September 09, 2013
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Donna Madere (third from right), joins fellow recipients of the Glass Ceiling Award at the 2013 Louisiana Diversity & Leadership Conference.​

(From week of Sept. 2 edition)

Louisiana Diversity Council has named Winn-Dixie Operations Excellence Specialist Donna Madere the winner of its Glass Ceiling Award.

Madere, who works in the New Orleans region, received the award at the council’s 2013 Louisiana Diversity & Leadership Conference.

The award recognizes and honors women who have achieved personal success in their profession and have paved the way for other women to follow in their footsteps.

Criteria to win the award included demonstrating leadership excellence, a record of accomplishments, steady increases in responsibility through her career, positive influence on people she leads, and high integrity and ethical standards.

Madere has worked for Winn-Dixie 15-years. She began as a produce and floral associate, but before long was running Winn-Dixie’s highest-volume floral department in Louisiana. Her proven ability and hard work continued to pay off as she was consistently promoted to one position after another, eventually managing a produce and floral team spanning multiple locations throughout the region.
In 2012, after years of working in various capacities with Winn-Dixie, Madere became a store director. With a simple mantra of “One Team, One Vision,” she rebuilt associate morale in a mere three months. Later that year, she was promoted to her current position as New Orleans region operations excellence specialist. Since taking on this role, Donna has built strong relationships with the district directors and store support center management, while sharing key insight with stores.
“We are proud and honored to have Donna as a part of our team and as a leader to our associates,” said Karena Niblett, regional vice president for the New Orleans region. “Donna’s dedication to the company coupled with her exceptional, multifaceted strengths and enthusiasm for her work are what make her an essential part of our team.”

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