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Trailblazer Community Conference Leader Spotlight – Melinda Smith

At Dreamforce 19, Trailblazer Community team kicked off Brunch Dreamin’ – an event where all the amazing Dreamin event leaders were invited under one roof for celebrating their success, networking, and fun. Being the founder of one of such events – India Dreamin’ -the largest community dreamin event in the world,  I recognize and applaud the efforts placed by the Trailblazers who are converting dreams into realities and hence this inspired me to come up with the idea of sharing amazing stories of these trailblazers. I hope this blog series will help Salesforce Ohana know more about these events, their organizers, and the communities that they drive and support.

If you help to organize a Dreamin event and I have not reached out to you yet for this series, please message me on twitter. Here is the blog interview of our seventh spotlight – Melinda Smith. She has been a part of the Salesforce community for 8 years.  In that time she has led the SoCal WIT group, co-hosts the Two WIT podcast, been an MVP, helped run the Denver Admin user group, the Dreamin at 5280, and helped create WITness Success.  It’s very apparent that she loves this community and has said that she wouldn’t be where she is without them.

Q. What event do you help run and what is your role in it?

I help run WITness Success.  I am one of the founding members of the conference that would have been in its 4th  year this year.

Q. What inspired you to start this event? 

The event began as an idea for WIT members to go on a cruise.  Maria Belli and Kyla Longe started a thread about a group vacation then more members got involved and it grew into a women-focused event that would change locations every year to accommodate all WIT around the country

Q. What have you learned from being a part of  WITness Success?

The content we deliver is so specific and special…..I have learned how much it fills my heart to see people moved and inspired at a session or keynote

Q. Top 5 reasons why one should attend a Dreamin event?

  1. Be surrounded by like-minded individuals that want to see you succeed
  2. It is a safe and encouraging space where you can be truly yourself
  3. Our content is UNLIKE any other dreamin and you will come away with a full cup and heart
  4. It’s a new location every year so a fun way to see different cities
  5. It’s like coming home, you get to see your friends and extended family

Q. What has been your most memorable Dreamin experience to date?

Ooo that’s a hard question.  As of right now, I’ll say our last.  Nashville was very memorable as our 2 women keynotes KILLED IT (Noura Panaritis and Rakia Finley)

Q. What type of event organizer are you?

1. The Natural – Calm under pressure

2. The Strategist – With an eye for details

3. The Wizard – Pulls off the impossible

4. The Trailblazer – Sets the trend

Can I be all?  LOL  I definitely move the needle and get us out of stuck places at times

Q. Any details you want to share specifically about your event?

It’s a unique event with a unique vibe. All are welcomed as we love to have allies participate and speak at our event as well.  You can be an ally in so many ways.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

If you help to organize a Dreamin event and I have not reached out to you yet for this series, please message me on twitter.

If not yet, do not miss reading out the other spotlights in this series :

  1. Eric Dreshfield
  2. Manish Thaduri
  3. Ines Garcia
  4. Amit Chaudhary
  5. Sarah Deutsch Thornton
  6. Amy Oplinger Singh