HomeBig Data#ClouderaLife Highlight: Marque Blackman, Director of World Office

#ClouderaLife Highlight: Marque Blackman, Director of World Office


As we have a good time Black Historical past Month, for this  Worker Highlight I sat down with Marque Blackman, co-lead of the Cloudera Black Worker Community (CBEN). We mentioned his expertise at Cloudera, his profession transitions, and what he realized alongside the best way. We additionally mentioned his work with CBEN and his perspective on Black Historical past Month.

Meet Marque Blackman, Director of World Office 

As a part of Company Providers at Cloudera, Marque leads the staff that manages and coordinates Cloudera’s bodily places worldwide. 

Company Service’s mission is to supply an optimum expertise for workers and company whereas they work at and go to the numerous Cloudera places. Whereas Covid has reworked the best way company companies operates and engages with Clouderans, the groups are nonetheless exhausting at work providing distant help the place wanted and getting ready international websites to be prepared to satisfy the wants of the brand new office. “Most significantly we wish anybody who visits one among our services to know their expertise can be intuitive and constant throughout places,” Marque mentioned. “However on the identical time,” he added, “we purpose to supply a way of native tradition and aptitude distinctive to every location in order that staff really feel at residence.” 

Marque has been with Cloudera for nearly 6 years, and he says that his function has given him the chance to go to many cities and meet Clouderans throughout cultures and geos. He notes, “I discover Cloudera to be an organization that’s consistently altering and rising, giving me and my staff the chance to additionally develop with the corporate.”

From Company Providers to breaking new floor in Range, Fairness, and Inclusion

Whereas Marque began out in company companies, in 2020 he was requested to affix Cloudera’s inaugural Fairness Committee and help the event of initiatives throughout the firm round variety, fairness, and inclusion. This work advanced right into a full-time function as Senior Program Supervisor, with the Range Fairness & Inclusion (DE&I) group.

Marque says he’s pleased with what he and his staff completed throughout his time with DE&I. “Cloudera’s DE&I applications had been simply beginning, and it was all a inexperienced area for us. I had the chance to help Cloudera’s first pay fairness research, and lead the publishing of our public-facing DE&I web site to supply a degree of transparency hardly ever seen at different corporations.”

Should you go to the DE&I website at the moment, you will notice a full demographic breakdown of staff together with race and gender.  Marque mentioned he realized rather a lot from the expertise and the staff realized rather a lot from one another. After supporting the launch of those, and a number of other different vital applications, Marque returned to company companies and superior to his present function. 

Connecting the dots: From photographer to drawback solver 

Given Marque’s distinctive expertise at Cloudera from Company Providers to DE&I then most lately as Director of World Office, we mentioned the abilities and experiences he drew from to achieve success in these numerous positions.

“First, I believe it takes a powerful AND good work ethic,” Marque proclaimed. “I’m a perfectionist, and attempt to function between the traces of doing my finest and likewise understanding that perfection is the enemy to ‘adequate’. Discovering the steadiness between the 2 has stored me on the highway to reaching my objectives.” He added, “that is one thing I realized from my household in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and attending to work at a younger age.” 

Whereas Marque’s household hails from Natchitoches, he grew up in Houston, Texas, and later moved to Southern California to pursue a profession in media and leisure. “I had a lot of advertising positions, interned on the MTV present ‘The Hills’ and even did some freelance images.” Marque ultimately transitioned to know-how gross sales and operations earlier than making his option to Cloudera by means of the Austin, Texas workplace. 

“From all these experiences I developed my inventive facet and realized methods to promote and develop concepts,” he mentioned. “I realized that being ‘inventive’ within the conventional sense, like taking {a photograph} or designing a graphic will not be the one means to consider utilizing one’s creativity. I spotted I may apply my creativity to fixing issues, discovering options, after which to work collaboratively with others to do all the things from launching DE&I initiatives to rolling out new worker amenity applications.” 

It is a nice instance of the worth of accumulating diverse expertise. You might not see it on the time, however these abilities and experiences can come collectively, contributing in direction of future achievements. As Steve Jobs put it in his well-known 2005 Stanford graduation speech, “You’ll be able to’t join the dots wanting ahead; you possibly can solely join them wanting backward. So, you need to belief that the dots will in some way join in your future.”

Marque’s work with the Cloudera Black Worker Community (CBEN) and his perspective on Black Historical past Month

As we start Black Historical past Month this was an excellent alternative to listen to Marque’s perspective, a glance again on his work with CBEN, and a have a look at what’s forward. 

“Though I believe that it’s vital to recollect the historical past and acknowledge the achievements and the struggles all 12 months spherical, I believe Black Historical past Month is a car to actually amplify the dialog, and the voices of the now,” he mentioned.

“Final 12 months we had the chance to do that in a number of methods,” Marque mentioned as he pointed to one among them, his Weblog publish: Embracing the dialog – The reawakening of civil rights actions within the office.

“Final 12 months CBEN additionally hosted a 2-hour panel dialogue across the theme ‘Investing in Black Futures’,” he famous. This digital panel was made up of members of the Black group at Cloudera to debate finest practices, key insights, and have an genuine dialog with friends.

This 12 months’s theme “Personal your seat on the desk” will carry via all 12 months as we acknowledge the contributions of different Worker Useful resource Teams like CBEN. 

Marque famous, “I believe you will need to acknowledge this month as a celebration of social progress, a celebration of  our dwelling historical past, and an opportunity to extend visibility outdoors of our communities.” 

Wanting forward, Marque and his CBEN co-leads have the 2022 aim of accelerating engagement by exploring and amplifying the intersectional voices of the CBEN group past Black Historical past Month.

As we shut the dialog, we need to thank Marque for his continued dedication to CBEN all 12 months spherical and thank him for sharing his journey to date. We all know there may be extra but to return from Marque!

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