Monday, May 15, 2017

Amy Oplinger - Salesforce Cleveland Ohio User Group & Women in Tech

This is a blog series to highlight Salesforce Community Champion, from user group leaders, developer group leaders, and members of the community from around the world #Ohana

Who doesn't know who is Amy Oplinger? The most awesome people in the Salesforce community, Queen of GIF #GIFSquad! She also leads not one, but two Salesforce User Group in Cleveland Ohio.

Tell us about yourself, which User Group you lead, and how many co-leaders in your User Group?
Hello, I am Amy Oplinger, 3x certified Salesforce Consultant with Coastal Cloud, a Platinum Salesforce partner. I currently lead two user groups in Cleveland Ohio: The Women in Tech, and Non-Profit User Group.

You are the leader and also the founder for 2 user groups in Cleveland, what make you interested in starting those user group?
I became a user group leader after speaking with Kristi Guzman and Toya Gatewood at Dreamforce '15. I was complaining there was no WiT group in my area, and both of them said the exact same thing: START ONE! So, returning from Dreamforce, I applied and was approved, with our first Cleveland WIT meeting in December 2015! 

As for the Non-Profit (NP) Group, I recently met with a Salesforce NP Account Executive who suggested the NP users in our area was underserved, and would I be interested in starting the group. I said I would be happy to, and our first meeting will be in June! 
The user groups are a fantastic way to connect with local users and I love that I am able to facilitate that in some part. 

Would you like to share what is WIT(Women In Tech) success community group, are all the members' women only? 
Men are welcomed and encouraged to attend our WIT meetings! We appreciate their support and willingness to hear issues affecting WIT. 

How often your group meetup?
Last year, the WiT group met every other month, and we will continue that cadence this year. Depending on the input from the group, I foresee the NP group following a similar schedule. 

When is your User Group established?
Cleveland WIT was established December 2015.
Cleveland Non-Profit was established April 2017.

How big is your user group member, and in average how many members attend the meetup?
For the WIT group, I have 86 members in the Success Community group and the core set of 10-15 members that attend every meeting. 

What have you learned as UG leaders?
As a UG Leader, I have learned that it is very important to listen to your members, and facilitate the group in a manner consistent with what they want, be it learning, hands-on demos, or just a nice dinner to catch up on everything!

What do you love being an UG leader?
I love that it’s another way to connect with the Salesforce Ohana. 

What do the challenges become UG leader and would you like to share how to overcome it?
My biggest challenge is attendance. My goal is to really invigorate the local Salesforce community and ignite the same Ohana passion locally, face-to-face, as I see online. 

What would like to see your DG/UG in the future? 
I would love to see our WIT group grow our membership in NE Ohio. 

One last thing you would like to share with the community
Anyone that knows me for any period of time knows how much I love the community! I am happy that I am able to serve and give back via my User Group Leadership. I encourage everyone to get actively involved in user groups and if there isn’t one in your area, START ONE! 

Simplysfdc comment: Amy, thanks for everything you did for the community and sharing with us your User Group story with us. I believe the 1st meetup for new Cleveland Ohio Non-Profit (NP) Group will be a success under your leadership. It's a big #Ohana and it was nice to meet you in person in MidwestDreamin last year in Chicago.

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