In recent years, the Cloud Communications division of NTT has held Solidarity initiatives to raise money for all kinds of charities. This summer, emerging from the pandemic, we launched a new event. In all three regions, we invited our people to attend live sessions in which a colleague shared a skill or talent while collecting money for a regional charity. As a result, we exceeded our donation goals and showed that we care about our communities.
However, these events wouldn’t have been possible without the involvement of our talented people who showed their skills and performed. Their great efforts have been recognized by our colleagues and some of the APAC performers were selected as our ‘Go the Extra Mile’ winners for July.
Laura Ding, Sales Manager, Edouard Chretien, Head of Digital Events and Isaac Hananiah, BDM, were all involved in a Solidarity Event to showcase singing and piano sessions. In addition to initially rising to the challenge to be involved, they also took the time to organize meetings, run rehearsals and make sure everything was going smoothly. This ‘Go the Extra Mile’ win is to congratulate them for their first-class collaborative spirit, but also to thank all our people who took time to organize and participate, showing dedication and cooperation to ensure this Solidarity event was successful.
We took some time with Laura, Edouard and Isaac to know more about what they do here at the Cloud Communications division of NTT and get their feedback about this Solidarity event.
Q. Tell us about your role here – and what excites you most about it?
Laura: I work as a Sales Manager for the BDMs (Business Development Managers) in China. In my daily work, I deal with many Digital Event projects. Although the DE process can be quite difficult, I enjoy the feeling of achievement that comes with successfully completing each project with the efforts of the whole team.
Edouard: I’m responsible for Digital Events sales in Australia New Zealand. The essence of what we do with Digital Events is helping to connect people. That, I truly love! We sometimes have to get into really deep detail for a specific project and it can be easy to forget this essential perspective. In the end, 100% of the time, what we do is simply bring people together.
Isaac: I work with organizations to help them improve the way they engage with internal and external stakeholders. I provide them with the best-of-breed broadcasting technologies and managed services to help them achieve the most of their investment. I really enjoy the ability to influence and lead organizations to effectively use collaboration platforms.
Q. You were nominated for your participation in the Solidarity Event organized in July. Why was it important for you to take part?
Laura: This Solidarity Event is meaningful to me, especially with the charity selected in APAC, Save the Children International. I’m a mother, so my heart is very soft when facing children and – as in the song I expressed during the event – ‘children are our future’. So, I wanted to contribute and I was thrilled to take part in such a project with colleagues from across the Asia Pacific region who expressed themselves with different art forms.
Edouard: I’ve got to thank Isaac for involving me as I’m not so keen on playing in front of an audience. But the cause was just too great. Kids are our future, and their education can’t be an “if”. Every kid must be able to access education. Combining this with the fact I’m learning the piano alongside my eldest son, taking part was a no-brainer.
Isaac: I felt it was the right thing to do, we need to place importance on this kind of event.
Q. Your colleagues talk about the awesome talent you demonstrated. What is it? How did you acquire it?
Laura: I guess it’s my singing ability. It’s been my hobby since childhood. I’m not a native English speaker, but I like English-language songs very much. Whitney Houston is one of my favourite singers.
Edouard: I play the piano, but not at all well! Music has always been around in my life, which I feel very fortunate for. What a great art form to share feelings, memories, history…
Isaac: I am a self-taught musician and composer. I acquired this talent by being persistent with my gifts and never giving up.
Q. What’s been your favourite moment so far at the Cloud Communications division of NTT?
Laura: Every time I solve a problem for a customer, every time I complete a sales order, every time I cooperate with my colleagues to complete a project, and every time I laugh with my colleagues. These are all my most unforgettable memories.
Edouard: I’ll keep my answer to music and many of the loud musical memories from regional and global Sales Kick-Offs. These all remind me of one of the Cloud Communications division of NTT key values, ‘Enjoyment’ and that’s something I try to always keep in mind!
Isaac: The best moment is always when I help customers in need.