Congratulations to Kathy Kinnier
and the New York/New Jersey
PUG on winning the December Challenge of the month. We asked Kathy some questions about her user group and here is what she had to say:
What motivated you to start a PUG?
I wanted to find a way to network with other Power BI developers and learn more about the product. So starting the PUG was the perfect solution.
How did your group get started?
I applied to be the group lead and was approved by Microsoft in May 2016. This was prior to the pbi user group site so I created a group on meetup.com and then went about finding speakers and building membership. Jaimie Fox from Microsoft helped me with the conference room logistics and promoting membership.
How do you encourage your members to network and share best practices?
Our meetups are always in person so people are more apt to network and build relationships.
Our speakers encourage group participation and our members don’t disappoint. The meetings always involve great conversations and knowledge sharing.
What do you think makes your group successful?
I think my group is successful because of frequent meetings (we meet monthly), great speakers, varying topics and awesome New York City pizza. Our members include people that joined from the beginning in May 2016 and also new faces every month. They are also a diverse mix of developers, managers and business analysts so that makes for interesting discussions.
Tell us about your plans for the rest for the upcoming year?
I’m very excited about 2018! We are planning great topics and speakers. This past year, I began inviting members from ‘Girls Who Code’ and ‘All Star Code’ to give them the opportunity to learn about Power BI, experience a user group (led by me – a woman who codes) and network with our members. These groups promote the idea of encouraging young men and women to get involved in coding. I hope to continue this mentorship in 2018.