2022 Tableau Ambassador nominations and applications now open

The data community is the heart and soul of Tableau – led by the Tableau Ambassadors. Learn what it means to be an ambassador and how to nominate or apply.

Nominations and applications for the 2022 Tableau Ambassador Programme are now open. We’ve curated all you need to know about the programme, including what ambassadors do, what’s new this year and how to nominate or apply. Already know it all? Then here’s the link to get started. Otherwise, read on.

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What do Tableau Ambassadors do?

Tableau Ambassadors are leaders in our community and data champions who want to bring analytics to everyone. You can find them answering questions in our forums, publishing content on social platforms, leading or speaking at user groups, contributing code on Github and teaching people about data visualisation.

Ambassadors try out new things, and they push us to get better. This year’s cohort hosted the first-ever virtual TC Remo meetups, represented Tableau for the first time at TDX and Salesforce Leader Camp, and launched at least three new community projects.  If you attended TC21 or TC22, then you felt the impact of this year’s class firsthand – they were the first group ever to support two conferences. This willingness to volunteer and try new things helps everyone in the community thrive.

Finally, Tableau Ambassadors advocate for under-represented communities and voices with high-profile projects and low-key contributions. Members of this year’s class were driving forces behind many community initiatives: Diversity in Data, an initiative centred around diversity, equity and awareness; Her Data, which empowers and connects women in data; the Du Bois Challenge, which celebrates the life and visualisations of Black American civil rights activist, sociologist and writer W.E.B. Du Bois; and the Tuskegee Airmen challenge, a project showcasing data sets around a group of primarily African American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II. Behind the scenes, ambassadors are also acting as allies and advocates by lifting up the voices of others, mentoring newcomers to data and creating spaces where everyone can contribute. 

 Learn more about the Tableau Ambassadors on our website.

What’s new about the Ambassador programme in 2022?

We’re always looking for ways to improve the Ambassador programme. We want to help our community connect with our Ambassadors and give our Ambassadors a rewarding experience in this programme. Here are some things we are improving this year:

  • The application/nomination process: We’ve streamlined our ambassador programme application form to make it easier to apply or nominate someone for our programmes.
  • Collaboration with Tableau: We want to give everyone an equal opportunity to contribute and collaborate with internal stakeholders at Tableau. We are improving our onboarding and creating processes to enable everyone to find opportunities.
  • CRM Analytics Ambassadors: Tableau CRM was renamed CRM Analytics halfway through the prior year. Accordingly, we’ve renamed the programme for the year ahead.

How do I apply or nominate someone to be an Ambassador?

Everyone, both returning Ambassadors and those who want to join for the first time, should apply to become an Ambassador in 2022. We know it’s a lot of work to share your application every year, but we ask that you do so because hearing directly from you about your contributions helps us evaluate every candidate fairly. The deadline for application and nominations is 21 July at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Nominees who don’t apply will be notified of their candidacy and given a week to submit their own information. We do not require you to apply, but our strong recommendation is that you don’t rely on other community members to nominate you – you are your best advocate. 

What are the different Tableau Ambassador branches?

Tableau Ambassadors embody the spirit of the Tableau Community. They teach, share, lead, innovate and inspire. Once selected, ambassadors are invited to serve a one-year term in one of seven branches:

Social Ambassadors are inclusive leaders who create and share engaging content on social media. They go above and beyond to drive thought-provoking conversations about data, champion others, welcome people to the community, support community members and amplify key messages across all social channels.

Tableau User Group Leader Ambassadors are dedicated to helping user group leaders worldwide and educating our user group community. Our ambassadors provide content to set up our community for success while leading their own local, virtual or industry user group. They share best practices and tips and tricks or mentor new leaders. They’re also given opportunities to provide feedback on new product releases and speak at events for the global user group community.

Tableau Forum Ambassadors are the stewards of the forums. They maintain a healthy and engaging community forum by assisting users with quality responses, flagging inappropriate content for moderation or removal, and approving new user content.

Tableau Public Ambassadors showcase the creative power of Tableau. They drive a feedback loop and healthy space for connection, welcome newcomers and model engagement. They are given opportunities to collaborate with the Tableau Public dev team and contribute to community programmes like Viz Of The Day and Tableau Public Featured Authors.

Student Ambassadors are Tableau champions in higher education who empower and inspire others to acquire fundamental skills to improve their employability. Student Ambassadors support Tableau academic programmes through on-campus events and social media campaigns to prepare students for success in today’s data-driven world.

DataDev Ambassadors are curious and innovative. Goal- and community-driven, they want to share their technical knowledge with others. They use Tableau APIs and like to tinker with new tools and apply them to fresh ideas.

CRM Analytics Ambassadors are power users of the native analytics and AI solution for Salesforce. They love to share their expertise with this specialist platform and provide a bridge between the Salesforce Trailblazer community and the Tableau Community. 

The fine print

Please only nominate someone or apply to one specific group. When evaluating applications to become an ambassador, we do not consider internal contributions made within one’s own company. We do not select Tableau Ambassadors based on the number of nominations received. While we do read and track all submissions, we also use internal metrics, employee recommendations and the needs of our global community to determine the new group.

Nominations will be open until 21 July 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Following the nomination and application period, the Tableau team will notify all candidates and review all submissions, and ask those nominated to provide optional additional information. Nominees who didn’t apply are given the opportunity to opt out of consideration at that time. This process may take up to three weeks.

Personal invitations to join will be shared and must be accepted before the public announcement. All ambassadors are required to sign an NDA with Tableau. Due to the volume of applicants and to maintain the privacy of the candidates and reviewers, we do not disclose the reasoning about why individual candidates were or weren’t offered an invitation to the programme.

The 2022 Tableau Ambassadors will be announced in early September 2022.

We encourage you to learn more about all the ambassadors on our website and follow them on Twitter.