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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. 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. 

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 Jayne

Jayne, Senior Manager, eCommerce Operations

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

It gives us time to pause to learn about the women history-makers and how their contributions have changed our lives today.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Earning my masters degree was a big accomplishment for me. I earned the degree on my own - working full-time and attending classes in the evenings.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

My mother. She taught me to stand on my own two feet and to believe in myself.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

Continually learning. In order to grow and develop, you need to continue to learn and educate yourself.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts. I love painting and crafts!

What is your favorite quote?

"You can't change what you don't acknowledge." - Dr. Phil

Giant Eagle Team Member Sue

Sue, Vice President, IT Transformation

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women's History Month is a way to honor the women that paved the way. The women who fought for and continue to fight for equality and a voice at every table.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My kids will always be my proudest accomplishment. From a professional perspective, my proudest accomplishment is to have built a successful career in technology. I have a business degree and was working in a supply chain management role when I was presented with an opportunity on the IT Team. Not having a technical background was a little intimidating, but I found that I love to problem solve, manage change efforts, and continuously learn. This is a perfect fit for a career in technology.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

My mom. She taught me my work ethic, to always appreciate and respect others, and to be thankful everyday.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I seek roles where I never stop learning. I love challenges where there is opportunity to solve problems and make improvements.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People are always surprised that I cook a scratch dinner every night. People are also surprised that I used to spend my summers teaching sailing at a summer camp.

What is your favorite quote?

I have two. My mom would always say, "This too shall pass." It reminds me to not stress about the things that I cannot control and that adversity is temporary.

My second is new from Amanda Gorman. "For there is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it." It reminds me to always look for the good and the positive.

Giant Eagle Team Member Katie

Katie, Vice President, Growth & Retention Marketing

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

To me, Women's History Month is an amazing time to reflect, honor and celebrate the incredible achievements and accomplishments of so many before us who have inspired change and broken glass ceilings.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

One of my proudest accomplishments was fairly early on in my career - I challenged myself to enroll in graduate school full time for a few quarters while also working full-time. Although it was quite stressful and not something I would necessarily recommend, it was important to me to learn how to balance and juggle these two huge priorities in my life simultaneously. This push allowed me to graduate with my MBA early and helped me jump start that next phase of my career!

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

My father has been a huge inspiration in helping me develop into the person I am today. He always encouraged me to pursue my passions, defy stereotypical norms and was an amazing example for me growing up to see what hard work could lead to. As a child of a single parent for some of his childhood (his father passed when he was only 11), he grew up with a powerful female head of household and encouraged me to be the same.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

One of my favorite things about growth marketing is how data-driven and technology-oriented we have to be to keep up with the industry. The volume of media, tools and opportunities is constantly changing and expanding...you never get bored and the evolution of the industry motivates me to keep learning.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I actually went to school to become a dentist and did my undergraduate degree in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. In fact, I have no formal marketing degree.

Giant Eagle Team Member Jameeta

Jameeta, Director, Team Member Communications & Engagement

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate how incredible women are. I believe every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. Women’s History Month is a celebration of those stories and contributions.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I am most proud of being able to have a successful career while being a single mother. This would not be possible without help from other women; family and friends I call my “village” supported and helped me along the way. With their support, I balanced parenting with career goals, which allowed me to provide my daughter with opportunities beyond what I had growing up.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

My family helped develop me into who I am today. If asked to sum up my family in three words, I would say passionate, goal-oriented, and witty. These qualities have helped me get through life’s ups and downs. I have also been very fortunate to have women leaders who invested in me from the beginning of my career and to this day. Each of them adds a new skill or perspective, helps me strategize, or supports me by being a listening ear.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

Doing work that matters helps me to stay passionate in my career. I look at those I interact with as my internal customers and always want to meet or exceed their expectations. Over the last several months, being part of Giant Eagle's Standing Up Against Racism committee has been an opportunity for me to learn, grow, and engage with the community, and experience a change in Team Members' hearts and minds.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People would be surprised to know that I wrote a book. It’s a goal that I have had for a very long time, so I am grateful to accomplish it in collaboration with several other talented women.

What is your favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

Giant Eagle Team Member Jamie

Jamie, Digital Marketing & Media Manager

What does Women's History Month mean to you? 

When thinking about this year's theme for Women's History Month of being valiant, I take this month as a time to reflect, remember and learn from previous courageous women that either I know personally or more widely have made their mark in history. I take this time to be proud to be amongst all of the amazing women of different ages, skin color, ethnicities and backgrounds. We each have a unique purpose in this life and it is special to celebrate them all.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I am very proud of this accomplishment as it has taught me to always follow my heart and passions in life. One of my proudest accomplishments is winning an award at a dance competition during my freshman year in high school. I was singled out amongst thousands of dancers to receive an award entitled, "Danced most from the heart." This recognition at an early age truly helped fuel my fire to never give up on what I want to achieve in life. I try to bring that same passion to my professional and personal life every day.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

I know this answer is such a cliché, but both of my parents truly shaped me into who I am today. I believe my mom taught me to be generous, kind and considerate where my dad instilled the understanding that I need to work hard for my achievements.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

I wouldn't be here if I wasn't passionate about what I do. My innate drive and energy to strive for continuous improvement and exceeding all objectives keeps me motivated during all challenges. I cannot thank all of the wonderful Team Members here at Giant Eagle enough for all of your help and support. I truly hope I return the generosity and help as many of you as I can whether it be personal or professional.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have tried to travel the world as much as I can. I have completed school projects in Germany, Brazil, Czech Republic and Australia. I have also visited New Zealand, Italy, Mexico, Cayman Islands and Canada.

What is your favorite quote?

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles Swindoll

Giant Eagle Team Member Lisa

Lisa, Category Manager

What is your proudest accomplishment?

The best thing in my life is by far my children. At times, as any working mom knows, balancing being a mom and having a career is difficult. Although there may be times I falter at both, I never give up and that is why I believe being a working mom is my proudest accomplishment.

Who has helped you develop into who you are today?

On a personal level, my parents for always teaching me to work hard but instilling kindness above all else.

Professionally, over the last 20+ years I have worked with some pretty incredible people who have helped in my development. Being that we are celebrating Women's History Month, I would like to call out some of the strong women that have either directly impacted my development, or inspired me to keep pushing - Amy Allison, Sara Ciotti, Voni Woods, Rochelle Seideneck, Kelly McCormick, Deb Snyder, and Corinne Deasy.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

The people I work with help me stay passionate in my career. When I have the chance to talk with operations about an exciting new program, developing relationships with new Team Members, helping a current Team Member that is feeling stressed or overwhelmed with prioritizing their work, learning from leadership about how we are moving into the future, fostering relationships with some incredible suppliers - these are all things that keep me passionate about my career and working within this Company.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

When I am not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy staying active and volunteering. I have an incredible "family" at a local Pittsburgh gym called Alpha Athletics. Through Spinning, Bootcamp, QuickFit and CrossFit classes, I have made some amazing relationships, all while staying focused on a healthier lifestyle.
I also enjoy my time volunteering and raising money for two local organizations - The Wayne Fusaro Pancreatic Cancer Research Organization and also the Blawnox Community Sport Association.

What is your favorite quote?

"Stay humble, work hard and be kind."

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