Get involved - become a RAD Coach!

Are you a force.com programmer who would like to help other women learn to code? We need you!

As part of the program, we rely on fabulous RAD Women Coaches who volunteer their time (over 2200 total hours so far!) to mentor these amazing and courageous learners using the proven curriculum we have developed. You will be assigned to a small group with another coach - we try to match up one experienced developer with more junior coder (and also any new coaches with someone who has coached the course before). Male allies are welcome!

You will be given an orientation to the curriculum and work closely with our Coach and Curriculum leads for whatever support you need to be successful.

As a coach, you will:

  • Set up of all meetings for the group (we provide webinar tool).
  • Instruct/coach around course topics.
  • Assess homework assignments to help integrate learning, including a final real-world assignment to help learners gain confidence with scoping and developing on Force.com.
  • Provide ongoing support via the RAD Women chatter group and email to help with any obstacles to coaching.

We estimate that you would spend approximately 3-4 hours a week on this (including delivering the session).

Please contact Angela Mahoney (Coach Lead) if you are interested in becoming a coach.

Meet our RAD Coaches!

In our own programmatic journeys, we have found that mentors make a HUGE difference, and sometimes, you need to hear something in another voice or with other words before it clicks. These knowledgeable and dedicated women (and men!) donate their time and expertise to each set of sessions to help you on your developer journey - we are nothing without them!

Bonny Hunners

Bonny Hinners

Bonny is a Salesforce MVP and consultant with over 12 years of professional experience building cloud-based applications. A Duke University graduate with majors in Computer Science and English, Bonny has written and spoken about technology since the 80s! Bonny is interested in encouraging women in tech fields and finds promoting education a great way to do so, and has been an enthusiastic RAD coach since the program first launched (and also contributes courses to PluralSight).

Abhilasha Singh

Abhilasha Singh

Abhilasha is a Salesforce MVP with 4 years of Salesforce Developer experience. She is a Virtual Women In Tech Group Leader in India who loves to teach (Abhilasha has done a Masters in Computer Science and Engineering and wanted to be a teacher in the start.) Her passions include blogging about Salesforce new learnings and tips and tricks so that she can give back to community, and she loves doing trailhead, which she calls her "favorite place for more than a year now".

Jenny Bennett

Jenny Bennett

Jenny is a Developer at Salesforce.org and has been working on the Force.com platform for over 5 years. She states that she is where she is today in large part because of the Salesforce Community. Jenny wants to help other Admins who are just like she used to be — unsure about where to go on this journey, and in doubt about their own skills. Salesforce is a community that helps people grow their careers every day, and Jenny wants to be part of that giving back by sharing what she's learned."

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Tami Lau

Tami is a Salesforce developer at the Sierra Club, where she combines her interest in technology with a passion for mission-driven work. She participates in Women in Tech, Women Who Dev User Group, and Ampify (formerly Girlforce). She is a graduate of the RAD program and is very excited to be returning as a coach! When she's not geeking out on Salesforce, you can find Tami doing yoga, cooking, reading a book, or hanging out with her cats.


Coach Daniel Peters

Daniel Peter

Daniel Peter is a 24x certified Salesforce MVP who runs the Bay Area Salesforce Developer Group.  He loves tough development and architecture challenges and is looking forward mentoring and teaching others.

Nadim Diaz

Nadim Ramzi

@NadimDRZ

Bolivia

Nadim has been a force of nature in Latin America (she hails from Bolivia), where she has been active in WTM, Girls in Tech and now, RAD Women. This last one is a combination of two things that she loves (Salesforce and Women empowerment), I'm really happy to be a part of this, and I would love to replicate the program here in Latin America.

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Adam Olshansky

Adam is a Salesforce Developer and Salesforce MVP who has benefitted tremendously from the community and is now looking to pay it back any way that he can! He loves teaching people the joys and benefits of learning to code and is always looking to take the next step in his career and help others do the same. Fun fact: when he graduated high school, he wanted to be a lawyer.

Laura Meerkatz

Laura Meerkatz

Laura is a lifelong learner who hasn't entirely decided what she wants to be when she grows up, but knows it involves technology and making the world a better place. After careers in journalism and nonprofit consulting, she landed her #dreamjob as a developer at Salesforce.org. Laura has been a speaker at Dreamforce and Forcelandia, and will happily talk your ear off about testing as both art and science.

Coach Krithika Dharmarajan

Krithika Dharmarajan

Krithika Dharmarajan, a Salesforce Consultant at Slalom, is extremely passionate about the technology and is a nerd at heart. With over 5 years of experience in Software Development, she loves everything that involves logic. Krithika has a mission to spread knowledge and help anyone willing to learn, and is excited to contribute and make a difference. In her free time, she loves volunteering at a shelter that helps homeless women and the Washington Braille library. She believes life is empty without chocolates and dogs. 

