Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Elisabeth Solis

Meet Elisabeth Solis, Director of HR at Sintavia

Solis has worked within many aspects of Human Resources for over 15 years. She presently works within the aerospace, defense, and space manufacturing industry at Sintavia; prior experience includes automotive and medical. Elisabeth enjoys building teams from the ground up and establishing proper policies and procedures. She loves being a part of Human Resources and the daily excitement/challenges it may bring.

Favorite Quote: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” — Walt Disney

Fun Fact: I won a car at Disney World when I was five years old!

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I enjoy spending time with my family and helping complete fourth grade homework daily.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? I believe everyone has faced challenges in their careers, but I personally do not see them as challenges…more like obstacles/hurtles that you must jump over or through to advance or complete to get the job done.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? Becoming the Director of Human Resources at my current employer, Sintavia. I think of all my past bosses that told me that “my day would come.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Never judge a book by its cover! Take a second to learn about what is inside and it can go a long way.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? There is always the typical qualities everyone will state…good listener, organized, etc. I believe one of the most import qualities that has allowed me to connect with people/employees is being adaptable to personalities. Within Human Resources, we as professionals walk a thin line daily to be an advocate for our employees as well as the company.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? I am in an industry of essential workers, so we have not worked remotely. I am present (and masked) daily for the employees. In relation to adapting with COVID, I handle every situation – case by case with the employee directly.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? That Human Resources is mean/cold! I allow my door to always be open and make myself approachable at all times. I walk the manufacturing floor weekly to say hi to all the employees.

What do you like most about working in HR? The people! I love working with passionate individuals that share the same goals in the company as I do. I also love being organized and Human Resources is pure organized heaven!

SFBW Staff
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