Business in the age of COVID isn’t for the faint of heart, but some leaders manage to step up in the face of extreme challenges and deliver. Harvard Business School’s Ranjay Gulati sits down with extraordinary leaders of companies from around the world to discuss their stories of bravery and boldness under pressure. How have they dared to push beyond market pressures and serve a higher, more inclusive purpose? What life experiences have enabled such gutsiness and what lessons do they have for the rest of us? How do they inspire their teams and organizations to become courageous and more purposeful? This speaker series aims to empower and inspire current and future leaders to listen to their hearts, face their fears, take bold action, and embolden others around them to do the same.
This session features Rosalind Brewer, CEO Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Chief Executive Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Rosalind (Roz) Brewer joined Walgreens Boots Alliance as Chief Executive Officer in March 2021. She is also a Director on WBA’s Board. Ms. Brewer most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Group President at Starbucks from October 2017 to January 2021. Prior to Starbucks, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, a membership-only retail warehouse club and division of Walmart, Inc., from February 2012 to February 2017. Ms. Brewer previously held several executive leadership positions with Walmart beginning in 2006.
Prior to joining Walmart, she served as President of Global Nonwovens Division for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a global health and hygiene products company, from 2004 to 2006, and held various management positions at Kimberly-Clark beginning in 1984.
She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Spelman College, where she did her undergraduate work. Ms. Brewer also is a Board Member of VillageMD, World Business Chicago, Business Roundtable and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Ms. Brewer formerly served on the Board of Directors for Starbucks, Amazon, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She is currently ranked #6 on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and was named one of the 25 most influential women by the Financial Times in 2021.
Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration
Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration and the former Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He is an expert on leadership, strategy, and organizational issues in firms. His recent work explores leadership and strategic challenges for building high growth organizations in turbulent markets. Some of his prior work has focused on the enablers and implications of within-firm and inter-firm collaboration. He has looked at both when and how firms should leverage greater connectivity within and across their boundaries to enhance performance.
Professor Gulati is the former Chair of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He has directed several executive education programs on such topics as Building and Leading Customer Centric Organizations, Leadership in Turbulent Markets, Managing Strategic Alliances, and Sustaining Competitive Advantage. He is also active in custom executive education. He has received a number of awards for his teaching including the Best Professor Award for his teaching in the MBA and executive MBA programs at the Kellogg School of Management where he was on the faculty prior to coming to Harvard.
He has been a frequent guest on CNBC as well as a panelist on several of their series on topics including: the Business of Innovation, Collaboration, and Leadership Vision. Professor Gulati holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and two Bachelor’s Degrees, in Computer Science and Economics, from Washington State University and St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, respectively. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
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