2015 Global Women’s Forum – Part 1 Highlights from Walmart’s inaugural Global Women’s Forum

2015 Global Women’s Forum – Part 1 Highlights from Walmart’s inaugural Global Women’s Forum


Hello Walmart! When you plan an event, you plan an event! It is my honor, I’m Michelle Gloeckler and it is my honor to welcome you to our inaugural Global Women’s Forum. I’m excited about this event for many many reasons. First of all we are so fortunate to be part of a
company that makes women’s empowerment a
priority. And look around the room you would actually never know that this is a women’s empowerment event
because it is just simply a nother great event
at Walmart with men and women in attendance. It is
proof it’s taken global effort to get us here
today and to make this a reality and I have to tell you to see it all
come together is really a thrill. I want to give
special thanks to Karen Ann Terrrel, Jane Ewing who’s
over here with a group of men tees chain and mentees let me hear from you. [Applause] And to Mary Beth Cornwell for your vision as well as your press to truly make this global and to the President’s Council of
global women’s leaders your vision has been amazing and whether
a current member our alumni you are trusted advisers our leadership and just as important your catalysts for
change champions for women & Associates across
the globe you’re great at making things happen and you’re making great things happen. So
this event is called the Global Women’s Forum for good reason. We’re here to discuss issues today that affect women and men all over the world. The changes in action plans
that we implement today, for ourselves for our families and for our communities
will have lasting global impact. We have Walmart family all over the world joining us today and if you take a look at the screen you
can see. Obviously there’s a huge group
you’re in the home office auditorium with it overflow group in the cafeteria
we have associates at Sam’s Club and we have all over the world locations that we’ll show you. We have Argentina. When I say your name if you’re
on the screen if you can waive that would be great because we have you up
here on the screen, but we have Argentina. We have Canada. We have the UK, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico and I know Karen and
Mary Beth are in Reston, Virginia. Lot of people
wave there. That’s good cause that means the Shows and Events Team is rock stars
and all the audio working. Thank you! We’ll be joined a bit later by our West
Coast team and altogether around the world we’ll be
participating learning, contributing together, as one
group and one company. So what I’d like to do is all around the
world if you’re watching I what you do to do the cheer that you do in your
location. And for everybody here and the
Bentonville area and in the US including our stores
I wanted to get on your feet I want to start this meeting the way we do with a Walmart cheer. Give me a “W”! -“W!” Give me a “A”! -“A!” Give me a “L”! -“L!” Give me a “Squiggly”! -“Squiggly” Give me an “M”! -“M!” “A – “A” “R – “R” “T – “T” What’s that spell? Walmart. Who’s Walmart is it? My Walmart. Who’s number one? The customer always. Wow, that’s the way to get it started and in the cafeteria I could hear you as well so thank you. So
I mentioned a lot of the countries and you saw them on the screen of folks
that are joining us today. We actually have even more countries in
joining the program and in true Walmart fashion, this is an around-the-clock event. Many
countries have already held their events earlier today
just because we are around the world and today was yesterday over there but
for them it was today and I wanna give some special
acknowledgement you can actually see some pictures on the screen here, acknowledgement
to our friends in Vietnam, India Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia, Shanghai and in Shenzhen
China as well. Two folks that were amazing, Gary Searson Nancy Kilty. We talked about this a few
months ago and they just ran with it. This morning
when I woke up, just to talk about how global this is, I
received emails from two gentlemen that I’d worked
with on the whole sourcing team, one in Bangladesh in one in India, just
saying what a fantastic event it was. One of my mentees in China sent me a
note and and I just wanna share with you what
Angel said. She’s starts out with this was a great
event men and women participated. The audience looked
that much like it does today but through the course of what the team there had planned for them she
had the opportunity to take away some key learnings. And these are from Angel Tang in China.
