Stephanie’s work in her community doesn’t always get far from her role as an associate. Her time at Walmart has taught her the importance of interaction with teammates, and led her into a mentoring role with Path Forward, a nonprofit that helps people restart their careers after time focused on caregiving.
“The mentoring program was a really great opportunity for me,” Stephanie said. “It combines intense, on-the-job training that ultimately allows Walmart to decide if they want to hire the person being mentored.”
After working with a mentee for four months, things came full circle for Stephanie.
Her mentee, who is still with Walmart, was hired into a role Stephanie once held. Now, she too spends at least half of the year preparing Walmart for Black Friday. For Stephanie, it was a rare merger of the things that allow her to be a great associate, and a great member of the Northwest Arkansas community.
“My time mentoring for Path Forward was really the intersection of my role as an associate and the opportunity to give back,” Stephanie said.
Stephanie is also deeply involved with Open Avenues, a nonprofit that focuses on providing essential services for adults with disabilities. She says her time there is meaningful personally, and for all those it serves.
After the organization’s annual fundraiser got stuck in a rut, she was able to help change take flight.
“For 20 years, we did the same fundraiser,” Stephanie said. “But last year, we decided to change it up, launching an event called SOAR at Drake Field in Fayetteville. I led the coordination of vendors and sponsors, and we saw a sold-out crowd – bringing around 10,000 people.”