February MVP – Melody Zacharias

Microsoft_MVP_logoThe February MVP nomination goes to Melody Zacharias (B|T).

Melody hails from our neighboring country to the north, beautiful Canada. While we all joke Melody about her quick and frequent apologies (Sorri), she definitely has nothing to apologize for when it comes to her dedication to the SQL Community.  She is what I refer to as a gem among the rough for sure. The SQL Family is definitely better with her a part of it.

A little history on this up comer….

At Summit 2014, I was honored when Melody approached me and asked me to help mentor her in public speaking.  Having spoken at many SQL Saturdays, I had someone experience in the topic I could definitely share.  So, I was more than willing to jump at the chance to help her out.

Shortly after that Summit, I convinced her to submit to one of my favorite events, SQL Saturday Albuquerque.  To her surprise, she was selected and presented her first SQL Saturday in 2015.

From that point on, she was off and running like a bolt of lightning. Melody quickly got the speaking bug, as most of us do, and never looked back.  Not only has Melody become a frequent speaker, she is now an international speaker as well recently speaking in Australia.

Some highlights…

  • Regional Mentor (RM) for PASS
  • Chapter Lead
  • She is active in the Women In Technology (WIT) activities for PASS
  • PASS Summit Volunteer
  • Outstanding PASS Volunteer award recipient
  • Blogger
  • SQL Saturday speaker,
  • 2015 PASS Summit Speaker
  • International speaker

It has been an extreme honor to watch Melody grow within the SQL Family.  She has a passion for technology, speaking, and is now also mentoring others along the way.

I think Melody embodies what a Microsoft MVP should consist of and I am happy to nominate her for this award.

Nominate Someone

As I have done previously, I challenge you to nominate someone in your circle that is worthy.  Even if it isn’t for the MVP award, nominate them for something, anything.  Even if you just simply email them telling them Thank You, I assure you it’ll make a difference to them.

If you do want to nominate someone for the Microsoft MVP award, you will need to know their email address and can submit the nomination here.

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