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What It Truly Takes to Rise to the Top with Sebastian Soria (podcast)


Sebastian Soria is the Vice President and Total Rewards Officer at Newmont Corporation—one of the world’s leading gold, copper, silver, lead, and zinc producers. The company is notably the only gold producer in the S&P 500 Index and is recognized as a champion for ESG practices. Sebastian has over 28 years of experience in the financial industry, spending over 26 years with Dow in various leadership roles, including human resources and compensation. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from IAE Business School and a degree in Labor Relations/HR from the University of Buenos Aires.

Sebastian joins me today to describe his humble beginnings and the events that led him to pursue a career in human resources in the financial industry. He shares some of his learnings from his first few years as a professional. He discusses the differences in working cultures in Argentina and the US. He explains what he looks for in future leaders and what sets them apart from the average high performer. He highlights the importance of feedback and cultivating a culture that lets anyone give their opinion of someone else’s performance. Sebastian also reveals the best skills to work on if you want to move up the corporate ladder.

“Make sure you’re generating an environment where people at all levels are comfortable sharing feedback.” – Sebastian Soria

This week on Executive Decisions:

  • Experiences that shaped Sebastian’s career path
  • What Sebastian learned from his first job
  • Sebastian’s advice to someone who feels their first job is thankless
  • What it was like being a full-time student and a professional at the same time
  • The differences between Argentinian and American work culture
  • Why he pursued a career in human resources
  • What Sebastian would have done differently early in his career
  • The difference between high-performers and future leaders
  • What Sebastian looks for when hiring for management positions
  • How Sebastian continues to learn at this stage of his career
  • How Sebastian learns from others
  • The best things to invest in for career growth
  • Finding opportunities we may not initially see
  • Sebastian’s hobbies outside of work
  • The essential financial principles that helped Sebastian achieve his goals

Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “You have to be great in what you’re doing every day in your current role to be the CEO.” – Sarah Delahanty
  • “Always keep an open door on feedback.” – Sarah Delahanty
  • “It’s hard to love every single moment of every job you have.” – Sebastian Soria

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About SYM Financial and Executive Decisions Podcast

Executive Decisions is a show for business leaders. In each episode, host and financial advisor Sarah Delahanty sits down with executives and local experts who serve them. Together, they tackle some of the harder questions that business leaders face today. From inspiring creativity in the workplace, to managing company politics, to making the best choices with executive compensation, taxes, and lifestyle — our show delivers stories and lessons learned across many industries and lifetimes.

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