We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber G and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I lived in Houston for a few years as a young child but grew up in Katy. Growing up in the suburbs was a fun and exciting experience where I met some of my best friends that I am still friends with today. Growing up in a city where not many people looked like you also came with its challenges. My parents always taught me to be myself no matter what others thought which helped me tremendously and is a value I still hold today. Instead of trying to “fit in” with people I hung out with as a child I always stayed true to myself. Being true to yourself is what has got me to where I am today. If I feel unhappy about a situation I always speak up when appropriate to let people know how I feel which has gotten me far in life as well as my career. If you do not like something, it is up to you to change it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I currently work in the human resources field as a compensation professional. In my role, I am responsible for ensuring our employees are paid equitably internally and paid competitively externally. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my MBA from Baylor University. During my undergraduate studies I knew I wanted to work in the HR field, but not specifically compensation. Working in my field has taught me to put on my analytical hat and how to solve difficult problems daily. Each role that I have held have all have been via networking. Whether that be via LinkedIn or word of mouth I have been blessed to gain some great experience that way. It has not always been easy for me and has taken some patience as well as trial and error on my part, but I know if one door closes another will open at the right time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has so many things to offer! What I love the most about Houston is the great food and how diverse the city is. Pre-covid, a nice weekend or day with my best friend would start off by heading to brunch at Eunice. We would definitely order their homemade biscuits along with our favorite breakfast items. From there we would go hang out at midtown park for some fresh air then walk to a nearby bar for drinks. After we would have to stop by my favorite food truck Rock ‘n’ Sandwiches to get their loaded fries! Yum! By then we’re probably stuffed and need some rest so we would head back to my house for a power nap before dinner. River Oaks District is a great area where we would probably head to dinner at Steak 48 then drinks upstairs on the patio at Le Colonial.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I attribute my hard work and dedication to my brother and sister. I grew up always following them around the house trying to do everything they did and as we became adults, I was inspired by all their hard work and dedication. Both of my siblings put their best foot forward whether that be through their education or by climbing the corporate ladder and I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps to make them and myself proud. I also attribute my hard work to my daughters. I have a one-year-old daughter and another baby girl on the way which are both my reasons to always keep pushing forward. When I had my first child, I knew I wanted to leave a legacy behind that will make my children proud. On the days where I feel like I cannot juggle being a mom, working in corporate America and trying to build I brand, I always think about how I would want my daughters to keep pushing even when they feel like they have nothing else to give. Being a mother has taught me to find that strength and energy even when I know it is all gone. I give my all and pour my heart into everything that I do for them.
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