I was flying solo this year so I was determined to keep busy, but remembering last year (and that I'm not superwoman) I didn't jam-pack my schedule with sessions. I had a long list of items I wanted to solve and subjects I wanted to learn. I was also fortunate enough to be a volunteer for the admin meadow staffing the Admin best practices, be a security expert as well as train and onboard users booths.
So here are some of my highlights.
Women in tech summit
I went to the women in technology summit the Monday before Dreamforce; it really kicked Dreamforce off for me! It was great to see so many people supporting each other and wanted women to succeed and thus closing the gender gap. I have been inspired to become a mentor as well as a mentee.
State of the union
I became a user group leader a week before leaving for Dreamforce. Getting to meet other leaders was a must for me! I wanted to know how each group got presenters, sponsorships and any other items for their meetings. I met numerous leaders, learned all about Splash and left feeling ready to host Ireland's next User Group meeting.
The admin theatre was my base camp for the week as a lot was happening; from the lunchtime bingo to lip-sync battle. There were multiple amazing sessions I really enjoyed such as "workbench: an admins best friend", "steps to trusted advisor", "getting started with apex as an admin". My favourite was how to "write the trailhead way". A tremendous amount of interesting sessions in one place!
Volunteering admin meadow
About 6 weeks before Dreamforce, I saw a twitter post looking for volunteers for the admin meadow; so naturally I jumped at the chance and completed the form (and once more for good luck). When the roster came out, I booked myself in as many free slots as possible. I got to help out on Admin best practices, be a security expert as well as train and onboard users booths. It was great to talk to other admins and talk about some of the issues they're facing. I can't wait to do this again next year.
Non profit area
I began volunteering for a non profit in Ireland this year and I really wanted to get information to take home with me for them, there is a wealth of resources out there for non profits. I love the power of US hub - the community where they can submit their success stories. Can't wait to get to further my journey with Salesforce.org!
Community and Ohana
Whilst on my flight to San Francisco, I was worried I would get lonely and wouldn't have anyone to talk to. I could not have been more wrong had I tried as I found the true meaning of the sales force community and met my Ohana. I had never experienced community quite like I do now that I have a bunch of people I met at Dreamforce that inspire me and I can call on for help, advice or just to talk Salesforce when my husband gets sick of listening to me! I cried the last night of Dreamforce because I was sad to leave my friends and didn't want to lose that Ohana feeling. There are many people I want to thank for making my Dreamforce awesome so here goes: Ali, Amy, Chris, David, Zachary, Leanne, Annie, Stuart, Ben, Adam, Meighan, Lauren, Ronald, Denise and so many more!