Welcome Jodi Wagner – Girly Geek of the Week!
Meet Jodi Wagner! An American transplant in London who is the London Salesforce Business User Group Leader, London *Girly Geeks* Chapter Leader (Now called *Women in Tech User Groups* if you didn’t hear at #DF15), Rock Star #SalesforceVet and Quadruple Certified! She also spoke at #DF15! Somebody is swimming in Salesforce wisdom!! 😉
Me: How & when did you start working with Salesforce?
Jodi: I started with Salesforce in 2004 when I was working for a large insurance company that was expanding operations overseas. I was assisting with the sales and service contact center implementations and nobody knew what Salesforce was, so being the junior person on the team, they tossed it to me to figure out this “Salesforce stuff”! The rest is history! Wow! So many Salesforce Vets!! and I love hearing how you, others and myself had Salesforce thrown in our laps to figure out! and this was when there was no #Trailhead! 🙂
Me: What is your current role working with Salesforce?
Jodi: I am currently a Delivery Manager at Cloud Sherpas. I generally fill the Project Manager, Solution Architect and/or Trainer roles. I enjoy getting my hands “dirty” in the system and working on the design and build. Very nice!
Me: What is your favorite thing to do in Salesforce and why?
Jodi: I enjoy sitting down with a client and learning what it is they want to do and why, then we work with them to take an idea in their head and turn it into an actual working system. I enjoy that moment when they realize that we understood their requirements and objectives and have created what they need. Such a crucial piece – “Understanding the Customer’s Requirements”
Me: Are you currently certified? And if so what certifications do you hold?
Jodi: Yes, I have my Admin, Dev, Sales and Service cloud certifications. Working on Pardot after DF. Quadruple Certified!! WooHoo! and Good luck on your Pardot Cert!! 🙂
Me: What are some of your aspirations and/or goals when it comes to Salesforce?
Jodi: Never in a million years would I have dreamt that a small Salesforce project would have turned into a career for me. It has been a great career path for me and I enjoy sharing my experiences with others that may be looking for a change in careers or want to shift their path a bit. This is one of my drivers behind starting Girly Geeks London. We’ll be profiling different career paths and opportunities on the client side, consulting and at Salesforce in a variety of capacities. My personal goals are to expand my knowledge of Salesforce and increasing my technical abilities. I enjoy learning new things and challenging myself. Love the #WIT focus! and being a Salesforce Vet, you have lots of experience to share with up and coming Admins/Developers!
Me: Do you have any advice for women working with Salesforce?
Jodi: Join a user group. I had never been to a user group until a friend dragged me to a Dev User group in Feb 2014. I loved the community and camaraderie. There were only about 2 of us women and I loved the community feel so much, that I started to pursue the Girly Geeks idea. Joining a user group and becoming part of the Salesforce community is the best advice I can provide. I have learned so much and received an incredible amount of support from the entire success community. #TRUTH! I have made some of my best and most meaningful connections just from the Salesforce Community! 🙂
Me: What kinds of things are you involved in, and/or do you like to do outside of the Salesforce world?
Jodi: Outside of Salesforce? What is that? Just kidding. I enjoy traveling, boating, reading and exploring new places. I live in London and it’s an incredible city to go and explore. The museums are free and there is so much culture and art on my doorstep. #Lucky you!! I love London and fantastic you’ve had the chance to move there from the states!!
Me: Are you part of a Girly Geeks Chapter?
Jodi: Yes! I recently started the Girly Geeks London chapter. We had our first meeting in August, which was more of a soft launch to put the shape of our GG meetings together. I wanted to work with other members to tailor it for what we need in our careers and in the Salesforce community. Congrats on starting a Girly Geeks Chapter!! Think I might need to make an appearance at one of your Chapter meetings! 😉
It was a pleasure getting to know you Jodi and thank you very much for sharing!
You are definitely an inspiration!
For those of you that want to follow Jodi, here are her links:
Twitter handle: @jmwagner
Success Community Link: https://success.salesforce.com/_ui/core/userprofile/UserProfilePage?u=00530000007qEeJAAU&tab=sfdc.ProfilePlatformFeed