“Our strong regional identity means that you don’t have to be in downtown Pittsburgh to feel the comradery and connection.”
Renee Richardson takes her community responsibilities seriously, both personally and professionally, and it keeps her busy! She’s a mom to three, the fundraising coordinator for her local youth football league, a leader in multiple pharmacist associations and actively engaged with her church. As the Pharmacist, Community Partnerships for Giant Eagle, her day job is also serving the greater Pittsburgh community.
You grew up in southwestern PA, what kept you here?
I went to Duquesne University for pharmacy, my husband is from Wilkinsburg, and we wanted to be close to family. Pittsburgh itself was an easy sell for us. It’s a major city, but it’s not overwhelming. It feels like home and I love that we have great sports teams and we bleed black and gold. You don’t have to be in the city center to feel the comradery and connection that bands the region together.
Giant Eagle is a homegrown Pittsburgh company, how did you get connected and how do they embrace the local community?
I started at Giant Eagle as a pharmacy technician back in college and held various positions with them over the past 14 years. Now, I work with community partners from senior centers near our pharmacy locations, up through bigger partners like The Delta Foundation and the American Heart Association. I focus primarily on community partner interaction and it’s been a rewarding way for me personally, and for Giant Eagle, to engage with the community in a different type of way. We’re small and nimble enough to make changes, but big enough to have a profound impact on the patient community we serve. Also, being located in Pittsburgh means we have two major pharmacy schools in our backyard – Duquesne and Pitt –and they are a huge asset to Giant Eagle's talent pipeline.
You’ve spent your entire career with Giant Eagle, what should potential employees know about the company?
The culture here at Giant Eagle is so inviting. They actively seek diverse ideas and input when they are implementing concepts in the store and they believe in investing in their employees by helping you be your best self. People stay because they’re given opportunities for personal and professional development—staff who started as baggers are now managing departments in the corporate office. It’s a local, homegrown company feel even though we’re now in multiple states and you can feel their connection to the Pittsburgh community.
What are some of your favorite spots around Pittsburgh?
In the summer, my family and I love to go to Kennywood and Sandcastle. The spray parks are also a great option because they’re free; we like Deer Lakes Park and Round Hill Park. For a night out, my husband and I like to go downtown or the Southside, Mario’s or Primanti Brothers has a great happy hour. Somma Pizza in Plum is also a great spot and they have poker nights and different events.
“Pittsburgh is a city for all ages and, if you keep your eyes open and are willing to explore, there are always fun things to do.”