Black History Month 2022: Tatiana Gomes: More Work Needed to Improve Working Conditions and Enhance Safety for Employees Worldwide

This year, 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 discussed their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. If you missed any of our previous blogs this month, just click on the Intelexian’s name to read their blog post.

Today we are profiling Tatiana Gomes, who is a Customer Success Associate and joined Intelex in November 2020. In her role, she helps build long-term relationships with our customers.

Tatiana, what do you do at Intelex?

My role at Intelex as a Customer Success Associate is to build a long-term relationship with our customers to ensure they’re receiving the tools and support needed to achieve their goals.  I am their advocate internally, as well as the face of Intelex, their main point of contact (post go-live) and essentially, their trusted advisor.

What do you like most about working at Intelex?

I started working for Intelex during the pandemic, which meant working from home was the new “normal.”  I was quite worried as I didn’t know what to expect, but I was quick to realize how supportive Intelexians are throughout different departments. I truly enjoy the working culture and how solid/strong our EMEA team is. I like the work we do; saving lives and making the world a healthier and safer place.

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?

Intelex has been a strong advocate of health and wellbeing. The health and wellness allowance – for instance – is a great benefit. Our HR teams always have initiatives planned, such as Pilates, yoga, mental mindfulness, etc.

Beyond employee wellbeing, Intelex’s goal to end death on job by 2050 obviously has an element of wellbeing to it.

However, there needs to be more work done to improve work conditions and have enhanced safety for employees all over the world. Intelex’s mission to improve working conditions helps this, but it is the corporations and multinationals who need to leverage the technologies available to create safe, healthy and equal work conditions that are free from discrimination and bias.

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

I have been working in tech for a while. Being a young woman was a challenge, especially in male-dominated industries like Oil & Gas. I’m in my early 30’s and I often had to stand my ground because people perceive age to be related with experience, despite the fact that I have global experience including Europe and Africa. Similarly, my ethnicity surprises others; particularly when working in countries where women and minorities are not usually in professional positions.

Are there challenges to being Black in tech?

One of the main challenges we face is the lack of diversity and the fact that we have the need to constantly prove ourselves to others. It can be even more challenging when you are part of two minority groups.  

I had a low exposure to positive role models from underrepresented groups. For those reasons, my parents always pushed me to go above and beyond. I was introduced to STEM subjects at an early age.  When time permits, I try to volunteer to go to primary and secondary schools to speak about the importance of a career in STEM and help with their science and technologies projects.

On the other hand, every time I see a new hire being a woman it’s a celebration. Every time I see a woman (especially BAME) as a leader; it’s a motivational factor, and acknowledgement that one day this could be me.

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

My mentor was an amazing person. She always told me to work hard and focus on my goals, there may be setbacks or challenges ahead. See those as a lesson and keep pushing. [She also told me to] Share knowledge and experience, be a role model.

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

My advice is to work backwards, What I mean is, manifest a vision of yourself, know where you want to be or what you want to become and work towards the goal.  Research the future of tech and what’s coming next, join network groups, listen to podcasts.  

All and all the most powerful thing you can do is be yourself. Don’t be afraid of change and uncertainty. Your individuality is one of your greatest strengths.

Do you have a quote that inspires you?

‘’Our Lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’’ Martin Luther King

‘’To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.’’ Isaac Newton

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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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