ABOUT COFFEE BREAK DATA

Coffee Break Data was born from the idea that there is an analyst in all of us. If you have data, the content Coffee Break Data produces is about helping you use the data you have with the tools that are accessible to you. 

Data is everywhere and using it will help you move forward with your goals. Let’s take away the complexity and jargon.  It turns out data skills are universal and anyone willing to dig in can layer these skills with industry expertise to really work some magic.

ABOUT RENEE

Professionally

You might say that I have a passion for data. Data has power, and I love seeing the light in someone’s eyes when they find an unexpected insight from their data.

As far as education goes, I have a BS in IT Management. I fell into business intelligence in a call center setting, and I fell in love with the power that can be gleaned with data visualization and predictive analytics tools in particular. This love affair with data professionally led me to pursue an MS in Data Analytics.

I’ve applied the knowledge and experience I’ve picked up in the banking, insurance, manufacturing, and supply chain settings.

Business intelligence to data science. In the weeds and as a manager. Sharing results with others that can speak statistics and code but more often with those that do not. It’s all about making the results digestible to the audience, right? 

Along the way I’ve earned SASOracle SQLTableau, and a Power BI certificates with experience with R & Python, as well.

Through all of that, it turns out that my data super powers are in turning numbers into stories, breaking down technical jargon for non-data folks, and building relationships that really propel the work I can do behind the scenes.

Coffee Break Data is all about helping you do the same!

Personally

I moved a ton in my life, but somehow, even as a child, I always ended up back in the Houston, Texas area. I’m currently in the Galveston area (which is still very Houston-ish) with my husband, Rich, 2 teens we’re working on raising into good human-beings, and a shiba inu named Yoshi. There is also a bonus kiddo that has transitioned into adulthood. It’s crazy how fast that really happens!

Pre-pandemic, this family was all about running and travel. It was really just the travel that we justified through running. We traveled without a race (mainly cruises), but we did much more with races – trails and road. Travel has obvious benefits, but travel time gave me time to read while running gave me time to spend with audiobooks and podcasts. I’m always consuming information, so this combination of travel, running, and information absorption really fits me. 

Since we’ve been spending more time at home, I’m still absorbing (36 books, 13 audiobooks, and literally over 200 podcasts episodes in 2020), but I’m no longer training for crazy races. My veggie garden size has tripled, and I have doubled-down on my board game collection. Catan, Pandemic, or Ticket to Ride, anyone?

I’ve also dedicated time to learning how to share knowledge, so I started with a project to share information about motor scooters that you can find at Scooters for Newbies. I’m still learning, but this Coffee Break Data blog is a labor of love to continue doing just that. 

So grab a cup of coffee & dive in!!