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Walmart Foundation’s Kathleen McLaughlin to Deliver ‘Food for Thought’ at UA

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Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president for Walmart Global Sustainability, will provide a “Food for Thought” lecture at the University of Arkansas on March 3, the university announced Monday.

The Food for Thought lecture series is sponsored by the Honors Student Board of the UA’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. McLaughlin will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in Hembree Auditorium in the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Building, the UA said.

Her lecture is titled, “Business and Society in the Next Decade: Using Scale and Capabilities to Address the Complex Problems Facing the World.”

The series, open to the public, focuses on food, family and the environment, which corresponds with the goal of the Bumpers College to advance the business of foods and the impact of foods on human health, environmental sustainability and human quality of life. It was launched in 2013.

In addition to her role with the Walmart Foundation, McLaughlin leads global sustainability and women’s economic empowerment initiatives for the Bentonville retail giant.

Previous speakers in the series include U.S. Sen. John Boozman; Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity.

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