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Today’s ocean of data is vast and continues to rise by 2.5 quintillion bytes a day. Currents of facts and figures steer decision-making and keep businesses afloat. For designers, the ability to hone one’s craft and translate tedious figures into compelling visuals is a wave worth catching, as big data = big design opportunity for creative teams.
Join us as Christopher Laubenthal, Information Designer with Lockton Companies, LLC shares his experience of becoming a data visualization specialist, provides practical insight for capitalizing on this tsunami of information, and offers strategies for working with your team to perfect engaging and effective stories through data.
July 27, 2018
Doors – 11:00 a.m.
Event / lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Lockton Companies, LLC
444 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Park in the Valencia Place parking garage, connected to Lockton, on levels P1, P2 or P3. From parking garage, use the office tower elevators and proceed to the lobby level. Exit the elevators at the lobby level and take the lobby elevators to the Lockton conference center on the fifth floor. Please note that Lockton elevators do not require a badge to go to the fifth floor. Once on the fifth floor there will be signage in place guiding you to the space.
Bio of Presenter:
Christopher Laubenthal, Information Designer, Lockton Companies, LLC
Christopher Laubenthal joined Lockton Companies, LLC in 2017 to support its innovative thinking in regard to information use and storytelling. As a Project Manager, he strives to make information as efficient, intuitive, and impactful as possible. This work allows him to develop analyses, design data visualizations, construct and edit dashboards, consult on presentations and RFPs, and work with SQL datasets.
Christopher’s most accomplished work in this field is the creation of EdWise, a tool that makes publicly available education data (16 million records over 25 years) more readily accessible at no cost to the user. Upon its launch, the tool received favorable press and industry award recognition. Further, Christopher had the opportunity to present EdWise to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, as well as to the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, among other leaders and organizations. Christopher created EdWise while working at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he provided data and analysis support to multiple projects and departments. His time with the Foundation also included a year at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, where he served as interim data and assessment coordinator.
Christopher has an MPA from Ohio State University and a BA from the College of Wooster. He is also a certified Microsoft Office Specialist-Master and an official Desktop Qualified Associate in Tableau.