Leeann Dias

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Leeann Dias, ShawsLeeann Dias

Shaw’s Supermarket

Years with company:  29 years

Current position and your immediate supervisor:
Director of Non Foods and Private Brands
Immediate supervisor – Dave McGlinchey, senior vice president of merchandising.

 

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates – 

  • B.A. in Humanities from Providence College
  • Network of Executive Women
  • Board Member – St Margaret’s School

Mentors and how have they have assisted you in your career:
I have been very fortunate to have had many wonderful mentors in my career. When I first started out I was part of the management training program and had the opportunity to work with a wonderful store manager by the name of Lee Case. She was one of only a handful of female store managers at the time and she taught me the value of “letting your work (and results) speak for itself”.  She took me under her wing and showed me how to work with people at all levels.  She also instilled in me that the least important word in business (and in life) is I, however, by contrast the most important word is WE.

Most challenging part of your job:
We work in a very dynamic (and ever-changing) environment where the only constant is change. Flexibility is a key component to success, it may be easy to get bogged down when things go off track, however, the ability to refocus and regroup is paramount to delivering on our promise to be New England’s neighborhood grocery store.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:The best advice I could give would be the same advice that my father gave me…. “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.”  This has held true for me. When I graduated from college I thought I would work in retail for a year or two and then move on to something else….well that was 29 years ago. The other piece of advice I would give is to find something you are passionate about, this may be easier said than done but when you find your passion the time flies by, and finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Hobbies:
I am a big sports enthusiast and love to travel. During the past few years we have visited birth places of both my (Ireland) and my husband’s (St. Miguel – Azores) family.