Why? For the learning opportunities, sessions, HOT, Women in Technology, Keynotes and most importantly, the community networking opportunities that abound everywhere you turn. I am currently seeking my dream job as a Salesforce Admin.
This is the first year that I am able to attend, all thanks to a charity silent auction that I found on the Salesforce Success Community. The item up for bid was a full conference pass and Kona coffee donated by Kona DataSearch. Maria Belli donated a Fitbit Flex and a matching donation was made by Sharon Klardie. The proceeds of this auction went to Friends of Forgotten Children in Concord, New Hampshire. I was the lucky bidder and won the pass after making my donation to their worthy cause. It was my dream for this year realized. I was so excited! My request to attend had been declined by company management due to funding back in May, but I was welcome to attend on my own dime and given the time off from work. In order to pay for this trip, I started doing side jobs and driving for Lyft part time. Now that my job was eliminated September 5th, this is not going to be possible without your help. I have a room reserved and a flight picked out. I have a deficit on my travel funds of $1650. I have been looking forward to this since missing Dreamforce 2013. I plan to use this trip for networking to find a new job and learning. I am taking my ADM201 exam in 26 days and am excited to start a new chapter in my life.
Here is My Story
If you know me, you know that I love technology and challenge. In college, I couldn't afford a computer and got tired of spending hours in the poorly ventalated computer lab, so I found enough used parts from friends old computers and built my own. My monitor was a freebie we found in an alley that someone was discarding for trash. All I needed to buy was a copy of Windows 98 and a motherboard. It couldn't play games or do anything fancy but I was finally able to do my work from my dorm instead. I didn't think much about it then but now I realize that not too many young women were building their first PC themselves in 1999.
For the last two years, I have been fortunate to learn one of the greatest SaaS programs on the market today, Salesforce.com and manage it for a small family owned business, eventually becoming their Administrator. This is not what I was hired to do in the beginning. I was hired on originally to be their Office and Sales Support person which was more of a secretarial/receptionist role.
At that time, the company had just purchased Salesforce.com to replace their ACT! CRM. They had a good start on the design and process but there were many growing pains in the switch. I came to the company with a background in using Salesforce as a user from my prior employment, so I had a very good idea and vision for what could be possible with the program. With time and dedication to learning the admin role on my own, I was able to take over the staff training and management of the instance from their consultant, which provided them a huge savings.
Everything I know I've learned on my own, either from being a user to my self study and certification prep. I also owe much thanks to many supportive people in the MVP and Success communities, and my local user group for answering my questions. I love the community! Please consider helping me attain my goals.
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