Welcome Rachel Natik – Girly Geek of the Week!


Meet Rachel hailing from Montreal, Canada!  She is a rising star in the Salesforce Community and someone to keep your eyes on!  She is an accidental Admin turned Consultant, working and making a difference in the Non Profit/Education sector for Cloud 4 Good!  Rachel also has a fairly new excellent blog you need to check out!  Her latest post is on Look up vs Master detail relationships – something I struggled with in the beginning!

Me:  How & when did you start working with Salesforce?

Rachel:  I started with Salesforce almost 4 years ago. At that time I was working at a nonprofit, and a volunteer (who actually uses it for 2 of his businesses) introduced us to Salesforce and the amazing foundation.  Almost immediately, I became the accidental Admin and fell in love with Salesforce.  I had never heard of Salesforce before, and even when using it never realized how incredible it was till I started really learning it!  True story of so many Admins!  The “Accidental Admin”! It’s my story as well!

Me:  What is your current role working with Salesforce?

Rachel:  Cloud Consultant at Cloud 4 Good. We are Silver Partner Consultants, implementing strategic cloud solutions for nonprofits and educational organizations.

Me:  What is your favorite thing to do in Salesforce and why?

Rachel:  So many things! I love when a new feature comes out and I go, “WOW! This is going to be great for X.”  I enjoy putting together reports and analyzing the data gathered – I can spend hours doing that! Process automation is also a HUGE favorite of mine; the power and flexibility of Process Builder & Flows in incredible!  So many powerful declarative options! and who doesn’t love analytics!! 🙂

Me:  Are you currently certified? And if so what certifications do you hold?

Rachel:  Yes! And so should you! Admin, Advanced Admin, Developer.  Agreed!  if you work on the Salesforce Platform, GET CERTIFIED!

Me:  What are some of your aspirations and/or goals when it comes to Salesforce?

Rachel:  I would love to learn to code. Thanks to some amazing people out there, I feel motivated and encouraged to make this a reality. I’m not there yet – but I will be there soon!  So many great tools and sights to learn code – and opportunities at Dreamforce 15!

Me:  Do you have any advice for women working with Salesforce?

Rachel:  Salesforce is a beautiful and inclusive community.  We want you to shine and succeed.  Don’t be intimidated to ask questions or probe – it’s the best way to learn.  Also, this can apply to anyone: There is a ton of information out there.  Look for it. Whether on Google, Salesforce Help, YouTube, Success Community – you can find solutions and answers to almost anything.  The power of the Salesforce Community is amazing!  Use it! ❤

Me:  What kinds of things are you involved in, and/or do you like to do outside of the Salesforce world?

Rachel:  I love cooking. I like to try at least 1 new recipe a week. I also enjoy walking, exercising and hiking.  And of course, shopping! It’s real therapy for me!  Lol, shopping is dangerous for me!  but I do love a new pair of shoes! 😀

Me:  Are you part of a Girly Geeks Chapter?

Rachel:  Not yet.  I know you are in Montreal and I don’t believe there is a Girly Geeks Chapter there – #Opportunity! 🙂

It was a pleasure getting to know you Rachel and thank you very much for sharing!

You are definitely an inspiration!

For those of you that want to follow Rachel, here are her links:
Linkedin:   https://ca.linkedin.com/in/rachelnatik
Twitter handle:  @RachelNatik
Blog:   cloudsntricks.wordpress.com