2018 Agenda (2019 Agenda Coming Soon)

(2018 Schedule)

8:00 – 9:00 am

Conference Check-in


9:00 – 9:15 am

Morning Welcome Message

Lisa BridgersLisa assumed the role of Regional Director of Human Resources for VML when VML and Rockfish merged in 2017. Prior to VML, Lisa was Chief People Officer at Rockfish. She has also served in talent acquisition and HR roles for Saatchi & Saatchi X, Robert Half International, and ran a successful consulting business in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. Lisa is a member of the executive advisory committee for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and a frequent speaker at human resources and talent acquisition conferences. She holds a BA in Communications from Arkansas Tech University and is an active volunteer in her community.


9:15 – 10:30 am

Morning Presenters


How to Be Creative and Innovative When Under Stress in the Workplace

Buster ArnwineBuster is Vice President of Sales at Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading Global FMCPG manufacturer.  Buster is originally from Tennessee, where he studied Supply Chain at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Buster brings a diverse background spanning across multiple functions, working with a variety of customers as well as brands from the FMCPG field.  In 2004, Buster started his career in supply chain where he gained experience in customer service, forecasting, and transportation. After serving in various successful roles in Supply Chain, at both Unilever and RB, Buster moved to the Sales and Marketing side of the business in 2010.  Previously, Buster has held the following positions, including Lysol Trade Manager, Sam’s Club Sales Director, and US Healthcare Trade Director. Currently, Buster is enjoying serving as the VP of Sales for the RB Walmart team in Northwest Arkansas.

Annie WalkerAnnie Walker currently serves as the Vice President of OTC Merchandising for Walmart US. Annie started her career with Walmart in 2002 as an Industrial Engineer. After spending two years with the Stores Engineering team, she supported the replenishment division in several capacities. Annie’s latest role in replenishment was serving as Senior Director of Replenishment for the General Merchandise division. In 2012, Annie transitioned from Replenishment to Vice President for Merchandise Execution responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support and drive the merchant strategy through to store execution.

Annie has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves on the board for the ISYE School. Annie lives in Bentonville with her husband Jacob, son Ethan, and daughter Ellen.

Today’s workplace is moving faster than ever with always increasing expectations. This session will help you develop tools to stay creative and innovative when it’s needed the most.


10:30 – 10:40 am

Break


10:40 – 11:55 am

Workshops


Workshop A

Scott Family Amazeum LogoWork is Play: How to Infuse the Workplace 
with Creativity and Innovation

Hosted by: The Scott Family Amazeum

It's time to move creativity from art class into the workplace! The Scott Family Amazeum fosters a culture of creativity, curiosity, and community founded on the principles of play and inquiry. The museum is more than the exhibits, it's a transformative approach to work that impacts its staff, stakeholders, guests, and the community. Come play with us and discover how you can incorporate creativity and innovation into your work!


Workshop B

Global Trends through the Eyes of a Retailer

Lisa WadlinLisa serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Walmart. She leads the design and execution of Walmart's global tax strategy and is also responsible for all aspects of tax policy, tax planning, transfer pricing, tax compliance and tax reporting and controls for both income and indirect taxes across the globe. Her areas of focus include global cash deployment, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, global sourcing and global ecommerce. Lisa joined Walmart in October 2011 in International Tax Planning. In this role, she led a significant restructuring project that provided a platform for global cash planning and future international expansion. She was promoted to Vice President, International Tax in February 2012 and to Senior Vice President, Global Tax in February 2014. She was then promoted in February 2015 to Chief Tax Officer.

Prior to Walmart, Lisa spent 13 years at Ernst & Young LLP in both the Chicago and McLean offices, serving multinational clients as an International Tax Services Partner. During her tenure at EY, she specialized in cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, reorganizations, tax effective supply chain management, intellectual property planning, cost sharing arrangements and structures, and foreign tax credit planning. Lisa started her career in tax at Arthur Andersen LLP based in Richmond, VA. She received both her undergraduate and advanced degrees from University of Virginia and is a Certified Public Accountant.

