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Walmart CEO offers Northwest Arkansas insights on leadership

Monday, September 26, 2011  
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The making of great leaders was the topic of discussion as nearly 250 NEW Northwest Arkansas heard from Mike Duke, president and CEO of Walmart Stores at the Women’s Day at the LPGA networking event, Sept. 6, 2011 at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark.

Duke was joined by Sue Dodsworth, chief of diversity and inclusion for Kimberly-Clark, who also shared he career insights at the afternoon event, which included networking, appetizers and entrance into the LPGA Pro-Am Pairings Party.

"Mike Duke zeroed in on the three qualities [shared by ] great leaders -- trust, inclusion and risk,” said NEW Northwest Arkansas Secretary Kimberley Haseman, senior customer business partner for Kimberly-Clark. "It starts with trust, but great leaders include varying viewpoints and perspectives,” Haseman related. "Also, leaders can’t be afraid to fail.”

Dodsworth told NEW members that industry leaders must be flexible with employees, either formally or informally. "I don’t care if you get your work done at midnight standing upside down, just over-deliver,” she said.



Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke and Kimberly-Clark Chief of Diversity and Inclusion Sue Dodsworth offered their insights on cpg/retail leadership.




Sarah Semrow of Kimberly-Clark, LPGA player Morgan Pressel
and Northwest Arkansas Chair Lori Brown of Sara Lee mingle
at the NEW event in Rogers, Ark.

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