Overheard

ASU+GSV: Gayatri Agnew on challenges facing economic opportunity in the U.S.

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign
By WorkingNation Editorial Team
September 29, 2020

At Walmart, 75 percent of store managers started as hourly associates. Gayatri Agnew of Walmart.org says “Walmart believes our people are our greatest asset.”

WorkingNation interviewed Agnew for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

Agnew says as the nation faces rising income inequality and disparity across society, and a lack of real mobility, Walmart and other companies across the country need to support strengthening the ecosystem of talent in an effort to boost economic opportunity.

“Some of the interventions we know work to help workers move up are access to continuous learning, or formal learning, and the ability to articulate the skills learned at work in the context of either future internal mobility, or articulating their skills to other companies, and making a lateral or an upwardly mobile move to another company.”

Agnew says retention and upward movement is a bonus for a company, both in retention as workers see their wages rise, but also the benefits show in improved “customer service, performance, team cohesion.”

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