Atiba was born to two immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. His father is Trinidadian and his mother is Antiguan. “I grew up in a very culturally diverse home,” he said. He attended the illustrious Tuskegee University where he excelled and earned his Bachelors of Science in Finance and began his career at Oracle through the February 2017 Class Of program in Austin.
These experiences have allowed Atiba to grow in his role at Oracle. “It has taught me to appreciate people from different backgrounds and to have an open mind to other cultures,” he said. “In corporate America, you are going to meet people from different walks of life and you need to be able to appreciate each person for who they are and what they represent, even when it doesn’t align with what you believe in.”
Atiba is passionate about helping others, noting, “None of us has gotten to where we are on our own. We have all needed a helping hand at one point or another so we should never hesitate to assist others in need, too.”
Throughout his career journey, Atiba has compiled five principles for achieving success.
•Going the extra mile or two or three or four…
•Maintaining integrity with everything I do
Atiba also advised others to, “Set goals and don’t stop until you achieve them and always do the right thing even when no one is watching.” These were words instilled in him by his aunt at a young age.
When asked about his diversity and inclusion philosophy, Atiba said, “Diversity is defined in terms of representation and inclusion. Everyone, despite background or gender, deserves to be represented and included. We are all equal and deserve to be treated as such.”
Finally, celebrating Black History Month at Oracle means a great deal to Atiba because it is an “opportunity to share my culture with others and make them aware of a culture that’s not their own.”
He is grateful to Oracle for providing a platform for all cultures and backgrounds to feel included and welcomed, adding. “It’s our responsibility to use that platform effectively to transcend our cultures across the company.”