Giant Eagle Celebrates NDEAM! Meet Scott, Team Member and Lisa, Store Leader at our North Madison Giant Eagle
October is National Differently Abled Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and at Giant Eagle, we are so proud to call our Team Members who are differently abled a part of our family. The primary message of NDEAM is “Inclusion Drives Innovation” and we truly value the perspectives of our differently abled Team Members and their champions within the workplace.
This week, we share the story of Team Member, Scott and his supervisor, Lisa.
If you’ve visited our North Madison Giant Eagle recently, you may have been in the company of a local celebrity! Scott was voted Deepwood’s “American Idol” in 2019 with his fabulous rendition of “Sweet Caroline.” So it goes without saying that Scott is an outgoing and energetic member of the Giant Eagle family!
Scott’s favorite part of his job is meeting new people. While he’s making sure shelves are fully stocked and helping guests find products, he’s loving the chance to see a new friendly face (or an old friend!).
Scott is most proud of his recent milestone with Giant Eagle – he hit his 20 year mark! Lisa - who just celebrated her 41st year - says that over those years, she has learned that all Team Members, no matter their abilities, have things to bring to the table that help the store succeed. Most importantly – she believes that all Team Members are capable of learning and doing more: When working as a Porter, it soon became clear that Scott was more than capable of taking on Grocery work and he was moved to a role where he could continue to learn and excel.
Lisa says Scott always starts the day with a joke. “I know when he’s here, he’ll stand around the corner and wait to tell me – when he’s happy and smiling, you can’t help but be happy and smiling. He shows so much pride in his work.” As a parent herself, Lisa takes the hiring of differently abled Team Members to heart, saying “I would hope that someone would give my child an opportunity. I can say throughout all my years, I have never been disappointed by [hiring a differently abled Team Member]. I have also learned we need to be patient with all Team Members because we all learn at different paces.
On Scott’s days off, he likes going to day camps, hiking, and playing basketball. A confident worker and performer himself, he says his advice to others for success is to “…be confident, don’t be nervous and just do your job!”