President, Orlopp Enterprise
Former Global Chief Diversity Office, Walmart
Sharon Orlopp, served as Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President at Walmart, and was responsible for advancing a diverse workforce with 2.1 million associates worldwide. Her former responsibilities include overseeing and leveraging global diversity and inclusion efforts, associate relations, and HR policy for the world’s largest retailer.
Sharon joined Walmart in 2003 as Vice President, People. In 2004, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, People – Sam’s Club. Prior to joining the company, Sharon was Vice President of Human Resources for Gart Sports, where she was responsible for compensation, benefits, training, recruiting, public relations, and investor relations. Sharon also spent 17 years with Foot Locker, where she held various leadership positions in Operations and Human Resources.
Sharon is an experienced human resource professional with a passion for diversity and for people. She has made it her mission to advance diversity initiatives, sponsor immersive learning trips and lead by example.
A lifelong advocate for inclusion, education and opportunity, Sharon considers it a privilege to serve as a member of the National Advisory Board with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), as a member of the Board of Women's Foodservice Forum and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver, where she graduated magna cum laude. She served as Director of Women's Foodservice Forum, Inc. Ms. Orlopp served as the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Women's Research, known as the leading authority on women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. She is also a Board Member for Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute, NARTI, and Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA.