Executive Leadership Support Forum: Assistant of the Week: San Francisco
Sr. Executive Assistant to the President & CPO
As Sr. Executive Assistant to the President & CPO of Salesforce, Amy Sherman works to provide strategic time management, to drive productivity, and to maintain collective focused energy for her executive and team. Prior to joining Salesforce, Amy provided C-Level support at two startups and a visual effects/entertainment company. She has a passion for making connections and helping repay the kindness of her mentors by supporting others in their career ambitions. She moved to San Francisco 10 years ago from the east coast and now lives in the East Bay with her family.
Amy will be one of the executive assistant contributors at the Executive Leadership Support Forum: San Francisco on May 16-17, 2018.
Why is the Executive Leadership Support Forum important for Executive Assistants?
ELS Support Forum is important for EAs because there’s no better way to refine your craft than to learn from others in your field.
Independently, what have you done to work towards professional development in the past?
I regularly connect with EAs around the Bay Area to exchange ideas, learnings, and support at different EA organization events. I also join design talks and research areas of career focus to learn as much as possible and continue to shape my philosophies
Name one thing you hope to learn or discuss with your peers at the ELS Forum?
I’m looking forward to the Executive/EA Roundtable discussion – I love to analyze how different dynamics can be successful.
Tell us about a career accomplishment of which you’re particularly proud.
Finding and maintaining the value that I hold to build resilience during the challenging times in my career.
In your mind, what is one tool you can’t live without or find especially helpful in your position?
My phone and google apps!
Looking back, what advice would you give yourself when you were first starting your career?
Stay as open minded as you are – it’s one of the keys to your success.
Are there any blogs, books, articles or online forums you recommend reading?
I live for HBR, GSB, and MIT articles – current favorite professional books are Radical Candor and Blue Ocean Shift.
How do you define success within your role as an Executive Assistant?
If I’m feeling happy, then I’m being successful – connecting with that inner voice that guides productivity and passion.