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  • Writer's pictureGemma Blezard

Spotlight Series: Rachel Park

Rachel is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and has worked with numerous non-profits that are near & dear to her heart. A Salesforce Analyst at Slalom, with experience as an on-staff admin, Rachel is a “transplanted” New Yorker living in Los Angeles, so she misses good bagels and walking everywhere, which is why whenever Sex and the City is on, she just HAS to watch — it reminds her of her home in New York City. She recently had the incredible privilege of being the inaugural guest on the SF Campfire Stories podcast hosted by Justice Sikakane & Stacey Cogswell, sharing stories of Salesforce Trailblazers discussing their journeys with Trailhead. Rachel has quite a few other things going on besides Salesforce; she is a tie designer and triple-negative breast cancer survivor. After over a year of 15 rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries and 32 radiation treatments, she’s thankful to have just passed three years cancer-free! During treatment, she used her sewing skills to create the ParkPuff™, a stylish chest-comforting, go-anywhere seatbelt pillow for breast cancer (and more!) patients worldwide. Ladies Be Architects founder, Gemma Emmett, had the honour of receiving one of Rachel’s ParkPuffs to aid in her recovery from a double mastectomy.

This is Rachel’s pet pug, who was instrumental in her healing process.

Tell us how you heard about Ladies Be Architects?

I started seeing the #LadiesBeArchitects thread on Twitter and wanted to learn more

What feelings did Ladies Be Architects inspire within you?

Empowerment! It’s such an encouraging and supportive group of AMAZING women.

Tell us why the CTA journey is important to you...

As a woman in tech — especially a woman of color — it’s important for me to share our underrepresented success stories in the community. Representation matters!

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

I am currently part of an Amplify (formerly Girlforce) Platform App Builder Certification Study Group and hope to be certified soon!

As a huge introvert, that CTA Review Board sounds terrifying! That’s why it’s so great to see Gemma and Charly documenting their CTA jorneys, so it is demystified and less scary for the rest of us. Bravo, ladies!

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