Keynote Presentation

Thursday, November 7 I 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Crafting a Data Story: U.S. Government Shutdown Impact

Brian Xu, Data Scientist, LinkedIn

Feverish coding and fancy statistical techniques to generate data is just one aspect of a data scientist’s job, constructing a narrative and communicating results to be accessible to non-technical audiences are just as important! This session will explore how to craft a data story through the lens of a LinkedIn analysis evaluating the impact of the recent U.S. government shutdown, which was covered by media such as the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

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Meet Brian Xu
Brian Xu is a data scientist at LinkedIn working to turn LinkedIn’s Economic Graph data of more than 645+ million members into insights and stories that help create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Brian produces LinkedIn’s official monthly Workforce Report, which shares hiring, migration, and skills gaps insights and is covered by prominent media outlets in conversations on the labor market and economy. Brian has also worked on numerous projects with partners like the World Bank seeking to make LinkedIn data available to help policymakers around the world understand their workforces and make decisions. For more information on the LinkedIn Economic Graph, please visit 

Brian has a B.A degree in Economics and an M.A. degree in Public Policy from Stanford University. He currently resides in San Francisco, California where he enjoys coaching basketball for the Jr. Pee Wee 7-8-year-old league at the local Boys and Girls Club.