Reconnect, Recharge, Refocus
Thursday, May 4th
The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – Africa Event Center, Columbus
More Than a Pretty Face: Why Data Visualization Matters
My hope is that this presentation inspires people to step into the visual analytics space or lean in further. We've all started from somewhere and we can all improve. During the session, we'll cover the basics of the data visualization: its history, the art, and the science of it. My goal is for you to have some helpful takeaways, and provide you with some concrete next steps for when you return from the conference.
Ron Eisenstein, EverTrue
Ron considers it a privilege to have built a career on applying his technology skills toward helping others. Having started out as a software engineer at two internet start-ups, he joined DePaul University in 2001 as an applications developer. Over 17 years at DePaul, Ron became the Director of Advancement Data Systems and Technology and, later, the AVP of Advancement Services. While there, he built a suite of data visualizations that were so powerful they were used by Tableau Software to demonstrate the revolutionary impact their software can have on fundraising.
Ron’s team was selected in 2015 as the inaugural recipient of the international "best of the best" CASE Platinum Award for Best Practices in Advancement Services. Prior to that, he received several other awards in the profession including a CASE Circle of Excellence Award for Creative Use of Technology in Fundraising.
Ron was a co-founder of The Solas Group, a firm specializing in visual and predictive analytics. With over 40 clients, it was selected as the first and only Tableau partner focused exclusively on fundraising, and later, it was proudly acquired by EverTrue, where he is currently its Tableau architect.
He has been a featured presenter at speaking engagements for AASP, CASE, DRIVE, APRA, Tableau Software, and Salesforce. He is a founding member of the Association for Advancement Services Professionals (aasp); and the Advancement Tableau User Group.
Ron earned a BA in political science and business with honors from Washington University in Saint Louis, and an MS in information systems with distinction from DePaul University.
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