SHE-E-O FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Roz Brewer

How have female CEO’s risen to the top? What was their journey? Let’s explore…

I’m empowered. I have the skills. I’m ready to take on the world. Now, if I could just figure out tangible steps to get there. This series has two purposes: to celebrate women’s accomplishments in business, and to research their path to success.

Notable things you should know about Roz Brewer:
1) COO of Starbucks and previous CEO of Sam's Club
2) 1st woman and first African American to run a Walmart division
3) She is talk and action: Brewer took a stand on diversity and ensured she worked with suppliers that had diverse work forces.
4) Brewer drove Sam's club success by improving curbside pickup, e-commerce systems, and opened more stores in affluent areas
5) She is a current director of Amazon and a former director of Lockheed Martin and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She also chairs the board of trustees at Spelman College.

Rosalind Brewer was academic and driven from the get go. She went to a Technical High School and graduated with honors, then received a degree in Chemistry from Spelman College.

Brewer rose through the ranks at Kimberly-Clark Corp, known for Huggies, Kleenex, and Cottonelle products to name a few. She started as a research scientist to business operations and eventually over 22 years worked her way up to become President.

In 2006 she made the jump to Regional Vice President at Walmart, put in 11 years there, then became the CEO of Sam’s Club.

A key factor to note, Brewer was interviewed by Bill Simon, former CEO when she joined as VP at Walmart. She reported to him for 7 years and he became her champion.

Having champions in business is key.

Brewer is smart, determined, passionate, and legendary in the business world.

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