Tableau Zen Masters raise the bar of what’s possible
When it comes to mastery of the Tableau platform, the desire to collaborate, and leadership within the community, Tableau Zen Masters are in a class of their own. They share their expertise with others and help Tableau build better products. Recognized for their contributions, they are nominated by the community and represent diverse skill sets, backgrounds, and interests from all around the world. We are lucky to have them as community leaders.
What it takes to become a Tableau Zen Master
Show a deep understanding of how Tableau works. Develop innovative, effective new ways to use Tableau.
Help others be better Tableau users. Provide correct and clear answers to questions. Serve as Tableau evangelists and share our mission.
Collaborate with others. Share tips and tricks that even our brightest developers hadn’t considered. Offer support to people of all skill levels.
Meet the current Tableau Zen Masters
The 2021 Tableau Zen Masters include 43 individuals, representing 14 countries, and 4 global regions.
Interpreter turned analyst, Bridget Cogley brings an interdisciplinary approach to data analytics. She focuses on ethics, data literacy, effective data communication, and functional aesthetics in design. She has been a Senior Consultant for the last 6 years and is a 4-time Tableau Zen Master. Prior to consulting, Bridget managed an analytics department, which included vetting and selecting Tableau, creating views in the database, and building comprehensive reporting. She also has experience in American Sign Language, training, HR, managing, and sales support.
Bridget sees Tableau in a fresh and inspiring way. Effective data communication is more than just putting some charts on a dashboard. Bridget holds our hands and gives us great ideas about how to turn a good visualization into an engaging one with a bit of humor along the way.
Candra is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Lumodis, a consulting firm that focuses on data strategy, data visualization, data literacy, and digital experience optimization. She loves making complex things simple and helping people identify opportunities and scale their organizations by putting their data to work for them. She is a leader in the data visualization community and serves as a coach for the global social data project #workoutwednesday.
When she is not showing others how to understand their data or how to tell data stories that inspire action, she enjoys moving the conversation forward related to DEI in tech and data ethics. Outside of her day job, she is a proud wife and mother of one, experimental baker, music lover, and (pre-Covid-19) avid traveler.
Eva Murray is a leader in the data visualization community, running the popular global social data project #MakeoverMonday and the speaker platform 'The Maple Square'.
Eva is passionate about helping people understand, work with and fall in love with data by giving them a platform for learning about data analysis and visualisation and for connecting with like-minded people.
Eva is an international speaker on the topics of data visualization, data culture and data communities, has published two books (#MakeoverMonday and Empowered by Data) and is a driving force for women's empowerment in the technology industry.
Outside of the data world, Eva spends time with her black Labrador puppy, Maggie, combines indoor cycling with watching Netflix, has found a passion for baking sourdough bread, loves to cook and uses running and hiking as a way to explore beautiful places close to home.
Filippo Mastroianni is a passionate Data Journalist and Data Visualization Specialist. He works at The Information Lab, helping companies make sense of their data and embraces a new analytical culture. Filippo has also several years of experience in online and print media as data journalist, designing engaging graphics and writing news stories for Il Sole24Ore and other media organizations.
His mission is to uncover the news hidden in data, trying to give voice to the numbers and the stories they have to tell.
Ivett has been using Tableau every day for almost 10 years.
She enjoys developing creative, informative, and functional visualizations to overcome business challenges. She teaches Tableau and data visualization best practice courses and workshops at universities and organizations. She has been a Tableau Public Ambassador for over four years. She has been encouraging the community with her extra-ordinary way of thinking while also helping them learn the newest best practices and evergreen principles.
Judit Bekker is a Data Visualization Designer from Budapest who loves beautiful things. She believes even small data can have a big impact, that people can only grow by elevating others, and that you don't need to be the best in everything to be the best in something.
Judit is obsessed with arts and design, fonts, books, movies, cycling, plants, food, and so much more. It's safe to say there is more she's passionate about than she isn't.
I love to travel, to know new cultures and to share with my family. My life with Tableau started in 2016, I enjoy learning, sharing knowledge, and nurturing information to this valuable community.
But not everything is work related, I also consider myself an adrenaline junky, I love to drive fast, skydiving and roller-coasters.
Sarah is a BI & Analytics Consultant at Slalom London and has been working in analytics for over 10 years. Sarah was introduced to Tableau in late 2014 whilst working as an analyst and soon discovered her passion for data visualisation through participating in various community initiatives including #MakeoverMonday and #VizForSocialGood. In 2018, Sarah competed on stage at Iron Viz Europe and the experience prompted her to launch #IronQuest; a community data visualisation initiative designed to prepare individuals for the Iron Viz feeder competitions. #IronQuest gives participants an opportunity to practice sourcing data, refine their design, storytelling and analysis skills whilst also providing a platform for participants to showcase their amazing visualisations. Sarah is currently a Tableau Social Ambassador and is passionate about welcoming newcomers to the Tableau Community.
In her spare time, Sarah co-leads London Tableau User Group and enjoys sharing vizzes on her favourite music genre; hip hop!
Satoshi Ganeko is a data analyst and a business Intelligence specialist in an airline company. He is also in charge of introducing and coaching Tableau in his company.
He is a leader of Viz for Social Good Tokyo Chapter, and a key member of Japan Tableau User Group.
He regularly participates in Makeover Monday, Viz for Social Good and SDGs viz projects.
Sometimes, he enjoys using Tableau to create math arts. His vizzes on Tableau public are over 300.
He loves Tableau and data visualization. His main focus is to utilize Tableau fully and tell the possibility of Tableau.
