#DF17 - With Gratitude

It's so hard to believe that 2017 is drawing to a close and Thanksgiving is tomorrow! But before members of #TeamNiM and I are prepping turkey and mashed potatoes (or shrimp and tater tots if you are a member of the Lockie family), I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Dreamforce 2017 - with gratitude!

I am grateful for #TeamNiM. 

Many of us have said over the years that being a member of #TeamNiM feels less like a job and more like family. Like any family, #TeamNiM has had its share of ups and downs, but we are a team. I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead a team that truly cares about one another. #DF17 gave me an opportunity to connect with some of my colleagues in person - which is always an honor given we are a remote team. It's a joy to share life with my colleagues - even this goofball! 

Justin Barss as NiMMY on the pre-Dreamforce run! Go, NiMMY, go! 

Justin Barss as NiMMY on the pre-Dreamforce run! Go, NiMMY, go! 

We also got to meet Reilly, the newest member of #TeamNiM! Welcome, Reilly!

We also got to meet Reilly, the newest member of #TeamNiM! Welcome, Reilly!

I am grateful for our clients.

We have the opportunity to work with amazing clients! While we've always known this to be true, it was especially evident to me at Dreamforce this year when we connected with several clients. I also had the privilege to present with Chris Robinson of MADD. Our clients are making positive impact in the world - and have the metrics to prove it! 

 

Chris Robinson with MADD and I sharing on their journey to one source of truth.

Chris Robinson with MADD and I sharing on their journey to one source of truth.

I am grateful for Salesforce partners. 

Have you noticed?

Fellow SI and ISV partners in the SaIesforce ecosystem are pretty great! I often refer to other partner firms as our friendly competitors, and I mean it through and through!

One big highlight of my #df17 experience was a pre-Dreamforce breakfast with fellow alumni from a Foundations of Generative Leadership workshop. Members of this group have become dear friends and meeting with them pre-Dreamforce allowed me to align my Dreamforce agenda with what matters most to me. A meeting like this might not seem that out of the ordinary, except for the fact that we all represent different Salesforce partner firms! We meet monthly to encourage and challenge one another in developing leadership skills that will not only allow us to grow our businesses and careers, but to flourish in life. I am so grateful for these friends, and for partner firms that value authenticity and leadership development.

I'm not much of a night owl, so I opt-out of many of the late-night parties, but this year Tim and I made it a point to attend the FastForms party. We enjoyed our conversation with Dee Guttikonda, co-founder of FastForms and we congratulate her and the whole FastForms team on joining FormStack!

We also had the chance to meet with many other ISV partners in the Salesforce.org Lodge and it was wonderful to learn more about their apps and future offerings. 

I am grateful for the Salesforce Community. 

This Dreamforce, Girlforce, a community group that had its start in the Power of Us Hub, became Amplify and announced its status as a nonprofit dedicated to advancing empowerment through Education and Community. Part of Girlforce since it's start, I went through several tissues at the Amplify breakfast this year... overcome with gratitude and joy for what Amplify has become in the past five years. 

Marisa Lopez, new leader of Amplify, announcing Amplify! Photo credit to Rachel Park.

Marisa Lopez, new leader of Amplify, announcing Amplify! Photo credit to Rachel Park.

I was also lucky enough to facilitate a MindShare Meetup with Michael Kolodner related to Gender Equality. While I'd love to see greater participation in this type of group next year, I was so grateful Salesforce.org made time and space to hold discussions around Gender Equality and the other SDGs. This speaks volumes to me regarding what our colleagues at Salesforce.org care about. 

Michael and Justin hamming it up for the camera!

Michael and Justin hamming it up for the camera!

But what about the solutions?

There were so many functionality announcements made at Dreamforce I'm still taking time to process it all!! We'll blog in the future about myTrailhead, Einstein, Quip, and other innovative solutions for nonprofits (#safeharbor)! There are exciting changes on the horizon! 

In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, with immense gratitude for your engagement with #TeamNiM. 

Cheers!