Women in the Workforce Annual Conference
The Future of Work
Global Change. Adaptability. Productivity Revolution.
This one-day, interactive conference provides professionals with an opportunity to enhance relevant workplace skills. Hear from industry veterans on topics that align with this year’s theme.
April 22, 2020
Who Should Attend
All are welcome at the conference.
Attending the Women in the Workforce is an investment in your career. By attending professional development events, you demonstrate your commitment to the your profession by updating your skills, enhancing your knowledge, and broadening your horizons.
Join peers and engage with speakers in "learning by doing" activities inside The Walmart Museum, Bentonville, AR. Gain the knowledge and skills to improve job performance and workplace satisfaction, and enjoy networking with industry leaders. In today’s ever-changing global workforce, the University of Arkansas Global Campus understands the importance continuing your professional education – as do employers.
Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Consumables
Walmart U.S. Stores
Latriece Watkins is senior vice president and general merchandising manager for the Walmart U.S. Stores consumables division. She leads all merchandising strategies for the company’s baby, beauty, household chemicals, household paper, over the counter pharmacy, personal care and pet business. Latriece and her team are passionate about finding new ways to save customers money on items they use every day.
Latriece has served in a variety of key leadership roles within Sam’s Club, Walmart U.S. Merchandising, Human Resources and U.S. Store Operations. In her two decades with the retailer, she has led several important portfolio and strategic initiatives across the company, which enables her to bring a 360-degree approach to her leadership while keeping customers at the center.
Latriece began her career as an intern in Walmart’s real estate department during her second year of law school. Upon graduation, she joined Walmart full-time in the real estate group and remained in that organization for 10 years. She worked in a variety of different roles in that time, including director of realty transactions, director of asset management and director of excess land disposition and development.
In 2008, Latriece was given the opportunity to develop core merchandising skills and took on a role leading the company’s cross-functional Supplier Collaboration initiative at Sam’s Club. She helped evaluate, develop and implement joint business planning process and tools.
In 2010 Latriece joined Walmart U.S. Merchandising as the divisional market manager of adult beverage. Two years later, she was promoted to vice president of adult beverages, and in 2014, promoted to senior vice president of snacks and beverages. In this role, she led the cross-functional team to drive sales and innovation, manage profit and inventory and provide retailtainment opportunities for customers.
In 2015, Latriece was offered a unique opportunity to support the Enterprise Strategy by leading the Ways of Working work stream, a role designed to define how associates work together across the company to achieve shared business goals more efficiently and effectively. Shortly after this role, she progressed to senior vice president of store operations before moving to her current role.
Latriece holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. During her progression throughout Walmart, Latriece served two terms as chair of UNITY, Walmart’s affinity group for African American associates. Every month, Latriece sets aside time just for mentoring, guiding fellow associates through their career path, learning from their experience and giving feedback of her own gives her great joy.