Our Story

Our Story

In the United States, 2020 has been a memorable year. It saw the onset of a global pandemic, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the election of a new president. Despite the upheaval these events caused, the year is ending on a triumphant note. As a nation, we just cast our collective vote in favor of hope instead of fear. In spite of the challenge of Covid-19, we found a way to use our ballots to make our voices heard. We succeeded in changing the future course of an entire country by taking positive action when it mattered most and was hardest to do.

A group of voices raised together also has the power to make a difference. The Black Lives Matter movement sparked protests in major cities around the country, raising awareness of the issue of police brutality. The subsequent marches and demonstrations changed people’s perceptions and paved the way to constructive conversations and community support that will lead to social change.

While the media focused everyone’s attention on injustice toward blacks, a much more subtle form of injustice is happening every day in corporations across America. Current business culture encourages the idea that the quickest way to get ahead is to manipulate the system to gain the favor of management. Competition is rampant, and backstabbing has become the norm. Promotions are based on favoritism and nepotism instead of merit.

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It’s difficult for women, people of color, non-binary, and transgender individuals to build alliances within their companies because they don’t fit easily into the existing white-male executive network. As a result, promotions go to people who don’t necessarily deserve the recognition but receive it simply because they match the status quo.

If an employee wants to complain about a lack of opportunities, a company’s Human Resources department is unlikely to be helpful. From what we have observed, HR’s mandate is to protect the interests of the organization and not the employee.

Several hands on top of one anotherDiverse employees who want to voice their frustration run the risk of being targeted for unfair treatment by their own managers. While social media does give people a place to vent, it’s not a safe space to express opinions freely. Organizations have been known to terminate employees for statements posted to social media. Despite this gloomy situation, we believe that conditions like this can be turned around. Every individual has the power to better their own lives and inspire others to do the same.

That’s why we started this podcast. We felt the need to offer a platform where people can feel safe telling personal stories of career challenges without fear of retaliation. In these stories, we’ll be focusing on how our contributors found a way to resolve their issues constructively. This process usually involves talking out the problem with somebody else who offers advice that leads to a solution. We want to feature stories that begin with a struggle and end with a triumph. Victories can come in all sizes. Some are big enough to change an entire organizational culture. Some will change a single life, but each one has a ripple effect. Maybe hearing your story will inspire another listener to fix a difficult problem of their own.

During our podcasts, we will read these stories while protecting the identities of all parties involved. Hopefully, individual narratives will reach thought leaders who can advocate the change that is necessary to end organizational discrimination, no matter how long it’s been going on. In launching this site, our only goal is to raise awareness of challenges and showcase constructive solutions. We have no political affiliation or agenda. We simply want to give people a voice and a chance to change their lives for the better.

Meet the Hosts

Deepa Patel

Deepa Patel

Show Host
Deepa Patel is a dynamic self-motivated Entrepreneur, Business and Technology Consultant, and a Sales and Marketing professional with over thirty years of successful professional growth in Business and Technology Consulting, Project Management, Software Sales and Marketing. She is a Dreamforce speaker and a Salesforce MVP since 2012, dedicating her life to helping members of the community.

Deepa has worked in multiple industries including Government, Financial Services, High Tech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Non-Profit.

She is also the Author of “Beyond CRM Basics - An MVP Guide To Expand Your Knowledge And Grow Your Career”
Eric Dreshfield

Eric Dreshfield

Show Host
Eric Dreshfield has been in the Salesforce ecosystem since 2009. In 2010 he started the Southern Indiana Salesforce User Group, now called the Evansville Admin Group. In 2011, he organized the very first Midwest Dreamin’, where 100 Salesforce enthusiasts descended upon Louisville for a full day of Salesforce community learning. Midwest Dreamin’ called Chicago home from 2014 - 2019, with upwards of 850 people attending annually.

Eric was first named a Salesforce MVP in 2013, and was awarded the title every year through 2020, when he was added to the Salesforce MVP Hall of Fame as an MVP for life. He has spoken at Dreamforce in 2013, 2014, 2016 through 2019, and has organized a Dreamforce Breakfast for Newbies since 2012 as a fundraising event for Project Night Night, raising over $30,000 in that time. Eric currently serves as Product Marketing Manager at ActiveCampaign.