Carlson Global Institute

Global Matters Speaker Series

Global Matters is a speaker series designed to enrich Minnesota professionals’ global business acumen. The event features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. The series is a platform for business, government, media and academic professionals engaged in global business to create and develop a valuable network.Shari Ballard

  • April

    Shari Ballard, Best Buy, Inc.
    Topic: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Business
    Location: Carlson School of Management, 3M Auditorium
    Event Schedule: 3:30–5:00 p.m. Speaker and Q&A; 5:00–6:00 p.m. Reception
    Cost: $35 (includes parking in University of Minnesota's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue ramps)

  • Being successful in global business requires vision, strategy and leadership. Among all determinants of success in pursing an international growth strategy, some believe that the factor that rises above all others is the quality and engagement of local leadership. Shari Ballard, President of International and Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy, Inc., will explore the leadership imperative as it relates to doing business internationally. As a veteran of Best Buy, she will share her perspective on the key characteristics of leaders that impact the success of global initiatives.

    About the Speaker

    Ms. Ballard joined Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager in Flint Michigan. She has risen through the ranks and in her current capacity is responsible for overseeing operations in China, Canada, and Mexico.

    Ballard is also responsible for global talent attraction, staffing and retention, leadership development, diversity, organizational design, employee education and development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

    Ms. Ballard was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Flint.



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