Walmart exec Bratspies will moderate disability inclusion luncheon in Rogers

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Walmart U.S. Chief Merchandising Officer Steve Bratspies will be the headliner for the Sunshine School & Development Center’s Power of Inclusion Luncheon. It’s scheduled Oct. 10 at the Embassy Suites in Rogers and is presented by GSK Consumer Healthcare.

The luncheon will focus on disability inclusion in the workforce. Bratspies will moderate a panel discussion with representatives from companies that rank 80% or higher on Disability:IN’s 2019 index of best places to work for disability inclusion. Disability:IN is a national nonprofit dedicated to disability inclusion in the workplace.

Panelists include:

  • Lorenzo Claridy, Director, HR, US Inclusion & Diversity at GSK Consumer Healthcare
  • Becky Kekula, Disability Equality Index Director at Disability:IN
  • Louis Martin, President, Global Walmart/Sam’s Club at Coca-Cola
  • Ashley Taylor, COO at Acosta

“This luncheon is a great opportunity to continue this important conversation,” Sunshine School CEO Cyndi Bilyeu said in a statement. “We are honored to partner with GSK Consumer Healthcare and Steve Bratspies to share about these business practices that directly impact the clients we serve in Northwest Arkansas.”

More information about the event is available here.

Sunshine School is based in Rogers and serves about 500 people annually in Benton and Washington counties. The nonprofit organization founded in 1958 offers a therapeutic preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years who have developmental delays or disabilities.

The center also serves school-age children with outpatient therapies and provides community support for adults with disabilities.