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VP, Human Resources, Signature Healthcare’s rehab segment
Tiffany Cardwell didn’t speak English when she arrived in the U.S. At 8 years old, the native of the Philippines struggled to understand her teachers’ instructions in class.
But she met the challenge head-on. By the end of the year, she was on the honor roll. Ultimately, she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in human resources and industrial relations with a concentration in global HR management.
Cardwell’s early struggle with language taught her drive and determination—skills that she has applied throughout her two-decade career in domestic and international HR. The experience helped her to be more understanding of what others are going through as well.
Cardwell is president of the
Louisville, Ky., chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has taught the SHRM Essentials of HR Management class and is a member of SHRM’s
Advocacy Team, which helps HR professionals make their voices heard on public-policy issues affecting the workplace.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by a challenging role and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. When I see a poor performer turn around and become a leader in the organization, it is truly a priceless moment. It’s rewarding to know that I had some impact on that person’s success.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Treat people with respect, and they will do the same. This came from one of my mentors who gave me the opportunity to grow in my career and provided support and encouragement.
What special interests outside HR do you have?
I participate in various boards and philanthropies. I am never satisfied with one activity a week. I love being on the go and living every day to its fullest.
What advice would you give those entering HR today?
I would definitely advise anyone entering HR to join SHRM, as well as other HR organizations both locally and nationally. Networking is the key to making sure you have the resources to turn to for advice or just validation that the practices your company is using are appropriate.
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