2022 Star Women in Grocery winner Donna Jantzi (Q&A)
How did you get into the CPG business?
I started my career in human relations in the retail sector, including roles with The Home Depot and Michael Hill Jewelers. After a few years, I had an opportunity to join McCormick as human relations business manager supporting leadership, sales and marketing, and supply chain. While my underlying passion has always been people, early in my career, the competitiveness and drive associated with selling naturally drew me to sales.
My ability to pivot my career came after three years with McCormick. My passion for cross-functional knowledge, flavour and food trends led to my leap from HR to sales. This career change was enabled through an excellent development program and supportive leadership. It has allowed me to continue to expand my knowledge and sharpen my skills in a number of areas, including HR, sales and innovation.
What do you like most about your current role?
I work in food and flavour so there are many aspects of my role I truly enjoy. My role feeds my curiosity and creativity, and places me at the forefront of new and emerging trends. In addition to enjoying the creative side of my role, I am incredibly passionate about analytics—translating facts and data into meaningful information to solve a problem.
What are some of your greatest career achievements?
I think my greatest achievements thus far have been tied to volunteer work and giving back. While working with The Home Depot, I sat on the board of directors for ANAGO, a not-for-profit social services agency for at-risk youth and vulnerable adults. In recent years, while working with McCormick, I’ve volunteered with Ronald McDonald House and chair McCormick’s CanDEI (Canadian Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) committee.
What are you known for at work?
The feedback I hear most often is that I genuinely care. My authenticity allows me to build trusting relationships and I have a natural ability to make others feel valued.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This advice was given to me in the midst of a significant life decision. By removing the fear, I realized my decision remained the same and ultimately the right decision to make.
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