Adrienne Cutcliffe grew up in Brisbane, Australia and is a Consultant with over 6 years’ experience working with the Salesforce Platform. She is a Women in Technology Group Leader, Salesforce Lightning Champion, and Undergraduate student at the Queensland University of Technology. At Dreamforce we asked Adrienne to join the Ladies Be Architects team as an ambassador, spreading the word in the Land Down Under, and we were thrilled when she said yes! Here’s her story!
Adrienne was raised in a world of IT, with her father working in the industry since he was 17 years old. She always loved the idea of IT, however, office after office full of men never gave her much confidence in securing a career. Adrienne has been a serial learner since a young age, with tertiary certificates in both Information Systems, and Tourism and Education; a Diploma in Childcare; over 360 Trailhead badges; 7 Salesforce Certifications; 5 Conga Certifications; and a mostly completed Bachelors in Information Technology, learning is what she loves to do. In her spare time (it does still exist) Adrienne loves playing video games, watching TV, building Lego, paddle boarding, and spending time with her (and anyone else’s) pets.
Tell us how you heard about Ladies Be Architects?
“I had briefly heard of both Gemma, and Ladies be Architects before, however it wasn’t until I met and presented with Gemma at Dreamforce 2018 that I got to learning more about it. After that I got really interested in this world of female CTA’s (heck, just CTA’s in general) and the journey to get there”
What feelings did Ladies be Architects inspire within you?
“As someone who has ever felt ‘good enough’ in the career they were in (even being told so by less than supportive individuals in the past), I wasn’t sure that this was something I could do. Then I remembered all the other things people had told me in the past that I couldn’t do, and boy did I do them! I realised I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain, and possibly, maybe I could prove some more people wrong about me on the way”
Tell us why the CTA journey is important to you
“The CTA journey to me is all about proving myself that I can do this, that this is something that I can achieve for me. When people ask me how good I am at Salesforce, or what I do, it’s proof that I know who, and what I am, and I’m damn good at it.”
What’s the next step for you on your Journey to CTA?
“To get Application Architect certified in 2020, and defeat my arch nemesis, Platform Developer I. I have tried PD1 and failed three times now, it and I have some unfinished business, so watch this space!”