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Celebrating Women's History Month: Meet Our Women Leaders

March is Women’s History Month, our time to commemorate and acknowledge the vital role of women in history. As Serena Williams, a woman who has revolutionized her sport and used her voice as an activist for equality has said, “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another.”

In honor of Women's History Month, our Women's Business Resource Group (BRG) is excited to highlight several of our talented women leaders all month long. This week, we are putting the spotlight on women from various departments within Giant Eagle and GetGo.

Check back each week to meet more of our women leaders.

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The women of Giant Eagle came together to inspire one another with the Women’s BRG, which served as our founding Business Resource Group. Together, they offered us a platform to honor the many talented women who make our Company great and inspired us to continue down the path of inclusion and equity through all our BRGs.

Our Women's BRG's mission is to advocate for the success of women at Giant Eagle providing support and opportunities to network, to lead, and to give back to the communities in which we serve.

While leading with their mission in mind, our Women's BRG works to:

  • Have a positive effect on the Giant Eagle culture. The intent is to change the way women participate in Giant Eagle’s success, and how women are seen and understood within the organization.
  • Complement, reinforce, promote, and accelerate Giant Eagle’s success and strategic goals by leveraging women’s alternative and valuable perspectives, skill sets, attributes, and traits.
  • Provide support to women as they navigate the changes that occur throughout their careers, finding the balance between winning at work and winning at home.
  • Promote Diversity such as talented women moving into positions of influence, talented women having a voice and a comfortable seat at the table, talented women driving real business results, across the enterprise, and creating a culture where women want to advance and succeed.

Giant Eagle Team Member Jane

Jane, Sr. Digital Analyst

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women’s History Month reminds me to look beyond the textbooks and classes from my time in school and focus instead on the figures in history that were ignored due to their position in society. It is a reminder for me to remember the women who paved the path that allowed me to lead the kind of life (personally and professionally) I have today.

It is also a reminder that in history to today, not all women have been or are considered equal by the systems in place in our country. Much of history I learned in school was whitewashed and largely ignored the people of color who contributed to the advancement of science, the arts, and social activism. I look to our women of color as my role models this month. Women like Grace Lee Boggs, Dolores Huerta, Katherine Johnson, Susan La Flesche, and Sylvia Rivera.

Finally, I use this month to consider the identity of “woman,” and the role that gender has played in defining it. Many women today are not recognized by our society as such, which is something I find shameful in a place that aims for equality for all identities. To me, this month is a time to reconsider what it means to be a woman and to continue striving for the inclusion and appreciation of ALL women in our history and community.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I'm very fortunate to work with a great team in my day-to-day. Together, we've accomplished some great things for our digital properties. I'm proud of the work I do implementing analytics tracking and providing insights to our Marketing and Product teams as we continue to optimize how Giant Eagle operates in an ever growing digital space.

I'm also excited to talk about my role in bringing the Asian American Business Resource Group to life in Giant Eagle. Alongside others in Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity and leadership, we were able to create the BRG in September 2020. We're a relatively new group, and I think some of my greatest accomplishments with the BRG are yet to come.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

Giant Eagle's mission statement of "purpose beyond profit" resonates with me in terms of how I stay passionate in the work I do. I strive to create and participate in a work environment that cares about its employees and its community.

Additionally, I have the good fortune of enjoying what I do in my day-to-day. I like problem-solving and deductive reasoning. Analytics and insights are perfect channels for that type of work.

Giant Eagle Team Member Jamie

Jamie, Director of Supermarket Technology

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women's History Month is a time to recognize the contributions by women from the past to the present. It reminds us all of the accomplishments made by amazing women and the setbacks they had to overcome. We must continue to learn from the past to make a better future for all women and celebrate the diverse, unique talents that make women so special and powerful. I was raised to always see myself as an equal and to stick up for myself. I will continue to teach my three daughters the same and raise them to be confident, independent women.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would be my three beautiful, talented, strong-willed, caring daughters. They are my world, and I am so proud of the unique personalities they bring to our family and the young women they are growing up to be. They make me so proud to be their Mom!

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

I would say that my Mom and Dad have helped develop me into who I am today. They are both very passionate about what they believe in and have worked extremely hard in life. We did not grow up with a lot of money and it made us work even harder to get what we wanted in life. They have always encouraged me to do what I love and work hard to get it.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I am extremely passionate in my career because I love what I do and the people that I help. When you see all your hard work come to life, it motivates you to continue to work harder to see those results.

Plus, my work family is my top priority and they are a very important part of my love for what I do. They work extremely hard and make me so proud every day. I love that they also know how to have fun during the challenging times!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I have a twin sister. They are usually shocked to find out that there are two of me out there, but we are very different twins. She lives in Surf City, NC and hates the snow. I, on the other hand, love all four seasons.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is "She believed she could, so she did". It is a very inspirational quote for women.