Wendy Shijia 汪士佳
Wendy is a user experience designer based in Shanghai, China. She has over ten years of experience in interface design. As a freelancer, she is always learning new skills to keep herself competitive and up-to-date.
Wendy started to use Tableau at the end of 2018 in a training program. She soon discovered her passion for data visualization. Since then, Wendy has spent most of the time after work on personal projects and engaging with the Tableau community. She regularly posts on Tableau Public, aiming to tell visual stories to the community on topics that she has found interesting and/or important in her daily life.
At the beginning of 2021, Wendy started to work as a data visualization designer. She aims to support the clients with her passion and design experience to translate data into insights.
Yupeng is perhaps the best representation to fulfill the statement --“tableau can help people (esp. Not-it users) to see and understand data".
Several years ago, Yupeng was then the Chairman Assistant and Business Analyst in a Retail company. Same as other analysts in China, he struggled to derive insight from many different reporting tools for Managements. However, only Tableau was able to help him to ask questions , get the answer and ask follow up questions from data within one visual interface to provide the accurate insight and helped Management team made data driven decisions.
To make full use of Tableau in different business environments, Yupeng began to study in Tableau intensely, especially LOD calculations in different business environments. Meanwhile, Yupeng documented his experience and practical methods in blogs and launched an activity named “Zero Master”, trying to help business users without IT background to apply and master tableau skillsets in their business.
Now, he became one of Tableau Partner from a passionate tableau user, to share his best practices to wider scale of users in China.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Yupeng summarized his extensive tableau knowledge accumulated from past years, he completed and published a book “Data Visualization-Tableau Principle and Best Practices”(in Chinese Tableau原理可视化分析最佳实践), which is ranked best seller in Tableau related books and being translated by passionate users in English to benefit more diversified global users.
Shin is always active on the Forums and has been a Top Contributor for more than 12 months. He has more than 825 “correct answers” in the Forum just within the calendar year 2017 alone. Shin has been using Tableau since 2014 and joined the Forum from October 2015. Since then, he has continued to answer a wide variety of questions and has provided support to thousands of people. You can also find him on Twitter, Tableau public and his own blog.
Shin is a Senior Supply Chain Planner within the Semiconductor Industry. In the Tableau community, he became recognized as a Tableau Ambassador from 2016. He has gained more than 80,000 points through Forum activity, which is the 2nd highest score among more than 60,000 community participants.
Shin’s goal is to allow people to enjoy using Tableau more.
Ryan Sleeper is an independent data visualization designer, author, speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in Tableau.
He is a 2X Tableau Zen Master, 2013 Tableau Iron Viz Champion, author of the 2015 Tableau Public Visualization of the Year, and author of Practical Tableau (O'Reilly).
Tableau Zen Master Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Zen Masters serve at least 5 terms and are selected based on overall contributions to and stewardship of the Tableau Community. We are privileged to recognize these individuals for their dedication to the Zen Master Program.
Joshua Milligan is a four-time Tableau Zen Master. His passion is training, mentoring, and helping people gain insights and make decisions based on their data through visual analytics using Tableau and data prep using Tableau Prep Builder & Tableau Prep Conductor. He is a principal consultant at Teknion Data Solutions, where he has served clients in numerous industries since 2004.
In 2017, Joshua was one of three Iron Viz finalists and competed on the big stage in Las Vegas. He is the author of the book Learning Tableau, now in its second edition and is working on the third. He lives with his wife and three children in Tulsa.
Kelly worked as a senior data analyst since 2000 and has an education in demography; the study of population patterns and behaviour. (MA, thesis defended 2001). She has worked in health care (public health, cardiology), child protection services, and telecommunications and is skilled in social research methods (including data analysis), statistics, SQL and Tableau.
Kelly was one of our original Tableau Zen Masters and was in the program for four years. She stepped back from contributing to the community when she was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away on September 30, 2019 at the age of 58.
At Tableau, we will remember not only her skills but also her humility, one of the fundamental tenets of a successful community: Kelly shared ideas with the purpose of helping others, not for the sake of herself. In honour of Kelly’s many contributions, we are adding her to the Zen Master Hall of Fame.
We send our best wishes to her family and friends. She will be missed.
I started working for Leicestershire County Council 18 years ago as part of the then Research team. But it was in 2011 that things really changed when I downloaded Tableau for the first time. Five (long) years later, in December 2016, we deployed Tableau Server across the Council. Currently, I'm called a Business Intelligence Development Team Leader. My job is to ensure the success of the Tableau deployment. I'm responsible for a team of developers that accesses Council data. Then wrangler it and add into our own database to allow analysts to plug in and viz. I'm also known to help with the vizzing.
In any spare time, I write data-driven stories with Tableau and Chris Love as the Data Beats on Medium (https://medium.com/@databeats), and create too many spatial treemaps.
Steve Wexler is the founder of Data Revelations and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios (Wiley, 2017).
Steve has worked with ADP, Gallup, Deloitte, Convergys, Consumer Reports, The Economist, ConEd, D&B, Marist, Cornell University, Stanford University, Tradeweb, Tiffany, McKinsey & Company, and many other organizations to help them understand and visualize their data. Steve is a five-time Tableau Zen Master, Iron Viz Champion, and Tableau Training Partner.
His presentations and training classes combine an extraordinary level of product mastery with the real-world experience gained through developing thousands of visualizations for dozens of clients. Steve has taught thousands of people in both large and small organizations and is known for conducting his seminars with clarity, patience, and humor.