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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (CST)
  • NEW Northwest Arkansas
  • Allison Van Matre
  • allison.vanmatre@walmart.com
  • Attendee List

At any moment, life can throw adversity in our direction: the shock of sudden financial loss, an automobile accident, uncertainty and unrest from changes at work, the pain of feeling disliked or judged by a colleague...

What does it take to be okay inside of ourselves no matter what is happening out in the world? Life is easy when things are going our way. What defines our true character is who we are when things are not going our way, when we are put to the test…when we are faced with the impossible. True resilience and success, both personally and professionally, requires an intricate understanding of the mechanisms inside ourselves that allow us to navigate adversity. With this knowledge, we can pursue and advance towards our dreams and goals with unwavering courage, purpose, confidence and the strength of an open heart.


“Woman in the Light” by Allison Massari

With mastery, conviction, and the power of storytelling, Allison Massari teaches audiences the potent life lessons that she learned on each step of her path after she was severely burned in a fire and faced seemingly insurmountable odds. Her stunning keynote offers effective tools for participants to immediately better manage their lives and navigate the everyday challenges of being human. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and energized. Prepare to be taken on a journey.

All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a signed print of Allison Massari's artwork and giveaway baskets from our event sponsors, Nestle Purina and Procter & Gamble. The Northwest Arkansas region will be donating $5 per ticket to the NWA Food Bank.

Torchy's Tacos in Rogers and Fayetteville will be offering a $10 lunch box to NEW NWA Nov 4 Fall Learning attendees. The box will be two tacos and a half side (limited menu). Ordering details to be finalized and communicated to attendees prior to event date.


Allison Massari

Melody Richard, Merchandising Vice President, Pets, Walmart U.S.

Donna Morris, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Walmart Inc.


11:30 am - 11:50 am: Welcome and Introductions (opening comments from Melody Richard and welcome from Donna Morris)

11:50 am - 12:35 pm: Keynote Speaker, Allison Massari  

12:35 pm - 12:55 pm: Q&A with Keynote Speaker, Allison Massari 

12:55 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing

Registration Fee

$15 per member

$30 per non-member

Virtual Meeting URL

Zoom information will be distributed to all registrants prior to the event.

Who should attend 

Members and non-members: emerging leaders, executives, men and women professionals who would like to connect with other professionals in the region.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory

NEW takes the safety of our community very seriously. This is especially the case during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Learn more about the adjustments we have made or considerations around our planned in-person events.

Anti-trust Policy

At any gathering, whether an informal or formal program, national or regional event, participants must abide by the Network of Executive Women anti-trust policy.


Portions of this event may be photographed and/or recorded for use by the Network of Executive Women in its sole discretion. Any and all attendees of the event may be recorded and/or photographed while in attendance and attendees will not be compensated in any fashion for use of a videotape or photograph containing any attendee's image or likeness.