It’s your virtual home for growing data literacy together. How many times have you said- "I just wish I could find other people who are doing this in other companies or organizations?" Or, "I just wish I had the tools and templates to know I was not wasting time making all of this up?" Well, you’re home. We’ve got you.
The Data Lodge is not your typical services company, or training company. It is a different kind of company designed to help Data Literacy Program leads across organizations with intentional content facilitation and connection. We have created a space for quick and scalable collaboration, with a shared center of gravity that is led and actively facilitated by a global thought leader on the topic.
When Valerie decided to leave her role as a Gartner analyst, it was bittersweet. Gartner has done an incredible job to raise awareness and advise clients on Data Literacy, and continues to do so. However, with Val’s consulting roots, and background in developing scalable methods and accelerators for global consulting practices, she knew she had to roll up her sleeves and dig in to help clients and data literacy pioneers.
From her leading work on data literacy, and working with the world’s Chief Data Officers on their Data and Analytics strategies, she is focused on The Data Lodge being the center of gravity for growing data literacy globally- professionally and personally. Because she believes that data literacy is not just a work skill, it’s a life skill.
Why I left Gartner, started The Data Lodge, and what's behind the name.
Former Gartner VP Analyst- Research & Advisory
Data and Analytics, Office of the CDO
Former Hewlett-Packard Global VP- Strategy and Portfolio
Information Management & Analytics Services
Founding The Data Lodge in 2019, Valerie is as committed to data literacy as it gets. She believes that in today's digital society, data literacy is not just a work skill- it's a life skill. With advisory services, bootcamps, a resource library and community services at The Data Lodge, Valerie is certifying the world’s first Data Literacy Program Leads across commercial, nonprofit and public sectors, and pioneering the path forward in cracking the data culture code.
Previously, Valerie had joined Gartner in 2015 in the Data and Analytics group, where she covered information management strategies, advanced analytics and related change management topics. She was a member of the Office of the CDO (Chief Data Officer) research team- where she led Gartner’s Annual CDO Survey, as well as the CDO Circle executive training and networking event, which she designed from scratch. She pioneered research in the area of Data Literacy and nurturing the “speaking of data” by creating Information as a Second Language® (ISL). In 2018, she was awarded Gartner’s Top Thought Leadership Award for her leadership in the area of Data Literacy.
Ms. Logan has more than 28 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains across industries, and five years of applied experience in the telecommunications industry at both field and enterprise levels.
Ms. Logan is an active and passionate thought leader in the areas of information and decision science strategies, supporting clients with their information and analytics evolution. She is a natural systems thinker - able to understand and distill complex concepts and systems for general understanding.
In 2018, Ms. Logan was named as a finalist for “Data Leader of the Year” within the Information Age Women in IT Awards. She was also recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices - recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent - driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.
When not busy traveling or working, Valerie works closely with youth and young adults- helping them to discover their unique skills, passions and esteem. Her commitment to mentoring students and professionals is in recognition and appreciation for early contributors to her life and career- just “paying it forward”.
Valerie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University with a concentration in Operations Research. She is based in the Adirondack Mountains with her husband Brian in Brant Lake, New York.
Podcast (Narrative Science)
Val chats with Cassidy Shield about starting The Data Lodge, how to define data literacy, and her pragmatic approach to teaching and promoting data literacy within your organization.
Listen in as Valerie joins the panel for the Anatomy of an Informed HR Leader as part of the 2021 Global Online Conference for HR Innovation and Future of Work.
Today we have a real data literacy masterclass in store for you! I am joined by the wonderful and inspiring Valerie Logan from The Data Lodge, and we talk about the unique way she approaches data literacy through what she calls ISL or Information as a Second Language ®. Valerie does an amazing job of unpacking exactly how this works and adds in loads of useful wisdom and examples that you can add to your existing data literacy program.
Val joined The Data Foundation as they hosted an in-depth discussion of the decision points and relevant factors for senior leaders prioritizing the structure of new CDO units being developed due to the OPEN Government Data Act requiring federal agencies to designate a Chief Data Officer (CDO) beginning in 2020, many for the first time.
There’s a language you speak every day, but Valerie Logan says you’re probably unaware you’re doing so...
It’s time you turn information into a second language. Yet, how exactly does one start “speaking data”? And how do you get the rest of your organization to follow suit? Listen to this podcast learn more...
It’s time to ensure that your employees – and especially you – are multi-lingual. Now, English, Spanish, Chinese and the like are important, but how well do you speak Information? We’re checking on your data literacy because it could be the determining factor for your organization’s future.
Val joined Drew Smith for an IIA webinar to discuss the important topic of building the case for Data Literacy, and what could happen if you don't.
Take a few moments to listen to this all important replay, found on the IIA website.
Wine professionals share their tips for acquiring data literacy skills and making the most of this emerging skill set.
(Data Foundation, Deloitte Consulting LLP Government & Public Services, The Data Lodge, 2022)
Gartner associate honored at the world’s largest technology diversity event
(Gartner Blog, June 7, 2018)