Raina has been at Oracle for 24 years and is currently in the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group in Global Customer Support. She has also served as the community leader for the Orlando Chapter of African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) for the past four years. Raina is proud to be a part of a network of professionals with a shared desire to uplift each other and their respective communities.
A native of South Hampton Roads, Virginia—a predominantly blue collar, military, and maritime district—Raina was a high school honors graduate and went on to attend Hampton University, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. She recalled, “I gained valuable experience during my internship at Newport News Shipbuilding while at Hampton. Thanks to my family, mentors, educators, and community leaders for instilling values that remain with me today. Those experiences helped prepare me for a career at Oracle.”
Raina is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping others succeed. Noting that Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better,” Raina added, “I use my lessons and experiences to encourage, uplift, and empower others just as my village did for me. This is what fuels my desire to give back to my community and to inspire others to do the same.”
When asked her top principles for success, Raina offered the following:
Raina’s diversity and inclusion philosophy is: “Diversity is acknowledging and respecting the value of ideas and representation of those who may not otherwise have a voice. Inclusion is the intentional manifestation of making it possible for the marginalized to thrive and contribute to the community.”
From her previous experiences and successes, Raina also said, “Driven individuals with a strong desire to succeed may expect perfection and place undue pressure upon themselves. Know your worth and remember to celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes. Failures do not define you; they teach you lessons. Share knowledge with others and compete with yourself.”
Finally, when asked about celebrating Black History Month at Oracle, Raina said that it is an opportunity to invite other cultures to celebrate black Americans’ remarkable contributions and to appreciate what they experience and acknowledge on a regular basis. “It’s also a time to reflect upon the sacrifices of our ancestors and to teach youth the power of knowledge and self-affirmation.” She appreciates being able to share this recognition and acknowledgment with many other great colleagues who are equally passionate about her culture and community.
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