With our 2015 SuiteImpact Ambassadors preparing to pass the torch to their 2016 counterparts next month, we can't do enough to express how grateful we are for each one of their dedication to volunteerism and efforts to organize local volunteer activities for employees in their office. And with all of the awesome work they do to mobilize NetSuite employees around giving back locally, it's easy to forget that each ambassador has a full-time job and a life outside of the office.
The goal of our "Getting to Know" posts like this one, which highlight our SuiteImpact Ambassador Saranya Kaewsaard from Thailand, is to give you the chance to learn about some of our ambassadors, including what they do for NetSuite, what they do outside of work for fun, and what made them decide to volunteer.
Here's our interview with Saranya:
What is your position at NetSuite?
I’m a team lead QA.
What made you decide to become an ambassador?
My decision was inspired by my mom – who always did charity work and helped people. For me, being an ambassador goes beyond helping and leading people to participate in activities, it also means spreading love.
What has been your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the experience was at ‘Lorenzo’s house’, a home for children who are living with HIV. After an all day activity there, before we left the children sang a very nice song for us and played guitar. They were smiling, which made me feel happy.
What has been your favorite event to plan/ participate in? Why?
My favorite event to plan has been… all of them! I have loved researching new activities and getting ideas and support from my colleagues. SuiteImpact activities bring people together to do good and build teamwork, outside of the stress of work.
How did you balance your work responsibilities with the responsibilities of being an ambassador?
Most of the time, I can manage to get everything done during work hours. Sometimes, I’ll come in early in the morning and start my day by listing all the things that I have to accomplish throughout the day. I might use about 30 minutes to an hour to catch up with my team if I need to spend more time planning an activity and always let my manager know if I think I might need to spend more time on an ambassador task.
How do you feel about NetSuite’s commitment to giving back by giving employees paid time off to volunteer?
I really appreciate that NetSuite cares and support employees to give of themselves.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I have few favorite things to do, including working out at the gym, taking photos and being part of an Agile community.
What’s your favorite meal?
Thai food, of course! I like Papaya salad with grilled chicken.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. But if I had to choose my absolute favorite drink, it would be fruit juice.
Learn more about NetSuite.org’s SuiteImpact Program here.
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