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Thursday, October 10, 2019

from 11:30am - 1pm

Embassy Suites Pinnacle Ballroom

We at Sunshine School & Development Center are passionate about disability inclusion from the early years in the classroom throughout a person's career! Join us for a luncheon focusing on disability inclusion in the workforce. This event will feature a panel discussion with representatives from some companies that rank 80% or higher on Disability:IN's 2019 index of best places to work for disability inclusion. 

The Power of Inclusion panel will be moderated by Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S.


Lorenzo Claridy, Director, HR, US Inclusion & Diversity at GSK

Becky Kekula, Disability Equality Index Director at Disability:IN

Louis Martin, President, Global Walmart/Sam's Club at Coca-Cola

Ashley Taylor, COO at Acosta

Panel Moderator - Steve Bratspies                

Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S.

Steve Bratspies is the Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart U.S. Prior to his current position, Steve held a variety of merchandising roles, most recently overseeing Walmart’s food business, private brands and global food sourcing.  He has also led the General Merchandise business and the Dry Grocery business where received the Merchandise Excellence Business Unit Leader of the Year award in 2011.


Steve joined the company in 2005 as Vice President of Marketing and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2007.  In this role, he was responsible for all marketing activities for each merchandise category, the Walmart brand, seasonal events, multicultural programming and media. 


Prior to joining Walmart, Steve served as Chief Marketing Officer for Specialty Brands, worked in strategic planning and marketing for Frito-Lay.  He began his career in management consulting with Andersen Consulting and A.T. Kearney, Inc. 

Steve earned an BA in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He currently serves as the executive sponsor of the President’s Inclusion Council for Walmart and the executive sponsor of the Associate’s with Disabilities Resource Group.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.

2016 Power of Inclusion 


Presenting Sponsor

Panel  Sponsor

Luncheon Sponsor

Special Appeal Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Media Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors

Clear Choice Retail

Broadaway Printing

Table Sponsors

E&J Gallo

Dave & Amy Alderson

Mars Wrigley


Pepsi Co

The Retail Firm



Advantage Solutions

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Phone 479-636-3190

Fax 479-636-4587

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Rogers, Arkansas 72756

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