Andrea Morales

Andrea Morales

@andrem2b

Uruguay

Andrea is a Salesforce Developer who spent most of her work time on web development first PHP and then force.com. She was really curious about the RAD sessions and loved the opportunity to give back to the community and became a coach, which has enabled her to learn from other perspectives and gave her the chance to help other women increase their skill set with these RAD skills!
Photo Liz Mangano

Liz Mangano

Having been thrown in to Salesforce development 5 years ago with no prior experience on the platform, Liz had much to learn at a quick pace. Not being a huge fan of that experience, she was excited to take this opportunity to teach women similar skills in a slower-paced and virtual environment. When Liz isn't teaching Apex or wrangling her two young boys, you'll find her catching live music, chanting with the Timbers Army and enjoying the beers and outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Swati Taunk

Swati Taunk

Swati is a passionate developer who has been working with Salesforce for over 6 years, and is also the Hyderabad WIT User Group Leader. Swati has a Masters in Computer Application and has always believed in sharing her knowledge with others - this began when she was a student herself, tutoring her juniors and high school students. Today she continues to share her Apex knowledge with the community through RAD sessions and aspires to travel the world.

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Simon Goodyear

Simon has been working with Salesforce for the past 6 years, but has been writing and selling software for over 20! Co-organiser of the South West Developer User Group, Simon rarely turns down an opportunity to stand up and present. He's a Salesforce Certified Instructor and has been a Salesforce MVP for the past 4 years. Simon has forgotten what spare time is and is excited to be a RAD coach!

Bhavana Singh

Bhavana Singh

Bhavana has worn many hats in her career, but identifies with developer/architect role the best. Her educational background is Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and she's had many fun jobs from NASA’s command and control center to trading floor of a hedge fund. A Salesforce community lover, Bhavana leads the Maryland WIT group and takes an active part in other nearby user groups. When she grows up, she wants to be a winemaker.

Sue Maass

Sue Maass

With a vast background in non-profits using Salesforce, Sue worked into an Admin position and progressed thru a couple Developer positions. Currently, she works as a Consultant doing Salesforce development and analytics and loves Lightning. She notes that discovering Salesforce groups in our community significantly increased her learning and excitement and participating as a RAD Learner in early 2016 helped fill a big gap for her. #AlwaysBeLearning is a key part of her life and why she likes to share her time to communicate with others and to help others learn.  She shares learning opportunities with the Community and is now a Salesforce MVP.

Radhika Bansal

Radhika Bansal

Salesforce Technocrat Radhika works as a Senior Salesforce Development Analyst for Accenture. Proud to be a Trailhead Ranger, she is 4x certified, with Salesforce Lightning and Einstein Analytics as her forte. Exploring things and brainstorming new ideas keeps her going, and she's passionate about Salesforce, leading  the Pune WIT group and having presented at various Salesforce events like world tours in Amsterdam and Paris, and Salesforce Community Events Jaipur Dev Fest and India Dreamin.

Photo Cynthia Saalfeld

Cynthia Saalfeld

Cynthia is an enthusiastic Salesforce professional who runs the Marin County Salesforce User Group and is an active “Women in Tech” advocate.  By title she’s an Admin who develops on the Salesforce platform. Cynthia is Brazilian, likes to dance, is a dark chocolate connoisseur, enjoys the outdoors and loves meeting new people and is one of our beloved RAD learners who has returned to our program as a mentor!

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Radmila Askraba

Radmila loves programming and her #dreamjob as a developer at Salesforce.org for nonprofits. She has been designing and building solutions on the Force.com platform since 2007. While being a Vancouver Salesforce Developer group leader, she has learned the importance of enabling a safe environment for learning, and she feels grateful to belong to a developer community where giving back, sharing knowledge, and supporting others is ingrained in one's work.

Photo Heather Dykstra

Heather Dykstra

Heather has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from CU Boulder. She has 3 years of experience on the Salesforce Platform and a lifetime of experience in technology, having built her first computer at just 10 years old!  She currently works at Salesforce as a Developer Evangelist, a job that allows her to be an advocate, a teacher and an explorer at the front of Salesforce Technology. 

Susannah St Germain

Susannah St-Germain

Susannah is a 10x certified accidental admin turned Salesforce architect. Since graduating from the RAD Women program three years ago, she's been improving her Apex skills, and learning to develop Lightning Components. In her spare time, Susannah spends time with her dog Parker, rewatches episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars, and learns new coding languages. Susannah's favorite part of being a Salesforce developer and architect is that she learns something new everyday.

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Jess Lopez

@jjjlo

USA

Jess is the NGO Technical Architect for the Salesforce.org Customer Centric Engineering team. She’s been working on the Force.com platform since 2008 and gained most of her admin and developer experience while wearing many different hats at a nonprofit organization. She was a Visual Art major in college and is excited to teach and learn from admins of all backgrounds.

