HR has Data Scientists? How the Gates Foundation Visualized People Data to Discover Insights

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a data driven organization, from investments in U.S. education, to development projects in Bangladesh. The appetite for data is just as strong with regards to our people data, with C-level management and their chiefs of staff, as well as HR leaders, relying on accurate, current and historical data views to inform decision making.

As a Workday client, our HR Analytics team has built upon that great platform, surfacing data in Tableau and adding value beyond what is easily visible in the native environment. Our dashboards focus on many common workplace needs, such as headcount planning, career movement, recruiting and workforce planning.

In this session, we are pleased to share our need and solution for standing up a self-service business intelligence (BI) culture among our Cross-Division Chiefs & HR leaders.

In this session we will cover the following topics:

  • Innovative Integrations: extracting, preparing and surfacing Workday, Brassring, Outlook and other data (soon with Alteryx) to provide current and historical insights
  • Design & Collaboration: dynamic insights and dashboards, as well as the essential role of thought partnership with, and educating, business experts
  • Let me see!: live demonstration of the structure of our Workday data feeds and Tableau HR analytics dashboards, embedded in SharePoint Online
  • Our roadmap: the next steps envisioned in our long term plan, including more frequent refreshes with the addition of Alteryx

About the speakers


Jon Agnone

Senior Director of People Analytics, Salesforce

Jon Agnone, PhD., is Salesforce’s Senior Director of People Analytics (legacy Tableau People Analytics Director). Before joining Salesforce/Tableau, Jon was Senior Manager and lead Data Scientist in People Analytics with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 7 years, where he helped build out and mature the function over his tenure. Jon is currently an affiliate assistant professor with the University of Washington's Department of Sociology, faculty associate with the University of Washington's Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, affiliate faculty at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute, and executive director and co-founder of the Northwest Social Research Group. Jon is currently serving as a panel expert with the International Institute of Analytics, focusing his expertise within HR and People Analytics. Jon has authored multiple published scholarly and policy reports, has presented to technical and non-technical professional, policy and academic audiences, and has become enamored with the power of Tableau to bring HR data to life for those who don’t torture data for a living.

Jon and team were Tableau and Workday customers while with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where they built out self-service dashboards and data integrations using Workday and other people data sources. His team led internal HR and enterprise-wide Tableau trainings, have presented at the Tableau conference and other data and analytics conferences, and have informally advised other companies looking to build out people analytics functions. In partnership with other Seattle people analytics leaders, Jon co-founded the Seattle People Analytics Forum, which meets twice a year (pre-pandemic), to facilitate knowledge exchange and incubation of work in the field.

Jacob Boysen

Senior Analyst, Workforce Analytics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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