Meet our Ambassadors: Vickie Jeffery 🇳🇿

Vickie’s background is in IT Administration and Management. She’s worked in the IT world for the past 20 years, starting in systems and network administration before moving into management and strategy positions. She inherited Salesforce during a company merger in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. The depth and flexibility of the product and the ability to build quickly and dynamically feed her need to be creative, and the Salesforce Ohana has been pure magic.

We recently asked Vickie to join the Ladies Be Architects team as an ambassador, spreading the word in the Land Down Under, and we were thrilled when she said yes! Here’s her story!

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Meet our Ambassadors: Emily Hay 🇳🇿

Emily Hay is a Salesforce Women in Tech group leader, Dreamforce speaker, and Salesforce Certified Application Architect with over 9 years of experience working with the Salesforce platform. She’s a Kiwi currently living in Brisbane, Australia. We recently asked Emily to join the Ladies Be Architects team as an ambassador, spreading the word in the Land Down Under, and we were thrilled when she said yes! Here’s her story!

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Member Stories: Tami Lau 🇺🇸

Hello! We’re thrilled to introduce you to Tami Lau, Salesforce MVP and Senior Salesforce Engineer at Presence Product Group! As well as being such a great advocate for women in technology (she also coaches for our friends at Rad Women Code), Tami is co-lead for the Oakland Trailblazer community group and has been working really hard on her #JourneyToCTA.

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Member Stories: Rachel Park 🇺🇸

Rachel is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and has worked with numerous non-profits that are near & dear to her heart. A Salesforce Analyst at Slalom, with experience as an on-staff admin, Rachel is a “transplanted” New Yorker living in Los Angeles, so she misses good bagels and walking everywhere, which is why whenever Sex and the City is on, she just HAS to watch — it reminds her of her home in New York City.

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Member Stories: Prajakta Samant 🇮🇳

Prajakta Samant started her career with Accenture in 2006 as a Java developer and switched to Salesforce in 2009. She works for Eternus Solutions, based in Pune, India, as a Solution Architect. In addition to attending various inspiring user groups in her home town and speaking at community events such as Jaipur Dev Fest, Prajakta also leads the Women Who Code Pune initiative, inspiring women to excel in technology careers. She strives to make the world a better place by being kind to others. Her favourite book is “The Myth of the Nice Girl” by Fran Hauser.

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Member Stories: Jessika Botruff 🇺🇸

Jessika says she is definitely an accidental admin. Born and raised in western Nebraska, Jessika went to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied bio-sciences. She was fortunate enough to work for a biotechnology as her first job after graduation. In 2007, they purchased Salesforce and it was the first system Jessika used to learn to build Sales reports. After listening to a talk given by Geraldine Gray at Jessika’s first Dreamforce in 2009, she knew Salesforce was her future. She currently works at FinancialForce.

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Elena Timofeeva 🇫🇮 on Why It’s OK to Fail

Try, fail, learn from failure, repeat.

This is what progress looks like.


Why is it worth it to go for certification?

Why is it still worth it, even if you feel there’s a big chance you will fail the exam?

Don’t be afraid to fail. The thing is, you’re going to learn a lot on the way, no matter of the exam result. You’re going to learn while preparing for the exam, and you’re going to learn while doing the exam. Yes, that’s right! Exam isn’t only for checking your knowledge. It will also teach you real-life scenarios, possible solutions, and help you to understand your white spots.

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