Last month, we welcomed 15 talented Fellows in London, South Africa, Brazil, India, and the United States, bringing a diverse range of skills and experience in Service Delivery, Project Management, Consulting, Quality Assurance, Solutions Architecture, and Development. The new Fellows will play crucial roles across our organization from product design to solution configuration and implementation, and support for Amp Impact and Salesforce solutions.
Welcome to Vera
This year marks our fourth virtual Fellowship onboarding program and the tenth year of the Fellowship program. The new cohort of Fellows received comprehensive support and resources as they worked through their initial month’s onboarding. The program included a wide range of sessions covering Vera’s mission and vision, collaboration and operations, Amp Impact, and Salesforce, as well as more personal sessions around sharing our unique backgrounds and experiences, ultimately building connections with team members across continents. Through this immersive onboarding experience, Fellows become equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in their journey, cultivating a strong sense of camaraderie and collaboration among the team.
An introduction to Salesforce and Amp Impact: A hybrid case study
As part of our comprehensive onboarding process, Fellows engaged in two real-world use case scenarios, diving deeper into the capabilities of Salesforce and our flagship product, Amp Impact. Through experiential learning, our Fellows gained a better understanding of challenges faced by social sector organizations in program and project delivery as well as hands-on experience implementing cloud-based data solutions.
The first case study delved deeply into the complexities of Salesforce, covering essential elements such as system documentation, configuration, user interface and user experience (UI/UX), security and data sharing, data migration, platform automation, and data visualization. The second case study centered around Amp Impact, offering an in-depth exploration of each of its nine functional areas.
Getting to know your team: The fun begins!
As the onboarding phase concluded, Fellows reconnected with their respective teams, gaining deeper insights into daily tasks, role expectations, and receiving support along the way. This collaborative interaction builds a strong foundation for future company-wide engagement.
Introducing the 2023-2024 Fellowship Class
Camila Menell (Associate Consultant) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a focus on Sociology, Social Development, and Spanish Literature. She has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She is dedicated to social justice, volunteers for adaptive surfing therapy and coaches the South African national team.
Lara Guattari-Stafford (Project Manager) holds an Honors in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town. She has experience in data analytics and reporting.
Marianne (Mari) Ribeiro Cruz (Junior Service Delivery Analyst) is pursuing Business Administration from Insper, specializing in entrepreneurship, including an MIT Social Impact Design Thinking program. Mari accelerated her own financial education startup for young people in Switzerland.
Alisha Mahajan (Associate Consultant) holds a B.Tech in Biotechnology from Amity University and a Masters in Education from the National University of Ireland. She has experience as a learning consultant and in ed-tech organizations, implementing technology solutions for teachers and students in India.
Srushti Shivaji Powar (Junior Quality Assurance Engineer) holds a B.E in Electronic and Telecommunication from Sardar Patel Institute of Technology. She has experience in manual and automation testing (selenium web driver with Java) and has worked on various tasks such as reviewing documents, writing test cases, executing tests, and logging bugs.