Assembling Online: Disrupting Data Governance (Meet the Author)


About This Event:

Hear Laura Madsen discuss her book Disrupting Data Governance: A Call to Action with GA Data Science Instructor Matt Brems. There will be an audience Q+A afterwards.

Why is data governance so ineffective? The truth is data governance programs aren’t designed for the way we run our data teams, they aren’t even designed for a modern organization at all. They were designed when reports still came through inter-office mail.

The flow of data into, within, and out of today’s organizations is a tsunami breaking through rigid data governance methods. Yet our programs still rely on that command and control approach. Have you ever tried to control a tsunami? Every organization that uses data knows that they need a data governance program. Data literacy efforts and legislation like GDPR have become the bellwethers for our governance functions. But we still sit in data governance meetings without enough people and too many questions to move things forward. There’s no agility to the program because we imply a degree of frailty to the data that doesn’t exist. We continue to insist on archaic methods that bring no value to our organizations. Achieving deep insights from data can’t happen without good governance practices.

All indicators point to the need to create a resilient and responsive data governance function. Where we go from here, and how we achieve success in data governance requires a radically different way. The hard truth: it’s time to challenge everything we know about data governance.

About the Instructors:

Matt Brems

Instructor, Washington, D.C. Taught at 10 GA campuses

Matt currently is a global instructor for GA’s Data Science Immersive program across the United States. Matt is a recovering politico, having worked as a data scientist for a political consulting firm through the 2016 election. Prior to his work in politics, he earned his Master’s degree in statistics from The Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree at Franklin College in Indiana. Matt is passionate about putting the revolutionary power of machine learning into the hands of as many people as possible. When he’s not teaching, he’s volunteering with Statistics Without Borders, thinking about how to be a better teacher, falling asleep to Netflix, and/or cuddling with his pug.

In recognition of his exemplary service in the classroom, Matt has been selected as a member of General Assembly’s Distinguished Faculty program and Matt earned the ‘Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year’ award in 2019. Matt also serves as the chair of GA’s Product Advisory Board for data science.

Laura Madsen


Laura Madsen has over 20 years of experience in data governance and analytics, and is a frequent conference speaker. She’s a selfless champion for diversity, inclusion and gender equity matters through organizations like Sistech. Laura co-founded the Minneapolis-based consulting firm Via Gurus with the focus of helping companies define and execute successful data strategies. You should also know Laura is a Halestorm fan, myth-buster, BS caller, and has perfected the art of cynicism.

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