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Walmart diversity chief will keynote NEW Diversity Forum

Friday, December 9, 2011  
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Sharon Orlopp, global chief diversity officer and senior vice president, corporate people, for Walmart Stores Inc., will share her business insights as the closing keynote speaker at the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Forum, the industry’s leading diversity and inclusion event. The CPG Retail Diversity Forum, formerly the Multicultural Workforce Conference, will take place March 6-8, 2012, in Dallas.

As global CDO for the world’s largest retailer, Orlopp is responsible for advancing a diverse workforce with 2.1 million associates worldwide. She oversees and leverages global diversity and inclusion efforts, associate relations and human resources policy.

The HR professional with "a passion for diversity" joined Walmart in 2003 as vice president, people. The next year Orlopp was promoted to senior vice president, people for Sam’s Club.

Prior to joining Walmart, Orlopp was vice president of human resources for Gart Sports, where she was responsible for compensation, benefits, training, recruiting, public relations and investor relations. She also spent 17 years with Foot Locker, where she held various leadership positions in operations and human resources.

Program notes

The NEW Diversity Forum 2012 will open with Tom Greco, president of Frito-Lay North America, and Grant LaMontagne, senior vice president, chief customer officer, The Clorox Company, sharing their thoughts on diversity and the role it plays in their strategies.

On day two of the Forum, keynote speaker Anthony Carter, global chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson, will explain how the cpg giant has leveraged diversity and inclusion to transform its global business practices and build high performing teams to achieve breakthrough results.

Later, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president, public affairs and government relations for The Nielsen Company, will give a tour of today’s changing consumer landscape. In a special address, Linda Clement-Holmes, chief diversity officer and senior vice president, global business services for Procter & Gamble, will reveal how diverse work teams produce better results. Lynn Fantom, chairman and CEO of ID Media, will show how fast-growing social, mobile and interactive media can reach underserved multicultural consumers.

A special session, "The Opportunity Within: Building Cultural Competencies Inside Your Organization," will feature Maria Campbell, director of diversity, SC Johnson; Diane Cooke, vice president, human resources, Schwan's Consumer Brands; and Armando Martín, co-founder of XL Edge/XL Alliance.

The NEW Diversity Forum 2012 also will offer three Super Sessions addressing D&I strategies’ impact on talent, consumers and suppliers. The educational sessions will feature the real-life experiences and expertise of industry veterans, including Kenneth Charles, vice president, diversity and inclusion for General Mills; Linda Singh, marketing director for Coty Inc.;  Ernest Freeman, senior manager, supplier diversity for PepsiCo; Gleatha Glispie, director of supplier diversity for The Walgreen Co.; and Kathy Mazon, senior business development lead, Target Corp.

NEW members who register by Feb. 10, 2012, will receive $200 off the registration fee. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a NEW member discount at the Westin Park Dallas, which will host the CPG Retail Diversity Forum 2012.

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