At TPx, we have a lot of talented individuals working across our organization. It’s our employees that drive our business forward.
This month, we wanted to highlight Marshell Cunningham, Manager of Carrier Provisioning Specialists. We had a chance to sit down with her and discuss her experiences at TPx. Learn more about Marshell below.
Interview with Marshell Cunningham
What led you into your current role?
I joined TPx almost 16 years ago. I was a divorced Mom of three and stumbled upon this job. As a single mother, I took every opportunity to advance my career to benefit my family.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
When I first joined TPx, the initial motivation was to provide for my children. That changed and my motivation shifted into self-drive and fulfillment. I’m at the stage of life in which I’m willing to relentlessly pursue my goals.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction in the work you do?
In my current role at TPx, it’s my team. I’m so proud of them, and I really want them to succeed. They’re such a great group of people. Our employees are what makes TPx great, which is why I do everything I can to help them succeed in their roles.
What has helped you grow professionally?
The life lessons of wading the ebbs of flows within an organization. I’ve learned a lot of lessons on the good, the bad, and the ugly of working with people. Being able to work with all types of people and personalities has really helped me grow professionally.
Tell us about your experience being a woman in the technology industry.
As a Black Woman in the tech industry, it can be difficult to feel seen. I’ve spent my life as a woman of ministry, and I am proud of that fact. But having a “giving” demeanor also means sometimes not being included with a seat at the table. In the technology industry, much like other industries, male counterparts with less aptitude or experience would sometimes be given greater opportunities. At TPx, I appreciate that there are a lot of women in leadership. I love to see how we transformed into a gender diverse company.
What career advice would you give your younger self?
I taught my daughters to be fearless and not to consider their gender or race as a hindrance or setback. I truly believe that making conscious decisions about how you think is critical to becoming the person you want to be. I had to overcome a lot of gender bias within myself. I was raised in a traditional home and grew up in a traditional church, where gender roles where not as favorable to females. The experiences I’ve had in the my workplace and ministry outreach have helped me overcome these obstacles.
What career advice would you give aspiring young girls who want to work with technology? Go for it! Be fearless! Don’t shrink! Don’t stop until you get what you’re striving to work towards. And, don’t forget to help someone else along their journey.
What’s the one topic you never get tired of learning about?
I love learning. I’m currently going back to school for Organizational Leadership and Technology. If I had to choose three things to learn more about, it would be God, physics, and people.
Outside of work, what are your hobbies and favorite things to do?
I really make it a point to enjoy everything about life. I enjoy traveling with my husband and our family. I love experiencing new things with my family. Currently, my husband and I are taking Chicago Stepping classes as a fun hobby for 2022.
What is one thing people may not know about you?
I was in the Gulf War Conflict from 1990-1991. I was in the army reserves and was activated my sophomore year of college at Central State University, which is a Historically Black College in Wilberforce, OH.
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