A discussion of anticipated global trends in people, natural resources and technology that affect us all as humans as well as applying some of these trends to changes in retail.


Workshop C

Wonder Women in the Construction Industry:
How to Make Inclusion Part of Our Day-to-Day Reality

Netta Moss – Coaching and mentoring women in a male dominated environment – Sr. Manager Rental Business and Business Development, Hilti

Diversity in the workplace brings innovation when supported by an inclusive environment. What does that look like? How are companies embedding inclusion within their processes? Don't underestimate the power of coaching and mentoring to drive your career. Navigating an organization and having a fulfilling personal life is not a task for the faint of heart. How do we make ourselves heard and respected in a male dominated organization? Hilti has a caring and performance oriented culture which supports development of all our team members. Join our conversation to hear practical advice on how to be in charge of your development and experience how asking the right questions will get you places!!


11:55 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch Speaker


Yesterday was the last day you’ll say you’re “not creative”

Meghan DryzgaMeghan Dryzga is a creative director at VML, with over 15 years of experience in the advertising industry writing everything from TV spots to brand copy for websites and apps. She is the recipient of three NWA Addy Awards, an International Communicator Award, a Webby and a Detroit Renaissance Award and is a published author of three children’s books. She relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Detroit in 2009 with her husband, and spends much of her free time encouraging and nurturing creativity in her three children.


Professional creativity is NOT defined by our Pinterest proficiency. While you enjoy lunch, I’ll share a fresh perspective on:

    1. what creativity really is 
    2. how we should be talking about our creative strengths and presenting them as assets we bring to our professional roles
    3. a tool for driving ideation/creative thinking that promotes full-team participation (even from the most-timid contributors), and
    4. an easy, go-to approach for more creative presentations, no matter what your topic.

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Invited Presenter


Diversity and Inclusion is a Business Case for Innovation

Christy Notareschi is the Division Sales Manager for the East Great Lakes region (OH, KY, MI, WV) at Hilti and 2017 top performing Division Manager for North America. Christy started her career with Hilti in 1998 in Tulsa, Ok in the operations center in customer service after graduating college. In addition to her current role, Christy has had the opportunity to work in diverse roles in Hilti including Customer Service Manager, Outside Sales Account Manager, Loyalty Program Manager, and Marketing Trade Manager.

Christy is the Executive Management Team sponsor for OWN It!, our Employee Led Group established to bring awareness to inclusion needs of Hilti team members. As a leader within the organization, Christy also launched the “Red Boots in Action” group consisting of all female team members in her Market Organization. In this ELG, meetings and projects revolve around three core areas (communication, networking/development, community outreach) in order to discuss challenges, spark entrepreneurial thought, and share best practices.

Christy has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in marketing/management. She lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, 2 daughters and 4 dogs.

Have you ever thought that to bring innovation to an organization we have to hire differently, manage differently, and promote differently? Diversity of thought is key to building outperforming teams. Being a leading manager in a direct sales organization in the construction industry has shown me the beauty and power of diversity.


2:15 – 2:25 pm

Break


2:25 – 3:40 pm

Workshops


Workshop A

Scott Family Amazeum LogoWork is Play: How to Infuse the Workplace with Creativity and Innovation
Hosted by: The Scott Family Amazeum

It's time to move creativity from art class into the workplace! The Scott Family Amazeum fosters a culture of creativity, curiosity, and community founded on the principles of play and inquiry. The museum is more than the exhibits, it's a transformative approach to work that impacts its staff, stakeholders, guests, and the community. Come play with us and discover how you can incorporate creativity and innovation into your work!


