How to tell a great story using data

Storytelling has earned its place as the most important tradition humans possess. How can we become great storytellers when those stories rely on data? What are those best practices on data visualization that we should follow and what are the pitfalls we should avoid?

Attendees will learn what data visualization and data storytelling is all about, why it is an important skill to master, and what are those steps and best practices to follow in telling their data story. The webinar is catered to anyone wanting to pick up their data storytelling skills, regardless if they want to create data visualizations or just consume them.

About the Speakers

George Firican, BSc’06, MM’09, is a passionate advocate for the importance of data. He is a frequent conference speaker and a YouTuber, being ranked among Top 10 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Digital Disruption and Top 15 on Innovation and Big Data. His team’s approach to data governance received international recognition through several award-winning program and project implementations in data governance, data quality, and data analytics.

George has been a Data Governance and Data Management practitioner for more than 10 years and he loves to create informative, practical and engaging educational content. He is currently the Director of Data Governance and Business Intelligence at UBC Development and Alumni Engagement and the founder of

Donabel Santos is a data geek. She is the Associate Director of Business Intelligence with the Advancement Services team at UBC. She leads a team of data experts that deliver on operational tasks and strategic data initiatives for the portfolio. She has over 15 years of technical and academic experience, all revolving around the data space - getting, cleaning and preparing, reporting, visualizing, analyzing, making sense of data and training and coaching professionals on working with data.

She was a multi-year Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and is currently a Tableau Accredited Trainer, part-time studies instructor at BCIT, and sessional instructor at UBC for the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) and Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) professional programs.

Resources mentioned in this presentation:

Few, S. (2012). Show me the numbers: Designing tables and graphs to enlighten. Burlingame, CA: Analytics Press.

Wexler, S., Shaffer, J., & Cotgreave, A. (2017). The big book of dashboards: Visualizing your data using real-world business scenarios. Hoboken: Wiley.

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