Donna C. Maglio

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Donna-Maglio-photoDonna C. Maglio

Frozen & Refrigerated Association of the Northeast (FRANE)
President/ Executive Director

Years with company: Five years

 Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: MBA, Western New England University.  I currently work with Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut and volunteer at youth organizations in our areas as well as our local Food Banks.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: My parents and sister were my early mentors and provided me the solid foundation, nurturing and support that has enabled me to be who I am today.  Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work with many individuals who each have given me something to take with me as I’ve grown.  Knowing that a good mentor isn’t about title or position, it’s the person who truly believes in what they do, takes chances and is passionate, and truly understands their impact on the bigger picture, I’ve been very fortunate to work with many people that have impacted me professionally.  I know it sounds a bit crazy, but at this point in my life, my best mentors are my children.  I have learned so much thru them about what it means to really enjoy what I do, be kind, always sincere and a catalyst for positive change.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateI am most proud of the opportunity to have worked with so many different individuals, both as part of my teams and as colleagues.  I have seen many grow in their careers, truly becoming leaders and really making a difference for our industry.

Most challenging part of your job: The opportunity to be a part of an ever changing Northeast marketplace, anticipating what our membership will want and keeping our Association relevant to our members and industry, as it has been for the last 60 years, offers the most challenging and rewarding aspects of my position.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Stay true to who you are; enjoy what you do. Don’t take positions because someone else thinks you “fit”.  Be brave enough to take positions, roles and challenges that further your ability, allow you to take risks and to really impact the bigger picture.

Hobbies: Being with my children is the most fun I have…Lego Robotics, playing outside…just being kids!