Friday, February 21, 2020

ACM Lecture at SELU

Had the pleasure of presenting to Dr. Ghassan Alkadi and a full house at the Southeastern La. University ACM group. Big thanks to the bright student organizers for inviting me, organizing, ordering not enough pizza, ordering more pizza, and generally being awesome for the evening.

A link to my complete presentation is here and the toolbox referenced, where you can get those scripts to show off to your friends at parties, is here. If you have any questions, please reach out.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

What's New in SQL 2019? at the Santa Fe SQL Server User Group

Hi Santa Fe! My first remote presentation for the Santa Fe SQL Server UG was on "What's New in SQL Server 2019?" Thanks to my friend Adrian Mee for organizing and reaching out so that we can line up this meeting, happy to participate in another group in the US South Central region. Thanks to the great crowd in Santa Fe that joined us for lunch and to learn more about SQL Server 2019!

The slidedeck is available for download here, with many links inside. Any referenced "toolbox" labs are here.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Ethics in Modern Data presentation at SQLSaturday Austin BI Edition 2020

Excited to launch another new presentation, the first co-presented with my wife, on Ethics in Modern Data. We'll explore the ethical considerations around historical bias, ethics in analysis and data collection, and disparate impact, with tons of well-documented case studies and examples.

This is an important topic that lives at the crossroads of both of our careers, my wife's career in organizational psychology and human resources, my career in data, and our joint passion for history and civil rights. The effort of researching, paring down, and rehearsing our presentation together as a couple has been an exciting first for us. It's important to understand that when dealing with bias, outcomes matter, intentions don't.

Thanks to the many of you who chimed in during the presentation, including with further reading and book recommendations for us all!

If you'd review any of the topics or case studies we covered, our slides and citations is available for download here.

Thanks to, a recording of our presentation is available here.

My wife also presented at Austin SQLSaturday BI 2020 on "Mastering your Resume & Interview: Tips to Get Hired" Saturday afternoon.