Salesforce MVP 2020 Success Journey about Gina Marques
Gina Marques, has been awarded as Salesforce MVP Title in March 2020 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 Gina Marques 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?
I have been on the platform since 2014 when I started a new position in IT and the Salesforce Admin resigned my first week in. Upon first login, I was hooked on the platform and what I was able to accomplish with clicks not code. I was fortunate that another business in our building hosted Trailblazer Community group meetings that I started attending to learn and connect with others. At the time, to gain information the trailblazer community (success) was the place to use for learning about Salesforce. In my career, I never had these methods to gain knowledge about a platform I was using. As time went on, I realized this would be a method to give back in an easy way. I started volunteering at World Tours and Dreamforce, and in 2018, I was asked to help co-lead that same Trailblazer Community group where I attended my very first meeting. It is so fulfilling to see a person transition their career, and know that you were a very small part of helping them attain their goals. At Dreamforce 2019 I spoke for the first time, and I have also become a chair person for our local annual Phillyforce conference, soon to become MidAtlantic Dreamin. I love all things Salesforce, from the platform, community, Ohana culture and company values.
When did you first hear about Salesforce?
Starting a new position
What Motivated you to become an Salesforce MVP?
I would say becoming an MVP was not something I strived to attain. For me it’s about helping people with their career journey, like the many that have helped me along the way.
Did you have any Mentors if so what was their role during your journey towards MVP?
I have so many mentors that have helped me in my Salesforce journey, and I will say a good mentor is one that pushes you out of your comfort zone. I wouldn’t be a co-leader, speaker, and certified, if it wasn’t for those that guided me thru.
What would be your best definition of Salesforce MVP?
A leader, mentor, trainer, and sometimes shoulder to cry on.
How does it feel being an MVP compared to a Trailblazer?
No different, I am the same Gina as yesterday, I do feel a sense of obligation now to contribute more.
What are your future goals and how have you planned to accomplish it?
To be able to speak more at community events which will allow me to meet and mentor others more. I also want to skill up and gain more certifications.
Your Insights and advice for future MVP aspirants and beginners apart from Trailhead and Salesforce certifications
Don’t make becoming an MVP a goal, it’s something that should come to you organically thru your Salesforce journey. Do things you are passionate about, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone to attain more.
Anything I missed to ask you?
Fun Fact: I earned the millionth Trailhead badge issued in 2016 and attended Dreamforce for the first time that same year. The entire team bedazzled a special Dreamforce backpack they presented to me in person, which I still have and cherish today.
Thank you Gina Marques for sharing your Salesforce MVP Success Journey. You are truly a great inspiration to many of us and women all over the world.