The stories and insights shared at our 15th Anniversary Celebration by Steve Reinemund, Doug McMillon, John Pepper, and Don Soderquist exceeded our expectations. We are grateful for the relationship we have with you and look forward to the opportunities to serve you over the next 15 years! Please enjoy this recap video of the event.
Executive in Residence, CAPT Steve Trainor, hosted the celebration in the format of a late-night show. It was a memorable night for the 500 in attendance, who were entertained and inspired by the humorous and insightful exchanges on stage at the Simmons Great Hall.
Photos taken at our 15th Anniversary celebration.
In 1997, Dr. Lee Balzer, then President of John Brown University, called a meeting with Soderquist to discuss the vision for a business ethics center on the university's main campus. Both understood the need for leadership development and promoting ethics education in the marketplace. The following year, The Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics was founded to develop values-based leaders around the world. Since our founding, The Soderquist Center has impacted thousands of leaders who are making a difference in the marketplace today.
In the 1990s, Don Soderquist led Walmart through a period of unprecedented growth. Under his leadership as COO, Walmart grew from being the largest retailer in the world with sales of $44 billion, to becoming the largest company in the world with sales over $200 billion. Walmart’s success is grounded in the highly ethical, performance-focused, servant leadership philosophies that founder Sam Walton and Don instilled in the hearts of every associate. He has received numerous awards, including the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to Mr. Soderquist. Today Don’s passion is to teach the values-based principles he has learned during his career to organizations around the world. One of the ways he achieves this vision is through The Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics.
Doug McMillon is the president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). As CEO, Doug leads a strong management team that is working to combine Walmart’s stores, logistics network, online and mobile efforts to allow customers to shop anytime, anywhere. The company is furthering Walmart’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better” and moving it forward into the future. From February 2009 to February 2014, Doug served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations, with more than 6,400 stores and nearly 800,000 associates in 26 countries outside the United States. Read more...
Steve Reinemund is best known for his time as Chairman and CEO of the conglomerate PepsiCo between 2001 and 2006, an organization he worked for a total of 22 years. During his tenure as CEO, revenues grew by $9 billion, net income rose 70%, and earnings per share were up 80%. He led acquisitions of several other food and beverage companies including Quaker Oats, Naked Juice, Izze, and Stacy’s Chips. During his career, Steve has received accolades ranging from Business Week’s list of “World’s Most Respected CEOs” to the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Steve is currently serving as Dean of the Schools of Business at Wake Forest University.
John Pepper joined Procter & Gamble in 1963 and retired from his final post as Chief Executive Officer in 2003. During his time as CEO, P&G's stock market value grew from $49 Billion to over $100 Billion. After retiring from P&G, Pepper joined Yale University as Vice President of Finance and Administration and served two years before being named Chief Executive Officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He served the Center in that capacity until 2007 and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company where he was Chairman until early 2012. Mr. Pepper has also served on the boards of several other companies such as Motorola, Xerox Corporation and Boston Scientific Corporation.