Shirl Stroeing

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Weis Markets, Inc.
Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Years with company: 2.5

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: I have my Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Methods and Information Systems from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and my MBA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  I am a member of the Food Marketing Institute Technology Leadership Council, the National Association of Professional Women and the Network of Executive Women.                                                                 

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: My parents were my first, and most important, role models and mentors. They taught me the value of hard work and personal integrity. From a career standpoint, I have been fortunate to have a number of mentors who served as guides, counselors and friends during my journey.  An early mentor was my college statistics professor, who was instrumental in directing me to the science of information technology.  She not only introduced me to a field of work I hadn’t previously considered, she pushed me beyond my perceived capabilities and comfort levels.  That early experience of success from being thrust into a world of unknowns gave me the confidence to continually seize new opportunities.                                      

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateI am proud to be in a position that can influence decisions that impact a company’s growth and success.  A defining moment for me was the realization that I not only possess the competencies for both technology and leadership, but also enjoy the combination.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my job is advancing business capabilities with the right technology in a time of relentless, disruptive change, combined with keeping company information assets secure with the explosion of today’s digital age.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice to young executives is to work hard and never stay within your comfort zone; be prepared to seize new opportunities and challenges.  Follow your passion and surround yourself with positive people whom you admire/respect.  Finally, pay it forward by mentoring others.  I believe nothing can match the gratification you’ll feel when you help a young person discover their strengths and achieve their potential.                                                        

Hobbies: My favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends.  I recently took up golf and love all aspects of photography.