Greg Levenhagen

Greg Levenhagen Speaking
  • Location: Midwest US (UTC -6)
  • Expertise: Software Development, Community Building, Public Speaking, Strategy & Innovation, Career Development, Entrepreneurship
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP in Windows Development and Principal Software Engineer Consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, Code PaLOUsa, TechBash, VSLive, KCDC and DevLink.

He is also a Volunteer Teacher for CS through TEALS, Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User Group / Northeast WI Code Camp / Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member and a PhD student.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.

Eric Berg

Location: Germany (UTC +2)
Expertise: Azure, Cloud and Datacenter Management, Client Management, Automation, IT Strategy, Podcast, Webcast
Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

My name is Eric Berg and I work as Lead IT-Architect in the Azure Team of COMPAREX in Germany. Also I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management.

Right now I am focussing on Azure and Datacenter Infrastructure and Management. In the past I have done a lot in Client Management area too.

Since 2016 I am the organizer of the Azure Thüringen Meetup, where we talk about Azure related stuff from infrastructure to development.

I am active speaker on national and international conferences and user groups like, Azure Meetups, System Center User Groups, Cloud and Datacenter User Group, Technical Summit, IT-Camps, Microsoft Ignite, ExpertsLive, Cloud and Datacenter Conference, …

Also I am running a podcast and a webcast series together with one of my fellow MVPs called GeekSprech and GeekSchau.

As a Consultant it was my day to day business to present solutions to the customer. With my growing engagement in the community there were more opportunities to be chosen as a speaker. Over time I was invited to participate in several Call for Speakers and this was my starting point for international speaking engagements.

My first speaking opportunity at Microsoft Ignite was insane. There was a room fitting for 600 people and me standing on stage…prepared but nervous… speaking in front of such an audience….in englisch as a non-native speaker – The result was overwhelming… great feedback, questions and evaluations.

Now I am here to help others to reach the same point and feel this overwhelming feeling after a speech. I would like to share my experiences, help to prepare good stories for your presentations and see you make your own experiences.

Feel free to reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn and visit my Blog 

Mohammad Darab

Presenting at SQL Saturday Dallas 2018
  • Location: EST (UTC -5)
  • Expertise: SQL Server database engine, high availability and disaster recovery, security
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog

My name is Mohammad Darab. I’m a SQL Server Consultant, speaker and blogger with over 18 years of IT professional experience, 10+ years of that working with SQL Server.  Some areas of focus: database engine, high availability / disaster recovery, and security. I’m an MCITP and MCP 2016 (working towards my MCSE), as well as Security+ certified.

I am fairly new to speaking and absolutely enjoy it. That is why I reached out to become a mentor to anyone thinking about it! Feel free to reach out if you want to talk about how I overcame my fear of public speaking.

You can reach me either on Twitter,  LinkedIn, or Email.

Paul Andrew

  • Location: UK (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: Azure Data Platform, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Lambda Architectures
  • Contact: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog

OMrPaulAndrewnce upon a time there was a junior developer. This developer was passionate about what he did and wanted to share all his knowledge with anyone willing to listen. Ambition was a key motivator, combined with a small amount of competitiveness and a burning desire to know everything he had big plans to become a subject matter expert in his field.

Through our incredible data platform community these goals can be achieved. The community can facilitate your growth and open doors to every corner of this vast IT industry. But be warned, this takes commitment, bucket loads of effort and (let’s be realistic) a reasonable amount of personal time sacrificed. However, you will get out what you put in.

If these things ring true with you and you wish to grow yourself through our community please reach out, I’d be happy to help.

I was that junior developer about 20 years ago and what was true then is still true now. But maybe slightly more refined. The community has supported my career growth in ways I never expected, through blogging, helping, speaking and organising events.

I’m now a Senior Data Analytics Consultant at Adatis (a London based business intelligence consultancy) and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I currently specialise in architecting big data solutions with Microsoft Azure services and delivering intelligent insights for my customers business.

I look forward to hearing from you and starting your data journey in our community.

 

 

 

 

Greg Moore

  • Location: Troy NY (UTC -5)
  • SQL Server, Disasters, Cave Rescue
  • @stridergdm

I’m just getting started here so bear with me as I figure out the lay of the land.

I’m a SQL DBA with over 20 years of experience with SQL Server.

I’ve been speaking at SQL Saturday Events for over 3 years now and love to see new speakers breaking into the field.

In addition to SQL, I also am a caver and teach cave rescue. I also enjoy studying disasters such as plane crashes.

I’ve combined my interests in these three fields into a book, currently on Amazon (small plug) IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field.

I’d love to say my first SQL Saturday speaking engagement was a downright success with a standing ovation at the end.  But alas, honesty and modesty prevails and I have to say far from that. The title was “Tips that Saved my Bacon.” Before I even started the presentation, a woman in the back raised her hand and asked, “What is bacon?”  Fortunately it got better from there.

If I can survive that, you can survive your first speaking experience.

I’m looking forward to working with folks who like to combine slightly offbeat topics into something educational and entertaining.

