Oil continues to be the top fuel source globally, but there are significant mix differences between regions as shown in this marimekko chart. While oil was the leading fuel source in North America, Europe, South & Central America and Africa, coal was at the top in Asia Pacific and natural gas led the way in […]
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About Diane Rich
Diane is an independent strategy consultant specializing in identifying and creating opportunities for companies to generate profitable growth. She has more than 20 years of management consulting experience working with clients ranging from early stage ventures and small businesses to large, multinational companies as both an independent consultant and with global firms, Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen. Diane has consulted with clients on the key strategic issues facing their businesses and she is known for delivering thoughtful, practical recommendations. Her consulting engagements have been as diverse as the mix of clients and include projects focused on growth strategy, customer segmentation, profit improvement and merger integration.
Diane served as the as Vice President of Business Development for Enzymatic Therapy, a private equity healthcare roll-up and as the Vice President of New Markets for iPhrase Technologies, an early stage software company.
She has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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If you're using Mekko Graphics and the drop down menus on the right click are blank, this is due to a compatibility issue with some versions of Office, including Office 365. To fix this in PowerPoint, select "Optimize for compatiblity" Under File > Options > General and then close PowerPoint. Restart your computer and the right […]
Mekko Graphics is loaded with features to help you make better charts in both PowerPoint and Excel. Here are 5 great ways to enhance your charts using some of our favorites. 1. Axis Break What is it? An axis break is a disruption in the continuity of values on either the y or x axis […]
This question was submitted to Ask an Expert. You can use an area chart to show how YTD results (sales $ or volume, profit, etc) compared to forecast, but only when the actual results are less than forecast. In this case, the forecast series values are the variance between the total of the actual series […]
There are more than 5,200 craft breweries in the U.S. according to the 2016 Statistics Report released by the Brewers Association. This is more breweries than at any point in U.S. history. While craft breweries produced nearly 25M barrels, this represents just 12% of total beer industry volume in the U.S. The Western region has […]
Forbes released its annual list this summer detailing the top earning athletes in the world. Basketball players dominated this year's list, claiming 8 of the top 25 spots. There is signifiant variability among them, however, in the percent of compensation driven by endorsements. While LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry all have above average endoresement […]
A user recently asked how to combine the stacked bar and cluster bar types into a single chart. Here's the chart I created in response to that question. Here's how I created the chart: Step 1: I organized data from The Bureau of Economic Statistics for U.S. automotive industry sales for the first 3 months […]
1. Scale your data to simplify a chart. Click on Chart in the Mekko Graphics ribbon and use Data Scale on the Values tab. In this case, I do not need to show the exact number of unit sales in thousands so I’m using data scale (value of 3) to convert thousands into millions for […]
The French Open begins in just a few days and oddsmakers agree that Rafael Nadal is the favorite to win his 10th French Open title. Rafa is widely heralded as the king of clay, but how does his clay court dominance compare to the top players (based on winning percentage) on the other surfaces? Using […]