M. Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President, Global People Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has been named to the William Jewell College Board of Trustees.
Chambers joined Wal-Mart in 1999. She oversees the Human Resource Centers of Excellence including global talent management, compensation, recruiting, benefits and communications, serving more than two million Wal-Mart associates worldwide and is the company’s highest-ranking female employee. She has been named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “Fifty Most Powerful Women in Business.”
Chambers graduated from William Jewell College in 1990 with a B.S. in Systems and Data Processing. William Jewell recognized Chambers with its alumni Citation for Achievement in March 2010.
Chambers worked for 14 years with Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she was the director of applications development before beginning her career at Wal-Mart in 1999. She trained for six months in the field as a store and club manager before advancing to senior positions across multiple corporate functions, starting in the information systems division. There she served as a vice president for applications and development merchandising and then as senior vice president of risk and benefits. She was then promoted to the role of executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration, with additional responsibilities in global security and aviation. In 2006, Chambers was promoted to her current position as executive vice president of the Global People Division. She reports directly to President and CEO Mike Duke.
Chambers is a member of the Kansas State University Business Advisory Board, the Center for Women’s Business Research Advisory Council, and the Leadership Council for the New America Foundation. She also serves as a mentor in the Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program and as chairwoman of the Women Impacting Public Policy corporate advisory board.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.