22NTC Session Proposal
Digital Inclusion

Beyond Beginner’s Mindset: Learn, Use, and Love your Data & Tech

Submitted by: Emily Hicks-Rotella 🔵 🟠 | Make Tech Work For You


There is perhaps no area of work other than data & technology where having a beginner’s mindset is so incredibly useful and essential, since the pace of change and progress is so electrifyingly fast, and there is always much more to learn. But we have things like the “Expertise Trap” and “Imposter Syndrome” and the straight-up societal pressures and institutionalized marginalizations that push certain people from thinking of themselves as “data” or “tech” people, or being able to guide others on their data & tech learning journey. In this session we will embrace the beginner mindset. We will practice a simple step-by-step method that can be used by any person doing any data or tech work to more successfully get to their desired outcome. We will also share L&D and PD best practices and approaches that can and should be incorporated into all levels of data & tech work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a step-by-step process for learning and using ANY technology
  • Overcome roadblocks to learning data or technology concepts and skills.
  • Present data/technology concepts and applications to any level of learner - meeting them where they are, and helping them grow.

Session Type

60 minute session

Target Audience

a) You think you have a hard time learning or teaching data/technology, b) You are supporting L&D/PD.