FirstBank believes there’s unity in diversity. In February, we observe Black History Month by recognizing and celebrating some of FirstBank’s strongest Black and African American leaders.

Today, we’re featuring Management Trainee Raissa Teta.

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda

Years at FirstBank: 6 months

In 3 to 4 sentences, describe your experience in getting to where you are today.

I’ve tried to set my goals high while measuring my progress frequently. In order for me to remain positive and focused I learned to have goals in place, a specific timeline in which the goals will be completed, and how to congratulate myself throughout the process to remain motivated and consistent.  That’s helped me progress forward and get to where I am now.

What gets you motivated to come to work and do your best?

I get motivation knowing that my future will be a reflection of how hard I work, how consistent I am, and the discipline I show. I have also found that listening to TED Talks and my favorite music in the morning allows me to set my intention for the day ahead.

Given that we’re FirstBank, what is the first piece of advice you would give someone on their first day at FirstBank?

There is no such thing as perfection. Slipping or even falling really is all a part of the journey. The main thing I try to show throughout difficult times is a willingness to pick myself up for what I want and desire in my life.

Considering February is Black History Month, which historical figure(s) would you most like to meet and why?

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda since 2000. I would like to meet with him to discuss the different strategies and methods he used throughout the years to revitalize a destroyed and broken country that is now known as the “Heart of Africa”.

It would also be an honor to meet and converse with Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr.


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