Blog it Foward – Sarah Lavelle
My colleague Mark Marcus asked me to join in on this BIF.
I am more than happy to take this opportunity to share a bit about myself and
get to know some of my colleagues!
I am a field solution engineer in the east region for Line of Business Customer, focusing on our Order to Cash solutions such as ERP Sales and Distribution (SD), Variant Configuration, Solution Sales Configurator and more. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and still reside there today. I am a graduate of the University of Delaware and also spent some time as a solution engineer for SAP in Scottsdale, AZ.
Here are the questions I was asked to answer:
What was your dream job as a kid?
As a child, I went through many different phases in terms of what I wanted to be when I grew up. The one that stuck around the longest was a career as a graphic designer. I was always drawing and painting as a child and was told I had a knack for it. As I got older, I found many people
telling me I approached different projects with a “designer’s eye.” I considered enrolling in art school after high school; however, I realized that painting, drawing, creating etc was my form of a stress reliever and what I did for fun. Therefore, I decided to keep this for myself and not risk it becoming something that could potentially cause stress in a work environment. My career goals eventually changed and I found myself in a business role, I still find that I apply that same designer’s approach to my current projects as a solution engineer. It is very important in my role to be able to engage my audience not just verbally but also visually through presentations and the way I deliver SAP’s offerings.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Although I stated traveling at an older age, I would have to say my favorite place that I have visited so far is Sedona, AZ. The red rocks are absolutely spectacular but it is also very accessible. You get the grandiose views similar to the grand canyon but with more realistic hiking trails for amateurs like myself. Specifically within Sedona, the Church of the Holy Cross is a magnificent place to visit. It is built right within the red rocks and is such an amazing structure. Religious views aside, I believe it is a site that all should visit once in their lifetime. Finally, Sedona also offers excellent wineries and wine
tastings and this is definitely something I consider when traveling!
What was the most fun project you ever participated in
As I previously mentioned I love to paint. One of the most fun projects I ever worked on was a 4 foot mural of all of my favorite
album covers. It took about a week to complete but to this day it is something I am very proud of.
Professionally, I would have to say my favorite project I have worked on was a guerrilla marketing campaign aimed at C-level executives that used some out-of-the-ordinary tactics to get their attention. Not only was it highly successful but it was highly entertaining to hear their surprused but positive reactions.
If you could have any job, money and skill are not an issue, what would you wake up everyday and do with your time?
If you are not familiar with Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” on the travel channel than I suggest you open a new tab and
YouTube some episodes. The idea of being able to travel the world and taste different cuisines from so many different cultures and get PAID to do it sounds like my cup of tea and a piece of cake (puns intended.) I love trying new food and seeing new places. I’d even suck up having to eat the strange bugs every
now and then 🙂 .
Now its time to blog it forward to Hannah Datz and Keith Fatula!
Sedona is so beautiful - great choice!