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Data in the ATL: Past Speakers

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Karen HinsonTelling the Story with Data at Chick-fil-A
with Karen Hinson, Business Analyst, Chick-fil-A

As an analyst in Chick-fil-A's Field Analysis & Performance Reporting group, Karen is responsible for producing reports and dashboards that measure the health of the business. She began using Tableau in 2013 and has been hooked ever since. She was part of an initial team of analysts who incited a movement at Chick-fil-A around data visualization. Today, she continues to serve as a champion Tableau user within the company, hosting user groups and development days. She enjoys creating simple, intuitive visualizations that "tell the story" behind Chick-fil-A's menu, sales, and profits. Karen earned her B.Sc. in finance from the University of South Carolina and her M.B.A. from Georgia Tech. She is also a regular speaker at the annual Tableau Conference.

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Becca AndersonAnalyzing Audience Data at Cartoon Network
with Becca Anderson, Manager, Digital Analytics, Cartoon Network

Becca is a self-described "data nerd" with experience in product and audience analytics. Her love of data and enthusiasm for media and entertainment, brought her first to Turner, and now to Cartoon Network. With specialties in behavioral and technological quantitative research methods, digital product usability and statistical modeling, she is able to apply her expertise to better understand current and future audiences and synthesize audience data into actionable strategy. Before joining Cartoon Network, Becca held data and digital analytics positions at CNN, CNNMoney, and Turner. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Flagler College, an M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Friday, September 14, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Charlie Miller

Data Wrangling at The Coca-Cola Company
with Charlie Miller, Finance Manager, Controls, Policies, and Governance,
The Coca-Cola Company

At The Coca-Cola Company, Charlie analyzes, visualizes, and wrangles data in critical areas of finance, controls, policies, and governance. Among his talents, he is skilled in financial consolidation systems, change management, IT audit, risk management, IT governance, team leadership, and project management. He is also an experienced user of Tableau data visualization software and the suite of Salesforce customer relationship management products. Among his professional and service activities, Charlie serves as President of the Coca-Cola Tableau Analytics Group and is active in Toastmasters International. Charlie earned a B.B.A in International Business & Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, and went on to receive a Professional Graduate Certificate in Business Communication from Harvard University. 

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Debra LamDebra Lam
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Tech

In this newly-created role at Georgia Tech, Debra drives smart cities and urban innovation happening in Atlanta and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance in which she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance, and innovation functions of city government. She also crafted that city's first strategic plan for innovation, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network, a city-university collaborative for urban innovation, of which the City of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech are members. Debra has lived and worked in cities around the world and as is a graduate of Georgetown University, with master's in public policy, sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley. More about Debra Lam.

Friday, March 23, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Katherine ZitschKatherine Zitsch
Director, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Manager of Natural Resources, Atlanta Regional Commission

A professional environmental systems engineer, Katherine has more than 20 years of water resources experience in areas of regional water planning, water and wastewater treatment, storm water, water reuse, and water conservation. Providing leadership for the 15-county Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, she and her colleagues use data to look at water management in a holistic fashion, protecting water quality and supply for the District and downstream communities as well. She has championed the metro area's interests in the tri-state water dispute as well as the implementation of the Metropolitan River Protection Act, protecting a corridor along the Chattahoochee River for future generations. Katherine is intimately involved in using data to project future water supply needs for the metropolitan Atlanta region and then working to ensure water supply is available to meet those needs. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University.

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Hanah Goldberg​Hanah Goldberg
Director of Research
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Hanah Goldberg (M.Ed., Ph.D., GSU) is an educator and researcher who directs research initiatives for GEEARS, a non-profit organization established to help business, civic, and government leaders maximize the economic return on Georgia's investments in early care and learning. Through her work with GEEARS, she has helped develop a suite of online data tools, the Readiness Radar, which allows citizens and other decision makers to explore a range of information relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia. Most recently, she and colleagues launched the ATL ACCESS Map, which visualizes supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the metro area. Hanah is a graduate of Emory University, with a master’s in early childhood education and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Georgia State. More about Hanah Goldberg


 Hanah's slides 

Friday, November 10, 2017 | 11:00-12:30

Arthi RaoArthi Rao
American Cancer Society

As Senior Research Scientist for Geospatial Research within the Statistics and Evaluation Center at the American Cancer Society, Arthi leads research projects in understanding community-level determinants of access to cancer treatment, cancer screening, and identifying vulnerable communities for public health interventions. She performs all aspects of geospatial analytics including statistical analysis, modeling, Python scripting, mapping and tool development for initiatives across ACS.


Friday, October 20, 2017 | 11:00-12:30

Landon ReedLandon Reed with David Emory
Conveyal Transportation Consultancy

Conveyal is a start-up transportation and land-use analysis consultancy based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Atlanta, Paris, Portland, and New York City. Landon is Project Lead, Data Tools and David is Co-Founder and Principal at Conveyal. Together, they are building open source, next generation tools for sustainable transportation, with particular focus on multimodal routing and trip planning, transportation network analysis, and data management and visualization.


Friday, September 15, 2017 | 11:00-12:30

Mike CarnathanMike Carnathan
Atlanta Regional Commission and Neighborhood Nexus

Mike is Manager of the Research & Analytics Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission and is one of the founders of Neighborhood Nexus, a community intelligence system providing data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the Atlanta region’s citizens. The goal is to foster a data-driven decision-making culture in the Atlanta region and beyond. Mike helps members of our community tell their story better through a data-driven approach.

Data in the ATL Objectives

  • Introduce students to possible careers in data science

  • Increase connections and partnerships with the Atlanta data community

  • Promote University Library efforts in supporting research and data services

  • Share expertise and promote knowledge

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