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Ronnette Smith

Areas of Expertise: Business

Industry Experience: Industry Leader

A corporate professional well established with a proven track record of executing corporate affairs stakeholder strategic outreach for a Fortune 1 corporation where she had where she had responsibility for a national outreach and philanthropic budget close to $2M. She has the rare combination of corporate positioning, grassroots strategic collaborative planning and retail management operations. She also has proven expertise global facility management for customer service centers. As a retail operator, Ronnette had responsibility for $75M dollar operations for Walmart’ wholesale facility – Sam’s Club in some of the company’s most competitive regions.

As an expert in diversity and inclusion initiatives, her collaborative expertise helped strengthen Walmart’s relationship with tribal nations and urban communities, which led to retail, market entry. In 2011, Ronnette led Walmart’s Global Women’s Empowerment Sourcing Initiative internal team to pilot a baseline system, direct third – party partnerships to verify spend data with diverse suppliers. This effort also helped identify new potential partnerships with women owned businesses exceeding the company’s $20B sourcing commitment. With outreach to the aging communities, Ronnette influenced a $20K collaborative partnership grant between AARP and Walmart Foundations to support women 40 and over in workforce development training.

She led the retailer’s strategic outreach to attract emerging leaders cross sector and cultural barriers. These partnerships contributed partnerships and growth in more than 5 cities. Ronnette is certified in Breakthrough Action Leadership Principles consultative work.

Early in her career, working for one of the world’s top communications companies Ronnette was able established herself as a team builder with ability to inspire and develop at all levels of organizations. Over the course of her career, Ronnette has held member and board affiliations with national and local organizations spanning chamber of commerce to advocacy for children and people with disabilities.

Ronnette focus is always on 3 things: inspiring people, adapting to or eliminating the impact of disruptions, and exceeding goals. She holds a Masters in the Science in Ethical Leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Public Relations. Recently, Ronnette published her 1st book, Autumn: The Mantle Lifted which is a spiritual and biblical inspired poetry & prose. It is available via www.themantlelifted.com, Amazon, and www.barnesandnoble.com. Ronnette is a native of Omaha Nebraska, and currently she resides in Hiram, GA.

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