Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Vanessa Machado
Meet Vanessa Machado, Senior Vice President Human Resources at AerSale, Inc
Machado is an executive-level human resources professional with a demonstrated history of leading HR Departments. Skilled in organizational development, change management, compensation, benefits and M&A Integration.
Favorite Quote: In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters most to your people.
Fun Fact: I have 10 years of accounting experience.
How do you unwind after a long day of work? My favorite way to de-stress is a deep tissue massage. I also enjoy a good movie or a having a glass of wine.
What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? I have to say that this COVID-19 Pandemic is the most challenging time of my career. As an HR professional, I have had to adjust my role and to maintain a focus and calmness approach with our employees. We have also done our best to remain engaged and connected to the employees.
What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? The most monumental moment of my career was when I left a job where I was for 19 years. I switched industries and entered aviation. There was a huge learning curve but it was a very exciting time.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? My first boss and mentor told me to do the right thing and follow my gut always. He was right! Be impeccable with your word.
What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? Empathy, Mindfulness and good listening and coaching skills.
How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? In order to keep workers productive and healthy, we have implemented new screening guidelines and social distancing practices. We also implemented onsite testing in facilities when we had employees who were exposed.
What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? HR is an administrative role. I combat them by learning about our business and partnering with the profit centers to provide the resources and support they need.
What do you like most about working in HR? HR is a rewarding function. I enjoy seeing employees grow and develop in their careers. I also enjoy connecting with people and understanding what drives them.