out of the event!