I get pinged with a lot of opinions about data and information from entrenched personalities who have been around our business a long time. I also hear from newer voices with newer ideas. Most all of them are very smart. Some are engaging, a few are eccentric and still others are inexplicably defensive even as they ask for a meeting. But pretty much all of them are passionate about data.   We need all these people because data isn't a riveting subject to your average man on the street. Only certain persons see adventure where most see ones, zeros, flat files and drudgery. And we could all use some inspiration to raise it up a notch and hope another generation will follow these footsteps rather than the latest round of pop culture. 

So with no apologies to Lady Gaga or reality TV, I was happy to get the assignment to write the cover story for our latest magazine profiling Suzanne Yoakum-Stover. I hope you will read this story because it might inspire you like it inspires me.  

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