Gayatri Agnew comes to Walmart having worked in the public sector both in government and non-profits and found her way to business because her desire to work on impact at scale. She is committed to shared value and believes businesses can be a force for good in society. Raised by a single mom in California she knows firsthand that access to education and good jobs change lives – and she is proud of the way Walmart unlocks opportunity for so many of our associates. Gayatri serves on the leadership team for Walmart’s Global Office of Belonging where she leads the Accessibility Center of Excellence (ACE). ACE is focused on creating a culture of disability inclusion at Walmart and beyond and supporting access for customers and associates with disabilities to Walmart products, services, and experiences. Prior to this she served on the leadership team in the Global Responsibility division where she led strategy and philanthropy for Walmart’s efforts on economic mobility, specifically a shared value approach to human capital, partnerships and philanthropy focused on key issues such as employer practices change, improving work-based learning and strengthening inclusion in communities. Gayatri’s personal mission is for more people to find purpose through the way they earn a living. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and an Aspen Ascend Fellow working on changing corporate culture for working moms. She is active in the local community serving on the Bentonville City Council as well as on the national board for Chamber of Mothers and the Dean's Advisory Board for the Clinton School of Public Service. When not engaged at work or in civic life she can be found hiking, singing karaoke, enjoying the local farmers market and crafting at home – She lives in Bentonville with their two young children.
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