Workshop B

Global Trends through the Eyes of a Retailer

Lisa WadlinLisa serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Walmart. She leads the design and execution of Walmart's global tax strategy and is also responsible for all aspects of tax policy, tax planning, transfer pricing, tax compliance and tax reporting and controls for both income and indirect taxes across the globe. Her areas of focus include global cash deployment, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, global sourcing and global ecommerce. Lisa joined Walmart in October 2011 in International Tax Planning. In this role, she led a significant restructuring project that provided a platform for global cash planning and future international expansion. She was promoted to Vice President, International Tax in February 2012 and to Senior Vice President, Global Tax in February 2014. She was then promoted in February 2015 to Chief Tax Officer.

Prior to Walmart, Lisa spent 13 years at Ernst & Young LLP in both the Chicago and McLean offices, serving multinational clients as an International Tax Services Partner. During her tenure at EY, she specialized in cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, reorganizations, tax effective supply chain management, intellectual property planning, cost sharing arrangements and structures, and foreign tax credit planning. Lisa started her career in tax at Arthur Andersen LLP based in Richmond, VA. She received both her undergraduate and advanced degrees from University of Virginia and is a Certified Public Accountant.

A discussion of anticipated global trends in people, natural resources and technology that affect us all as humans as well as applying some of these trends to changes in retail.


Workshop C

Want to hear stories of real women who are WONDER WOMEN in the construction industry? How do we make inclusion part of our day-to-day reality?

Netta Moss – Coaching and mentoring women in a male dominated environment – Sr. Manager Rental Business and Business Development, Hilti

Diversity in the workplace brings innovation when supported by an inclusive environment. What does that look like? How are companies embedding inclusion within their processes? Don't underestimate the power of coaching and mentoring to drive your career. Navigating an organization and having a fulfilling personal life is not a task for the faint of heart. How do we make ourselves heard and respected in a male dominated organization? Hilti has a caring and performance oriented culture which supports development of all our team members. Join our conversation to hear practical advice on how to be in charge of your development and experience how asking the right questions will get you places!!


3:40 – 3:45 pm

Break


3:45 – 4:15 pm

Keynote Speaker


A Shared Value Approach to Life and Business

Laura PhillipsLaura Phillips is the Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability at Walmart. In this role, Laura works with associates, suppliers, nonprofits, government officials and academics to develop and implement Walmart’s global sustainability strategy - aligned with the mission to Save people money, so they can live better. Laura’s work is focused on reducing costs in energy and waste, while providing access to products sourced sustainably.

Prior to this role, Laura led Walmart’s Enterprise Strategy team on Omni-Channel Assortments and served for 20 years in various leadership roles in U.S. Merchandising including dry grocery, wireless, video games, toys and as the General Merchandise Manager of Entertainment. Laura joined Walmart in 1994, as a store intern in Florida.

Some of her key accomplishments include: Founding member of the Walmart Sustainability Network, 2007 Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur award recipient, member and former chair of the President’s Global Council for Women’s Leaders, Board Advisory member of the Bentonville Film Festival and serves on the board for the Walton MBA Alumni Council.

Laura earned her BA of Science in Finance from the University of Florida in Gainesville, an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is a Graduate of the Global 2020 program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. She resides in Rogers, AR with her husband, John and their two children, Jack and Kate.

 

Session Description: Whether you're focused on building your career, building your business or strengthening a community, changes you make in one of these areas will have an impact the others. What if your approach could benefit all three? Can businesses run in a way that "shares value" with communities, with the planet and still make money? Hear Laura Phillips, SVP Walmart Global Sustainability, talk about her career with Walmart, her work in sustainability and about how we can all take a "shared value" approach to life and business.


4:15 – 4:30 pm

Wrap-up Message

Lisa BridgersLisa assumed the role of Regional Director of Human Resources for VML when VML and Rockfish merged in 2017. Prior to VML, Lisa was Chief People Officer at Rockfish. She has also served in talent acquisition and HR roles for Saatchi & Saatchi X, Robert Half International, and ran a successful consulting business in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. Lisa is a member of the executive advisory committee for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative and a frequent speaker at human resources and talent acquisition conferences. She holds a BA in Communications from Arkansas Tech University and is an active volunteer in her community.