Walmart COO Gisel Ruiz to headline Executive Leaders Forum
Monday, April 2, 2012
Ruiz, executive vice president and COO of Walmart U.S. and one of the highest
ranking women in the consumer products and retail industry, will share her
personal insights at the sixth annual Network of Executive Leaders Forum July
31-Aug. 2 at the Terranea Resort near Los Angeles. More than 200 senior-level
leaders from the cpg/retail industry are expected to attend the three-day,
The theme of the three-day
Forum is "Creating and Living your Legacy.” Senior executives from across the
industry will learn how to "break through daily demands to make a lasting
mark on their organizations, create a life plan to accomplish cherished goals
and help develop women leaders to build a living legacy."
"Opportunities to make a lasting impact are all around, and women leaders are uniquely positioned to impact their colleagues and organizations by promoting sustainability, creating a culture of opportunity and opening the door for the next generation," according to the Network. "While there are still not enough female role models in American business, history is rich with bold women leaders, from Sacagawea to Susan B. Anthony, from Harriet Tubman to Melinda Gates. These women created lasting legacies and so can you."
LIF Group CEO Blythe McGarvie,
the former CFO of BIC and author of Shaking the Globe: Courageous
Decision-Makers in a Changing World, will be the Forum’s opening
keynote speaker. She will share her experiences as a leader in the Fortune 500
and discuss how women can "stop playing it safe and lead change around the
world." Ruiz will explore what it means to be a pioneer and role model for
other women and outline what the world’s largest retailer is doing to advance
The program will include a
special address by Janice Madden, a professor of regional science, sociology
and real estate at the University of Pennsylvania and author of five books.
Madden will examine the cultural, social and economic changes needed to advance
women and what senior cpg/retail leaders can do to create change.
A panel of industry experts
will continue the conversation by offering their experiences as advocates for
women in the industry. Lynn Marmer, chief compliance officer for The Kroger
Co.; Nancy Croitoru, president and CEO of Food & Consumer Products of
Canada; David Williams, CEO of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP; and
Kelly Semrau, senior vice president, global corporate affairs, communication
and sustainability for SC Johnson, will share the strategies they’ve employed
for retaining and promoting female leaders.
Featured speaker Laree Renda, Safeway Inc.’s executive vice
president and president of the Safeway Health Company, will speak on the
Forum's closing day, August 2. The food industry executive will share her
career journey and offer advice for staying on task and how to blaze a trail
sustainability and diversity
The NEW Executive Leaders Forum
will feature three 90-minute workshops on influence, sustainability and
diversity. During "Influence: Expand Your Influence, Create Your Legacy,”
industry veterans Angela Joyner, vice president of ConAgra Foods; Donna
Giordano, president of the Kroger Co.’s Ralphs division; and Roz Hudnell, CDO
and global director of education and external relations for Intel Corp., will
lead exercises designed to help leaders align their strengths with their
"Sustainability: Building a
Lasting Legacy at Your Organization” will feature Kellie McElhaney, an adjunct
professor at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; Christy Consler, vice president
of sustainability for Safeway Inc.; and Bruce Karas, vice president,
environment and sustainability for Coca-Cola Refreshments. The panel of
sustainability experts will look at what it takes to be a responsible steward
for your company and community.
"Diversity: Becoming a Powerful
Champion for Other Women," will feature Robin Ely, senior associate dean for culture and community for Harvard Business School; Jenna Dudevoir, director of
marketing for Kalypso; Sandra Finley, president of the League of Black Women;
and Lisbeth McNabb, CEO and founder of w2wlink. The panel will address ways
women can support other women in the workplace.
Networking opportunities will include peer learning, two dinners
and receptions, a Forum luncheon and breakfasts and breaks. For the second
consecutive year, the Forum will be held at the 102-acre Terranea Resort on the
Palo Verdes peninsula, 16 miles south of Los Angeles International
Attendance at the Forum is limited and capped by company. For
information on how you can attend, contact your Network Ambassador.