January 17th at 6 PM PST – Storytelling with Financial Data Using Power BI as presented by Robin Abramson

Welcome to the January 17th, 2024 HYBRID meeting!

We are once again meeting in person in Vancouver, WA at the downtown Umpqua Bank in their Community Room!

You may have noticed a change in date, we are now meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month once again at 6:00 PM PST.  We will have snacks and networking before the main meeting.

But… we will continue to operate monthly online meetings through the PNW collaborative facilitated by the Oregon Data Community.  Due to this, you will be able to attend the meeting remotely and we are definitely open to remote speakers.

Please Register at Meetup!!


In order to encourage questions during the presentation, please use chat which will be monitored and/or use the raise hands option in Teams.  Please be mindful of the other attendees and mute your mic!

We will be starting at 6:00 PM PST/3:00 AM CEST

Schedule: (may be fluid due to discussions and Q/A):
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Snacks/Announcements/Networking
6:30 PM – Presentation

8:30 PM – Happy Hour/Networking (Shanahans in Vancouver)



Title: Storytelling with Financial Data using Power BI


Recent changes to Microsoft’s Standard Visualizations have made it more possible than ever before to lead users to actionable data in visually compelling ways without custom visualizations.

In this session, we will delve into the art of storytelling through financial data using Power BI, taking full advantage of the enhanced visual capabilities. We’ll explore how these changes empower you to craft narratives that resonate with your audience, making data-driven decisions a reality.

Throughout the presentation, we will discuss different visual techniques and the reasons behind implementing them. You will gain insights into the psychology of effective data communication, enabling decision-makers to explore their data more effectively.

Together, we will go through the process of creating a simple report that showcases firsthand how these enhancements can transform raw financial data into impactful narratives.

Join us to discover how to engage users and drive actionable insights with these new options.



Robin Abramson is an Analytics Professional with 19 years of experience in information technology. She is a FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect in Power BI, and specializes in Power BI architecture, development and design with a focus on dynamic reporting. She has worked with the Federal Government, Fortune 500 & Healthcare Companies as well as Ivy League Universities.


Ms. Abramson served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) as Director of Member Products and Services for 2001 – 2002. Her experience includes all facets of Enterprise data with a focus in recent years on visualization and reporting. She was a Microsoft FastTrack Recognized Solution Architect in Power BI from 2021 – 2023.


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