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International Women’s Day – Elli Nasab challenges the long-accepted roles for women

This year, for International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating some of the amazing women who are turning possibilities into realities. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Elli Nasab, a Network Operations Specialist who has pulled inspiration from strong women in her life to challenge the traditional roles of women.   

We asked Elli a few questions to learn more about her, her role at Rogers and who, or what, has driven her to be the woman she is today. Here’s some of what she had to say. 

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?  

Well, I think it is celebration of the women’s movement. It’s a day to respect and remember those women who fought for our rights to be able to celebrate our achievements today. I hope the time comes that we won’t need a women’s day in our calendar when all opportunities, rights and spaces are equal regardless of gender. 

Tell us about your role at Rogers.  

I work as a Network Operations Specialist in the Network Operations Center (NOC) under the Technology organization. The NOC is a centralized support center where network operations staff provide 24/7 supervision, proactive monitoring and management of the network elements and related services that we offer to our customers.  

The NOC is the foundation of Network Management ensuring optimal network performance and service uptime. Network and Service KPI alerts, as well as automation tools, give us the ability to detect customer impacting incidents in real-time and resolve incidents remotely. We take quick action to correct service interruptions and reduce service downtime to improve our customers’ experience. The NOC is also responsible for communicating updates on the progress of active incidents to the network audience and key stakeholders, for awareness.  

We help our customers stay connected and play a pivotal role in connecting people in their day-to-day life, sharing moments and events by providing consistent Rogers services related to Voice, Data, Video, Smart Home Monitoring and Internet to our consumer and business clientele. 

Can you share any details around how Rogers has supported you, this last year or over the course of your career?  

I’m grateful that I work for a company that cares about people’s well-being. Rogers provided tremendous support for us to be able to work from home during the pandemic and uncertain times. Everything we needed to succeed in our job from applications to hardware and even office furniture.  

Who has been an inspiration in your life, and why?  

My inspiration comes from my Mom. She is a smart, creative, strong and independent woman. One of the most important things that she taught me was being strong and independent. When I was a kid, she was a teacher and my dad had to travel a lot because of his job. So, she had to manage taking care of her three kids, doing chores, running around and being the best at her job with minimum help.  

After she retired from her teaching career, she decided to pursue her dream and become an architect like her father. She graduated at the top of her class at the age of 65. She always encourages me to learn something new and never stop learning. She inspires me every single day to follow my dreams and never give up on them.   

What would you say to young girls of today?  

Be strong, believe in yourself, never let anything stop you from pursuing what you want to achieve.  

Tell us a little more about yourself, and any personal interests or details you’d like to share.  

I am childfree by choice. I think, part of supporting women is to enable them to challenge many long-accepted roles for women. 

I’m a huge fan of art. There was a time when I thought about studying art at university, but I chose engineering and kept art as more of a hobby. 

During COVID-19, working from home gave me an opportunity to save at least 2 hours commute time. So, I have more time and energy after work that I can spend on my personal development and interests. I exercise every day at home, I read more, and I wind down with painting in my off days.