September 13, 2021
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Rubicely Monter

Rubicely Monter, 29
Associate Program Officer
Walton Personal Philanthropy Group
Bentonville

Rubicely Monter thought it was a “long shot” when a friend told her about a job opening at the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group, a subsidiary of Walton Enterprises.

Monter was working as a part-time instructor and recruiter for Northwest Arkansas Community College at the time. She was on schedule to earn her master’s degree in higher education administration and student affairs from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

“I was happy with what I was doing and I was in the field I was in school for,” Monter said. “The Walton Family Foundation is renowned, and there was something about it. The philanthropy side really attracted me.”

At the WPPG, Monter works with individual members of the Walton family, the descendants of Walmart Inc. founder Sam Walton, with personal philanthropic goals. Their focus on diversity and inclusion fits perfectly with Monter, who was born in Mexico but moved to Oklahoma in the fifth grade.

“I thought that I have seen a different side perhaps than what the foundation might have seen or know about,” Monter said. “I try to help in any way I can; it’s my way of giving back to the community. Not only does it feel good, but I am a product of northwest Arkansas.”


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