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Kai's Story

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Kai drives community change with Salesforce.

Salesforce brings companies and customers together through cloud-based software and community-building. After three years working in recruiting at the company, Kai Johnson felt empowered to pitch her own idea for a new role — and she won it.

Now, as a senior manager in field marketing at Salesforce, she leads values-based marketing and CEO engagement, partnering with companies and customers to make a positive impact on the community in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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“This role speaks to my core values: I have a unique passion for giving back to the underserved and underrepresented. Now, I'm able to use my professional marketing expertise and my passion for giving back, all in one. I was able to create my dream job.”

Millions of underserved people worldwide have found greater opportunities by embracing technology and adopting new skills. Kai is passionate about helping them get there. In partnership with nonprofit organizations in the Indianapolis area, she and her team have helped countless members of underrepresented communities learn technological skills and discover the Salesforce ecosystem — paving the way toward careers in Salesforce administration and development.

Innovation is a core value at Salesforce, and Kai is excited to be at the forefront of the company’s innovative efforts in community impact and improvement. When she thinks about the future, she feels Indianapolis is truly the place where she has the greatest opportunity to leverage the power of Salesforce to drive community service, sustainability, and social justice initiatives.

“At Salesforce, we use business as a platform for change. We give 1% of our equity, 1% of our time, and 1% of our product back to the community,” said Kai. “We want to create a better planet and a better world for all, and I’m grateful for the chance to do that with underserved communities here in Indianapolis.”

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Your idea. Your impact. Your Success.

Year after year, challenge after challenge, innovation after groundbreaking innovation, you take on the unexpected to achieve your vision. From across the world, you bring your ideas here, and together, we bring them to life.

Here, you can be resilient. You can lean into the next opportunity, no matter what obstacles lie ahead. You can make your own distinctive mark on the future. And you can do it in a place you might have never expected. Ready to take your ideas further, with people who can help you get there?

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Take Your Ideas Further In A State Where Innovation Goes Further

Indiana competes with and often outperforms larger, more expensive markets when it comes to bringing new ideas to life. These emerging breakthroughs and success stories from Indiana rival what’s coming out of any coastal city that's traditionally considered an innovation hub. Indiana is a promising place to live and grow a business, and we want to help you succeed here.

Find your next step in a State Where Innovation Goes Further. Our business community has what it takes to help you to bring your biggest ideas to life.

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Whether you’re starting up or expanding… Indiana offers the perfect environment for exploration, experimentation and research.

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