Her key learnings: Think big, believe in yourself, aim to make a difference, prioritize and have
a clear goal. Their content was the
same contents that ours was today. And again because I
said those are universal things so we wanted reiterate those three
topics. And they are confidence, mentoring and work life integration. Now we have an amazing
group of speakers and experts to talk about all those and you’ll hear
from Katty Kay, the author of Confidence Code and you’ll
also hear from Fawn Germer as well as many of our own Walmart
associates. We have Aida Alvarez who is here with us and
will also be sharing. And in this is truly going to take place
not only here in the Bentonville auditorium, but in the Sam’s Club
auditorium, in Reston, Virginia, and then we’ll have Gina Davis later
this morning from our San Bruno office. So we’re really gonna bounce around a
lot and that’ll give us a great global feel. Karen Ann pushed
us and pushed us hard to leverage technology and make this a more global feel meeting verses a Bentonville-centric one. So I’d like to
know what’s on your mind and to start that dialogue around the
world, let’s hear from Mexico. I think we
have Enrique and we have both Karina and
Mary Velencia there who are on the president’s council. Let’s see if we can go to Mexico and what would you like to hear
from today’s global women’s forum? Good morning everybody in Bentonville
and good morning here in Mexico City. I’m very pleased to be
here with Maria and Karina, two outstanding leaders of our
business. And also pleased with invitation to
participate in this forum today We understand very well here in Mexico and Central America that this is the right thing to do and
this is good for our business. That’s why so important. Our
efforts and we’re proud of our efforts are focused not only enhancing women’s
leadership but also enhancing women’s business. And we’re very committed
with that effort because we truly believe that as I said is, this is the right thing and it is good for our business. But also even more important than the ‘why’ is the
‘how’. Because here we need to not only
have the clarity where we want to go but also how we get there. So I would like to ask Marina and Karina to share with us what are their expectation in this forum today,
because I’m sure we’re going to talk a lot about the ‘why’ but also we’re going
to be talking to a lot about the ‘how’. Thank you. Maria. Thank you very
much and thanks for being here, Mexican the rest
of the world. Our expectation is of course is to
be inspired, to be inspired by all the great leaders
that will be with us today, men and women. And the other
thing is to learn about the global practices. We are completely sure that we
will hear about some key factors that are
helping women in other places in the world to be successful.
That’s what we want to learn and the last but
not least is that we want to continue helping and empowering women and
developing women or female talent so thank you very
much. Karina. Good morning everyone. We are pretty sure that these event is very important for us to
understand what is happening in the rest of the world. Understand that we are not
alone with our effort to improve more women in leadership positions. And not forget that we are talking to
about man. This is not only a topic of gender it’s
a topic of business so for us it’s very important that all of
our associates in Central America and Mexico can understand that this is something
that we are making possible all together. So we really hope you can enjoy this fourm
all this morning. We can learn a lot because we will be sharing a lot of
experiences and of course understand better how can
we improve the way like we can really really bring forth what we really think about that women and men can make a better company today for Walmart.
Thank you Marie. Thank you Karina. Back to you in Bentonville.
Thank you. Thank you So special thanks to Enrique Marie &
Karina and we appreciate you doing that in
English but I do want everybody to know that this is
being translated in Mexico and we felt that that was
really going to just enable more folks to participate
but we do appreciate you doing your intros and talking about what you expected to
get out on the forum in English for us. And I promise you
throughout the course of the speakers in the events today you will be inspired. So let’s take a trip to Renee Barrens from our Northern Plains division in the US and hear what they’re thinking about. Renee? Good morning. We’re very excited to be here at the northern plains and be a part of
this. I you know I’m just looking again I to partner with I what I’ve already
heard. Its just ways to help mentor my team, grow and inspire on myself as a leader and
I really think the way to do that is to inspire my team and just looking
for ways to do that as leader. That’s great. Thank you and I want you to
know that in stores all over the world there
are sessions like that going on whether to mentoring circle or just a brief meeting to come and hear one of the keynote speakers. At Walmart we have such amazing reach in the numbers for today I think
we’re gonna break some records Greg Warren what do you think? I think so. Alright up in Canada we have
Shelly Kiroff who is also on our president’s council
global women leaders. She is one of our newest
members. Shelly, what do you have for us? Greetings to everyone from Canada.
