Faith is a corporate marketing specialist who was recently named as national co-chair for our Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) employee resource group. She’s passionate about increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities through conscientious marketing, inclusive recruitment, and employee training and development. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to help increase diverse representation at Oracle,” she emphasizes.
A matter of perspective
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Faith got her degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and joined Oracle straight out of college. As a woman of African American and Native American descent, she feels her life experiences and cultural background combine to give her a distinctive take on the world around her.
“I bring a unique point of view to the table,” she suggests. “When it comes to my team and colleagues, I’ve noticed that we all approach problems and come to solutions in different ways. It’s primarily because we all have had different experiences in life that makes us who we are. It’s a good thing and it’s crucial when it comes to innovation.”
The difference between diversity and inclusion—and why they’re both important
While Faith recognizes the importance of both diversity and inclusion, she doesn’t make the mistake of thinking the two concepts are interchangeable.
“We live in a diverse world, so establishing a culture that embraces diversity is imperative,” she explains. “Inclusion goes hand in hand with diversity because in an inclusive culture, individuals feel as though they can be their authentic selves and feel both heard and accepted. Only within an inclusive culture can diversity truly be valued and celebrated.”
Faith encourages everyone to take time to educate themselves and learn about other people and cultures. “We are all one community and so it’s important that we try to understand each other and gain a sense of empathy,” she counsels. “This will allow us to form more authentic relationships and help us to work more effectively together.”
Breaking the mold
As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, gender equality is something which is always on Faith’s agenda, but especially so with International Women’s Day on the horizon. She’s proud of the progress that’s been made but equally aware of the barriers that still exist.
“It’s always been amazing for me as a woman of color to see the progress we've made over the years and continue to make,” she affirms. “Women really do bring the magic and are often the ones behind the scenes just making it happen, creating change, and creating innovation that will really echo throughout history and through the years.”
For those who feel like they don’t fit the mold in their industry, Faith shares some words of advice. “Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you may be the only person that looks like you in your department or field,” she instructs. “Instead, lean into your work, be the best at what you do, and be confident in what you bring to the table. Also, as you work hard, let your work speak for itself and never settle for less than you deserve.”
Faith’s top five principles for achieving success:
1. Bring your best self to work every day.
2. Be curious and thirst for education.
3. Lean in to your environment and apply yourself.
4. Speak up and be confident in yourself and your ideas.
5. Build and foster relationships. Be kind to others.
Celebrating Black stories
At Oracle, Black History Month is a time when we honor the incredible accomplishments of the Black community and celebrate the unique and inspiring stories of our employees. “This month creates a space for all people to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Black Americans throughout history,” she agrees.
Faith notes how important this is because, historically, the Black American tale is one that is not often told. “We don’t always get to hear American history from the perspective of Black people,” she emphasizes. “So this month opens the door for us to tell our stories and celebrate our ancestors who’ve paved the way for us.”
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