Sunday, March 08, 2020

Thanks for joining us at SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2020 Business Intelligence edition

Thanks for joining us at the first annual SQLSaturday Baton Rouge Business Intelligence yesterday, put on by the Baton Rouge Analytics and Intelligence Network (#GOBRAIN!), an official chapter of PASS. Congrats to Balaji, Thomas, John, Katie, Andy and the rest of the organizers and volunteers on a successful event.

It was great to see so many new and familiar business intelligence faces in the Speaker Room in the morning, and spending the day in the brand new Taylor Hall at LSU, which back in my day was called CEBA, and hosted the first few SQLSaturday Baton Rouge events starting in 2009.

I had the pleasure of facilitating a panel on Careers in Business Intelligence for a full room of students and jobseekers after lunch, with a fantastic panel featuring:

  • Ganesh Lohani
  • Chris Hyde
  • Sekou Tyler
  • Leslie Andrews
  • Anandi Subramanian
  • with guest appearance from Amy Herold. (lol)

Following the panel, Christine and I presented our talk on Ethics in Modern Data. This is an important topic that lives at the crossroads of both of our careers: my wife's career in organizational psychology, my career in data, and our joint passion for history and civil rights.

Eager for feedback on both sessions, please use the online feedback form if you haven't already.

Thanks again for joining us in Baton Rouge, where it was a pleasant break for me to be a simple, humble speaker and volunteer instead of a lead organizer at a SQLSat event in Baton Rouge. :) From all appearances, the veteran team handled their first event well, even with the expected problems like locked rooms, no-show sponsors, room changes, and sharing our space with an army of high schoolers thanks to mixed schedules from our host facility. I didn't see any problems or hear any complaints, and despite being very busy, the volunteer team did well!

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