Emily Watrous

Senior HR Consultant - MHRD

Emily Watrous has 24 years of experience at Fortune 150 companies with leadership roles in industry and higher education at both public and privately-run organizations. She has a broad range of experience across the human resources spectrum, from change management and compensation to succession planning and talent development. Whether working at the production level or with the C-Suite for strategic HR decisions, Emily is comfortable performing the role and consistently exceeds expectations.

Emily’s prior roles have spanned the HR field, including the development and implementation of strategic plans focused on improving the people, performance and processes for the companies she has served. The success of HR begins with strengthening the organization’s ability to attract, engage, develop, reward, and retain the organization’s best assets – its people – and this is Emily’s passion. Her roles, including at FGP, have been focused on developing and implementing actionable strategies and supporting employees across organizations that ranged in size from 200 to over 200,000 employees.

Emily has worked in a variety of industries including higher education, professional services, banking, construction, and construction equipment rental. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human resource development. She also serves on the Clemson University executive board for the MBA program.

Interesting Facts:

What do you love to do outside of work?

When I’m not working I enjoy recreational sports, college football, travelling and spending time with my family and friends boating on the lake. Living in the upstate of South Carolina allows us to enjoy a great combination of outdoor activities, dining out, and exploring the history and heritage of the southeast, which are all great ways to re-energize when I’m away from the office.

What’s your favorite travel destination, or where would you like to go?

Everywhere! I have always had a love for travel and take every opportunity to see and experience many different destinations. I have lived outside the United States for over 9 years, including the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, South Africa and China – which were all wonderful in their own unique and respective way. Our family has travelled extensively around the world – providing a continuous education in diversity, culture and perspective. Some of my favorites thus far include evenings in Shanghai, hiking the active volcanoes of Costa Rica, over-night Junk boat trips in Ha Long bay Vietnam, or being on safari in Zimbabwe. Domestically, we have a family goal to see all 50 US states before our daughters graduate high school and are making great progress – we have just a few more to go!

What makes you laugh the most?

That’s definitely being around my husband! Dave is hilarious with his witty style, editorial comments, perspective on life while raising two active daughters, bad Dad jokes, and his overall sense of humor. We’ve been married for over 25 years and he continues to keep me laughing. Every day is a little more fun, funny and interesting with him at my side!

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