Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
My name is Kseniya Samsonik. I am the Executive HR Coordinator at Quest Diagnostics. I am currently working on a Leadership Development program for Emerging Professionals. I am focused on growing my experience and knowledge in Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion. I am also working on growing my knowledge and experience in HR Analytics and Reporting.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I am a member of Ellevate to continue to grow my network as well as have a support system of women who help each other grow and develop. I love meeting new people and being there to help them as well. My favorite memory so far is the first meeting I had and how welcoming everyone was.
How would you define your professional mission?
My profesisonal mission is to grow as an HR professional over time and be the best HR profesisonal that I can be as I continue to learn and develop in my career as well as my own personal development.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
The qualities that it takes for someone to be successful in my line of work is to be patient, open minded, strength in terms of being able to handle multiple things. Wanting to continue to learn and develop as a professional and personally. Being able to want to help others on your team as well as our employees.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
My most memorable career accomplishment so far is graduating ~300 students from the Leadership program at William Paterson. Knowing that I was able to help that many students find their way and adjust to their new chapters in their lives.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
HR Certifications as well as promotions at Quest Diagnostics.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
What lead me to where I am today is due to always knowing I was meant to do more and be a leader. My great grandpa has been my idol who was the leader in our whole family as a veteran from the Russian Military. After completing both of my degrees, my skillsets matched to be an HR professional. I took my first courses at William Paterson and had amazing professors who got me to fall in love with the profession.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I am always making a difference and helping others.
Who are your role models?
My HR Mentor: Kim Crotty from Morris County SHRM, My parents, My boyfriend
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
Setting boundaries and making sure that I am not working past a certain time.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Be willing to learn, be patient, be prepared for craziness as the HR world/industry is never quiet. Be prepared for change constantly. Keep up with SHRM as it will be your best friend as well as Legal.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Be patient and open minded. Things happen as they do. Everything happens for a reason.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Do the best you can. You are only one person and you are doing an amazing job every day.
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Human Resources Coordinator
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
Human Resources professional working on a Leadership Development Program for Emerging Leaders/Early Career professionals. I am still learning the Human Resources industry at Quest Diagnostics. I am also the Volunteer Chair at Morris County SHRM as well as the Mentoring and Young Professionals advocate. I am a fun outgoing woman with a loving boyfriend. Former Youth Cheer Coach. Continue Reading
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