2023 Star Women in Grocery Award Winner Sandra Power (Q&A)

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Sandra Power

Sandra Power

Director—Deli, HMR, Sushi
Calgary Co-op

What do you like most about your work?

The best part of working in the deli/HMR space is the constant evolution and innovation in program and products. and the ability to create programs from inception. I appreciate that at Calgary Co-op we are free to collaborate, express and explore thoughts and ideas and encouraged to take risks in thinking outside the box. I am fortunate to work with inspired team members to deliver exceptional customer experiences, products and services and grow our business and community. 

What has been your proudest moment?

A few years back, I was co-chair of a Women’s Network Group. Our mission was to provide a nurturing environment for women in retail to develop professional relationships and enhance their personal and professional growth. I’m proud to have helped many women flourish and grow into leadership roles, taking initiative to lean into the business, advocate for their career goals and find success. Second, I am very proud to share with my family, friends and colleagues, the honour to be one of the recipients of this [Star Women in Grocery] award with this amazing roster of women! 

What has surprised you about your career, so far?

Looking back over the sheer number of opportunities that have been created for me through my various mentors, leaders and network. I’m surprised by my ability to pivot and adapt, rebound, and persevere, grow, and develop personally and professionally. I’ve seen success and failures and continued to learn and grow. 

What is your approach to mentorship?

I take an individualistic approach to being mentored and in my own mentoring. I believe that availability, active listening, empathy, consideration and instilling personal initiative and accountability helps set people up for success. The ability to ask for and provide constructive feedback is a skill that can make the difference in helping someone find their path to success.  

What do you like to do away from work?

My focus outside of work is my family. I have twins, Devin and Delaney, who keep life interesting for me with their sports, hobbies, interests and goals. They are graduating high school this year and I’m excited to see where their journeys take them next. In my downtime, I enjoy taking time to read a book, do some cooking and baking, and travelling to explore new places and build new memories. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Our industry survives on the ability to be open to and excited about change. Embrace it. Lean into it. Foster and nurture it. Listen to your customers, your team members, your leadership, and mentors, and create something you can be proud to sign your name on.   

Click here for the full list of 2023 Star Women in Grocery award winners.

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