Transform your technical information for non-technical audiences through better data visualizations, reports, slideshows, and dashboards.

Depict Data Studio provides professional development through private workshops, online courses, and conference keynotes.

Ann K. Emery

Data Visualization Designer
Ann K. Emery is an internationally acclaimed speaker who equips organizations to get their data out of dusty spreadsheets and into real-world conversations.

Each year, she delivers over 100 keynotes, workshops, and webinars with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.

She has been invited to speak in 30 states and 10 countries; 6,000 people have enrolled in her online training academy; and she has consulted to 200 organizations, including the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and Harvard University.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.

After traveling full-time as a digital nomad, Ann now resides in Florida along with her husband and three children.

Organizations Ann Has Worked With

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Abt Associates
  • Alabama Power Foundation
  • American Evaluation Association
  • American Fraternal Alliance
  • Arabella Advisors
  • Aspen Institute
  • Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement for Indiana
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • Brandeis University
  • CA Department of Social Services
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • Canadian Evaluation Society
  • CAMRIS International
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
  • Communities in Schools
  • Compassion International
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Creative Associates International
  • DC Child and Family Services Agency
  • Democracy Fund
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • EnCompass
  • EngenderHealth
  • Evidence Action
  • Feeding Tomorrow
  • Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund
  • Florida Grant Developers Network
  • Focused Ultrasound Foundation
  • German Development Cooperation
  • Global Environment Facility
  • GrantStation
  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • Harvard University
  • Heritage Insider
  • ID Department of Correction
  • 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
  • ME&A
  • Milwaukee Evaluation
  • Mission Capital
  • Missouri Institute of Mental Health
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • National Hemophilia Association
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NC Division of Public Health
  • NeighborWorks
  • Northern Virginia Family Service
  • OMNI Institute
  • Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • Packard Foundation
  • PEAK Grantmaking
  • QED Group
  • Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  • Redstone Strategy Group
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • RTP Evaluators
  • Sanford Research
  • Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry
  • Southeast Evaluation Association
  • Southern Regional Education Board
  • TechChange
  • TechnoServe
  • Texas Association of Institutional Research
  • The Evaluators’ Institute
  • 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 South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • Urban Institute
  • Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • WI Department of Public Health
  • WI Office of Rural Health
  • YouthREX


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What People Are Saying

“As a 20+ year Excel user I can not BELIEVE the things I didn’t know, and that I learned to master in moments from Ann’s brilliant and engaging teaching. [Simple Spreadsheets] is by far the most well prepared and executed online course I have ever taken. The videos are short, and perfectly instructed. The course materials are actual Excel files embedded with the skills, tricks and formulas that are taught in the video segments. As far as who this course is best suited to, I think it could help Excel users of all levels, from beginners to advanced (which is what I would have called myself before taking this course and realizing my knowledge gaps!). For beginners it would be a one-stop shop of all you need to know to excel at Excel. For long-time users it will provide short-cuts, helpful formulas and other tricks you might not have known were hiding in this program. I truly can’t say enough about it, and have already recommended it to research colleagues, data/social indicator experts and policy folks.”
Lynn Davey, Ph.D, Davey Strategies
“I am a university researcher and have a lot of familiarity with data collection and statistical analysis programs/platforms (e.g. SPSS, SAS, etc.), but needed a low-cost, widely-used data collection and analysis tool I could recommend and teach to the community partners with whom I conduct research. I have known for a long time that Excel was likely the solution to my problem, but could never find time to learn to use it, except in the most basic ways (sort, sum). Last summer, I took Ann Emery’s Simple Spreadsheets course and dramatically improved my Excel acuity. *Plus* the course was fun, straightforward, and immediately useful. Having the modules available for lifetime access meant that I could make up sessions I missed, and revisit material on which I needed refreshers. This course was more than worth the time and money I put into it, and I continue to learn and benefit from it (almost a year later). I highly recommend this course!”
Sarah V. Suiter, Vanderbilt University
“I’ve known Ann for 10 years and in that time I’ve learned a lot from her. Her vision for turning text into something that a lay person would understand, visually, has been a life-saver. She has creative ideas that many organizations can turn into real world application. I’ve valued the trainings I’ve received from her and continue to learn new things in each class.”
Joyce Shelton, Senior Child Welfare and Education Operations Specialist, ICF
“This [Simple Spreadsheets] course is great for staff at small non profits who use Excel. It’s an affordable way to get professional development in segments that are easy to fit into your schedule. It’s great to be able to digest the info, try it out in your own scenarios and then re-watch segments as necessary. This course helped me display data in easy ‘bites’ for our board and staff to digest. I also really enjoyed the pivot table set of videos–they were way more helpful than anything I’ve ever seen before. Ann’s explanations are very clear and her examples are relatable to our nonprofit work. Thanks, Ann! I’m so glad to have found this course!”
Mary Henriques, Development Director, Valley Family Center
“Ann’s course will be a real timesaver for independent evaluators, non-profits and public agencies alike! The logically organized videos show you step-by-step hacks and best practices for organizing and cleaning datasets. It covers all the tricks you wish you learned in grad school. I also appreciated Ann’s encouraging demeanor and generosity in taking time to answer my questions. If you want to improve your data cleaning/management knowledge, invest in this course! Knowing how to use conditional formatting to create data bars and highlight duplications in my large dataset has saved me tons of time. Thanks Ann!”
Robin Kipke, Evaluation Associate, University of California, Davis

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