Southeast Dreamin' #LoveStories

Angela Adams, Operations Director at Now IT Matters, spoke at Southeast Dreamin' in Atlanta with Sarah Deutsch on March 10. It's pretty amazing to work on a team that is so gifted and passionate about community! Following are her reflections on the conference.

Last Wednesday, Sarah Deutsch and I were burning the midnight oil to finish slides for our SE Dreamin’ presentation. As we worked, we shared stories; at alternating points laughing and trying not to cry. Jen Wobser, who was gracious enough to put up with our late-night shenanigans, reflected “The best presentations are like conversations.” We decided to speak from the heart and share our tech #lovestories — bullet points be damned.
Early the next morning, Mary Scotton rocked SE Dreamin' with her keynote “Go To Coffee: the Power of Authentic Connections.” After a bit of karaoke and dancing, she spoke to us about the power of community and the need for face-to-face connection and she challenged us to personally face into the lack of inclusion in tech. She provided a perfect foundation for our talk later that afternoon on “Activating Your Community: Coding Love!” We couldn’t have planned it any better!
During our presentation, I shared my tech #lovestory: the tale of how my team at Now IT Matters and my sisters in Girlforce helped me succeed in my career and care for my family during a difficult time last year. Sarah shared her tech #lovestory of going from driving a forklift to being a Salesforce MVP and holding five — soon to be six! — Salesforce certifications, supported all the way by the Success Community and Girlforce.
Our #lovestories are stories of community, of family. Of vulnerability and authenticity. Of taking the risk to - gasp!- get to know people face-to-face and allowing them to support us. Our Salesforce career journeys, our tech #lovestories, are stories of #codinglove through community.  And we aren’t the only ones with stories like this! If you haven’t taken the chance to join the Success community or Power of Us Hub (for nonprofits). . . do it soon. Then get curious. Communicate. Share the real you. More than just offering an amazing platform, Salesforce is leading companies in #codinglove through the community.
Regional events like SE Dreamin' are a great venue to get to know fellow Admins, Developers, and Consultants face-to-face and learn their #lovestories. In my opinion, SE Dreamin' was a perfect combination of relevant sessions, networking opportunities, fun — hello, Apex and the Limits and Happy Hour! - and time for community building.
Next up, Midwest Dreamin' . . . I’ll see you there!