In 2015 Hector Perez asked me to come speak to his newly formed Merivis Foundation for Veterans that he started with his wife Kate Perez and best friend Joe Castro. Hector thought that my story about not going to college and still doing well in the Salesforce ecosystem might resonate with their first Co-hort of Veterans, many of whom had joined the military at the age of 18, never having gone to college themselves.
He had hoped my story would give them the confidence to try and start a career within the Salesforce Ecosystem. Well he was right, and I shared my story with every co-hort from then on and acted as mentor to them as well.
Around this time I had also started Salesforce Saturday in Austin. So for those students, Salesforce Saturday became a welcoming nurturing community they could lean on, after they completed the Merivis 5 week Admin program.
In 2017, I joined Merivis as an official Board Member. You can learn more about this Amazing organization here: http://merivisfoundation.org/