With Dreamforce 2018 now in full swing, we are going to take a look at some of the stories of the people involved and how their lives have been shaped by getting Salesforce certified. Michael Orias, Salesforce Project Manager, has been given the incredible opportunity to speak at Dreamforce this year. Here’s Michael giving a preview of his talk:

“I got started with Salesforce in 2010 when my wife’s nonprofit music school, Musically Minded Academy, needed something to help manage student information. Initially, everything was run using spreadsheets, post-it notes, and duct tape! All kidding aside, Salesforce has been an extremely transformative technology helping scale up my wife’s organization.

I got certified as a Salesforce Administrator in 2016 and I am currently studying for the Advanced Administrator exam with the help of trainer Luca Manera through K2 University. I now work as a Salesforce Administrator for EAH Housing, a nonprofit organization that develops, manages and advocates affordable housing.

I also help co-lead a Salesforce Community User Group in the San Francisco East Bay area.

At Dreamforce 2017, I heard that Salesforce was launching a student group program for the next generation of trailblazers.

I remembered a student, Andy Li from UC Berkeley (which I also attended) who volunteered as a summer intern at my wife’s nonprofit organization. He did a great job, which included managing some data and records in Salesforce. He also had a very positive attitude, a great deal of curiosity, and was passionate about giving back and making an impact.

I reached out to Andy to see if he would be interested in starting a Salesforce student group on campus and he was excited to get involved. I connected him with Amanda, who heads up the student group program for Salesforce. After an application and interview, Andy was accepted to lead the Salesforce student group at UC Berkeley. He was able to leverage that experience into a paid internship at Jitterbit, a Salesforce partner. He also led a student case competition team to the semi-finals and will be presenting their solution at Dreamforce 2018.

I learn and gain a lot from Andy as well. He always reminds me to be positive and stay curious.

As an advisor and mentor, it’s been rewarding and inspiring to see Andy and the student group grow in the Salesforce ecosystem.

This past summer, Amanda invited Andy and me to tell our story at Dreamforce on how we connected and jump-started the Salesforce student group at UC Berkeley.”

For those interested in getting involved, start by finding and joining a local Salesforce community group.

No group in your area? Then start one and apply to be a group leader here

College students can join Salesforce community groups as well or find/start a student group by going here

I’ve benefited from my many mentors in the past and believe in paying it forward by becoming one. Being a mentor is personally rewarding, but it also inspires me to be a better role model to continually learn and improve my own skills.

Learn how you can support students as they blaze their trail into the Salesforce ecosystem. Join us at Dreamforce as we discuss jump-starting the Salesforce student group at UC Berkeley. Thursday 27 September from 11:30-11:50am.

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