Black History Month 2022 – Jade Shortt: Having an Impact on How People Live their Lives Is Contagious

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.
Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

This week, we profile Jade Shortt, who is a Team Lead in Business Development. She has been with Intelex for 3 years.

Jade, what do you do at Intelex?

As Team Lead in the Business Development department, I support our team of BDRs, who are working leads from an inbound perspective and strategizing from an outbound perspective to bring new business to our sales pipeline.

What do you like most about working at Intelex?

I have always felt supported at Intelex, from the first day I started and throughout my career. The people who work here are very welcoming and always willing to lend a helping hand. Also, with the given climate, I believe Intelex has continued to keep up with great company culture and collaboration, all while working remotely.

What do you like about working in tech and what are some of your challenges?

Working in tech has been fulfilling and exciting. I get to challenge myself intellectually, as there are always opportunities to learn new skills with this ever-changing industry. In a tech company like ours, having an impact on how people live their lives is contagious and makes me passionate about the work we do.

Are there challenges to being Black in tech?

There can be challenges being Black and a woman in tech, I come from a background of a Jamaican mother and Canadian father.  With very few Black representations, it can be discouraging, but with Intelex proactively trying to focus on the awareness of diversity, more visible minorities can feel inclusion and the encouragement to grow their career in tech.

Did you have a mentor and if so, what’s the best piece of advice they gave you?

I do have a mentor. This person has been a soundboard, but I’ve also learned from their actions. They speak up when needed and face challenges with confidence, constantly stretching their limits. They have advised me to keep moving forward and be comfortable with the uncomfortable, that is how you grow and learn.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into your line of work?

My advice would be to just go for it! – If tech is something that you’re interested in getting started in, do your research and take the leap. An entry-level position in an industry you’re passionate about is a foot in the door to learn the ins and outs and an opportunity to grow within that field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, speak with others in the industry to learn about their experience and day-to-day.

Do you have a quote that inspires you?

I have two. “Nothing will work, unless you do,” and “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude,” both from Maya Angelou.

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. What, if any, is the correlation between what we do at ILX and this year’s theme?
I think there is a correlation between what we do at ILX and this year’s theme. Intelex has been leveraging the latest technologies to make the world a safer and more sustainable place for all employees and with our unofficial mission to assist customers in ending death by 2050, the purpose of our software is to send ALL employees home safe and healthy to their families.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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