Debra Layton, Executive Director
Debra Layton has lived in NWA since 1995 and retired from Walmart Inc. in July of 2017. She is a global retail leader skilled at developing and implementing transformative change across large and small enterprises. She spent 31 years at the retail giant growing her career and improving the lives of thousands of people, on 6 continents and over 30 countries.
After retiring from Walmart, Inc. Debra knew she had an obligation and responsibility to help shape where she lives. She now has more time to invest, plus the opportunity to parley her business acumen into meaningful advocacy. Debra knows that living and working in a welcoming and inclusive community is incredibly important to the growth of any area and especially Northwest Arkansas.
Debra currently serves on the Board of Directors for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Rogers AR, she is member of the Network for Executive Women (NEW)- NWA Region and a 1 Million Cup-Community Leader (nationwide program that promotes the engagement, education and connection of entrepreneurs).
Previous leadership roles include, Founding Member of the President’s Council of Global Female Leaders (Walmart), Women’s Officer Caucus (Walmart), Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group (Walmart), PRIDE Sponsor and Advocate (LGBTQ) (Walmart), Board of Directors for the NWA Women’s Shelter.
Debra currently serves as the Executive Director for the Peel-Compton Foundation and previously served as Interim President and CEO for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.