Olivia Walton to keynote NWA Business Journal Forty Under 40 luncheon

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Olivia Walton at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.Photos by Beth Hall.

Ingeborg Investments founder and CEO Olivia Walton, the chairperson of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and co-founder of the Heartland Summit, will be the keynote speaker at the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Rogers on Aug. 15.

This year’s class will be featured in the Aug. 14 issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

Walton, an advocate for the arts, women’s economic empowerment and maternal health, will be interviewed on stage at the event by Roby Brock, host of Talk Business & Politics and Capitol View and CEO of Natural State Media, the parent company of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

“I’m very excited that Olivia will share her perspective on leadership and Northwest Arkansas’ future with our audience of rising leaders next month,” Brock said. “We are grateful for her willingness to participate, and I know she will have tremendous insight on how to move the region and our state forward.”

Walton founded Ingeborg Investments, which focuses on direct investments into women-led, early-stage startup companies. It also makes select investments into later stage startups and women-led venture or private-equity funds.

She assumed the role of Crystal Bridges chairperson in 2021. Since the Bentonville museum’s opening in November 2011, founder Alice Walton, the only daughter of Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton, held the chairperson role.

In addition to her roles with Crystal Bridges and Heartland Summit, Walton is on the council of The Momentary, and she is on the national board of directors for Teach for America. She is a former TV journalist, having worked as a business correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC and as an anchor for Bloomberg Television in New York and London.

Walton earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Walton lives in Bentonville with her husband, Tom, and their three children.

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Embassy Suites ballroom in Rogers. Individual tickets or tables may be purchased by calling Rob Gutterridge at 479-725-0394 (ext. 5) or by sending an email to [email protected]. The event is sponsored by Intrust Bank.