Shana DeSmitVice President, Learning & Development
Shana has current responsibility for the Learning & Development team supporting the over 1.3 million Walmart US associates in stores, as merchants and in the home office. The Walmart L&D team has transitioned to an Agile way of working, allowing for an increase in productivity and throughput while maintaining and delivering high quality content. Her team is on a journey to create a seamless learning experience for associates that enables learning to take place in the moment when they need it; we call it Learning without Limits. Shana holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Eastern Illinois University and received her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification in 2007 and her SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resources Management – Certified Practitioner) in 2015. As a lifelong learner, Shana has continued her educational experiences, receiving multiple certifications from Cornell University. Within Walmart, Shana has been recognized with the opportunity to attend Walmart’s selective leadership development program, Leadership Academy, and has received the award for HR Excellence in 2007 for her contributions to the HR team. Shana began her career with Walmart in 1991 as Cashier in Mattoon, IL and progressed through several roles in Human Resources and Store Operations. Shana has had the opportunity to lead a $9 Billion operation as a Vice President, Regional General Manager supporting 115 stores and over 32,000 associates, advancing the growth of her business and the capabilities of her management team. In 2015, Shana was asked to develop a strategy for a new Fresh Operations organization within Walmart focused on driving market share and reducing waste. By applying strong talent attraction, development and management practices, Shana staffed a 160 person team of industry professionals and retail experts to develop in-store talent and drive Walmart to Win in Fresh.
In late 2016, Walmart’s Learning & Development team recognized the need to increase the pace at which they deliver high quality, highly engaging learning content to their 1.3 million associates, given the rapid changes and increased competition occurring in the retail sector. Agile was selected as a means to expand output, maximize development capacity, and create quality learning experiences. Please join us for an informative and engaging session focused on prioritizing learning initiatives for the business, supporting the adult learner in the digital age, and innovating the future of corporate learning.
During this session, attendees will learn how to:
· Define a five year, learning strategy that can support an ever-evolving business
· Prioritize projects based on value to your business
· Forecast demand and workload for your organization