One year ago today I passed the Identity and Access Management Designer exam, the final hurdle, at the time, left between me and the System Architect domain credential . I was also still coming down from my sixth Dreamforce, where I had the incredible experience of being a first-time Dreamforce speaker. I had not yet run the Ladies Be Architects solution design workshop, I’d never been featured in a keynote, and I had very few CTAs in my professional network.
Fast forward 365 days, and my how things have changed! Looking back on 2019, I am grateful for a number of professional and personal highlights that have made my year truly transformative. Without further ado, here are my top five moments from 2019.
5. Community Conference Speaking
When I think of 2019 I immediately think about all the community conferences I attended. This year I traveled around the world (quite literally) speaking about being a Salesforce architect and demystifying the process of designing solutions. Yes, I self funded almost all of these trips (and used my vacation time to go to conferences) but it was 100% worth it. In total I spoke at six conferences in the US and two international conferences, including my first keynote! Whether it was running the Ladies Be Architects Solution Design session, or simply speaking about my personal career journey, I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to connect with Salesforce practitioners across the globe and to, hopefully, make the architect journey a bit more accessible for a few of you.
Susannah Kate St-Germain is a 19x certified Colombian-American Salesforce nerd, travel fanatic, and aspiring Certified Technical Architect.