Salesforce MVP 2020 Success Journey about Gabriela Pedroni
Gabriela Pedroni, has been awarded as Salesforce MVP Title in March 2020 & received Golden Hoodie on 2019 for her exceptional contribution to Trailblazer Community. Her leadership skills, ability to share knowledge and being a speaker for many community conferences has inspired the Trailblazer Community members.
Here is Gabriela Pedroni Salesforce MVP success journey in her own words about self – motivation, future goals, insights and advice for future Salesforce MVP aspirants and trailblazers.
Brief Introduction about yourself and your journey with Salesforce?
Aloha Ohana! I’m Gabriela Pedroni also known as Gaby. I’m a wife, mother of 5 and grandmother to a very precious little girl. My Salesforce journey started with my husband, Guillermo Pedroni. He introduced me to Salesforce and Women in Tech. There I met other women who helped me believe in myself and thanks to my husband, Melinda Smith & Nickki Gibeaut I found my place in the Salesforce ecosystem. I am a Co-Founder & Program Manager at Periccia, LLC. I help Co-Lead the Irvine, CA Women in Tech user group. I volunteer at community conferences such as WITness Success, Force Academy LA, Tahoe Dreamin’/NorCal Dreamin’. I also give back to the community both nationally & internationally by holding BAM events. In 2019 I received the “Golden Hoodie“ for my work in Guadalajara, Mexico ( https://trailhead.salesforce.com/trailblazers/gabriela-pedroni ). The best part is that I can do most of this from the comfort of my home where I can also take care of our two little girls.
When did you first hear about Salesforce?
I first heard about Salesforce back in 2007. That is when the “Pedroni’s” began to trickle in.
What Motivated you to become an Salesforce MVP?
I never had “become an MVP” as a goal. In my head, MVPs are, besides people I have high respect for, they are also the individuals who are on stage giving sessions, lol. I struggle with that but Dreamforce 2019 was the year for change. I had 3 speaking events, one which was at a keynote where I had the honor of making everyone laugh so I think I’m over my stage fright. Honestly, I think everyone should be going above and beyond to give back and help your peers, community, family, friends & strangers. Be the best you at all times, especially when no one is looking.
Did you have any Mentors if so what was their role during your journey towards MVP?
Mentors? I didn’t have an assigned Mentor but I had family and friends who were always a phone/video call away when I needed help. Guillermo Pedroni has always been there to support me in any which way I needed. He has gone with me to all my BAM events in Guadalajara, Mexico. Leah McGowen-Hare helped me embrace my love of giving back. She is the reason why I started doing my BAM events. Charlie Isaacs, my sweet friend, always there to support me, especially when I need him the most. I didn’t have one mentor but many who have helped and supported me. So thank you to Sofia Rodriguez, Jenh Vo, Jean Velonis, Jay Hunter, Jocelyn Fennewald, Stephanie Herrera, Ariel Indomitus, Noemi Hernandez Guerrero, Nickki Gibeaut, Melinda Smith, Selena Suarez, Rebe De la Paz, Shonnah Hughes, Bill Greenhaw and of course my wonderful husband, Guillermo Pedroni.
What would be your best definition of Salesforce MVP?
Someone who continuously goes above and beyond to help their peers and community without expecting anything in return.
How does it feel being an MVP compared to a Trailblazer?
I’m beyond honored to be an MVP. It’s an amazing feeling to know that my peers acknowledge the work I do. Aside from being able to sit at the MVP section at keynotes, I feel the same. I’m still a proud Trailblazer giving back to my community as I should.
What are your future goals and how have you planned to accomplish it?
My future goals are to keep doing what I have been doing, holding BAM events in Guadalajara, Mexico. My original goal was to have them 4 times a year but I’m not sure how it will be possible with the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to find a way to hold them virtually but I’ll need the help of my Ohana in Mexico to do so. I have some personal goals on Trailhead which I’m on track for.
Your Insights and advice for future MVP aspirants and beginners apart from Trailhead and Salesforce certifications
I guess this would go for life in general, do everything with love or because of love. Love what you do and others will notice and/or join you. Don’t “do” something with the hopes of becoming an MVP, do it because it comes from your heart. Become a mentor because helping others learn fills your heart with joy. Give back to your community because it’s truly what you makes you happy. Learn to ask for help when you need it because we all need help at some point but won’t ask.
“I don’t shine if you don’t shine” ~ Shine Theory
Thank you Gabriela Pedroni for sharing your Salesforce MVP Success Journey. You are truly a great inspiration to many of us and women all over the world.