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USD $2,500


Eight weeks
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    This program is offered in English and Spanish

Course Format

Online learning with live, interactive sessions


Shree Bharadwaj, MS; Bridget Sheahan, CFA; Storytelling with Data; the University of Chicago

Strategic Data Storytelling

As the amount of data we are able to collect continues to grow, storytelling and visualization tools are becoming essential for communicating any conclusions we may draw from all this information. In addition to learning how to tell the story, this course will walk you through aligning it to the business goal that needs to be met and the audience to whom the narrative will be pitched.

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Are You a Professional Looking to Communicate Data Insights in a More Appealing Way?

Designed for professionals who work with data science teams and data scientists interested in transitioning into client-facing roles. As it is not an introductory course, a technical background and being comfortable working with data sets in Excel, Google Data Studio, and Tableau are strongly advised.

Meet the Instructors

Shree Bharadwaj, MS
Data Engineering and Strategic Data Storytelling, the University of Chicago

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Shree Bharadwaj works at West Monroe, a management consulting company. As a Center of Excellence lead, he advises private equity and venture capital firms and C-level executives on value creation, post-close synergies, and data and analytics (BI/AI) strategies focused on business outcomes. In his previous executive leadership role at Syndigo, he led the data strategy, data science, next-gen platform, and M&A integrations. His expertise revolves around driving innovation, standardization, development and operationalizing machine learning models, data engineering at scale using on-premise and cloud platforms, effective data visualizations, model-driven design, and algorithmic thinking. Bharadwaj was elected to the Global Standards Architecture Board at GS1, where he worked with global industry leaders to develop standards, road maps, and governance and compliance requirements relating to food services, healthcare, retail, supply chain, and CPG/FMCG verticals. His experience spans across multiple industries that include AdTech, EdTech, FinTech, healthcare, MarTech, public safety, retail, and telecom in organizations that range from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Bridget Sheahan, CFA
Strategic Data Storytelling, the University of Chicago

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Bridget Sheahan works as the VP of Analytics and Insights at Valassis Communications, a global media and marketing services company. Her role entails leading the analytics services, data innovation, and data science teams. Prior to this role at Valassis, Sheahan held a number of analytics-related positions, including serving as executive director of Client Analytics, and before joining Valassis, she was the director of Pricing and Marketing Analytics at the Learning Care Group.

Career Outlook

The global big data market is expected to grow to $229.4 billion by 2025, and an increasing number of organizations are in need of storytelling techniques—and data storytelling professionals—to communicate and visualize their data effectively. Nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies alike find this approach raises awareness of a brand, issue, product, or trend and inspires audiences to take action. Possessing both analytical skills and the ability to weave data into compelling narratives, data storytellers and visualization specialists are prized by enterprises that want to maximize their data’s value.


The average salary for an insight analyst in the United States

Potential Job Titles in Data Storytelling

  • Analytics Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Modeler
  • Data Storyteller
  • Data Visualizer
  • Database Administrator
  • Digital Analytics Insights Specialist
  • Insight Analyst
  • Insight Specialist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician