HR Maverick

Emily Christensen, MBA, SPHR

Emily is a Human Resources leader who is passionate about the human experience. Emily believes that people related business decisions can be strategic and contribute to successful business outcomes, while also demonstrating empathy, thoughtfulness, kindness, and compassion. Emily is a firm believer in Maya Angelou’s sentiments “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

Be humble, be creative, be kind, be teachable. Acknowledge your novice and then learn what you don’t know. Make sure every interaction you have with people reflects your personal HR persona and brand.


Perhaps you’ve had this happen to you: a candidate spends many hours convincing you that they are dependable, reliable, and exactly what you are looking for, and then leaves you and your organization high and dry when you offer them the position. This is reneging, and we must understand why it happens in order to prevent it and respond appropriately.

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