Everybody big shout out. So Michelle and everyone around the world I have
Sandra Farwell with me. And she has led the Home Office women in retail. I’m gonna have Sandra say a few words and then we’re
gonna close it with what we expect to get out of today. So we have four hundred Canadians here
today. An equal representation of men and women so we’re really excited to learn and
grow from this forum today. Thanks Sandra. So Michelle one headline
from Canada and I think you touched on it. and it’s building connectedness and
learning via technology I think with our scale it’s an
incredible opportunity for us and from a Canadian perspective we are
going to take this model and adopt it and how do we reach our
95,000 associates across Canada with learning and
development and continue to invest in our women in retail program. So big shout out to you and your
leadership for making this happen and we look forward to a great day. Thanks very much. That’s great. Shelly,
thank you very much said thanks to the associates there in Canada that is terrific. Shelly brings up a great
point about taking this material in making it live
even longer today and having a much broader impact. All the sessions today will be recorded
in little chapters and they’ll be able to take just
segments out to use at different events throughout the rest to the year and
those will also be translated so that we can use them around the world.
I wanna go to ASDA. It’s the afternoon I think at ASDA and Helen
Milford also a member of the president’s council is there. Hi Helen, what do you have for us? Hi
Michelle. And hi everybody there. Let’s say a big hello from the UK [Cheering] So we’re really excited about today. The event here is absolutely focussed on really understanding the barriers
that women have and really focusing on action today. And that’s
really the most important part. We 300 of our senior leaders in ASDA in the room today across our home office retail and ALS. It’s fantastic because these are the people who can really make
it happen and that’s important. We will share key stories my
colleagues across ASDA and really face into a
some of the actions that we need to take to really make sure that we can make
everybody the best they can be and give everybody the opportunity. I’m
going to just pass you over to Andy now, our CEO, who’s going to also say a few words about the importance of this event. Thanks Hellen. And morining Michelle. Morning everybody. I get my reflections for this event is we found many programs
over the years and if we take today as an opportunity to
open our ears and open our minds then we’ll make a
difference through the course of the time we spend
together today. We’ve got some fantastic leaders in our business, men and women who make a real difference
and we have many starts in terms of improving this
agenda, but I think we gotta start believing this is a line in the sand. We’re going to take a real leap forward from here. And the reason why we’re adopting a slightly different approach here and for this particular program is this, we want to really
engage everybody here make sure he’s got some clear objectives what they’re gonna do
to make a difference and for the UK team. Thanks and back to you Michelle. Thank you. They have a big powerful
group there at ASDA. We’re glad that so many of you are there.
We’re glad that you have such high ambitions for the day. Both Andy and Helen thank you for
coordinating that. I also wanna make a special mention that for the second year
in a row ASDA will be listed in the Times top 50 best places for women to work in the UK. That’s such a great honor and we’re very proud of you. [Applause] So I gotta tell you. I looked at the
agenda, the show flow, some other comments that we wanted to make, how we were going
to bounce around from country to country, how we’re gonna put the different
countries on their and as I was reviewing it with Philip I was like yes
that sounds great it’ll be very powerful, I’m a little overwhelmed. This is a big deal to have everybody engaged in Walmart. We wanted to bring Walmart scale technology and growth and development for
our associates all into one effort and I am just overwhelmed by the ability here for us to do that like no other company in the world. So I challenge you today to
contribute your thoughts and questions to learn and grow to hear from the
speakers to listen to the panelists and then
we’re gonna give you opportunities just to share with folks that you’re
sitting around. So today is an investment in your development but also in the
development of anyone who’s sitting around you or
might be around the world. And you’ll be able to
lift this experience this day and carry it forward through technology. So we’ve created a hash tag for sharing.
I already saw some of the early on one’s there of folks taking pictures, insuring about
what’s going on at Walmart today. And this is one other thing that makes me
proud about being at Walmart. so the hashtag is women empowerment and
we’re looking forward to what’s on your mind. We’ll continue to flash them through the screen as the day goes on. So we’re glad that you’re here.
Whether you’re in the auditorium, over at Sam’s Club, in the
cafeteria or watching in another country via the
broadcast or even watching this at a future date this summer.

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