About

Transform your technical information for non-technical audiences through better data visualizations, reports, slideshows, and dashboards. Depict Data Studio provides workshops, webinars, conference keynotes, coaching sessions, and custom design projects.

Ann K. Emery

“Nothing bothers me more than information that sits in spreadsheets: unused, dusty, forgotten about. Early on, word spread that I could transform technical research findings into simple visuals. I was asked to share my skills. I led brown bags. I taught others over coffee (and beer). I blogged. I created video tutorials. Just for fun. In my spare time. I tried to quench the demand; the demand intensified. It was quickly apparent that people like me quit their salaried jobs and start their own company, so that’s what I did. Now I share my skills through dozens of speaking engagements for thousands of people each year. Your research deserves to be out in the world: utilized, actionable, talked about.”
Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 50 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.

Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

In her “spare” time, Ann chairs the American Evaluation Association’s data visualization interest group, serves as an advisory member of the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentations Initiative, and motorcycles around the country with her husband and toddler.

Prior to launching her own company, Ann measured the effectiveness of public policy projects at Innovation Network, managed a performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center, evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International, and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.

Organizations We’ve Worked With

21st Century Community Learning Centers
Abt Associates
Alabama Power Foundation
American Evaluation Association
American Fraternal Alliance
Arabella Advisors
Aspen Institute
Brandeis University
California Wellness Foundation
CAMRIS International
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Centers for Disease Control
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Communities in Schools
Compassion International
Corporate Executive Board
Creative Associates International
DC Child and Family Services Agency
Democracy Fund
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
EnCompass
EngenderHealth
Evidence Action
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
EngenderHealth
Evidence Action
Feeding Tomorrow
Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund
Florida Grant Developers Network
Focused Ultrasound Foundation
German Development Cooperation
Global Environment Facility
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Harvard University
Innovation Research and Training
International Justice Mission
IREX
James Bell Associates
Kaizen Company
KLAS Research
Knights of Columbus
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lurie Childrens’ Hospital
Missouri Institute of Mental Health
National Hemophilia Association
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
NC Division of Public Health
NeighborWorks
Northern Virginia Family Service
Ontario Council for International Cooperation
Packard Foundation
PEAK Grantmaking
QED Group
Redstone Strategy Group
Rio Tinto Alcan
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sanford Research
Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry
Southern Regional Education Board
TechChange
TechnoServe
U.S. African Development Foundation
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Institute of Peace
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
United Nations
University of Tennessee
Urban Institute
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
WI Department of Public Health
WI Office of Rural Health