A champion and connector of people, Erika Medrado recognizes potential and knows how to cultivate it. She puts your talent to work for you. An intuitive observer, accomplished mentor, and creative and passionate coach, Erika Medrado brings the accumulation of her skills and personality to talent acquisition (with expertise in behavioral-based interviewing and recruiting), coaching, consulting, leadership development and career services. Erika helps her clients believe in what is possible and pursue their dreams with a strategic plan in hand.
As Associate Director of Recruiting & Marketing at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business in Houston, Texas, Erika managed recruiting, interviewing and selection of students admitted into the prestigious Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) MBA, Business Fellowship and Summer Institute. She also initiated and launched REEP’s global marketing strategy, social media platforms and education blog.
Twelve years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts sharpened Erika’s sensibilities for building personal connections and leadership qualities. As Assistant Director of Human Resources for Four Seasons Hotel Houston, she provided guidance and direction to hundreds of employees and aspiring leaders. Through Four Seasons, Erika was immersed in the culture of ultra-luxury hospitality service, highly effective brand positioning and profound interactions with colleagues and hotel guests from all over the world. As a result, she has a keen sense of customer service and business execution, a broad world view and a flair for style. Prior to Four Seasons, Erika held various roles in Brazil, including positions with Gazeta Mercantil Business Newspaper and ADVB Regional Marketing Association.
Former Associate Director at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business
“Erika has the unique ability to quickly read people, assess complex situations, and build high-performance teams. She has a wealth of experience and expertise in talent acquisition and talent development, leveraging her skills in behavioral-based interviewing and executive coaching. She has successfully coached candidates to win interviews in highly competitive markets by boosting their self-confidence and helping them market themselves in the most favorable light.
I have so much enjoyed working with Erika in terms of her creativity, her global perspective and her consistently fun sense of humor. She’s number one in my book!”
A dual citizen of Brazil and the U.S., Erika is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. She earned a Bachelor of Communications from the University Catolica do Salvador, Brazil, and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management from the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Houston, Texas. Erika brings a unique perspective to her consulting and coaching work due to her global exposure and extensive years of experience working with clients and projects related to human resources, leadership development, coaching, hospitality and higher education. Erika lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children.
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