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Celebrating Pride Month: Meet Ryan, Assistant Store Leader

In celebration of Pride Month, we're thrilled to introduce Ryan, Assistant Store Leader at our Squirrel Hill Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA! 

What is your job title? And what do you love most about your job?

I’m currently an Assistant Store Leader in Giant Eagle’s Store Leader Development Program.

What I like most about my job is being able to interact daily with people from all walks of life, helping to ensure that our stores meet the needs of our community, and being able to work with and develop the people on my team.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Mentoring. I love to mentor people and help develop and grow them into different roles. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege to mentor over 30 individuals that I have gotten to see grow and promote upward as they further their careers; 17 of them are still in retail, and I still actively mentor 14 people across several different organizations.

What does Pride Month mean to you? How do you celebrate Pride Month?

To me, Pride Month is a time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as a community. It’s more than just a parade, it’s a time to remember the people who fought and protested to make my life easier today. 

I love to celebrate Pride Month with friends! My friends are my chosen family, and I love to celebrate and enjoy the festivities with them by being out and visible in the community. 

Name a role model, historical figure, or key figure in the LGBTQ+ community that has been meaningful to you. And why?

My favorite LGBTQ+ role model would be Harvey Milk. He saw the need to organize the community for safety, and then became the change the community needed by running for office to help enact real change.

Do you participate in the GE PROUD Business Resource Group (BRG)? If yes, how do you feel the BRG works to improve our workplace?

Yes, I do. Just by having a BRG dedicated to our LGBTQ+ Team Members and allies, it helps bring education through visibility to our Team Members and business partners.

What is your favorite quote?

‘When you know better, you do better.’ - Maya Angelou

What are some interesting hobbies or talents that most people may not know about you?

I love to cook. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m uninhibited and love to challenge myself! Food was a huge thing for my family growing up, and it still is today. 

“To me, Pride Month is a time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as a community. It’s more than just a parade, it’s a time to remember the people who fought and protested to make my life easier today. ”
- Ryan, Assistant Store Leader

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