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FTUIY Episode #28: Rosalina Sandoval

Written By: Dr. Jaime G. Raygoza

Human resources (HR) is an evolving field requiring emotional intelligence, communication skills, and the ability to connect with people. Rosalina Sandoval has mastered these competencies, which were highlighted in her recent Finding the Unicorn in You podcast interview. This post explores Rosalina's inspirational journey into HR leadership.

The Beginning of the Journey:

Rosalina was the first in her Hispanic family to pursue higher education. Through perseverance and resourcefulness, she navigated the challenges of being a first-generation college student. This built her empathy and problem-solving skills that aid her in HR.

The Power of Networking:

Though introverted by nature, Rosalina learned the importance of networking to land her first HR role. By leaning into opportunities to connect with people, she showed initiative and ambition to recruiters. She encourages others to step outside their comfort zones.

Leading with Transparency:

As a manager, Rosalina prioritizes honest, direct communication. She provides context and information to empower her team. While being frank about expectations, she delivers feedback with compassion. This earns her team's trust and loyalty.

Protecting Her People:

Rosalina operates with a "nobody messes with me or mine" mentality. She fiercely protects those close to her heart, whether family, friends, or staff. By promoting psychological safety on her team, she cultivates a culture where people feel valued.

Owning Her Unicorn Qualities:

Despite early doubts about entering HR, Rosalina leveraged her strengths - kindness, charisma, and emotional intelligence. She inspires her team to bring their best selves to work. Rosalina shows that soft skills can be nurtured over time.

Unicorn Lesson:

The key takeaway from Rosalina's journey is that the path to finding your inner unicorn begins with self-awareness. By identifying your core strengths and values, you can operate from a place of authenticity. Focus on developing abilities like empathy and communication that allow you to connect with others. Lastly, have the courage to incorporate your unicorn qualities into your leadership style or work.


Rosalina Sandoval's HR journey reveals the power of resilience, authentic communication, and emotional intelligence in the workplace. By embracing her unique talents and leading with heart, Rosalina unlocks her own inner unicorn while helping others find theirs. Her story provides inspiration to stay true to oneself and lean into one's unicorn potential.

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