Director, Dignity of Women, Walmart.org
Lauren serves as Director, Dignity of Women, at Walmart.org, the philanthropic hub of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, where she focuses on promoting gender equity in global apparel and agricultural supply chains in Latin America and Asia.
An international development and gender equity specialist, Lauren has experience designing gender integration strategies in the public and private sectors promoting women’s entrepreneurship and women’s employment. During her career, she has worked with a range of financial and non-financial intermediaries, women's networks, global and national corporations, social enterprises, NGOs, and nonprofits to expand access to products and services for women.
Prior to joining Walmart in 2019, Lauren spent nearly a decade at the Inter-American Development Bank Group in Washington, DC. Through her work, she focused on gender lens investing, creating financial inclusion programs for low-income women, value-added services for women entrepreneurs, corporate gender equality leadership initiatives, and overseeing project evaluations measuring development impact. Lauren has lived or worked in nearly all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with extended experience in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Paraguay.
She is passionate about creating and applying research on women’s employment and entrepreneurship to develop practical, high-impact solutions in the private sector. She has authored various white papers, including "The Power of Gender Equality in the Workplace" with the EDGE Certified Foundation (2018), and "Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean" with ESADE (2019).
Lauren holds a Master in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Spanish and political science from the University of Florida. She currently lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.