Amy Oplinger has been awarded with MVP status by Salesforce in September 2017 for her outstanding contribution to Salesforce community in sharing knowledge, leadership skills, and showing creativity within the Salesforce Community. Here is her journey to MVP status in her own words!
And you can’t talk about AMY without a GIF – So here’s one!
Brief Intro about yourself? What do you do?
I am a 3X certified Salesforce Consultant, as well as the Cleveland WIT and Non Profit User Group Leader. I am also lucky enough to speak at different Salesforce events, like Southeast Dreamin, Midwest Dreamin, India Dreamin and, for the first time this year, Dreamforce!
How do you feel being a new MVP?
I am ECSTATIC about earning the MVP title! It’s a dream come true, and something all of us in the ecosystem aspire to, I think. I was just about to go to sleep on the evening I received the email from Holly, informing me of my inclusion in the Summer 17 class. Needless to say, I could not sleep for a bit after reading the news! I immediately called my friend and fellow MVP, Melinda Smith , to scream about it!
What was your motivation to become a MVP? Insipration?
I think if you ask anyone in the ecosystem, achieving MVP is certainly an aspiration. Meeting my Salesforce idols at my first Dreamforce in 2015, like Kristi Guzman, Ryan Lorenzen, Brent Downey, Toya Gatewood and Jennifer Davis, really inspired and motivated me to get involved in the community and give my all to it.
Message for future MVP aspirants?
My advice to anyone in this Ohana, regardless of whether they aspire to be an MVP or not, is to first and foremost, be yourself. There is no formula for becoming an MVP, so don’t try to copy what I do, what David Liu does, what Jen Lee does. Find your voice, and engage with the community to make YOUR path. To use a Salesforce term, be a Trailblazer! The accolades will come, but engaging authentically with the community will fulfil you AND benefit your community.
Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, Amy. I (like most of us) thought you were an MVP already. Late, but truly deserving and a great inspiration to everyone.