Liz Garrett, Group Vice President of Human Resources at Supervalu was among the seven Supervalu women recently named to Progressive Grocer’s fourth annual “Top Women in Grocery” listing for their outstanding efforts, leadership and success in the supermarket industry. The honor highlights senior-level executives, rising stars and store managers.
The other Supervalu women recognized this year are: • Ericka Anderson, director, Human Resources, Acme Markets • Cindy Burns, vice president, Finance, Northern Region • Sharon Lessard, vice president, Store Design Services • Kathy McClard, store director, Albertsons • Michele Murphy, senior vice president, Corporate Human Resources and Labor Relations • Sherry Smith, senior vice president, Finance
The women were selected by Progressive Grocer editors based on industry nominations. They were chosen because of their leadership and influence not only at SUPERVALU but within the greater supermarket industry. Selections were based upon areas of responsibility, career accolades and achievements, industry and community involvement and philanthropic activities.
“As a company whose customer demographics vary significantly across the country, and whose primary customers are women, Supervalu understands how important a diverse workforce is for success. When we draw on the expertise and different perspectives of our associates, we are more effective in creating stores that meet our shoppers’ needs and concerns,” explains Darnell Allen, vice president, Diversity and Inclusion at Supervalu and also an Alumni Club member. “We are proud to be represented by these leaders, all of whom demonstrate exceptional knowledge, expertise and dedication in their roles.” A total of 21 Supervalu female leaders have been honored in the four years that Progressive Grocer has been publishing this list.
Liz's accomplishments are recognized at Progressive Grocer's website:
Human Resources received an upgrade at Supervalu last year, thanks to Liz Garrett. She established customer-centric education and recruiting initiatives, led a company-wide initiative to identify the “success factors,” of high-performing store directors and district managers, and established the retailer as a key sponsor of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) to build a foundation for college recruiting within the grocery industry. The recipient of the President’s Medallion Award and the Excellence Award at Supervalu, Garrett is a founding member and chair of the grocer’s Women’s Business Resource Group-MESA (Mentoring, Encouraging, Supporting and Achieving). She has also sat on the board of SIFE since 2003, and is a member of the Network of Executive Women. In the area of community service, Garrett helps out at several nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and local food banks.
Liz started with Osco as a clerk at store #890 in Portage, Michigan and later held positions at Crest Photo in Elgin, Illinois, in Human Resources at 1818 Oak Brook, Illinois, Salt Lake City, Utah and in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the early 1990's Liz was instrumental in working with Tork Fuglestad and others to help establish the Osco Sav-on Alumni Club.