Dacia Di Gerolamo
Regional Sales Manager
Los Angeles, California
What stands out to you about PepsiCo’s people and culture?
I’m proud to work at PepsiCo because of the people who work here. PepsiCo is at the forefront of ensuring that we have good representation throughout the company. I’ve been able to see how that’s progressed over these years. There are so many women here in leadership positions who I can go to for advice.
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I was just given The PepsiCo Way award by our CEO, Ramon Laguarta, because of my contributions to EQUAL, our employee resource group for LGBTQ+ associates. It was so special to see the hard work we’re doing making an impact on the lives around me.
What does mentorship mean to you?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without awesome mentors who have helped guide me throughout my career. Mentorship to me is having that person who’s a sounding board, someone you can go to for advice or for guidance or just to vent. Having someone you can count on, personally and professionally, is just super important.
How can mentorship foster inclusivity?
Mentorship lets us see and experience diversity of thought. Anyone can feel included because we relate to one another. We can build upon that relationship. It’s especially important to support the LGBTQ+ community. I have a transgender brother and brother-in-law, and I’ve seen their journey of not having enough representation in their workplace and school. They’ve worked to find a community where they’re accepted and welcomed. In places like PepsiCo, it’s important for associates and team members to see representation in our leaders — especially our frontline leaders. Folks need to see people who look and identify like them so they know they can get there, too.
Who do you look up to for inspiration?
Terri Fisher. I’ve been able to work with her over the past couple of years. In that time, she’s gone from being the chair of EQUAL to the president. It’s inspiring to see her take that responsibility to the next level. She wants to do everything that she can to foster a safe, inclusive environment for our employees. She does an awesome job of asking the right questions and pushing for us to ensure we’re doing everything we can to create a safe space for everyone.
If you could tell Terri one thing, what would it be?
Thank you. You’re the reason so many more people in our organization are going to have a safe space. You inspire others to want to get involved. You are the change that we need, and you continue to push us forward. I’m so lucky to be able to work with you, and I’m excited for what’s next.