sgENGAGE Podcast: Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 185: Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator

By on Mar 4, 2021


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Database administrators (also commonly called database managers, DBAs or DBMs) are often operating behind the scenes, outside of the spotlight. However, DBAs are critical team members and it’s important they promote their value within their organizations.

That’s what today’s host and guests are here to discuss. Listen in as guest host Ashley Sweeney, Technical Solutions Engineer for Blackbaud talks to Sunshine Watson, Donor Database Manager for Valleywise Health Foundation, and Carlene Johnson, Database Administrator for BC High, about how they shine as DBAs and make sure their value is recognized. They also discuss the importance of networking and continuing education.

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How Sunshine and Carlene shine as DBAs
  • Helping others understand what you do and how you help them
  • Making sure you have a seat at the table
  • Tips for showing your value to leadership
  • Making the case for professional development to your manager
  • The value of networking and user groups

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Listen Now:




“Just being able to be a fly on the wall sometimes helps me so I can do my job better.” –Sunshine Watson

“When I’m paying attention and listening, I can hear the pain points.” –Carlene Johnson

“Because of networking, I was much more easily able to land a position that had the kinds of things I was looking to work on.” –Carlene Johnson


Comments (4)

  • Patti Hommes says:

    Sunshine and Carlene are definitely Rockstars!!! Great podcast!

  • Karen L Stuhlfeier says:

    I enjoyed listening to this! I could relate to what you were saying and it gave me some things to think about. Thanks!

  • Lisa says:

    Very enjoyable to hear from fellow Database Gurus.

  • Tineke Hage says:

    Great interview/podcast. Very important to have seat at the table and feel appreciated instead of just a data entry person. Finding ways to make sure the team is aware of what you do to keep the database as clean as possible so they can effectively raise money. Thank you!

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