Apttus is thrilled to feature its twentieth installment of the Salesforce MVP of the Month program, in which we spotlight the exceptional leaders of the Salesforce Ecosystem that have lent us their expertise, knowledge, and ongoing contributions, ensuring both our individual improvements and the betterment of the platform as a whole. It’s thanks to these individuals that our daily questions have been answered on the Success Community, difficult admin tasks have been made easier, and even empowered some of us to get certified.
5. Many Community members depend on MVPs to get their questions answered. Who do you turn to when you have a tough question that needs to be answered? I’m no different than any other Community member. If I have a question, the first people I turn to are my fellow Salesforce MVPs. Not only are they some of the most knowledgeable people I know, but they are also naturally inclined to help others. What a great combo! In addition to my fellow MVPs, I turn to the members of the Twin Cities Salesforce User Group. For 9 years, I had the privilege of being a User Group Leader for this terrific group of people – sometimes as a solo leader, and other times as a co-leader with Kathy Ecklund. I have since “retired” from being a User Group leader, but I still attend the meetings and participate on a regular basis. This is THE place to meet other Salesforce Admins from other companies that are using Salesforce and learn about how they are using it. Lots of knowledge exchanging going on there! And last, but not least, when I have a question, I turn to the Salesforce Admins that report to me. I have recruited some of the best and brightest to work with me and they each bring a different skillset and perspective to the table. I don’t know what I would do without Dorrie Spahr, Candace Carter and Ann Marie Woelfel to bounce ideas off of on a regular basis.
6. What piece of advice would you give someone who is just starting a career in the Salesforce Ecosystem? I can never give just one piece of advice… the recipe I would recommend is:
- Get Educated – whether that is self-training, Trailhead modules, becoming certified, taking advantage of all the Hands on Training sessions provided at Dreamforce or regional conferences, attending Webinars or any combination of those, you have to stay on top of the ever-changing and improving functionality!
- Get involved with the Salesforce Community – Join and participate in your local user group – volunteer to present or to help with a meeting. Find groups on the Salesforce Success Community to join and follow – ask and answer questions there.
- Network, network, network – Attend Dreamforce. I have attended 13 of them and I have walked away from every single one with new relationships that have shaped my career. Tweet and follow those who tweet about Salesforce. Join and participate in Salesforce networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Getting involved will make you more knowledgeable, and being more knowledgeable will make you a better Salesforce Admin (or developer, or analyst, etc.)
7. We all know there is life outside Salesforce. What do you enjoy doing when you are off the platform? I am an avid traveler, and I truly love any place that has a sandy beach and some sunny rays. My boyfriend and I have been traveling together for 28 years and have been to 36 US states and 7 countries, so far. I am also a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan, which is not always an easy thing to be. Our time will come – Go Vikes!
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