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Kena Jones

Senior Events Manager, Salesforce

Folks are grieving all over the world—not only for souls lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but grieving for the loss of jobs, community gatherings, eating out, travel, sports, face-to-face connections–everything about “the way things used to be.” Salesforce recently started hosting an online series called “B-well Together” to focus on wellness, self-care and to remind us that within this darkness, there are silver linings. What struck me the most was the focus on gratitude. In times where you might feel a bit rudderless, gratitude can fortify you.

So, CEMA, what are you grateful for?

I am grateful that my family is healthy, that my children are continuing to learn while at home, that I get to take daily morning walks (which I need because I have also rediscovered my love of baking!), and that living simply and slowly can actually be pleasant. I am grateful that I have a job that I love—even though I miss the cacophony and energy that only exists at live events. My favorite part is seeing attendees’ faces as they experience the journey we have developed for them.

I have developed a special affinity for a specific set of attendees–our attendees with disabilities. For the past few years I have been a champion for these attendees, understanding that our events must be experienced by everyone–-not only because the events are compelling, but because it’s the best thing for all of us. Equality is a core value at Salesforce so one of the many ways we bring that value to life is through inclusion at our events. Now that we have all made the shift to virtual connections and events, it’s more important than ever to keep our attendees of all abilities top of mind. I will be sharing the adjustments we are making to maintain our commitment to equality at CEMA Summit 2020.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazingly resilient community. Be grateful and B-well!