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COVER FEATURE

RISING STARS

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Mary Vander
Leest

Melissa Sax

Senior Director,
Wholesale Human
Resources and
Talent Acquisition,
Supervalu

With wholesale HR responsibilities for about 10,000 employees
and recruiting responsibilities for
around 13,000 employees, Sax
works closely with the executive
leadership team and the CEO on
facilitating candidate sourcing
and selection of new talent for
the company.

Manager, Supervalu

A star with experience working with
the retail, pharmacy, and private-brand divisions
on boosting the company's
philanthropic activities, Vander
Leest directs company-wide distribution of more than $2 million
in planned charitable giving.

She was instrumental in the
development and rollout of a
standard hiring process for all distribution centers that focuses on a
quality prescreening process.

She developed the company's
first private-brand taste test
specifically for children: During
45-minute sessions with Supervalu chefs and food scientists,
children ages 6 to 16 sampled
and critiqued products against
national brands.

Sax spearheaded planning
for Supervalu's Welcome Week,
put together to foster an inviting
and informative set of events for
employees coming on board
subsequent to the acquisition of
Unified Grocers.

Vander Leest directed a separate $1 million giving campaign,
working with 39 internal teams
across the country to identify
local nonprofits that could benefit
from company and associate
volunteering.

Kellie Walker

Senior Category
Manager, Supervalu

Walker implemented an effective set of daily and
weekly processes to increase
accuracy in reports while helping
grow category sales.
She organized and laid out processes to help increase advertising dollars to retail partners by 15
percent over the previous year;
as a result of this, Supervalu was
able to boost its advertising.
A founding member of the
Northern California Women's
Resource Group, Walker is also
heavily involved in local fundraising for the Special Olympics and
the American Cancer Society;
additionally, as an adviser to
the Rowell Ranch Rodeo, she
coordinates fundraisers, charity
benefit events and children's
agricultural education enrichment
studies.

Kelley Wedeking
Director, Human
Resources Project
Management and
Organizational
Development,
Supervalu

As corporate HR director,
Wedeking was responsible for
running the integration work for
Supervalu's acquisition of Unified
Grocers; with no previous experience in this area, she used her
background and experiences to
develop meaningful processes.
Subsequently named the company's first-ever director of project management and organizational development, she oversaw
a handful of successful projects
aimed at making administration
easier and more efficient.
Currently working on her
master's degree in organizational development and change,
Wedeking recently took part in a
cross-cultural exchange in India
as part of her coursework.

Fiore Sardo P.D.O.
No ordinary sheep.
No ordinary cheese.
The Fiore Sardo P.D.O. is made of 100% milk of Sardinian sheep,
a local breed raised freely in very specific regions of Italy, following
ancient traditions that shepherds continue to adhere to still today. It is a
cheese with a strong flavor, valued by those who aptpreciate a more
pronounced taste. The Fiore Sardo P.D.O. is a first-class table cheese if
consumed young, and an excellent grated cheese when consumed
matured. Renowned for centuries as the cheese of the Sardinian
shepherds, it is a product that dates back to the prehistoric times of the
island, and remained for centuries as the most widely produced
cheese in Sardinia.
It is said that the name derives either from the use of a
coagulant obtained from a flower, most likely the thistle,
or from the use of wooden stamps molded with an
engraved flower on the disk that until recent times,
served to distinguish and decorate the cheese.
Fiore Sardo P.D.O., the real taste of Sardinia.
The term "PECORINI" in Italian means cheese made from sheep's milk.

®

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