I can't believe how time has flown! It's almost time for the this year's Tableau conference. I looked back on my posts throughout the course of the year and think hot damn, I'm good at goals! Kind of. Here's my resolution after attending TCC13:
I resolved to up my Tableau visibility and publish at least one viz on Tableau Public (and we'll see where it goes from there). Big props in advance to Matt Francis for helping me expand my network! I'm also resolved to better understand and apply design concepts to make data beautiful and something that folks want to see.
In one of my blogposts last year, I wrote about trying to find my tableau identity. I'm not a data person and I like the design aspect, even I will admit that I'm still learning that. I don't think anyone can be super skilled overnight or, I would submit, even a year. One of things that annoys me (even about myself) is when people complain about their lack of skills or their problems and not try to resolve them. I *might* just be into problem solving. So, to help with my lack of data skills, I took Google's data course which provided good foundational information. I also joined the Interaction Design Foundation to better understand the theory and do design the right way.
The thing I like about being a member is that I have access to courses for a year and can go at my own pace. And with two kids, work, and commuting, I definitely need that! Between doing and getting feedback on my vizzes as well as some of the theory I've learned, I'm definitely making progress.
In that post, I polled people to see how I should resolve my identity crisis. Here are the results (as of August 27, 2014).
From Stephanie's blog...evidence that I'm on the list!
So back to #womenindata. Why does it matter if I'm a woman in data, or a woman in finance, or the only woman on my division's management team? Because by supporting women in these historically male dominated industries or roles, I show my daughter that she can be anything she wants to be, that her opinions and perspective matter just as much as anyone else's, that by lifting her up, we improve her community. And just because we love makeup doesn't mean we have to be pigeon-holed into the design side of things, but even if that's where our strength is, that's fine too. This isn't some pendulum where we have to swing all the way to one side and all be coders. Any person's strength is knowing what they're good at, what they're weak in, and figuring out how they want to use that information (strengthen the good or strengthen the weak).
So, I think I got on that second soapbox. At any rate, as I look back over the course of the year, I'm really proud of my progress, for the community in which I belong, and I'm looking forward to seeing what next year holds. Hope to see you at #data14!