Lixkarime Padilla, Safety and Facilities Manager, is one of the kindest souls who always goes above and beyond to help others and produce exceptional work. Lixkarime was born and raised in Miami, Florida but her parents are originally from Colombia! She graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators) with a degree in Sociology but has been in the Safety Profession for over 10 years now and loves it! You can say she is a nerd at heart, and few would know that she spent her high school weekends attending math competitions and has a minor in Chemistry and History, because she hated “non-educational” electives. She is extremely family oriented— her cousins are her best friends and she talks to her mother and sister on the phone more than most. She has 2 boys, a 10-year-old and a 3-year-old, and they are her world!
When she is not hard at work overseeing the safety of our facilities, Lixkarime loves to travel, mainly for Disney/Universal and soccer. So many times, she’s traveled for soccer games and to the parks. She has been to World Cups and Cup of Americas. She also holds annual passes to all the theme parks and has bins full of personalized merch. In her spare time, she loves to create spreadsheets for budgets and event planning, that is if she is not sleeping! Her favorite pastime is watching Hallmark movies with some good take out and a Scotch!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about Lixkarime. To learn more, please read the questionnaire below.
What is your name?
What department do you work in?
Operations – Safety
How long have you worked at Soligent?
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
That it was ok to stand up for myself every once in a while!
What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
I put on a smile and crank up the music!
What’s a trip that changed you, and why?
One of my dreams was to visit Brazil, and when I found out that the 2014 World Cup was going to take place there…I said ” I am going!” It took 4 years manifesting, lots of savings and much determination to make it, but what seemed almost impossible at the time, became a reality! I realized then that I can do anything I set my mind to and since then, there is no stopping me!
What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?
Family Reunion/Wedding in Medellin!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I can be very shy and very self conscious.
What’s something you saw recently that made you smile?
Being nominated for this 🙂
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
Budgeting and trip/event planning!
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
It was from my sister and she told me to start using my credit cards to my advantage lol 🙂
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
“You are the best mom”
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
There is nothing like ordering take out and enjoying a good movie night with the family!
If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
Mary Barra – CEO
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Energetic, enthusiastic, determined
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
Sleeping.. I can sleep for days 🙂 Does that count?
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I am embarrassed to answer …. Chef boy ardee Spaghetti and Meatballs or Rice, beans, beef stew with a side of banana! (Don’t include this lol)
If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Whatsapp, TikTok, and Google Sheets
What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
SOCCER!!! – El Junior de Barranquilla
What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
Any Hallmark Movie
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Wannabe- Spice Girls
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
Any Christmas Town from a Hallmark Movie
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
What’s one totally irrational fear that you have?
A snake living in my home or coming out of the toilet! I can’t use a restroom in the dark!