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Kelle O'Neal of First San Francisco Partners

A Year to Remember (How Is It Already December?)

Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies, once said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” In a year like what we all experienced, this quote rings even more true.

It’s been a long year, but somehow it flew by quickly. Now, I’m looking back on a year that was one of our best in many respects … because:

– We welcomed many new clients and extended engagements with existing clients. When a client chooses to renew or extend an agreement with us, it validates we’re a provider of choice for their data governance, data privacy and other data requirements. And we can deliver on what we promise.
– We welcomed many new faces to FSFP this year and said goodbye to a few people. Our business continues to grow, and we nearly doubled our consulting team. In 2022, we plan to keep our on-the-grow momentum going, so if you know an exceptional data practitioner who’d be interested in one of our open positions, let me know.
– Our partnership with Collibra is strong. It’s hard to believe next year marks our 10th anniversary as a recognized Collibra Partner. Each year, our relationship with Collibra grows and improves, and 2021 was undoubtedly the best year yet. Introducing clients to Collibra’s data intelligence platform or helping an organization realize the value from an earlier Collibra investment is a win for our clients, Collibra and us.
– We made it through tough times and are still smiling! The pandemic and other recent life/world experiences have made it more challenging to be happy, yet we persevered. In Rubin’s best-selling book on happiness, she talks about a year where the pursuit of happiness was her main goal. Each month, she assigned herself tasks designed to make her feel happier, seeking out joy, satisfaction and engagement in all things. To carry out her grand experiment, Rubin quit her job to become a writer. 

While most of us can’t quit our day job to pursue happiness full-time, we can make more of an effort to go after things that make us feel happier and more fulfilled — at work, at home, in our community and beyond.

I’m happy and blessed to work with a wonderful team here who are helping organizations improve their data-related practices for the betterment of their businesses, customers and industries.

I wish you the happiest of holidays and a new year that lives up to everything you hope it will be.

Kelle O’Neal

data management events and webinars

Takeaways from DGIQ

Earlier this month, members of FSFP attended Data Governance and Information Quality (DGIQ) hosted by DATAVERSITY. FSFP’s Becky Lyons and Gretchen Burnham spoke at the conference and we enjoyed learning from each other in person.

Sessions at the conference covered a variety of topics, including data quality, data privacy, risk management, data catalogs, metadata and more. For a recap of the conference including 10 learnings from DGIQ, read our blog post.

Top blog posts of 2021

Top Posts from 2021

At the end of each year, we like to look back at our most popular blog articles for the year. Our 2021 review reveals a mix of topics, including posts from our best practices for enterprise Collibra adoption series, our women in information management series and more.

Did your favorite article make the cut? Find out by viewing the definitive list of our top 10 blog posts from 2021.

six-word memoirs about all things dataAll Things Data in Six Words

Have you ever heard of a six-word memoir? It’s a fun challenge that constrains a big idea into six words. Here at FSFP, we took on the challenge.

We asked our data governance consultants and other team members to craft six-word memoirs for the practice areas they know and love. We encouraged them to be creative, humorous, profound or all three and they didn’t disappoint, as you’ll find here.


Enterprise Data Governance Online (EDGO) is a free online event hosted by DATAVERSITY. This annual educational program includes six live online presentations — and FSFP’s Gretchen Burnham and Becky Lyons are leading one of the sessions.

Each session will cover topics related to data governance, data quality, enterprise information management, new data-driven technologies and more. Gretchen and Becky’s session will be on implementing a data catalog and business glossary. Learn more on the EDGO website and register today!

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