Debbie Rookstool

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Rookstool,-DebDebbie Rookstool

Safeway Inc.
Director, Learning and Leadership Development

Years with the company:  34 years

Education degrees and Professional/volunteer organizations:
Masters in Business Administration, USC; Food Industry Management program participant ’95; Co-chair NEW (Network of Executive Women) Northern California region (non-profit)

Mentors and how they assisted you in your career:

Christy Consler – helped me see that anything was possible, I just had to ask the right question and keep looking for solutions.

Lori Proctor – her leadership in NEW demonstrated how much fun one can have while making a difference to others by promoting the development of women in the CPG industry.

Rebecca Philbert – showed me how to find a way to “yes.”

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of the people I helped grow in their careers. Helping others reach their personal best is so rewarding.

Most challenging part of your job:
Adding value to the organization without adding costs in a margin-challenged industry.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Learn to network effectively.  The relationships you build inside work and outside of the workplace are the number one most valuable assets you will have.

Hobbies:
Blogging, downhill skiing, kayaking.