There’s more to Dionne’s path because even while serving her country, she also wanted to serve customers. She got her start with Walmart as a part-time sales associate while juggling a few other trades. Eventually, Dionne earned her MBA and took a job in the banking industry.
After being called back to active duty after 9/11, Dionne realized she wanted to be part of a company that supported veterans. So, her search for a job led her back to Sam’s Club, the company she loved as a little girl, shopping with her grandmothers.
Since joining Sam’s Club as a Manager in Training in 2002, Dionne has served in a wide variety of roles, including Membership Assistant, Market Sales Manager, Market Human Resources Manager, Club Manager, Director of Field Operations in the Home Office for the East Division and Market Manager.
Dionne appreciates how different experiences help you pave your own path and pursue your passion.
“I loved having an opportunity to work at the Sam’s Club Home Office. I had a chance to be creative and engage with the conception of things to come,” she explains.
“But my passion is working in the field with our associates directly. Helping them to execute and deliver on what the Home Office has created and envisioned. I also understand that our input helps ensure the overall success of a concept. It takes both the Home Office and the field working together to win!”
And winning together is something Dionne believes is so special at Sam’s Club because of the opportunities available.
“The most exciting thing about our company is the advancement potential,” she says. “I want to make sure that all associates know they can achieve incredible growth within our company. It requires hard work and a commitment to others. The only limits to my growth have been self-imposed.”
That, she says, is where her own fight song for women begins.
“Women must multitask, juggling family, work and social obligations,” Dionne explains. The key to thriving as a woman in the business world, she says, is to remain focused and driven—and to ease up on yourself. “We are often our own worst critics. Do the work, win and keep moving. Lean into your strengths and work on your opportunities.”
Inspiring her Peers
Dionne is humble, but hopes other associates, particularly women, can take what she’s learned and apply it to their futures. “If I can inspire just one female associate, that’s awesome,” she says, adding some advice to current and future Sam’s Club associates. “Work at the level you are capable of performing at. Go beyond your current title and always give your best. Be open and engage. Your thoughts and insights matter to the team.”
Reading Dionne’s story makes it easy to agree, your power and strength comes from within!