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Gia Pignanelli Dowling selected as Fall 2022 Awardee

The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) announces that after an expansive search and in-depth interview process, Gia Pignanelli Dowling, Corporate Vice President of People and Culture at Nicholas and Company, was selected as a Fall 2022 EWA Awardee.

Gia Pignanelli Dowling serves as Corporate Vice President of People and Culture at Nicholas and Company. She is an inclusive, culture-focused leader who understands the benefits of a galvanized and diverse workforce and works diligently to coach and inspire purpose-driven professionals. She is a dedicated business partner in providing transparency, goal alignment, and cultivating high-performing organizations.

Gia is a strategic HR executive with over 25+ years of experience in Human Resource leadership across multiple business cycles, industries, and organizations. Her expertise ranges from strategy development, leadership and management coaching, organizational design and cultural development, workforce planning, to M&A due diligence and integration, HR technology implementation and administration, and people focused development and recruiting.

“As a seasoned, passionate HR executive, Gia’s leadership and culture-building focus will bring influential insight to our talented network of exceptional women,” said Larraine Segil, Chair and CEO of EWA. “We welcome Gia to EWA and look forward to her contributions!”

Gia Pignanelli Dowling, Corporate Vice President of People and Culture at Nicholas and Company

“It has been a pleasure to work with Gia for the last seven years. I have tremendous respect for her talent, intellect and commitment to the EWA values. I am excited for Gia to have the EWA experience and equally as excited to see the great benefit to our organization,” said George Adondakis, COO, Nicholas and Company.

Gia has experience serving in leadership roles with many organizations including UCLA, Universal Studios, DreamWorks, and Sundance. She is a graduate of Westminster College with a degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Graduate of the UCLA Professional Development Program. She has served on the Santa Monica – Malibu Education Foundation board, the Park City Education Foundation, and EATS of Park City.


The Exceptional Women Alliance (EWA) is an invitation only peer mentorship organization where high-potential, high-level Exceptional Women from across multiple industries are hand-selected and invested in, to grow, learn, share, and succeed. In addition to the achievement of significant success, the criteria for acceptance include character traits that are defining of the EWA Culture – Kindness, the Spirit of Generosity, Transparency, Gratitude and Willingness to Share their Networks. The Foundation is a powerhouse of peer-to-peer mentoring that provides guidance, deep connection, and leadership, propelling each woman to sustainable success - one woman at a time. The year-long program enables each member to be connected as alumnae for life in the ever-expanding EWA global network, as their fellow women leaders continue to move into positions of significance. Learn more at


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