Executive Vice President, Walmart Supply Chain
Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas
CEO: Doug McMillon
His Credentials: Bachelor’s degree, finance, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
His Philosophy: As a white male, I know many people wouldn’t look to me to champion diversity and inclusion in business. But as a people leader, I know the importance of creating an environment where everyone feels engaged and empowered to be themselves at work—because of their unique perspectives and backgrounds, not despite them. When the workplace is diverse and everyone feels included, we have stronger teams and the business benefits. I’m proud of the strides our team has made in the last few years, but I know the work will never be done. There is always more to learn and room to grow, and that’s the mindset I try to foster.
In 2019, Greg Smith and his team achieved a number of D&I successes, including the following:
- Formed a D&I Leadership Council to direct and champion diversity and inclusion in the Supply Chain organization
- Developed a comprehensive D&I strategy and roadmap with four pillars: Hiring + Promotion, Recruiting, Education, Environment
- Launched Lean In Circle as a mentoring platform across the organization
- Conducted D&I training programs throughout the year
- Rolled out diverse slates for director and above positions, as well as diverse interview panels
- Regularly reviewed and tracked diversity metrics
- Led a day-and-half MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) Leader Workshop to support and encourage his direct reports and Walmart executives to become an inclusive leaders
In 2020, Smith’s goal is to create a workplace in which diverse perspectives, experiences, lifestyles, and backgrounds are welcomed and leveraged to drive business success.