GetGo Team Member Kim

Kim, SVP & Chief People Officer for GetGo

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women's History Month is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that women have made to our country and to society. I enjoy the dedicated focus that the month provides.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I'd have to say that my proudest accomplishment is in watching the Team Members that I've had a hand in developing over the years. At this stage in my career, I've had the pleasure of seeing some of the people I met as new grads grow into very accomplished professionals. It makes my heart sing to remember some of the pivotal conversations I was able to have with them early on that helped them overcome challenges and develop the skills and capabilities that they needed to succeed.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

Everyone! I try to learn from everyone I come in contact with, and I can link as many of my learnings to teachers and bosses as I can to peers, colleagues, and direct reports. But two women in particular stand out for having made the biggest impact. One is my mother, who challenged me to think big and taught me how to be resilient. And the other was my first boss in HR who taught me how to work to strike an elegant balance of nurturing and challenging myself and others.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I get out of my box. Whenever I'm feeling stifled or uninspired I go to the field or I phone a friend. It has never failed to help me reconnect to my purpose. I like to surround myself with people who have wildly different perspectives - something about the challenge of new ideas also seems to invigorate me to shake up my thinking.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Most people are surprised to learn I'm an introvert. I love interacting with people and I love socializing, but I also need the recharge moments to be ready to go again!

What is your favorite quote?

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Giant Eagle Team Member Amy

Amy, Curbside Operations Manager

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

To me, it's a time to honor women's accomplishments and appreciate their contributions to society. Women's History Month is a celebration of all women that have made the world stronger!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I'm most proud of the work that was accomplished over this past year in Curbside. I'm proud I'm a part of making it all come to life.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

Many people have helped develop me throughout different stages of my life or career. My favorite would be my Uncle who always modeled braveness and kindness.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

Knowing that I'm working to provide a service that so many people need or rely on definitely drives me. Having or being on a passionate team is so important too!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have a Criminal Justice degree.

What is your favorite quote?

"No rain, no flowers."

Giant Eagle Team Member Ronelle

Ronelle, RSC HR Business Manager

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

I define Women's History Month as a rich, historical element to celebrate the many accomplishments of women. Women at home, women working and juggling families and women serving in our military. Its even more rewarding to see a woman serving as Vice President of the United States. It makes me so proud of how far we have come and excited about the future.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is being the mother to a very independent 7 year old. He keeps me grounded, busy and challenged.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

I have had many influential people help me grow personally and professionally. My grandmother shaped me to be the person I am today. She counseled, coached and educated me in various ways to be a strong, independent and serving individual. I carry that in every aspect of my life. Professionally, I have had many mentors directly and indirectly.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I always have goals for myself. I challenge myself constantly and assure that I measure my output.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I started school learning Cosmetology, but had a passion for people, so I ended get my degree in Human Resources instead of Cosmetology.

Giant Eagle Team Member Donna

Donna, Store Leader

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women's History Month is a great opportunity to recognize women who came before us for their achievements and who have paved the way for the women of today. It's also a good opportunity to learn about women that have made contributions that we may not have been aware of.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

First, I'm proud of working for this very diverse company for 41.5 years. I worked my way up the leadership ladder starting with being a Night Crew Leader, which back then there were very few women that held that role. I then was a Front End Leader, Grocery Leader, and now my current position as a Store Leader.
Secondly, the store I am currently at now was independently owned. We converted this store to corporate over three years ago. We made great efforts when converting it to the corporate format in keeping the communities needs and wants in mind. I feel like a "proud parent" having grown this store from it's infancy to where we are today.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

Professionally, Tom Joyce, former Store Director. He showed me that overseeing a store, no matter it's size, isn't just about the financials. It's also about the people who are in the building and how we treat them.

Personally, my mother, Esther Prata, whom everyone who met her loved her. She was kind, generous and if you came into her house, you were family. From a young age she taught me to treat everyone the way that I would want them to treat me - with courtesy and respect. I hope that I can be half the woman that she was.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I just love what I do! I never liked a job where I would have to sit behind a desk all day. I like being physical and this job can be very physical. But mostly, I get to interact with the Team Members and the customers everyday. I also enjoy involvement in the community activities.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I can lift 145 lbs trap bar deadlift and 185 lbs rack pull.

What is your favorite quote?

"You can never do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Giant Eagle Team Member Michelle

Michelle, Corporate Recruiting/TLDP Manager

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

It’s really a time we get to focus and celebrate all the great achievements women have accomplished over the years.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would have to say my kids. It has been so rewarding to watch them grow up and develop little personalities.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

I have had a few people that played an instrumental role in my career, one is Nicole Zellie. She has always encouraged me to "Work Smart" by focusing on efficiencies and to think outside of the box and be creative.

Also, my parents have both been such positive role models and taught me to never give up on your dreams.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I have always had a strong passion for recruiting and feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity everyday to make a difference in people’s lives and in the organization. In my role, I get to interact and collaborate with many different business leaders. Recruiting has changed so much over the years. I’m always getting to learn new things and love the challenge to be more innovative. Through platforms like social media, I have been able to form great relationships inside and outside of the organization; as well as to keep up with the trends.

What is your favorite quote?

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill

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