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 11 countries; 9,000 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 five children.

Organizations Ann Has Worked With

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Abt Associates
  • AccessLex
  • 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
  • Aurora Training Advantage
  • Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
  • BLE Solutions
  • Brandeis University
  • Butte County, California
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • Canadian Evaluation Society
  • CAMRIS International
  • CDC Foundation
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
  • Citi
  • City of Seattle
  • Communities in Schools
  • Community Connections of New York
  • 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
  • Deutsche-Welle
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Empact Solutions
  • EnCompass
  • EngenderHealth
  • Equal Measure
  • Evidence Action
  • Feeding Tomorrow
  • Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund
  • Florida Floodplain Managers Association
  • Florida Grant Developers Network
  • Focused Ultrasound Foundation
  • Fresno City College
  • German Development Cooperation
  • Global Environment Facility
  • Government of Canada
  • GrantStation
  • Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • Harvard University
  • Heritage Insider
  • HG&Co
  • Hivos
  • HomeTown Health
  • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • Idaho Department of Correction
  • Idaho Department of Health
  • Illinois Public Library Directors
  • Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties
  • Indiana Evaluation Association
  • Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
  • Ingenuity
  • Innovation Research and Training
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • International Justice Mission
  • IREX
  • James Bell Associates
  • Kaizen Company
  • Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • KLAS Research
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Lark InfoLab
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Luminate
  • Lurie Childrens’ Hospital
  • Madison County, Indiana
  • ME&A
  • MercyOne
  • Michigan Association for Evaluation
  • Milwaukee Evaluation
  • MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center
  • Mission Capital
  • Missouri Institute of Mental Health
  • Monroe County, Indiana
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools
  • National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence
  • National Hemophilia Foundation
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Libraries of Medicine
  • North Carolina Division of Public Health
  • NeighborWorks
  • Nevada Health and Human Services
  • Northern Virginia Family Service
  • OMNI Institute
  • Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • OSG
  • Packard Foundation
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • PEAK Grantmaking
  • Planned Parenthood of America
  • QED Group
  • Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  • Redstone Strategy Group
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Research Triangle Park Evaluators
  • Rural Health Data Summit
  • Sanford Research
  • Serious Fun
  • Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry
  • SIT Graduate Institute
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
  • Southeast Evaluation Association
  • Southern Regional Education Board
  • TechChange
  • TechnoServe
  • Texas Association of Institutional Research
  • The Evaluators’ Institute
  • Thumb Community Health Partnership
  • Udemy
  • United Nations
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • U.S. Space Command
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • University of Chicago
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Urban Institute
  • Venture Philanthropy Partners
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trusts
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
  • WSSC Water
  • White Ribbon Alliance
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Health
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Wisconsin 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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