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Jeff Lien

Jeff Lien

SalesForce.com

Enterprise Business Rep

Personal Information

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School: University of California, Irvine

Major: Sociology

Years at College Works: 2009 to 2011

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: SalesForce.com

Title: Enterprise Business Rep

Industry: Technology

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Fuel the growth of Salesforce.com's Enterprise business customers. Act as the face of the brand to deliver unparalleled customer experience. Find, qualify, develop target accounts.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Excelling in roles at Google and Salesforce.com and being accepted into the MBA program at USF. At all of these, being amongst the youngest in each group is a triumph in itself.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

The foundation for my professional career, and the necessary stepping stone that allowed me to propel myself ahead of my peers.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Meant the world to my career. Doing well at CWP allowed me to immediately transition into a full-time career. The coaching and learning from CWP is beyond what many companies (including Google and Salesforce.com) will actively teach you.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

I hope they know that by accepting me into their home and allowing me to learn from them and grow as an individual has made a tremendous impact on me. Those customers that were especially accommodating to a young college student are those that allow folks with huge drive succeed in life. I will always remember the work that the customers allowed me to do on something as precious as their home, and through those experiences I learned a lot about business and about myself.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Be persistent. Learn to do things right, and then add the extra 10% that is your own unique personality to go far.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

By doing well in the program and being open to learn and coach others, it'll resonate with fellow CWP individuals because they are motivated and eager to succeed. Through Chris Knight, who introduced me to the folks at Google, I was able to get my first full-time job at one of the world's greatest companies. It's changed my life for the better and I'm ever-grateful for the chance to have been amongst the motivated folks at CWP.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Paint your own future.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

No matter who you are now and what you want to do later, if there is even a remote part of you that wants to do great things in business, CWP will be one of the most rewarding (and challenging) experiences you will ever have.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

I majored in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology, but wanted to make an impact more so than I thought I could make with an internship. No matter where you want to go in life, being able to manage yourself and others is a key set of core skills that you can take with you wherever you decide to go.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Have persistence in sales and customer service and a passion for technology.

Jeff Lien