“A leader’s job is to believe in the empowerment of their team, they need to let everyone know that what they do matters.” With 40 years of experience in every facet of the supermarket industry, Micky Nye, President and CEO of Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy, knows the importance of communicating the vision of success through leadership. Guests of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series heard Nye share her leadership tips in an inspiring keynote address on September 14. The program, held at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center was well attended with 275 participants.
Nye’s speech recounted her career path, starting as a teenager working her first job as a cashier at Shaws Supermarkets in New Hampshire. Over the course of her career Nye cross-trained in every department, before moving on to gain experiences in merchandising, procurement, and operations. Nye credits her experience and her willingness to take on any role with making her an effective leader.
“It opens a dialogue when I can talk to an employee and say ‘I did that, I ran the deli, I wrapped meat, and I understand what you do.’ It creates a connection.”
Nye’s career took her across the country in 2008 when she left Shaws to lead the Six Sigma operations for all eight Supervalu banners, a move she struggled with but now refers to as the best decision she made for her career. “You need to face and overcome challenges and take risks to grow as a person,” she reminded the audience, “don’t say no [to opportunities] until you know what you’re saying no to. Don’t make assumptions without getting the facts.” In 2009 Nye moved to California to serve as Area Vice President of Operations for Albertsons before becoming the Senior Vice President of Operations for Shoppers in Bowie, Md. in 2011. Nye took the role of President of Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy in 2013, the same year she was named "Top Executive Woman in Grocery" by national trade publication Progressive Grocer.
In addition to her message of fostering communication and bringing out the best in every individual, Nye stressed the importance of learning and evolving as a leader. “The day I stop learning and evolving is the day they don’t need me anymore. Keep investing in yourself.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber is proud to present the Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series to provide its members and guests with insight and access to nationally-known speakers.
Thanks to sponsors: Bon Secours Virginian Health System (Presenting); Tidewater Home Funding (Gold Sponsor); Cox Communications, Union Bank & Trust, Vandeventer Black LLP, WTKR News 3 (Luncheon Sponsors); A lucky attendee received a $100 LUV voucher in a drawing, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series.