Black History Month 2022: Zee Ndlovu: Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

ESG is a movement that ensures we create world of equal opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.
Zee Ndlovu: Within the EHS landscape, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has become an undeniable force. This is a movement which ensures that businesses help create an equal world of opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States. 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.

Join us every Monday in February as we show our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes 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.

This week, we’re profiling Zee Ndlovu, who is a Senior Business development Representative. He joined Intelex in April 2020.

Zee, what do you do at Intelex?

My role as a Senior Business Development Representative is to be on the frontline for the Sales Acquisition department. My team is tasked with generating opportunities from an inbound and outbound perspective, which adds to the pipeline of potential business that our account executives can win and add new logos to our roster.

What do you like most about working at Intelex?

From joining Intelex in 2020 with no sales experience, everyone has been remarkable to work with. The first few weeks after joining Intelex, it was very clear that employees weren’t split by departments. There was a strong bond built from being in a community and great company culture. Everyone at Intelex is willing to help each other grow; an open-door policy to talk to anyone.

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

What I love about working in tech is the fact that I am involved in the process of helping make real-world change. The tech landscape thrives on innovation. Working in tech has allowed me to work with professionals to evaluate health & safety problems and provide preventative solutions. Within Intelex, I can be part of a team which solves real-world problems to make an impact in the world. Being part of it and the mission that we stand for is greatly rewarding.

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 work for a wonderful company which aligns with my integrity of making the world a safer and more sustainable place. Intelex has a mission to help our customers in ending death on the job by 2050. The correlation I find with what we do at Intelex alongside ‘Black Health & Wellness’ is that within the EHS landscape, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has become an undeniable force. This is a movement which ensures that businesses help create an equal world of opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.

Are there challenges to being Black in tech?

Intelex is my first tech job and thankfully, I haven’t had the experience of any challenges being a young black man in tech. I am fully aware of the fact that it may not be the case for everyone, but my experience has been positive. [I do] not see a lot of black people in high positions within the tech industry. With nearly 2 years working in tech, it has been notable to see an increase in people of colour progressing into managerial roles and this is encouraging for young black people looking to join the tech industry.

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

The best piece of advice my mentor ever gave me was to never be afraid to ask for help; everyone has had to start somewhere so don’t hesitate to ask for help otherwise you will never learn.

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

My advice would be to have belief in yourself and jump into the industry. If you’ve always wanted to be in tech, then explore every avenue, tech is not only limited to product solution specialists. You can also be in business development, become an account executive or even be in marketing. Tech is not limited to roles which are fully technical.

Do you have a quote that inspires you?

It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Director of Global Content and Brand 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 been the keynote speaker for occupational safety and health conferences.

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