Bluegrass IIBA - Making Data POP! Telling Better Stories with Numbers

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Sullivan University, The Oak Room, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504




Note: Bluegrass IIBA is back to in-person meetings! With everything opening back up in Kentucky, we will go back to in-person meetings starting in August. We will continue to have a remote attendance option, so come back to join us in person when you feel comfortable; until then feel free to join us remotely.  Please follow current CDC guidelines for attending group meetings.

Topic: Making Data POP! Telling Better Stories with Numbers

Data visualization is the graphical representation of information and large data sets. By using visual elements like charts, graphs, maps, and other visuals data visualization makes it easier to identify, understand and share real-time trends, outliers, and patterns in data.

Our eyes are drawn to colors and patterns. We can quickly identify red from blue, square from circle. Our culture is visual, including everything from art and advertisements to TV and movies. Data visualization is another form of visual art that grabs our interest and keeps our eyes on the message. Data visualization helps to tell stories by curating data into a form easier to understand, highlighting the trends and outliers. A good visualization tells a story, removing the noise from data and highlighting the useful information. Find the story hidden in your data. Data visualization is important to see what’s happening, why, and what to do next.

Join Lavina Wiebe as she discusses how to make your data POP! and tell better stories using data to your senior management team. This allows the Business Analyst and Data Analyst to use data to support more informed decision making.

Target Audience:

  • Data Analysts
  • Project Business Analysts
  • Enterprise Business Analysts
  • Business Systems Analysts
  • Requirements Engineers
  • Business and Solution Architects
  • Business Relationship Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Managers of Business Analysts
  • IT Managers
  • BACoE and PMO Directors



  • Novice
  • Intermediate 
  • Experienced
  • Business Analyst Manager     



      6:00 pm - 6:25 pm - Virtual Networking

      6:25 pm - 6:30 pm - Chapter News

      6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Program

      7:30 pm - 7:45 pm - Applying the topic to the IT BA role


Presented by: Lavina Wiebe, Business Analyst

Lavina Wiebe has been working in various industries in Calgary, Canada for the past 25+ years, with over 13 years in the oil and gas industry. She is a business and financial analyst who is passionate about using quality data visualization techniques. In 2010 Lavina took a ‘deep dive’ into what good visual communication should be by spending many months of research into industry recognized standards and best practices. The outcome of this research, and the 8+ years of daily working in data heavy analytical roles, is this presentation on ‘good data visualization’.

Lavina has been with the Calgary IIBA Chapter since 2013 in various Board and volunteer positions; currently serving as Communication Coordinator. Lavina completed the MRU Business Analysis Extension Certificate in Aug 2020 and is currently planning to write her CBAP® exam later this spring.


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Based in Lexington, Kentucky and serving all interested Kentucky Business Analysts    

Mailing address:  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter | 1588 Leestown Road, Suite 130-111 | Lexington, KY  40511



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