Samantha Safin 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!
Brief Intro about yourself? What do you do?
I am a Project Manager at Arkus, Inc, a Salesforce.com Silver Partner and Salesforce.org Premier Partner. I work primarily with Nonprofits, helping them implement or improve their Salesforce instances, and I absolutely love it!
How do you feel being a new MVP?
I am still kind of in shock about being awarded the incredible honor of Salesforce MVP. I am humbled, honored, excited, and hopeful that I can continue providing a service to this community.
What was your motivation to become a MVP? Insipration?
I can’t say that I was really planning on becoming an MVP. I began the West Michigan Women in Tech group because I wanted to be part of a WIT group and there wasn’t one near me. I joined the Midwest Dreamin’ planning team because I loved the event, and I wanted to help make it happen. And given the vast number of helpful and kind people I’ve met in this community, it just felt natural to give back. I have a ton of role models in this community – some of them are MVPs and some of them are just getting started!
Message for future MVP aspirants?
If you’re interested in becoming an MVP, the first thing I’ll say is you should find a mentor. The people in the MVP program are generally there because they are active in the community and love giving back – they’re happy to talk to you about the program! It can be very overwhelming finding where you might fit in (I wrote a blog post about it, in fact!), and a mentor can help you clearly identify your strengths and the best ways for you to contribute. But remember – it’s about the journey, not the destination! Truly – giving of yourself and seeing the moments when another Ohana member succeeds is the best part.
Thank you Samantha for sharing your story with all of us. You truly are a great inspiration.