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Big Data Keynote Speaker Series: Data Mining + Public Opinion with Jim Clifton, CEO of GALLUP

October 15, 2013 06:30 pm


George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW Funger Hall 108
United States

Join YPFP and learn from the one of most prominent practitioners of data mining, Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. A business leader in applying data analysis principles to the arenas of politics and security, Mr. Clifton has been invited as part of the Keynote Speaker Series for the Big Data and Analytics incubator in order to help future leaders of foreign policy understand the role of data analysis in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.

From the broadest reaches of the public to the highest levels of government, data mining and analysis are determining policy and shaping opinions. Without proper data, it’s impossible to accurately understand complex situations or properly craft solutions. Too often, real problems go ignored due to the perception of events being very different from the reality. Accurate data, gathered correctly and analyzed properly, allows professionals to envision events free of the misconceptions or stereotypes that cloud proper judgment. Reading data, placing it within context, and crafting an analysis are skills like any other.

Speaker Biography:

Since 1988, Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world's 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Mr. Clifton has pledged to continue this effort to collect world opinion for 100 years in 150 countries.

Under Mr. Clifton's leadership, Gallup has achieved a fifteen-fold increase in its billing volume and expanded Gallup from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 40 offices in 30 countries and regions.

Mr. Clifton is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide. He is also the author of many articles and of the book The Coming Jobs War.

Mr. Clifton serves on several boards and is Chairman of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has received honorary degrees from Jackson State, Medgar Evers, and Bellevue Universities.

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