Sepideh Burkett knew at an early age that she was ready to take on big things. At 17, she left her family in Dubai with a one-way ticket to the US to start work on her engineering degree. After being “beaten into submission” by calculus, those plans changed and she followed in the family’s footsteps and decided to make the pivot to pharmacy school. Now, you’re probably thinking, this is a retail podcast, right? Yes. That’s what makes Sepideh’s story so unique. After years of running the pharmacy and health and wellness business for Walmart, Sepideh took the leap into full-on store operations for the retail giant where she saw many years of success which she attributes to her start in pharmacy thinking of those she served as patients, not just customers. Now Sepideh is at The GIANT Company where she’s the Division VP leading stores teams as they get up and out of a challenging pandemic year and on to serving customers with all they’ve learned in the last 12+ months. Sepideh’s story is an inspiring one, especially her final advice for young women entering the retail industry.
This interview was made possible with the support of Parcel Pending. For more information visit ParcelPending.com.
Music by hooksounds.com