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Category: SQL Community

These posts are about the SQL Community, SQLFamily, PASS Summit, SQLSaturday and other SQL Server Events. It includes Cathrine Wilhelmsen’s experiences speaking, organizing and volunteering.

Speaking at DataGrillen 2019

DataGrillen 2019 logo showing a bratwurst on a database-shaped grill

On June 20-21, I will be enjoying bratwurst and beer in Lingen, Germany – while speaking at DataGrillen 2019!

I’m so happy and thankful to be a part of this event again. Last year, when it was called SQLGrillen, there were a total of 35 sessions. This year, the event has grown to 50 sessions over 2 days! More time to learn and network, yay :)

DataGrillen 2019 Schedule

I will be presenting my session Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills on Friday, June 21st. This is a fun session to present, because I will show you all the presentation mistakes I’ve made over the years so you can learn what NOT to do :) I will also share tips on how to craft your session to help your attendees remember your key messages, how to prepare for demo failures and worst-case scenarios, and how to build confidence as a new speaker.

If you are looking for more technical sessions, check out the full schedule and speaker list. All I can say is: wow. That is one impressive line-up!

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Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Past Learnings and Future Visions

24 Hours of PASS: Past Learnings and Future Visions

PASS turns 20 this April! To celebrate 20 years of educating data professionals, they are organizing a 24 Hours of PASS with the theme Past Learnings and Future Visions. From April 3-4, you can watch 24 free webinars back-to-back. If you can’t attend all 24 webinars live (who can!?), they will all be recorded. Woohoo!

I’m presenting a brand new session called Pipelines and Packages: Introduction to Azure Data Factory. If Azure Data Factory is not really your thing, don’t worry! You can choose from 23 other topics, including SQL Server, Power BI, AI, Containers, and even Professional Development.

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Technical Accomplishments and Happy Memories (T-SQL Tuesday #112)

Technical Accomplishments and Happy Memories (T-SQL Tuesday #112)

The March 2019 edition of T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Shane O’Neill (@SOZDBA). This month, Shane wants us to share our cookies. Wait… what? Yes! Cookies :) In this analogy, cookies are accomplishments or memories you can look back on when things get tough. Something that will give you that little energy kick you need to keep you going when you think you’re completely done.

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this since the topic was announced. My cookie jar definitely consists of two types of cookies: technical and non-technical. There are more of the latter, which I believe is a good thing :)

In this post, I’ll highlight some of the technical accomplishments I’m proud of, and share some of my happy memories that always make me smile. (I mean pictures. I will share lots and lots of pictures.)

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Women Talk Tech: A PASS WIT Panel

Women Talk Tech: PASS WIT Panel

The PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group (@PASS_WIT) is celebrating Women’s History Month. On March 12th, they are hosting a Women Talk Tech panel.

I’m very honored to be a part of this panel alongside some amazing role models that I look up to: Kendra Little (@Kendra_Little), Lori Edwards (@loriedwards), Malathi Mahadevan (@sqlmal), Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman (@DBAKevlar), and Monica Rathbun (@SQLEspresso). The leaders of PASS WIT, Rie Irish (@IrishSQL) and Kathi Kellenberger (@auntkathi), will be leading the discussion.

Women Talk Tech

Join the Women Talk Tech panel on March 12th at 17:00 UTC by registering on the PASS WIT website.

Can’t make it to this webinar? Take a look at the upcoming webinars and register for one of those instead. You can also find recordings of previous webinars on the PASS WIT YouTube channel :)

As a member of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group, you can choose to subscribe to their wonderful monthly newsletter. Each newsletter includes news, an editorial, a featured blogger of the month, as well as upcoming presentations by women in our community. You can find all previous newsletters in their newsletter archive.

I hope you’ll join us! :)

Update: Watch the Recording!

Update on March 14th: The recording has been published, so you can now watch it on YouTube :)

Why I’m a Business Intelligence Consultant (T-SQL Tuesday #111)

T-SQL Tuesday #111: Why I'm a Business Intelligence Consultant

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard). Andy wants to know what is our “why”, or why we do what we do. Before I can answer the why, I will briefly explain the what :) I work as a Business Intelligence consultant, focusing on Data Warehousing, Data Integration, and Data Visualization.

The short answer to “why?” is because the work is both challenging and rewarding. As a Business Intelligence consultant, I get to use all my skills from programming to design. I get to satisfy my instinctive need to group, organize, and sort things when working with data. Then I get to make things shiny and pretty. Finally, I get to work with other people, learn about their industries, and help them do their jobs better.

The long answer is… longer :) I absolutely love my job now, but I ended up in the world of data completely accidentally. I’ve gone from Web Development to Graphic Design to Interactive Design to Java Programming to SharePoint Development to Data Warehouse Architecture to Community Evangelizing… And now I’m here :) (Phew!) So why am I a Business Intelligence consultant?

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