Jul 24, 2023 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: Emily Cardona, Human Resources

What is your job title/your role at Scottish Rite for Children
Human Resources generalist
What do you do on a daily basis or what sort of duties do you have at work?
My duties include assisting with benefits inquiries and leaves of absence, such as FMLA, maternity/paternity and caregiver leave. I also assist with recruiting.
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here?
My first job was at the age of 14 at a jewelry store. What led me to work here was my former manager who worked at Scottish Rite as a physical therapist. She was a great leader and helped me grow in my HR career. She always told great stories about working at Scottish Rite and when I saw the job posting, I didn’t waste a second in applying.
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
I enjoy working with my team and being part of a company that cares about its employees.
Tell us something about your job that others might not already know?
I think, in general, working in HR requires us to have emotional and social intelligence. As professionals helping people do their job well, HR needs to understand what motivates and inspires many people of all backgrounds and experiences.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
My country, Guatemala — I was born there and came to the U.S. when I was about 10 years old. I went back for the first time after 21 years and was just amazed at how beautiful everything was. To see the large volcanoes from the city, the houses up in the mountains and the amazing food, I can’t wait to go back!
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
I’m not into to sports, but I’ll watch whatever sports my kids play.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
I would go back to visit my grandmother one last time before she passed.
What’s one fun fact about yourself?
I love to ride my bicycle. As soon as the weather is nice outside, you’ll find me on the trails all over Dallas!

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