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I have had the opportunity to gain speaking experience through user groups, roundtables, panel discussions, community conferences, and even Tableau Conference. I have curated a number of presentations over the years, a list of which you will find below.

Contact me with information about the event you’re organizing and the kind of presentation you’re looking for. None of the topics below quite fit your event? Please don’t hesitate to contact me about a custom-made presentation.

Heidi's official bio

When Heidi first got in touch with Tableau as a software developer back in 2017, she knew at once that this was the tool for her. Turning passion into profession, she started working as a consultant in business intelligence and visual analytics. Since then, she has brought that same enthusiasm to numerous client projects and to trainings for hundreds of new and experienced Tableau users. She liberally shares her expertise with users all over the world through guest sessions at countless user groups, the occasional conference presentation, and through her blog. Heidi is a 2021 Tableau Ambassador.

As founder and co-leader of Data+Women Germany, Heidi has made it her mission to promote and improve diversity in the data community. In her current role as Senior Consultant at Woodmark Consulting AG, Heidi does what she does best: inspire others with her passion for a company-wide analytics culture.

The only thing Heidi loves more than Tableau are alpacas. 

Heidi Kalbe, Tableau Ambassador, Analytics Evangelist and Business Intelligence Consultant

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full list of presentations

The following topics are fully available and ready to go. Find abstracts, more information and recordings below. All presentations are available in English and can be translated into German (although I do love a good pun and those get usually lost in translation).

Conceptual Topics

  • Advanced Gravedigging: Killing BI For Good
  • Run Before You Walk
  • Com(munity) As You Are
  • Driving An Analytics Culture

Practical Topics

  • Tableau Speed Tipping: 20 Tips In 20 Minutes
  • Be Rational! Why Pi(e Chart) Is Not Your Answer
  • Set It Up! When To Use Set Vs Parameter Actions
  • The Secret To A Perfect Mari… mekko?

Conceptual topics

Advanced Gravedigging

Killing BI For Good

Advanced Gravedigging
Killing BI For Good

In data we trust – and yet there are many companies big and small that took data-driven decisions to their graves. Business Intelligence has been an eye opener, but where it should allow companies to fly, BI simply makes them run into the same brick walls, only now with their eyes wide open. Is it BI that is not all we were promised, or is it our understanding of BI that remains lacking? Is BI truly a do-or-die decision? And if yes, how can we “do” BI right and live to die another day?

Run Before You Walk

Run Before You Walk

There is comfort in the stagnancy that static reports have to offer, but in this time of rapid progress, isn’t standard reporting terribly outdated? Oftentimes it can be difficult to leave the comfort of standardized reports in order to pursue the wealth of added value that individual user insights may provide. Jump-starting your way into the world of Self-Service BI may appear daring, but not if it is done correctly. In this session, you will learn about how to gain insights from your data, how to school data literacy, and how to maximize user acceptance. Dare to rise to the challenge of Self-Service BI and come out of this session an Olympic runner.

Driving An Analytics Culture

Driving An Analytics Culture

How can I identify our business questions? How does Tableau Prep help me shape my data? Which chart types help me improve my users’ data literacy levels? How do I get people to actually use my reports? Why is the visual analytics process really a cycle, and how does it help me drive my company’s analytics culture?

Have all of those questions answered by Tableau Ambassador Heidi Kalbe (Analytics Evangelist, The Information Lab). Her session will lead you through the cycle of visual analytics, show you where which tool helps you achieve the biggest value, and reveal some tricks how to improve user acceptance.

Com(munity) As You Are

Com(munity) As You Are

Data is about more than just crunching numbers and writing code and designing algorithms and fixing bugs. It’s also about us – about the community. The Tableau Community specifically is one of the most vibrant and welcoming technology communities in the world. But why is everybody so enchanted with it? And what’s in it for you? Hear about Heidi’s experiences and learn how the Tableau Community benefitted her – both professionally and personally. Follow her twelve steps to engage in your own community in order to propel yourself forward on your data journey.

Practical Topics

Tableau Speed Tipping

20 Tips in 20 Minutes

Tableau Speed Tipping:
20 Tips in 20 Minutes

Can you learn twenty new Tableau hacks in just twenty minutes? Heidi will do her best to show you the little things that will make you go “Oh, I didn’t know this trick!” and save you a few seconds every day.

Be Rational!

Why Pi(e Chart) Is Not Your Answer

Be Rational!
Why Pi(e Chart) Is Not Your Answer

Pi is an irrational number, meaning it has an infinite number of decimal places. Pies are delicious and some of us could irrationally eat them until infinity and beyond. Pie charts are often irrationally and unfittingly used, and the fight to show dashboard creators better practice chart types seems infinite. This session will tackle the irrational obsession that are pie charts, question their use and purpose, and introduce you to a number of infinitely better chart types.

Set It Up!

When To Use Set Vs Parameter Actions

Set It Up! When To Use Set Vs Parameter Actions

Tableau keeps rapidly publishing new features. Some of the biggest game changes amongst them were set actions and parameter actions. But when do you use which? And how can they help you visualize your business use cases? Watch this session to learn more.

Secret To A Perfect Mari...mekko?

Secret To A Perfect Mari…mekko?

Tired of simple bar charts? Try the Marimekko! Never heard of them? Might be because the Marimekko is one of the most undervalued chart types. Combining the relative and absolute values of a measure divided by two or more dimensions, the Marimekko helps you accomplish what mere stacked bar charts or pie charts fail to show. This session will not only teach you how to build a Marimekko, but also how to correctly use it to display your data in an engaging and insightful way.