Throughout our careers, we regularly meet people who have the opportunity to leave a print in our lives. For Cimi Thomas, IT Lead for Client Services Systems at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, one such person is Rodolfo Dominguez, VP of Business Transformation and Chief Digital Officer at the same company. Dominguez, named as one of the HITEC 100 for 2017 and 2018, has long encouraged younger professionals to be curious and seek mentors, coaches and other selfimprovement mechanisms.
Thomas is originally from India and has forged a livelihood based on her love for designing and creating things. Her passion is art, but her parents convinced her to reach for a more financially secure profession. She decided to combine art with technology which still allows her to be creative and bring things to life.
During her time in India, Thomas taught computer science, math and digital electronics. When she arrived to the U.S., she knew it was a perfect time change gears in her career. She soon found herself working at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Ten years later, Thomas is now an IT Lead who attributes much of her recent success and growth to Dominguez's mentorship. "He has taught me how to be my genuine self. He has taught me how I can be a great leader just by being authentic and, in doing so, he has helped me tap into my own potential."
Dominguez, as Thomas described, is someone inspiring and admirable with a radiant and energetic personality. In a word, he is approachable. It's because of his personality that Thomas felt comfortable in asking him for a meeting and that meeting turned into a regular series of coaching sessions.
"A mentor can support you with the right wisdom and can help you advance in your career by coaching you. He can prepare you for that...