Founding The Data Lodge in 2019, Valerie is as committed to data literacy as it gets. She believes that in today’s digital society, data literacy is not just a work skill- it’s a life skill. With advisory services, bootcamps, a resource library and community services at The Data Lodge, Valerie is certifying the world’s first Data Literacy Program Leads across commercial, nonprofit and public sectors, and pioneering the path forward in cracking the data culture code.
Previously, Valerie had joined Gartner in 2015 in the Data and Analytics group, where she covered information management strategies, advanced analytics and related change management topics. She was a member of the Office of the CDO (Chief Data Officer) research team- where she led Gartner’s Annual CDO Survey, as well as the CDO Circle executive training and networking event, which she designed from scratch. She pioneered research in the area of Data Literacy and nurturing the “speaking of data” by creating Information as a Second Language® (ISL). In 2018, she was awarded Gartner’s Top Thought Leadership Award for her leadership in the area of Data Literacy.
Ms. Logan has more than 28 years of experience, including two decades of global consulting practice management in the information and intelligence domains across industries, and five years of applied experience in the telecommunications industry at both field and enterprise levels.
Ms. Logan is an active and passionate thought leader in the areas of information and decision science strategies, supporting clients with their information and analytics evolution. She is a natural systems thinker – able to understand and distill complex concepts and systems for general understanding.
In 2021, Ms. Logan was named one of CDO Magazine’s Global Data Power Women, and in 2018, was named as a finalist for “Data Leader of the Year” within the Information Age Women in IT Awards. She was also recognized as a pioneer in innovative consulting practices – recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2008 as one of eight top women in global consulting. She is known as an inspiring motivator, genuine advisor and change agent – driven by a passion to synthesize information to solve real-world problems.
When not busy traveling or working, Valerie works closely with youth and young adults, helping them to discover their unique skills, passions and esteem. Her commitment to mentoring students and professionals is in recognition and appreciation for early contributors to her life and career- just “paying it forward.”
Valerie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from New Mexico State University with a concentration in Operations Research. She is based in the Adirondack Mountains with her husband Brian in Brant Lake, New York.