President & CEO Walmart Inc.
Date: Tuesday, October 5
Time: 5 pm EDT
Ideas for Tomorrow
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Doug McMillon is president and CEO of Walmart Inc.
Under Doug’s leadership, Walmart is making life easier for busy families and building trust with customers. It is investing heavily in associate wages, benefits and education — including a debt-free college program and an expanded parental leave policy. And, it launched an ambitious program, Project Gigaton, to combat climate change and work with suppliers to avoid 1 billion metric tons of emissions worldwide.
Doug is a longtime champion of Walmart’s customers, its associates and the company’s culture. He was named president and CEO in 2014. He was president and CEO of Walmart International from to 2009 to 2014, and he served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club from 2005 to 2009. He has worked at Walmart for 30 years, starting as a teenager unloading trucks for an hourly wage. He went on to serve in senior leadership roles in all of Walmart’s business segments. He remains a merchant at heart.
Doug is the chairman of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies. He serves on the boards of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, the U.S.-China Business Council and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He also sits on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China.
Originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Doug graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa.
Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments
Ideas for Tomorrow: Mellody Hobson
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As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President.
Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. She has conducted extensive research on minority investing patternsand pens a column for Black Enterprise Magazine. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation; a director of JPMorgan Chase; and a director of Quibi, a short-form video content company. Shepreviously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies.
Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teenswithhigh-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee oftheInvestment Company Institute.
Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy.In 2019, she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service.She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.
Many thought leaders have participated in the Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series. Previous speakers are listed below along with links to their presentation videos where available.
Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments
Former Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
Valerie B. Jarrett
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
CEO and Founder, Epic
Academy Award-winning producer and Executive Chairman, Imagine Entertainment
David Feinberg, MD
Head of Google Health
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackstone
NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers,
Founder of the Kevin Love Fund
Journalist and Founder, Katie Couric Media
President and CEO, PayPal
Co-Founder & Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group
Larry J. Merlo
President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health
Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra
Steve Case & J.D. Vance
Steve Case: Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation
J.D. Vance: Managing Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Revolution, LLC; Author, Hillbilly Elegy – Revolution, LLC
CEO of Under Armour
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Best-selling author and "America's Historian-in-Chief"
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director of Weight Watchers International, Inc.
General Stan McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan; Author of Best-Sellers Team of Teams and My Share of the Task; Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group
Chairman, Kleiner Perkins
Chairman, President and CEO of IBM
Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil
Oncologist and Author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene: An Intimate History
Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft
Chief Operating Officer at Facebook
Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab
Frederick W. Smith
Founder and CEO of FedEx Corporation
National Basketball Association Commissioner
Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Play by Play Announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers
CNN Senior Political Analyst; Harvard Kennedy School Professor and Director
New York Times Bestselling Author; Physician and Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California
Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center
Author and Lecturer
Author and Former Moderator of Meet the Press
Admiral Michael Rogers
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Cenpal Security Service
Former President & CEO, Yahoo
Actress and Author
Jack and Suzy Welch
Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and Author
Lord Norman Foster
Founder of Foster + Partners, Architect
Author & Journalist, The New York Times
Chief Engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Former CEO of Google, Current Google's Executive Chairman; Google Advisor
CEO and Walps Annenberg Director
Co-Founder and CEO, Udacity
Dr. Donald Berwick
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Founding CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
Author and Middle East Expert
Creator, Co-Founder, and Executive Chairman of Twitter, Inc.; Co-Founder and CEO of Square, Inc.
Business Leader, Philanthropist
Russian Journalist and Author
John T. Chambers
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco
Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee
Mayor, City of Sacramento and CEO/Founder, StudentsFirst
Diane von Furstenberg
General Stanley A. McChrystal
Former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan; Former commander of the Premier Military Counter-Terrorism Force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
Dr. Ben S. Bernanke
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System
General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)
National Security Advisor
Dr. Atul Gawande
Practicing Surgeon, Accomplished Writer, Teacher and Speaker
Victor L.L. Chu
Chairman of the First Eastern Investment Group
Inventor and Physicist
Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corp.
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Dell
H. Lee Scott, Jr.
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart)
General Manager of IDEO
Michael E. Porter
Glen Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America and Mexico
Philanthropist, Chairman of Milken Institute
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
NBC News Special Correspondent
Glenn D. Lowry
Director of The Museum of Modern Art
Steven A. Burd
CEO of Safeway Inc.
Worldwide Media Leader, Philanthropist and Television Host
J. Craig Venter, PhD
Founder, Chairman and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute
Astronaut and Senator
World-Renowned Architect and Designer
Peter Lewis and Frank Gehry
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corp.
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court