Cathrine Wilhelmsen

Cathrine Wilhelmsen
  • Location: Norway (UTC+1)
  • Expertise: Data Warehousing, ETL, SSIS, and Biml. Abstract writing, slide design, PowerPoint, and presentation tools.
  • Contact: cathrinewilhelmsen.net | @cathrinew | LinkedIn

Hi! I’m Cathrine. I love teaching and sharing knowledge 🙂

My work is focused on Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence projects, and I specialize in ETL, SSIS and Biml development. Outside of work I’m active in the SQL Server and PASS communities as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, author, speaker, blogger, organizer and chronic volunteer.

I started speaking in 2014 and have since experienced everything from the adrenaline kick of walking off stage after delivering a mostly flawless presentation, to the disappointment of not having anyone show up at all.

You can read more about some of my experiences in my blog posts:
Dealing with Disappointment and Learning from Failures
3 Mistakes I Made While Presenting Remotely
Presenting a webinar for the first time
Help! My computer is dead and I’m supposed to do a demo-based presentation!

I received a lot of help and support when I first started speaking, and I am doing my best every day to give back and pay it forward. Speaking can be terrifying. Things can, and will, go wrong. You will have ups and downs, amazing days and horrible days. But the experience you gain, the people you help, and the friends you make along the way is worth it all!

Everyone has their own unique story, and everyone has experiences and knowledge that can help others. I’m here if you want someone to help you with abstracts, slide decks, or demos. I’m here if you need someone to listen to your rehearsals and give you feedback on flow, content, language and body language. I’m here to support you and cheer for you, whether remote or in-person when you need some external courage.

You can do this! 🙂

Andy Leonard

Andy presenting
  • Location: US (UTC -5)
  • Expertise: Data Integration, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml), Leadership, Management
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

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I started working (well, playing) with computers in 1975 at age 11. I learned Motorola machine language and then BASIC. I was trained in electronics (and missile guidance systems maintenance) by the US Army and have an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.

I first delivered training for the Army National Guard Professional Education Center in 1986. During the 1990’s, I was an instructor at ECPI – a technical college in Richmond Virginia (US) where I taught mostly electronics.

Although I had been programming (as a hobby) with BASIC and Visual Basic for a couple decades, I did not begin working with databases until the mid-1990’s. I started with Microsoft Access and quickly moved to Microsoft SQL Server.

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In the mid-2000’s I began delivering presentations and writing professionally. I’ve delivered presentations to public and private audiences, both free and paid engagements.

Learning is a passion. I enjoy learning immensely and compare the thrill of learning to the euphoria experienced during my (brief) running days (I trained for and completed a half-marathon at age 50). I love sharing what I learn. I want others to share the euphoric experience. Hence, I’ve written books, blog regularly, and present whenever I can.

I founded Enterprise Data & Analytics and serve as Chief Data Engineer. I built and maintain the Data Integration Lifecycle Management Suite (DILM Suite) – a collection of tools that facilitate DevOps with SSIS. I am honored to be a Friend of Redgate. I was a Microsoft MVP 2007-2012.

I do not know how many presentations I’ve delivered – my best guess is “hundreds.” Like Alex, I share a passion for our community. I am not self-taught, I am community-taught. Although I am still learning to present, I am happy to share what I’ve learned with anyone wishing to listen.

It is always an honor to present.

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Meagan Longoria

  • Location: Denver, CO, USA (UTC-7)
  • Expertise: Business intelligence/analytics and data viz on the Microsoft Data Platform, distilling complex concepts into useful nuggets of information
  • Contact: Twitter|LinkedIn

When I graduated from college (undergrad), I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I landed a job with a large healthcare IT company where new college graduates were hired, trained, and then placed in various parts of the business. I ended up in the financial reporting group, providing analytics and reporting to company executives and the finance department. That was where I learned that I love working with data and teaching people how to access their data and make sense of it.

In 2012, I attended the SQL Rally Dallas conference and met Bill Graziano, another data professional who lived in Kansas City (where I lived at the time). As we were chatting, I told him I wanted to get more involved with the local SQL community. Bill told me I was welcome to help organize the next Kansas City SQL Saturday, so I joined the planning committee. SQL Saturday has an open call for speakers. I watched as the deadline to submit approached, and I noticed that the submitted abstracts were all focused on DBA and data integration topics. On the last evening that the call for speakers was open, I decided to submit a talk on data visualization in Reporting Services (SSRS). In August of 2012, I gave my SSRS talk. I was nervous, but I very much enjoyed the experience. A supportive community member sat in my session and gave me a few tips and encouragement afterward, and that started the beginning of my addiction to speaking.

From there, I began traveling to speak at other SQL Saturdays and conferences, speaking at several dozen conferences and user groups over the subsequent years. At first, I was just excited to share my knowledge about topics that interested me. Once I got more comfortable, I enjoyed learning from my audience as well. I am continually inspired and enlightened by the other speakers I have met along the way. It takes courage to put yourself out there, but I believe the rewards are well worth it. I have made friends, gained job opportunities, visit new cities, and learned a lot about myself, speaking, and the Microsoft Data Platform. In 2016, I earned the Microsoft MVP award for my community contributions, including speaking at conferences.

You can find a list of my speaking engagements and some presentation materials on my website.

While I know there is always room for improvement in my speaking and presentation skills, I’ve racked up a bit of knowledge and experience over the years and would love to help someone else get started or improve.