Women & Business: Stephanie Nycum Doliveira

Stephanie Nycum Doliveira is Vice President of Human Resources for Sheetz Inc.

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Stephanie Nycum Doliveira
Vice President of Human Resources
Sheetz Inc.

In 2001, Stephanie Nycum Doliveira was an attorney practicing labor and employment law for a small firm in Altoona when she became “incredibly impressed” with one of her clients, Sheetz Inc. Doliveira joined the company as a human resources manager, and seven years later became the family-owned company’s first woman executive when she was named vice president of human resources.

Doliveira is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all employee-related initiatives, including talent acquisition, employee relations, diversity & inclusion and leadership development. With responsibility for more than 20,000 employees and 600-plus locations in six states, the position presents a huge human resources challenge, especially because family-owned Sheetz is committed to offering sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. The company has landed on the Fortune Top 100 Best Places to Work list six times. “We have amazing employees and a very special culture – to be recognized for that has been a highlight of my career for sure.”

Sheetz recently announced that it will be expanding into the Columbus, Ohio, with 50 stores over the next three years. “I am energized by the aggressive growth plans our executive team has set forth.”

Doliveira travels regularly to visit store employees. “The best ideas come from our employees. An important part of my role is to bring those ideas back to the corporate office,” she said. About 18 months ago, Sheetz surveyed employees on compensation and benefits and discovered time-off benefits were a major concern. Sheetz responded with a maternity leave program that pays 100 percent of wages for 12 weeks. As a mother of two sons, Doliveira understands how new moms are “torn between taking care of a newborn and paying the bills.” Sheetz also opened a child care center on its corporate campus in Altoona.

Doliveira’s advice to other women in business is to find your authentic voice and learn to be courageous and brave enough to use it for good. “Try to let go of pleasing everyone and be brave enough to speak your truth” she said.

Personally, Doliveira is very interested in advocating for mental health and wellness and plans to write a book “as a beacon of hope for others based on my personal experience of having a child who has struggled with mental illness.”

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