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Wal-Mart executive to present Dickinson Lecture at William Jewell
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 17, 2009

M. Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President of the Global People Division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will deliver the Gary Dickinson Lecture in Business Enterprise at William Jewell College at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in Room 221 of the Yates-Gill College Union on the campus at 500 College Hill in Liberty, Mo. The public is invited to attend, and no tickets or reservations are required.

Chambers, a member of the William Jewell College class of 1990, received her degree in systems and data processing. She has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women.” With over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and retailing industries, Chambers currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Global People Division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In that role, she is responsible for managing, attracting and retaining the nation’s largest private workforce.

Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Chambers worked for 14 years with Hallmark Cards Inc. She was the director of applications development at Hallmark before beginning her career at Wal-Mart in 1999. Chambers trained for six months in the field as a store and club manager before accepting senior positions across multiple corporate functions at Wal-Mart, starting in the information systems division. She served as a Vice President for Applications and Development-Merchandising and then as a Senior Vice President, Risk and Benefits. She was then promoted to the role of Executive Vice President of Risk Management and Benefits Administration, with additional responsibilities in Global Security and Aviation. In 2006, Chambers was promoted to her current position as Executive Vice President of the Global People Division. She reports directly to Wal-Mart’s CEO Mike Duke.

Chambers oversees recruiting, training and retention initiatives for more than 2 million Wal-Mart associates worldwide. Additionally, her responsibilities include human resource technology, culture change, regulatory issues, and benefits.

The Gary Dickinson Lectureship in Business Enterprise at William Jewell was established with a grant from the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation of Kansas City, Mo. The lecture series is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and business leadership in the community. It is named for the late Gary Dickinson of Chillicothe, Mo., founder of the Dickinson Financial Corporation and a friend of the College. Bank Midwest, a subsidiary of the Dickinson Financial Corporation, is the co-sponsor for the lecture.

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