EEDL Slides: Exploring Levels of Data Literacy – What’s Needed by Whom 

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About the Webinar

What is data literacy? Which organizations, and which workers in those organizations, need to be data-literate? There are seemingly hundreds of definitions of data literacy, along with almost as many opinions about how to achieve it.   

In a broader perspective, companies must consider whether data literacy is an isolated goal or one component of a broader learning strategy to address skill deficits. How does data literacy compare to other types of skills or “literacy” such as business acumen? 

This session will position data literacy in the context of other worker skills as a framework for understanding how and where it fits and how to advocate for its importance. 

About the Speaker

Wendy D. Lynch, PhD

Founder, and Lynch Consulting

For over 35 years, Wendy Lynch, PhD has converted complex analytics into business value. At heart, she is a sense-maker and translator. A consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies, her current work focuses on the application of Big Data solutions in Human Capital Management.

In 2022, she was awarded the Bill Whitmer Leadership Award for her sustained contributions to the science of corporate health.

As a research scientist working in the business world, Dr. Wendy Lynch has learned to straddle commercial and academic goals, translating analytic results into market success.

Through her roles in diverse work settings—including digital start-ups, century-old insurers, academic medical centers, consulting firms, health care providers and the board room—she became familiar (and fascinated) with the unique language of each. She also became familiar with the difficult dynamic that often exists between business and analytic teams—preventing them from collaborating effectively.

Those experiences led to her true passion of promoting clear and meaningful conversations that produce mutual understanding and success. The result is her new book Become an Analytic Translator, and an online course.

According to McKinsey there will be a need for 2-4 million analytic translators in the next decade. Dr. Lynch hopes to train many data professionals to fill those positions.

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