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Black History Month Fivetranner Spotlight: Samuel Dawit

Black History Month Fivetranner Spotlight: Samuel Dawit

Meet our teammate, Samuel, in this week’s Black History Month Spotlight.

By Jason Harris, February 23, 2021

The Fivetran team is excited to celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting some exceptional employees who are making and defining Black History in the data industry. See what makes Samuel, a Source Partner Manager in our Oakland office, special.

What do you enjoy most about working at Fivetran?

I thoroughly enjoy the authentic culture that Fivetran promotes. Whether it's a coworker wearing a Star Wars shirt or someone petting their cat during a call, I love that everyone can feel like themselves at work!  

If you didn’t have a career in tech, what would you do?

If I didn’t have a career in tech, I think I would have been a firefighter. I have always enjoyed helping people and being there for them in their time of need. The idea of doing something different every day seems so exciting! Luckily, it’s not so far fetched for me. As a Source Partner Manager here at Fivetran, I get to help tackle some of our organization’s most pressing and urgent issues under the guidance of the industry’s best leaders. 

How do you celebrate Black History Month?

I celebrate Black History Month by remembering all of those who came before me by taking a dive into their lives. 

Whether it’s reading a biography (I most recently read the biography of Malcolm X) or watching a documentary, I want to learn how my ancestors overcame period-specific adversities, what their mindsets were, and how I can apply those teachings in my own life. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first fraternity created for Black men, I have many fallen brothers who paved the way for Black people here in the United States that need to be remembered. From Brother Martin Luther King Jr. to Brother Thurgood Marshall or Brother W.E.B. Dubois, the list is dignified and extensive. As those brothers paved the way for me, I think it's only right that I help my younger brothers by mentoring them and pulling them up as I can! 

What’s one positive experience that has come out of the pandemic for you?

The most positive thing about this pandemic is that I get to spend more time with my parents. Back when I was in college my father became paralyzed, I was so busy with college and internships I never felt like I got the opportunity to give him the care and attention he needs and deserves. Working at Fivetran, and having empathic superiors, I get to tend to my father’s daily needs while also getting the opportunity to work for an industry-leading company where I learn new things every day. 

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