12.22.20

The Data Witches

Shannon Lindsay-Microsoft Certified Data and Analytics Professional &
Stephanie Bruno-Associate Director of Informatics at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

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Stephanie Bruno and Shannon Lindsay join Rob for a special holiday giving edition of the podcast. This duo makes up the colorful online world of The Data Witches. Both of these ladies in tech are Power BI User Group Leaders in their respective regions of Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. The witches continue to use their Powers (of BI) for good across many philanthropic efforts:

Episode Timeline:

2:00 – The Origin of the “Witches” name and how they discovered the magic of the Power Platform
6:40 – The Vampiric manner that the Witches are converting others to Power BI
12:25 – Power BI is vital in data optimization in the Non-profit space
17:20 – The Data Community is an amazing community-those that have the Data Itch are a different and helpful type of human
30:00 – Gender and the data world, Rob and Stephanie debate the usefulness of Calculus, and the elation of besting one’s academic rivals
39:50 – Data quality is important, especially so when lives are at stake…it’s evident in the analytics
47:10 – How the Witches are using Power Apps and Power Automate
55:00 – Upstream and Downstream flows to Power BI- The concept of the Action Loop
1:01:30 – Stephanie’s recent graduate degree and the highs and lows of going back to grad school
1:07:30 – The resistance to change and new technology-predictive modeling and machine learning are a tough sell
1:11:25 – Shannon’s new gig at the not quite so non-profit Microsoft
1:16:15 – How COVID has impacted operations, and how non-profits view Microsoft and other large corporations

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