Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions. The theme of Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
Intelex Technologies joins the celebration by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrating their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Our first blog introduces you to Lorenzo Tennant, who joined Intelex in June 2017 and now is the Director of Business Development.
What is your name, title and how long have you worked at Intelex?
Lorenzo Tennant, Director, Business Development, and I joined Intelex June 2017
What do you do at Intelex?
My role is to lead the Business Development department, which is the frontline function for the sales journey in our business. Our team is tasked with generating opportunities from an inbound and outbound perspective, which adds to the pipeline of potential business that our sales team can win.
What do you like most about working at Intelex?
From starting at Intelex, everyone has been amazing to work with. You usually find when joining a new company, one of the most essential things you require is great company culture. That was presented to me when I joined Intelex and has been the quintessential reason I’ve stayed with the company. Great collaboration amongst different departments, great space for growth professionally, and everyone is willing to help each other where need be. A really solid group of people.
What do you like about working in tech what are some of your challenges?
What I love about working in tech is the long-term trajectory the industry presents. There are so many markets and organizations that are running into obsoletion, but yet, even through the crazy times we’re experiencing around the world today, tech has remained resilient through it all. Being part of it and the mission that we stand for is greatly exciting.
Are there challenges to being Black in tech?
There are certainly challenges to being black and in tech. For one, it is an industry where we don’t have a huge representation, especially from a leadership viewpoint. When I joined Intelex, there were literally only a few black members working within the company, and on the leadership panel, there was only one black representative. So, as a community, when that is evident, it becomes very discouraging for black people to aspire for greater challenges if it’s not demonstrated that it is possible to achieve them due to the disparities and visible lack of minorities.
Did you have a mentor and if so what’s the best piece of advice they gave you?
I did have a mentor while working here. It was perfect because she gave me the foresight and aspiration needed to uplift me to where I am today. She no longer works for Intelex, but certainly had a lasting impact on me. Her advice was simple: It was to remain humble and true to who you are and to never forget the obstacles you have endured and overcome to get to this moment – what and who it stands for.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into your line of work?
My advice would be to challenge the curious mind. If you’ve always wanted to be in tech, then explore every avenue there is available to you to get you in. If that means starting from the ground up, and you’re positioned at that moment of life to do so, then go for it. Mine just so happened to have been business development, and it’s worked out for the best.
I love being able to speak to the youth and prep them for everything the world will throw at them. However, beyond that, just know that anything and everything is possible. Remain humble, show gratitude for what you have and have a thirst for learning new things. Because the more knowledge you acquire, the more prepared you are for life’s greatness and challenges.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” -Wilma Rudolph
“Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame but for greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” -Martin Luther King
For more information about this blog series, read “Black History Month 2021 Celebrates the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” and follow our blogs every Tuesday throughout the month.