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2024 Star Women in Grocery Award Winner Stacey O'Neill (Q&A)

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Stacey O'Neill

Stacey O’Neill

Director, Central Pricing Analytics

How did you get your start in the grocery business?

I had family members who worked at Loblaw, so when it came time to find my first job that is where I wanted to start! As I continued my education, graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a bachelor of technology, gained work experience and business knowledge, it opened doors and career progressions. Twenty-four years later, I’m still here!

What keeps you passionate about your work?

My passion for work is fuelled by the constant evolution of technology. I enjoy exploring new methods, improving efficiencies, and encouraging my team's growth and experimentation. It’s both continuous learning and enabling team growth that keeps me excited to come to work every day.

What is the best advice you've received in your career?

What really resonated with me was—“People won’t remember what you did, but how you made them feel.” Treating everyone with respect and kindness, assuming positive intent and being trustworthy by keeping your word is vital.

What is your proudest career moment?

When I first started in the business, the idea of public speaking was daunting and something I could never imagine myself doing. Fast forward to today, and I find myself comfortable and even volunteering for the opportunity. A highlight for me was participating in a panel interview with industry peers.

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How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I have a busy life outside of work, and as a family we prefer to spend time outdoors, camping, trail walking or participating in activities around town. My husband and I also don’t let the kids have all the fun, we all cruise around the neighborhood on our kick scooters in the evenings for some physical activity and family time.

What is a fun fact about you?

I enjoy crafting and trying out new things, whether it be crocheting, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, beading. I’ve dabbled in it all!

Anything else you'd like to add?

You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, because that is where you will find growth opportunities.

Click here for the full list of 2024 Star Women in Grocery award winners.

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