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  • Writer's pictureGemma Blezard

Spotlight Series: Jessika Botruff

Jessika says she is definitely an accidental admin. Born and raised in western Nebraska, Jessika went to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied bio-sciences. She was fortunate enough to work for a biotechnology as her first job after graduation. In 2007, they purchased Salesforce and it was the first system Jessika used to learn to build Sales reports. After listening to a talk given by Geraldine Gray at Jessika’s first Dreamforce in 2009, she knew Salesforce was her future. She currently works at FinancialForce.

Tell us how you heard about Ladies Be Architects?

“On Twitter. Gemma tweeted and I was hooked.”

What feelings did Ladies Be Architects inspire within you?

“Excitement and passion”

Tell us why the architect journey is important to you

“When I was at Dreamforce in 2016, in the session I was attending, a gentleman sat next to me. We had a casual conversation and then he asked me what I do. I explained how I have been a Salesforce admin for so many years. And his reaction was “Wow! And you’re still just an admin?!”. After thinking about it, I realized the guy wasn’t being rude; he was giving me a sign. I thought to myself “I’m not going to be JUST an admin any more.”. That was my motivation to go down this path.”

What’s the next step for you on your Journey to CTA?

“I am at the beginning of my journey and currently working toward the Platform App Builder. The exams certainly are intimidating, however I’m sure the support of this group will get me through it.”

We can’t wait to see how your journey progresses!

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