Patti Tavelli

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Tavelli,-Patti-1Patti Tavelli

Giant Eagle
Deli Category Manager

Years with company: 7


  • New York University, Degree: M.S. Marketing, Emphasis: Direct & Interactive
  • Duquesne University, Degree: B.A. Integrated Marketing Communication

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Women’s Business Resource Group, Giant Eagle Inc.
  • Co-Lead, Marketing & Communications Committee 2011 – Present

Certifications and Awards

  • Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery 2014
  • Winner, Rising Star
  • 2014 Giant Eagle Young Professional Rising Star Annual Award 2014
  • Leadership Development Initiative 2012 – 2013
  • Graduate of program for high-potential emerging leaders at work and in the community
  • Women’s Leadership Development Program
  • Duquesne University, Palumbo/Donahue School of Business
  • 1 of 2 Giant Eagle Team members selected to attend 3-day Emerging Women
  • Leaders Regional Conference by SVP of Marketing & Own Brands at Giant Eagle  2011

Community Involvement: 

  • United Way Women’s Leadership Council 2013 – Present
  • KidsVoice Annual 5k Race Volunteer 2011 – Present
  • Active mentorship to emerging high-potential female professionals Ongoing

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: One in particular has completely transformed and influenced my personal life and career fairly recently. It’s important to be challenged and have someone push you to be your personal best, farther than you even think you can go. It also helps to laugh a lot and have fun – a similar sense of humor makes mentor/mentee relationships much more productive and rewarding.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? I am most proud of relationships that I have with others, and that I continue to build with people that I interact with. Every individual I meet fascinates me and I want to understand what I can learn about them and from them.

Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? The first one that comes to mind is the moment I heard about the job opportunity in my current department, working for my current supervisor. I had no idea if I could even GET the position, but instantly my heart exploded with excitement and I almost jumped out of my chair. Something inside of me KNEW it was a perfect fit and that it was the right “next step.” I had to go for it, and I feel lucky every day that it worked out.

Most challenging part of your job: Prioritization and time management in a fast-paced and dynamic industry….because I wish I could do EVERTHING and do it all NOW!

Advice for upcoming younger executive: Listen. Be a “sponge” and absorb as much as you can from the people around you. If you’re curious, ask questions. Never be afraid of sounding stupid for asking a question – at least you’ll get the answer, which means you learned something you didn’t know!

Hobbies: spin classes, spending time with new baby nephew, reading, Zumba, playing with my two dogs.