HR Maverick

Lotus Buckner

Recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable HR Leader and winner of several leadership awards by the American Hospital Association (AHA), Lotus is an experienced People & Culture (HR) Executive, leading teams in healthcare, higher education, and startups. She is also a career and executive coach, supporting individuals in their professional and leadership development. She brings her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to her work and is dedicated to being a life-long learner and advocate in this space.

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

Never lose your sense of curiosity and step out of your comfort zone even if it’s scary. When you can do both of these, the world opens up, opportunities open up, and discovery of knowledge, experiences, and people are endless.


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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