Ep 26 - Qlik Qonnections 2019 Feat. Chantilly Jaggernauth and Ben Jones

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You can’t just run a bunch of training programs without building a community or establishing tool accessibility.
— Ben Jones

Last week, Dave had the opportunity to head out to Dallas Texas to learn and speak at the annual Qlik Qonnections Conference. Qlik were gracious hosts and we were honored to be on stage with our friend and previous podcast guest, Jordan Morrow, Head of Global Data Literacy at Qlik.

To start, since many of you couldn’t make it to the conference this year, we wanted to share the outline of the presentation: “Top 5-Tips to creating a Data Literate Organization”:

  • Create a plan and goals that are true to your culture

  • Establish authentic data literacy principles

  • Have a combined top-down and bottoms-up approach

  • Constantly incentivize deliberate data informed decisions

  • Bring people together and establish a community

Beyond Dave and Jordan’s presentation, one of the more exciting parts of the conference was getting to meet some long-time “virtual” friends who are doing great things in the Data Literacy space. Dave brought his microphone along and got some great candid conversations.

First up was Ben Jones, founder and CEO of Data Literacy, LLC. Dave had the chance to catch up with and discuss some of the challenges with solving the Data Literacy gap.


Ben was a long-time Tableau employee who recently left to pursue his passion in solving data literacy. His goal is to “help people speak the language of data”. This includes public classes, Udemy courses, and writing books! Ben also has a fantastic online following and is always entertaining, encouraging, and educational. If you’re not following him on Twitter or LinkedIn, start now!

Ben had a unique opportunity to work with millions of Tableau Public users in his previous role. Many of those users were not traditionally trained in data. So given that unique experience, we were interested in his perspective on some of the biggest data skill gaps in non-analysts today?

Ben believes that much of it stems from understanding the basics of statistics and how to “think” about data. But just as importantly, there’s a people gap… how to effectively tell a story that compels people with data.

Ben is an expert at creating communities like the Data Literacy community on LinkedIn, or supporting the new community tools at the Data Literacy Project.

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Next we were so excited to connect with Chantilly Jaggernauth, who has been doing some AMAZING things in the data literacy space.

Specifically, she started an organization called Millenials and Data. MaD focuses on getting data literacy curriculum baked into high school and university programs. Data will be such a critical part of the next generation of

One really amazing program that MaD launched is their 3-day program for High Schoolers in Washington DC, helping students integrate data into business and personal problems that they are passionate about solving.

Chantilly has recently joined the leadership team of the Data Literacy Project. She’s hoping to use this opportunity as a platform to get data literacy even more embedded into the way that students learn about their careers, whether it’s finance, marketing, psychology, or information technology. She also hopes to raise awareness for the importance of building a data literate society and workforce.

Thank you Ben and Chantilly! I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be chatting more on this show in the future!

More about Ben and Chantilly

Ben on LinkedIn - in/benrjones

Ben on Twitter - @DataRemixed

Ben’s Company - DataLiteracy.com

Chantilly on LinkedIn - in/chantillyjaggernauth

Chantilly on Twitter - @millennialsdata

Chantilly’s Organization - Millenials and Data

Links and References

Conference - Qonnections 2019

Book - Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Check out the Data Literacy Project

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