So You Want to Nominate a Tableau Ambassador…

2022 Edition

Credit: Tableau (for images)
  1. Diversity of selections — We should be focused on selecting people we may be close to, but all consider the need for all voices to be heard and role models to be seen by people who want to be part of an inclusive community. Our ambassador groups in the past have been wonderful, but we must strive to continue to improve representation.
  2. Public excellence in one or more areas — We want our ambassadors to be great in at least one area, but we don’t want representation in a vacuum. Think hard about the people you select. Will they be seen? Can they contribute to multiple groups? Most importantly, what type of impact will they have? Note: Internal/company-specific contributions are not supposed to be considered.
  3. Will they honor their commitment? — Being an ambassador is a year-round volunteer involvement. Ambassadors are a tiny sample of a robust group of talented, creative, intelligent, and thoughtful people. You want to consider strongly whether that person will be steadily pushing our family forward and not stop once announced. It’s easy to be enthused during a Tableau Conference or the nomination period. Still, an ambassador needs to be present and effective for the remaining months (when life doesn’t get in the way).

What do I need to get about a nominee to nominate that person?

Required information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • What ambassador group they are being nominated for
  • Contact information, email strongly preferred
  • Why they would be a great addition to the cohort

Cohort specific:

  • Tableau User Group: if they currently lead a Tableau User Group
  • Student: Type of degree program, expected graduation year, extra-curricular activities/clubs
  • DataDev: What is their DataDev program activity?

Information you should have:

  • Social Media links (LinkedIn, Twitter, Tableau Public)
  • Links establishing their work (up to six blogs, sites, initiatives, etc. to bolster their nomination further)
  • What are the highlighted contributions the person made to the public-facing community?
  • Why they would be a good ambassador?

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Adam Mico

Principal, Data Visualization and CoE at Moderna | Data Leadership Collaborative Advisory Board Member | Tableau Visionary + Ambassador | Views are my own