After being in the IT recruitment sphere for over 2 years, I have worked across multiple technology streams and Salesforce, by a country mile is the most interactive, friendly and interesting market I have had the pleasure to be involved in. If I needed any further proof of this I got it last Thursday when I was invited to attend the Partner Strictly Dancing on Thursday night. For anyone who isn’t going to read any further, I can summarise it in two words: Smashing Event!
With Salesforce, there are so many interesting meet-ups conferences and events created every month that build on the synergy in the market. But it’s been great to see how creative the industry is getting, and the creation of PEP (Partner Event Promotion) by James Collett and Nadio Granata is a testament to that!
The event was hosted at the Troxy, a great venue in East London which houses a multitude of different events and which created the perfect setting for this glitzy and fun event. People from around the globe were welcomed in at 6 pm for a sponsored drinks reception (thank you Validity!) and opportunity to network around an over-flowing bar supported by a great band. It was a brilliant way to kick off the evening and share some laughs with both old and new connections.
The night then continued with a beautiful 3-course meal, raffles, more live music, an auction and plenty of fundraising but the main attraction was most definitely the Partner Strictly dance competition.
12 couples from the Salesforce eco-system trained tirelessly for up to ten weeks leading up to the event with some prolific dance teachers at the legendary Pineapple Studios, before going head to head in a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style competition. And, my goodness, did they deliver! They danced over the course of the evening to impress the esteemed panel of judges – as well as the audience – and all vied to take home the title of the UK winners of this growing event.
Everyone did an incredible job, and it was a tough call in my opinion, but in the end, the crown was taken by Rebecca Pooley and Paul Hutchinson for their dance skills, amazing fundraising efforts and probably partially down to his spicy Hawaiian shirt……….
All in all, a great night was had by everybody and, most importantly, well over £50,000.00 was raised for the Sports Traider charity. For me, it was great to be able to reflect on how Salesforce is now so much more than a technology platform – it truly is an ecosystem where people can come together to do some good and be joined by a common thread.
As a testament to the success of the evening, plans are ongoing to take the Partner Strictly event across APAC, EMEA and the US and the winners from each will be battling it out for the Global Title. On top of that, we can expect to see a Peaky Blinders themed Christmas Party next month at The Troxy which I for one will most definitely be attending!
I was honoured to be a part of this event and look forward to working with Partner Event Promotions on the upcoming events, and helping them to translate their awesome ideas into a reality! I ended my evening speaking with James to gain a fuller understanding of what they are looking to achieve with these exciting events.
The Partner Strictly Dancing initiative is to take the partners from the Salesforce ecosystem and connect them on a different platform for more of a social environment to raise money for charity … next stop is FEB (Australia) and the final will be at Dreamforce. James Collett
Watch this space, and if you are thinking of getting involved or want to know more about what they will be doing in the future, reach out to Nadio or James and integrate yourself into this growing phenomenon.
After attending on Thursday I have no doubt in my mind that this will be growing at a rapid pace and only get better and better as each event passes! I’m already looking forward to the Christmas do and getting my tweed together for this Peaky Blinders themed event on the 13th December. You can watch the whole event in the Strictly Partner Dancing youtube channel.
What are your thought on these type of events and how do you think it impacts our eco-system?
Be great to hear some opinions.