Susan Chambers retired recently from her role as executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Walmart, where she was recognized as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine five years in a row. In her role at Walmart, she reported directly to the CEO and was responsible for managing, attracting and retaining the world’s largest private workforce. Chambers was responsible for compensation, recruiting, development and retention initiatives as well as benefits and communications for more than 2 million Walmart associates worldwide. Additionally, her duties included human resource technology, culture, diversity and inclusion, and regulatory issues.
With deep roots in Kansas City, Chambers’ career has been focused on building systems and talent within some of our country’s largest corporations. Chambers worked with Kansas City-based Hallmark for 14 years, with increasing responsibility culminating in the position of director of application development. She currently serves as chair of the board for William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri, where she graduated with a BS in systems and data processing.
Beyond her work experience, Chambers’ passion has been focused on helping students find educational success, currently serving on the Arkansas State Board of Education and previously on the boards of Kansas State University, Walmart Foundation and Duke University.