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Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • September 28, 2021
    Heritage. We’re all born with it, passed down from generation to generation. But our individual cultures and traditions can vary based on that heritage. So, this Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) we caught up with three Sam’s Club associates—Ivelissa, Sheyla, and Ruben—to take a step back to reflect and educate on as…
  • June 22, 2021
    Typically, what defines us is not always what people see on the surface. And when you peel back the layers to Vicki Smith’s life, you’ll first find a doting mother.Vicki and her partner, Janet, have been together for almost 30 years. They have two children: Sam who is 16, adopted from Guatemala, and Mattie who is 15, adopted from…
  • June 3, 2021
    No matter where you are, communication is power. And for Skyla Marvin, what you do with that power can change perceptions and strengthen lives. "If you need help, ask for it," said Skyla Marvin, a member specialty manager at a Sam’s Club in Colorado. "There is a lot of power in talking to people and having open communication. It can…
  • May 25, 2021
    Today marks one year since the murder of George Floyd. The pain, anger and outrage it sparked throughout our country and around the world – from people of all races and colors – focused everyone’s attention in a way that hadn’t happened for a long time. It caused many of us to see more and learn more as it relates to racism, inequity and the systemic and long-standing realities that exist in our country.
  • May 13, 2021
    Maxine Hartley is a first-generation Laotian American born and raised in Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas and now works at the Sam’s Club home office in Arkansas. This is her home.We recently had the opportunity to talk with Maxine about her experiences with inclusion at Sam’s Club, how she’s had continuing…
  • May 6, 2021
    Words matter. And so do actions. That’s why these two Sam’s Club associates want to transform the future for their families and friends, while helping us all understand everyone has a story that’s more than meets the eye...
  • April 28, 2021
    Walmart and Sam’s Club are committed to supporting the long-term growth and success of diverse and minority-owned businesses. We’ve heard loud and clear from current and potential diverse suppliers that the biggest challenge to achieving growth is the ability to gain access to working capital. That’s why we’re proud to announce, in partnership with C2FO, an expanded early payment program that provides these suppliers with convenient and consistent access to reliable funding sources.
  • March 8, 2021
    The paths they paved in life may be unique to them, but their perseverance and humility are helping write the roadmap to success for generations of women to come. “Treat everyone like they are your mother, father, son or daughter because they are to someone,” said Kristie Wagner, Club Manager in Dublin, Ohio, she said adding we all…
  • February 11, 2021
    Thank you for being a friend. Those simple words from the theme song of one of her favorite shows sum up her motivation and drive to be better for her family and others.“My motivation every day is to take what I learned from the past, whether it was good or bad,” said Lindsey Williams, adding she never wants to stop improving on…
  • February 1, 2021
    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged to contribute $100 million over five years through a Center for Racial Equity to help address racial disparities in the U.S. in June 2020. Today, Walmart announced that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are distributing the first $14.3 million of that commitment in grants to 16 different nonprofit organizations.
  • January 31, 2021
    This Club Manager’s got both feet on the ground and she’s not backing down. She’s a 20-year Sam’s Club associate and mother of two who started as a cashier and has worked in nearly every position of the club. But now, she’s running one. It’s time for a little humble brag because Rochelle Spencer, club manager in Battle Creek, Michigan, is on fire.
  • January 28, 2021
    Every single action matters. And every voice can make a difference. As we continue to make progress, we encourage an ongoing and open dialogue – one between our associates, members, suppliers and communities around the world – so that we can reach the best of what we can be.That’s why, in celebration of Black History Month...
  • December 10, 2020
    On a shopping trip with her grandma, she vividly remembers walking up the stairs and seeing two water fountains, one for white people and one for Black people. “It was the first time I realized I wasn’t like my classmates,” recalled Tahirah Buford about her first memory of segregation dating back to her childhood in rural Helena,…
  • October 15, 2020
    As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, we caught up with some of our LatinX associates to learn more about their culture and traditions.
  • September 9, 2020
    I’m proud to share Walmart’s Culture, Diversity and Inclusion mid-year report. As a company, we’re on a journey to become a more inclusive and transparent organization. So, here are six things to know about our FY21 mid-year report..
  • June 23, 2020
    Pride Month is a time to reflect on the struggle the LGBTQ community has endured but also to celebrate progress (as recently as last week’s pivotal Supreme Court decision) that’s been made, and, for so many in the LGBTQ community, embrace the freedom to be themselves.Sara Dicks, Club Manager in Buford, GeorgiaSo, we caught up with Sara Dicks, a…
  • June 12, 2020
    This time last week, we gathered virtually for our annual Associates Week celebration. It wasn’t the same as being together in Bud Walton Arena, but it was great to recognize some tremendous associates and timely to set our expectations and share our plans related to racial equity. We’ve been encouraged by the strong response.
  • June 5, 2020
    In our 50-plus years as a company, it rings true more each year that the world’s challenges are our challenges. The global health crisis has tested all of us in recent months, and the racial violence in the U.S. – in…
  • May 29, 2020
    As I learned more about George Floyd’s life, his loved ones and his tragic death, I couldn’t help but think many of our Sam’s Club associates and members see themselves in his story. To them, George’s horrific fate feels like it could be their reality if just a few things break the wrong way as they go about their days. I wanted to add my voice to the conversation, as a leader but most of all as a human being.