Candice Jones

Se­nior Man­ager for Of­fice of Culture, Di­ver­sity & In­clu­sion, Wal­mart Inc. Main staffer sup­port­ing all seven As­so­ciate Re­source Groups (ARGs) in the Ben­tonville, AR, home of­fice

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“The stronger your net­work is, the more op­por­tu­ni­ties will open up for you.”

Her Story: Af­ter start­ing in 2004 as an hourly worker in the trans­porta­tion depart­ment, a di­ver­sity-and-in­clu­sion train­ing class made her want to help cre­ate an in­clu­sive culture. She joined her first ARG, for African-Amer­i­cans, early in her ca­reer, and has been a mem­ber of the women’s and LGBT groups too. She has raised her nephew, who is on the autism spec­trum, and has a deep in­ter­est in the ARG for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their care­givers.

What She’s Learned: “Work­ing on projects for the ARG and be­ing the lead on a project in­tro­duced me to peo­ple I wouldn’t have met. I wouldn’t have pro­gressed in my ca­reer as quickly with­out the men­tor­ship and spon­sor­ship I re­ceived. The ARGs help peo­ple nav­i­gate com­pany culture and be­come more grounded and rooted.”

Ad­vice to Mul­ti­cul­tural Women: “Learn skill sets you wouldn’t get in your day-to-day job. Con­nect with peo­ple. The stronger your net­work is, the more op­por­tu­ni­ties will open up for you.”

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