Speakers

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Kevin Loudermilk
Director Auto Data
USAA

Kevin is the Director of Auto Data at USAA, having help previous roles as Director of Data Visualization and Director of Reporting. He studied Mathematics at Baylor University.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

2:00 pm | Balancing Simplicity of Design with Complex Analysis to Create Visualizations that Offer Value to Broad Audiences

9:20 am | Panel: Sharing Best Practices to Develop Visualizations that Tell Meaningful Stories & Drive Action

Ankit Lodha
Associate Director, Clinical Analytics, Metrics & Reporting
Takeda Pharmaceutical

Ankit Lodha is a life science professional with expertise in advanced analytics, data mining and machine learning. Possess strong qualitative and analytical problem-solving skills with good communication and interpersonal skills.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

8:40 am | Keynote: Outlining Key Principles that Ensure Every Visualization is Efficient, Meaningful & Actionable

Ken Cherven
Senior Marketing Analyst & Data Visualization Specialist
General Motors

Ken turns data into powerful visual stories using a toolkit of data visualization techniques. You can find his work at any of the four websites he maintains - visual-baseball.com, visualidity.com, jazzgraphs.com, and brewgraphs.com. He is currently working on producing creative visualizations and data graphics using publicly available music and beer data for his jazzgraphs and brewgraphs sites. Ken is a highly skilled, motivated, and creative information analyst and visualization professional and author. He has a broad skill set that encompasses not only traditional business standards such as Tableau and Microsoft Office, but also a wide range of tools including Gephi, d3, Carto, Mapbox, Exploratory, RapidMiner, and Orange. In 2017, Ken completed a data visualization video series for Packt, and presented at the Data Visualization Summit in San Francisco. In prior years, Ken presented at the 2016 ODSC East conference in Boston, the 2015 Data Visualization Summit in Boston, and delivered a presentation on data visualization at the 2015 Data+ conference in Warsaw, Poland. Ken is the author of three books to date, the most recent published in January 2015, through Packt Publishing. It is titled Mastering Gephi Network Visualization, and digs deeper into the details of using Gephi to build and understand powerful interactive network graphs. It refers to some of the examples from his visual-baseball website, plus a few new networks to demonstrate the full capabilities of Gephi. His first book was released in September 2013, and is an introduction to creating network maps with Gephi, titled Network Analysis and Visualization with Gephi, and is available from Packt Publishing. I also published a December 2013 release titled MLB Pennant Races, 1901-1968, geared to both baseball and data visualization fans.

Day Two

Wednesday 27th August 2019

12:00 pm | Geospatial Visualizations: Exploring Your Data & Design Requirements When Integrating Insights with Geography

Peter Henstock
Machine Learning & AI Technical Lead: Combine AI, Software Engineering, Statistic & Visualization
Pfizer

Drive Pfizer's data visualization strategy through the development of 30 novel tools for statistics, microarray, screening quality assurance, genomic analyses, biological screening and patent analysis that have impacted the approaches of scientists worldwide • Lead quantitative analysis software development including quantitative decision support, statistical software, simulation, and design • Integrate ideas from multiple fields to create new approaches that advance scientific research • Developed Pfizer standard tools for compound and matrix clustering, high dimensional mapping, microarray analysis, kinase selectivity, large molecule search and curve fitting

Lisa White
Director Distribution Planning & Analysis
CNO Financial Group

Influential business and technology leader leveraging business experience, technical knowledge, analytical skills, and a strong passion for data to empower organizations with the ability to make exceptional business decisions. Responsible for sales analytics and reporting, incentive-based compensation administration, field goal-setting and managing continuous process improvement initiatives to meet the needs of the business.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

11:40 am | Anticipating the Needs of Your Audience Without Relying on Their Direct Input to Create Easy to Use Visualizations

David Ciommo
Data Visualization Principal - Visualization Center of Excellence
Humana

