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 4,000 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 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 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 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."
While Michelle was a biology nerd in college and never imagined having a "computer job", she ended up as an accidental admin in 2009 and has been on a learning journey ever since. She is 6x certified, has spoken at Forcelandia the past 2 years (so fun!). Prior to working at Salesforce, Michelle logged time in both non-profit and corporate settings, venturing into the world of Apex code several years ago. She loves helping others take that first step and is happy to give back as a RAD coach!
Randi started her Salesforce journey as a customer success agent for Salesforce.com after completing a coding bootcamp in Portland, OR. She has now been coding on the platform since 2015, and is working as a remote developer for the Salesforce.org product development team. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling in the US and abroad, and exploring her current home base in Atlanta, Georgia.
Starley is passionate about building sustainable solutions and mentoring others. She currently works as a Senior Salesforce Engineer at Western Governors University. She loves the Salesforce community and is always excited to help others hone their skills. When not coding, she enjoys the outdoors, theatre, and hanging out with her family.
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 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.
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!
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.
Shannon Tran is a 7x certified Sr. Program Architect at Salesforce. Shannon started building solutions as an administrator 6 years ago and quickly learned development on the platform was just as fun. She loves helping customer teams embrace custom code, if and when it provides the best solution for the requirement. In her free time, Shannon likes to take her dog to the dog park, enjoy morning coffees with her husband, "deactivate" the cat (ask her about what this entails), and tinker with Einstein bots for everyday use.
Adam is a Adam is a 14X Certified 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 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.
Tugce is a Developer with 4 years experience. She likes solving problems and helping people. A prior Django Girls mentor, she is excited to be a coach at RAD now, and in her spare time, she is trying to learn another language: Spanish!
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.
Calvin is a Salesforce Consultant in Minneapolis currently working at 3M with a focus on Apex and Lightning Development. He has a full stack background and has been developing on the platform for the past 2 years. He has his Developer 1 certification and is working through the trailheads as you read this to complete his Developer 2 certification. Although he prefers spending the majority of his time developing on the front end he’s no stranger to diving into tricky business logic.
Bhanudas has been making computers do things since the age of 6 and has been following this same desire through the world of Salesforce since 2008. Grateful to have made a living in the field of software development, he hopes to mentor and guide the next generation of platform developers to fulfill their dreams, bring more equality to this craft, and ultimately make this world a better place for us all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂
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.