1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for Nestlé IT
My name is Francis, and I am from Ghana within the African continent. Ghana is the first country in the sub of the Sahara to gain independence from colonial rule. I have a young and adorable family. I went to school in Ghana all my life, and our official language is English, however we have over 49 local languages and cultures. Having worked all my life in the banking sector, I switched to the Food and Manufacturing industry, at Nestlé, a few years ago. I am currently with the Global connectivity, Voice & conferencing team, and I am a LAN & WiFi Operations Specialist. I recently relocated to Mexico City and I’m enjoying the warm people and splendid culture, especially their cuisine (like tacos!).
2. What does an inclusive workplace mean to you, and what are some ways Nestlé IT has supported you?
An inclusive workplace means that everyone, irrespective of race, gender, ability, and more, have equal opportunities in the working environment. Nestlé walks the walk. Today, I’ve joined the global team, and I am working with people from different countries and cultures which all extend a friendly hand. This includes my onboarding experience, to invitations to their homes for Christmas dinners, soccer games, and outings.
3. African American history is all around us, in what ways do you celebrate its history, and what does it mean to you?
I grew up learning about the history of slavery and colonialism, the persistent effects on enslaved countries and people, and have seen the gallows of castles built for such dark days. In all these, this history has also taught me about the freedom fighters, the explorers, the brave warriors, and the achievers of the past and present. This humbles me, and each time I think of the journey it has taken to prove oneself, especially those who came before us, it inspires me not to give up because if I do, I give up on a whole race, people, and history.
4. We all have individuals in our lives who have influenced us in some way, but who is someone who influences you to stand up for positive change?
One person that has influenced me the most is my mother. She is the epitome of grit and perseverance, and as she used to say, “Always take the lesson out of the pain, because it is never a punishment.”
5. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in a career at Nestlé?
A quote from a popular book “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”—the boy was in the woods with the horse, and he said, “I can’t see a way through.” And the horse responded, “Can you see your next step?” The boy answered, “Yes.” To which the horse said, “Just take that step.” Nestlé IT is always ready to help in your career, so when you’re ready, just take the step.