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Walmart’s Tony Waller explains how business growth is defined by diversity

Walmart's Tony Waller explains how business growth is defined by diversity
Tony Waller (Photo by A. R. Shaw for Steed Media)

As the senior director of constituent relations for Walmart, Tony Waller is recognized as one of the best relationship builders in his industry. So, it comes as no surprise that he was an attendee at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, where he was seeking to make more women aware of the incredible products Walmart carries, specifically for them. He took a moment from the summit to discuss Walmart’s goals and explained how diversity will continue to dictate business growth.

Why was it important for Walmart to have a presence at the Woman of Power Summit?

Women are an incredible customer for us. Women are the ones who primarily do the retail specs, and so we have to make sure that they feel valued and that we welcome them. And that’s why we have to do this, in particular for Black women. So often we don’t find the spaces for Black women to feel as if they are welcome and invited to the table.

Why is the summit such an important conference for women of color?

It’s events like the Women of Power Summit that create that space for women to feel as if they have actual seats at the table. So, I love this conference, and I am humbled by the fact that they actually let me attend because it’s really for them.

The fact that they come here to learn, to be refreshed and revived and recharged and recommitted — there’s just nothing like it. And you can tell as they’re walking around how invigorated and how empowered they feel.

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