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Walmart execs to share insights at NWA LPGA event

Tuesday, April 29, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Three women leaders will offer their insights on cultivating executive presence at the fourth annual NEW Northwest Arkansas Women’s Day at the LPGA, June 26, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. The breakfast and panel discussion is part of the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship presented by P&G and is open to all members of the retail and consumer goods industry.

The NEW Northwest Arkansas breakfast, sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, will feature networking and a panel discussion with Walmart U.S. COO and Executive Vice President Gisel Ruiz; Kristin Oliver, executive vice president, people for Walmart U.S; and economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett. The panel will provide practical advice on how to embody the executive presence needed to succeed in business today.

Ruiz is responsible for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U.S. operations, which include more than 4,100 stores. During her tenure as executive vice president of people for Walmart, she helped transform the company’s approach to talent management. Ruiz received the 2008 Walmart Leadership Award and the 2013 "Woman of the Year” Distinguished Service Award from the USO of Metropolitan New York.

Oliver is executive vice president of people for Walmart U.S., supporting 1.4 million associates across the United States. Before joining Walmart in 2004, she was a partner at the law firm of Gable & Gotwals in Tulsa, Okla. In 2011, Oliver was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s "Top 100 Under 50” list.

Hewlett, an economist and Columbia University professor, is a leading expert in talent management, workplace transformation and diversity and inclusion. She has helped companies and individuals with her research and bestselling books, including Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career.

The event is open to members and non-members of the Network. Registration is $45 per person and seating is limited.


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