Renee Czeryba, Manager of Store Care Programs at Walgreens, spoke to students on January 12 about finding her role at Walgreens, her gifts, how her Catholic education has helped her to succeed and giving back. Her Leadership Institute presentation titled “Finding and Sharing your Gifts by Giving Back” reflected on the leadership opportunities that brought her to her current position. Renee is responsible for the interior and exterior lighting and sign repair for over 8,100 Walgreens locations. She directs multi-million dollar contracts with many vendors.
Here are some of her most important lessons:
Take advantage of every opportunity no matter how exciting it would seem.
Renee reminded students to never judge a book by its cover. She told students about an internship she took on at GE that on the surface did not seem exciting. Renee took the internship with an open mind because she did not want to pass up an opportunity to expand her skills. As she dove into the internship, she began to grow. She was given assignments that really made a difference in the organization. One of her assignments was a satisfaction survey that brought to light some issues and solutions for her employer. Renee believes her experience at GE was one of the most valuable internships she had. She is happy she took advantage of the opportunity, and believes that you will learn something from every experience and everyone you meet.
Always make sure you are learning and growing.
Renee told students to not be satisfied with being comfortable. It is important to challenge yourself and embrace change. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Renee shared her experience joining the operations team at Walgreens without having a background in store maintenance. She took the position because it would allow her to try something new, knowing that if she did not like the position, she could go back to her original field. Renee is happy in her new role and credits her desire to learn more for putting her in this position.
When life suddenly changes, start by outlining a plan.
Renee was a member of the Walgreens Disaster Response team for the 2017 Hurricane Relief Efforts and part of her responsibilities included placing mobile pharmacies hurricane disaster zones this past summer. She needed to set up these pharmacies in Florida. Renee had not set up these temporary pharmacies before and needed to work within a very strict deadline to get customers the prescriptions they needed. She set up a plan by outlining what was needed, who needed to be involved, and what questions needed to be asked. By outlining a plan first, Renee was able to see what she needed to accomplish and ultimately achieve her goal in a timely manner.
Find your gifts and talents.
Renee concluded her presentation with a discussion about the importance of knowing your gifts and talents. When you know and understand your gifts and talents, you are able to understand your direction, better achieve your goals and give back to others. Renee shared some reflective ways in which you can help you discover your gifts:
- What excites you?
- What do you do that makes you feel good emotionally and spiritually?
- Ask others to let you know the gifts they see in you.
- Think about your “hero” or role model(s).
- What are their special qualities or traits?
- What similarities do you share?
- Think about your family and what gifts you share.
- What tugs at your heart?
- If you could do anything you’d like today, what would it be?
Renee’s presentation was a wonderful way to conclude the first week of school in 2018. As we look at our new year resolutions, we are able to use Renee’s tips to help us find our gifts, direction and opportunities to grow.
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