Lora Dikun

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Lora Dikun of Giant Eagle, Inc.Lora Dikun

Giant Eagle, Inc.
Vice President, Talent Development & Labor Relations

Years with company  10 years

Education:

  • BS in Accounting with Honors & High Distinction
  • MS in Taxation
  • Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII- Graduate

Volunteer Organizations:

  • Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services- Board Member
  • Team Member Care Fund- Executive Director
  • F.A.M.E. (Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education)- Board Member
  • FMI Future Connect- Committee Member
  • Girl Scouts of America- Volunteer
  • Christ’s Lutheran Church- Liturgical Deacon
  • Parent Teacher Association- Volunteer

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have had many mentors throughout my career starting with my parents.  My mother taught me the importance of being a good person first and foremost and the power of quiet strength.  My father taught me that I can achieve anything that I set my mind on.  Professionally I have had mentors that have taught me about the business and understanding how to successfully navigate difficult waters when you encounter them.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? I am most proud of my team.  I love to see how much each person on the team has grown and developed over the years and how much they accomplish everyday. There is nothing better than to see your leaders flourish!

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part is achieving the right balance at work and at home.  Juggling competing priorities and multiple demands for my time and ensuring my team has the tools they need to be successful.  Another challenge is trying not to feel guilty for being at work when I need to be at work and, at the same time, not feeling guilty for being at home when I need to be home.  Thankfully, I have a tremendously supportive husband who enables me to pursue my career knowing my children are in good hands!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Make sure that you love what do and good things will come.  You spend too much time at work not to love it.  Don’t be afraid to try something different.  20+ years ago as a recent graduate working as a CPA, I would have never predicted that I would later move into Human Resources.

Hobbies: Flower gardening, musical theater and spending time with my husband and children.