Emily Burns

Emily Burns

People Business Partner at Lyft

Emily is currently a People Business Partner to the VP of Design at Lyft. She advises the People Strategy for Product Design, including organizational planning, talent management, leadership development, and anything else People related. She also works closely with the People Team to develop programs and processes that touch broad areas of Lyft. Prior to Lyft, Emily was an HR Generalist at a small Seattle tech company and an HR Business Partner at Boeing. At Boeing, she worked with manufacturing leaders on workforce planning, leadership development and employee and labor relations. Emily is passionate about driving business results through effective HR initiatives and cross-functional partnership, both as a team leader and as an individual. She's energized by up-leveling those around her through mentorship and coaching. Outside of work, Emily enjoys skiing, exploring scenic hikes, spending time with her fiance and our American Eskimo dog, and mentoring college students. 

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Emily on mentorship

During my time at UW Bothell, I was the Founding President of the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, Professional Business Fraternity and I remember how influential it was to have professionals volunteering their time. As an alumni, I'm excited for the opportunity to give back and continue to help students in their Career journey. In my profession, I have first-hand experience with reviewing resumes, interviewing and career development. Additionally, I regularly coach leaders on how to have even more impact through leadership. As a mentor, I am looking forward to advising students of any of these topics and/or about Human Resources in general.

Specialty topics

  • Careers in any size company, tech vs. non-tech and the pros/cons
  • Careers specifically in HR, functional knowledge
  • Students interested in SHRM certifications
  • Navigating the early years of your career (resume, interview, career development plans, etc)
  • Becoming a leader with or without the title


Favorite books and learning resources

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski


Fun facts

I am a Chinese Adoptee and also have great resources for anyone going through their transracial adoptee journey.