Salesforce hosts Mission District tech students

A group picture of dev/Mission participants and Salesforce execs taken after completing a day of learning and relationship building. Photos by Tony Bear!

Salesforce executives provide learning event for dev/Mission students, alums and parents at San Francisco HQ

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, dozens of dev/Mission participants visited the Salesforce offices at 350 Mission Street in San Francisco, for a day of learning.

Hosted on the Ohana Floor of Salesforce East, the event began with a light breakfast and a panel talk featuring Salesforce Co-Founder Parker Harris, and Salesforce leadership executives Maria Martinez, Tony Prophet, and Srini Tallapragada. The leaders shared family photos, and discussed how their upbringing and life challenges inspired them to be high achievers. The panelists took questions from the audience.

“We were delighted to host dev/Mission at our Headquarters!,” said Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer of Salesforce. “We had the unique opportunity to spend time with the next generation of tech leaders — expanding their Tech knowledge and discussing Equality.”

“We were truly inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of the dev/Mission students and alumni.”

After the executive panel, a hands-on introduction and demonstration of Salesforce’s interactive, self-guided learning platform “Trailhead” was conducted by Senior Admin Evangelist Gillian Bruce, Trailhead Editor-in-chief Chris Duarte, and Trailhead curriculum developer and trainer Kieren Jameson. The students learned how leveraging Trailhead to build Salesforce skills can be a valuable step towards increasing their marketability in the workforce.

Next, a panel of Salesforce employees representing the groups that comprise the company’s Ohana Equality initiative shared their experiences. During lunch, each panelist hosted small group discussions with the dev/Mission students and staff.

After lunch, Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at, dazzled the group with a presentation and demo of how Salesforce uses the Internet of Things — also known as IoT — to incubate and launch customer solutions.

In the final workshop, Daryl Spreiter, head of Sales Learning & Development Programs for, helped the visitors from dev/Mission hone their job-seeking skills. The students were coached-up on personal branding techniques, and practiced their ‘elevator pitch’ on each other.

The eventful day wrapped up with a panel on “Success at Salesforce” moderated by Ebony Frelix, SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement of The panelists, all alumni of the Workforce Development initiative at Salesforce, discussed their experiences moving from interns to employees. They also shared tips on how students can find the same success in the job search.

“Salesforce was buzzing with energy on Saturday! It was incredible to bring dev/Mission students and alumni to Salesforce for a day of learning and relationship building,” said Frelix. “At, our mission is to ensure that young adults are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of future leaders.”

“Salesforce graciously hosted a great event for our current students and alums, staff, volunteers, and partners,” said Leo Sosa, Founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission. “Even the parents of our students were welcomed!”

“We are very thankful for the opportunity and we are looking forward to great future collaborations between dev/Mission, Mission Housing Development Corporation and Salesforce as we build the next generation of tech talent.”

“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the dev/Mission students and their parents,” said Marcía Contreras, Mission Housing Director of Operations and Resident Services. “Everyone was energized by the beautiful Ohana environment at Salesforce, and inspired by the pathways to the future that were demonstrated.”

“Mission Housing is proud to play a role in the development of these amazing young people, and we are encouraged by their desire to improve themselves and give back to their communities.”

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