Tableau, Travel and Triathlon
That’s the theme of this blog and it has evolved over time, since I started this page in 2016. My passion can still be summed up with those three words, but other topics have definitely emerged and re-emerged and I want to personally introduce myself to you here.
My journey into the world of data started around 2012, when I worked for Deloitte in New Zealand and attended a QlikView developer course. From there I went on to move to Sydney, Australia, joined a bank, ‘met’ Tableau and the rest – as they say – is history. I had the good fortune to meet kind and generous people early on who helped me see and understand data and who took it upon themselves to teach me more about data visualization. They also introduced me to the Tableau community, which has become an extended family and circle of friends for me.
Back in Europe
My travels eventually took me back home to Germany, where I joined analytical database company Exasol as their Tableau Evangelist, a role that helped me live my passion and support others in their work with data. It also allowed me to discover that I love being on stage, be it in person or virtually. Sharing stories, tips and advice is something I enjoy and helping other data professionals and those keen to enter the industry, take steps towards telling better data stories and communication information and insights more effectively has become my mission.
In these past years I have thrown myself into the data visualization community, having co-led the popular global social data project #MakeoverMonday since 2017. Leading, growing and developing the #MakeoverMonday community gives me a challenge I enjoy: bringing together people across the globe with varying levels of data literacy and training; teaching them best practices; encouraging them to participate regularly and build dataviz habits while also creating their portfolio of visualizations and developing a strong social and professional network. Bringing these people together around a shared passion for telling data stories and learning new skills is something that brings me immense joy and is an accomplishment I am very proud of.
Tableau Zen Master 2018, 2019, 2020
Tableau Social Ambassador 2017, 2018, 2019
Published Author of 2 books (#MakeoverMonday and Empowered by Data)
Tableau Conference US & Europe 2018, 2019, 2020
The Data Festival 2019
Tableau Global Sales Kickoff 2020
The Wharton People Analytics Conference 2019
Exasol Xperience 2017
MC of Exasol Xperience 2019
Various Tableau User Groups (London, Berlin, Munich, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, San Francisco, New York City, Sydney, Cincinnati, Paris, Milan, Netherlands, New Zealand)
Swimming, cycling and running are still very important in my life but I have stopped racing so that I can focus on other things that I care about and enjoy my training for the pure fun of it, rather than a competitive end goal.
Focusing on running and cycling gives me a good structure and keeps me fit and healthy so I can embark on any adventure, whenever I feel like it. Running and cycling also allow me to explore the beautiful surroundings of my home in London and to truly experience nature in all its facets.
I had the honour to represent my country (Germany) in sprint triathlon world championships in 2017 (Cozumel, Mexico) and 2018 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and truly cherish my racing experience and the people I met along the way.