Arati Kulkarni

Arati Kulkarni

Introduced to the Salesforce Ecosystem by fluke, Arati was looking to make a career come back after a 5 year break. She got introduced to Salesforce and is really happy she did - she fell in love with the community and how everybody looks forward to helping each other grow! Apart from being a Salesforce Administrator/Developer and also Einstein Analytics Admin/Developer, she loves being a henna tattoo artist and an extreme fan of DIY projects. Arati loves to teach and spread the knowledge that she havs gotten from the Ecosystem. 

Beth Breisnes

Beth Breisnes

@bethbrains

Canada

A New Hampshire native, Beth now calls Vancouver her home. Beth began her Salesforce career at the David Suzuki Foundation (Canada's largest environmental organization) before doing consulting work with NFPs. She is now a developer on the Nonprofit Success Pack. In her spare time, Beth can be found riding the seawall with her family in their electric cargo trike, singing, and playing board games (though not simultaneously). She's excited be a RAD coach and help empower other women to build new skills and passions!

Photo Nicole McGuire

Nicole McGuire

Nicole is a Salesforce Technical Architect Manager with Bluewolf, an IBM Company.  Nicole graduated with a degree in Computer Science and began working as a Database Analyst.  She started working with Salesforce 7 years ago and has never looked back. Nicole currently has 5 Salesforce certifications, with the goal of getting the Technical Architect certification. Nicole runs the Cleveland Salesforce Developer group, along with being the Director for the Cleveland Women Who Code group.  She loves to mentor and encourage women to become strong Salesforce Admins, Developers and Architects.   

PIC Prinsloo

Charly Prinsloo

Texas-based Charly Prinsloo, a 16x salesforce certified and the co-leader of the Ladies Be Architects global user group, is a senior Salesforce Technical Architect at Deloitte Consulting LLp. Over her 13 year Salesforce career, Charly has worked closely with clients to deliver insights and innovative solutions to address their toughest Salesforce issues, architecting and implementing salesforce.com technology solutions. Charly's a passionate advocate for women in technology; and the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Charly loves spending her free time with her husband and 2 kids (and 2 dogs), doing creative designs, sewing, and anything blockchain.

 

Coach Bhavna Banodha Pic

Bhavna Banodha

Bhavna is a Salesforce Consultant with ECCO, with more than 6 years of experience as an Admin and Developer. She is in love with the incredible Salesforce community and believes in mutual help. She leads the Amsterdam WIT group, helping in organizing #YeurDreamin (community led event for Benelux region) and enjoys contributing in Salesforce Answers Community. A Trailhead fan with over 400 badges, she holds 2 Salesforce certification. Sometimes or as time permits she enjoys writing blogs. Bhavna is really excited about RAD women because she believes every time she teaches something, she also learns something new 🙂

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Alon Waisman

Alon graduated from the Turing School of Software & Design in Denver, Colorado. His first job dropped him into Salesforce development pretty blind, and he's never looked back, even returning to Turing to teach his own Salesforce development class. Before becoming a full-fledged developer, he did some quirky stuff like crossing the country at about 10MPH following a guy on a Segway (check out the movie), hosting a talk radio show and podcast about video games, and running the social media support program at GoDaddy. Now he's a dad and enjoys that he never really grew up.

Coach Kevin Poorman

Kevin Poorman

Kevin has been working with the Salesforce1 platform since 2008, and in 2015 he joined Salesforce.com, disappearing into the Marketing Cloud underground, before becoming a Technical Architect with the ISV team. Kevin is currently a Senior Developer Evangelist for Salesforce.com. A three-time, Force.com MVP, Kevin has always been active in the community. Catch his blog at www.codefriar.com, follow him on Twitter @codefriar or heckle him on the Salesforce developer forums. Or, if you choose, you can correct his syntax on Salesforce stack overflow. Additionally, you can pester him in the #salesforce IRC channel.

 

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Nadina Lisbon

Nadina started her Salesforce career in 2014 as an intern at a startup focused on building a Real Estate application(managed package) on Salesforce. With a need to learn and solve problems, she quickly accelerated to be the Lead Salesforce developer at multiple companies, including her current position at Kabam. Today she holds 5 certifications with the goal of becoming a Certified Technical Architect. When she is not hard at work, she enjoys hanging out at user groups, devouring knowledge in trailhead, cooking, and spending time with her amazing family.

Coach Ritika Bhargava

Ritika Bhargava

Ritika Bhargava is a Salesforce Freelance Consultant with 7 years of experience. As a technology enthusiast, she finds herself drawn to various technologies and frameworks and has knowledge in architecting solutions including web solutions, integrations, communities etc. She leads Bengaluru, IN Women In Tech group and speaks frequently in community events. She loves to hibernate in weekends (literally eat, sleep, repeat) and occasionally read books, swim and to cook.

Interested in joining this RAD crew?

We'd love to chat with you about joining RAD as a mentor coach! Click on the button to the right to drop us a note so we can follow up and answer your questions.