Mike Schlegel is a program manager at Triangle J Council of Governments in Raleigh. While his primary work involves water resource management, Schlegel is also the founder of Whiteboard Academy. This online academy provides coaching and online seminars on visual thinking and note taking. Schlegel was first introduced to visual thinking and graphics in 2013. He found the courses, which focus on putting words into a graphic form to help others understand, helped public perception of his work. So far, the Whiteboard Academy has worked with several North Carolina institutions to help them better represent data to the public.