Free experiences that can help your career

Virginia Backaitis
3 min readApr 8, 2020

What are you doing with the time don’t spend commuting during the COVID19 pandemic? Some of us are sleeping longer, going out for extra long runs, sewing face masks to supply medical workers or neighbors, spending time in the “classroom” with our kids…

You could also be watching a motivational videos to inspire you to make better choices on the job and for your career, learning or growing a skill, maybe even expanding your data and storytelling know-how to make new discoveries about COVID19.

Here are a few suggestions:

Salesforce hosts a #LeadingThroughChange webinar and webcast series. Presenters include business superstars and entertainers like:

  1. Mark Cuban (April 8, sign up here), entrepreneur, Shark Tank judge and Dallas Mavericks owner. He will talk about how to make it through the COVID19 pandemic and come out stronger
  2. Soledad O’Brien and Sheryl Crowe on Leading Through Change: Communicating With Customers In Times Of Change
  3. Amy and Ben Wright co-founders of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee and Lionel Richie on stories of resilience:

Tableau offers:

  1. A free COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Data Hub — It’s a publicly available set of data resources to help and inform business leaders and the broader public to make data-driven decisions in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The data hub includes visualizations from around the world, a fully-prepped (and regularly updated) Johns Hopkins dataset, and datasets from a broad range of institutions and partners.
  2. A free downloadable workbook with a starter dashboard and an embedded connection to a clean Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Data Stream that combines WHO and CDC case data. You can blend your own data with this workbook to better understand the impact on your organization. View the Dashboard
  3. Free Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep for 3 months. Tableau writes, “This is a challenging time for businesses and leaders across the world. Small businesses are facing a particular strain — and we’re determined to help. Tableau enables organizations of all sizes to get quick data insights to fuel better decisions, build trust and confidence across their business, and drive resilience in the…
Virginia Backaitis

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