Through the dashboards; digital reports; and applications I design, as well the classes and speaking engagements I provide, my focus is to increase the data literacy among Humana associates enterprise-wide. Applying creative, and purposeful human-centered design principles, combined with first-class data visualizations, this form of story-telling provides Humana's leadership with layered, meaningful insights and tangible actionable opportunities.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

3:50 pm | Ensuring Decision Makers Use Visuals in a Scientifically Correct Way & Avoid Incorrect Assumptions

Day Two

Wednesday 27th August 2019

9:20 am | Panel: Benchmarking Alternative Team Structures & Workflows for Creating Visualizations

Scott Briden
Manager Data Visualization, VP
Citizens Bank

Scott is the VP/Manager of Data Visualization at Citizens Bank, following roles at Cleartelligence and Sensata Technologies.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

2:40 pm | Tracking the Use of Dashboards & Time Saved Through Visualization to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Team

Miguel Encarnação
Professor of Practice, Business Analytics & Innovation
The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Senior innovation executive with 20+ years of experience specializing in digital transformation through technology and structured innovation. Strategic systems thinker with exquisite communication skills at all levels of the organization. Externally renowned for creating award-winning innovation cultures. A self-motivated, passionate professional who is recognized for technical breadth and depth, visionary realism as well as data- and metrics-driven process orientation. Committed leader, people manager, mentor and coach with a documented history of building high-performing teams that outperform Great Place to Work® benchmarks. Demonstrated record of leadership success in analyzing the viability of research and business ideas, developing creative strategies to achieve goals, and the ability to implement processes that produce business and customer value based on skills

Day Two

Wednesday 27th August 2019

8:40 am | How to Create an Organizational Structure & Culture that Promotes Data Literacy & Scales Up the Value of Data Visualization

Ray Vella
Data Visualization & Design
The Conference Board

Ability to interpret and design metrics using visual storytelling / Conceptual, hands-on problem solving / Established systems enabling content providers processes and style consistency / Manage small teams / Articulate methodologies to stakeholders / Multi-platform content. Ray Vella is an illustrator who works in the Data Visualization community. A true hybrid, connecting data with the art of storytelling. His ability to create visually rich graphics from intangibles and numbers has found him a niche with corporations seeking to deliver clear and concise messaging. Having worked with top journalists, his career has spanned USA Today, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg LP and now working for MasterCard translating data & information. His focus is on creating a visual voice for global audiences.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

11:00 am | How to Incorporate a Robust Understanding of Your Audience in Your Visualization Design Process

Alessandro Febretti
Data Visualization Engineer
Citadel LLC

I work as a full-stack data visualization engineer with the Portfolio Construction Group. I maintain the software handling visualization on the 36 displays at the Citadel Risk Center. I create visual analytics tools for risk managers and investment teams for various Citadel businesses.

Day One

Tuesday 27th August 2019

1:20 pm | Standardizing Visuals Across Reports to Improve Ease of Understanding & Reduce Risk of Misinterpretation from the Audience

Robert Middlekauff
Manager Data Visualization
Lumere

Developed prototypes using SQL and JavaScript for 7 client-facing reports; wrote tickets to define necessary requirements to transform the reports into bespoke software based on client feedback and data needs ● Led development of materialized views for aggregated purchase order data to be used across the organization by writing initial SQL queries, defining data engineering tickets and iterating according to customer needs ● Developed machine learning clustering analysis to predict vendor behavior and provide clients with a negotiating strategy ● Wrote Excel macro to automate a report that improves data analyst productivity and provides customized recommendations to the client

Robert Shoemake
Lead BI Visualization Engineer
Red Cross

Robert is the Lead BI Visualization Engineer at Red Cross, where he has worked for over 4 years, following previous roles at Deloitte and Applied Engineering Management.

Day Two

Wednesday 27th August 2019

1:40 pm | Visualization Quick & Cheap: Best Practices When Either Time or Money Put Tight Restrictions on Your Work

11:20 am | Panel: Exploring the Capabilities of Emerging Data Visualization Tools & Considering the Applicability of Each to Different Use Cases