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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched a digital library featuring videos from its first-ever Global Women's Forum, as part of its ongoing efforts to advance female leaders at the mega-retailer, as well as women worldwide. The April 21 half-day forum was broadcast in 10 countries, while eight more nations held their own events focusing on educating Walmart associates on key issues affecting women in the workplace. Among the forum's speakers were PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi; Katty Kay, of BBC World News; and actress Geena Davis.
The digital library offers footage from the forum, including keynote speeches and panel discussions on three development topics: confidence, mentoring and work/life integration.
"Over half of our associates are women, and as the world's largest retailer, we know that providing development opportunities for our female associates and making this information available to women around the world can have a ripple effect on the global workforce," noted Michelle Gloeckler, EVP of consumables and health and wellness, U.S. manufacturing lead, and chair of the President's Global Council of Women Leaders. "It is our hope that this inaugural Global Women's Forum will serve as a catalyst in our work to develop the future female leaders of Walmart."
"By working together across multiple industries, we can empower women worldwide with the resources and mentorship they need to build meaningful careers," added Davis, a longtime advocate for women's issues.