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Meet the Authors: A Book Signing and Discussion Series


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Join us for a time of light refreshments, wine, and conversation. Celia Swanson will give a personal introduction, share her journey of authorship, and lead in a time of discussion. Celia will have her book available for purchase and will personally sign your copy at the event.

Celia Swanson, the first female executive vice president of Walmart Inc., in her book, Gracious and Strong: How to Rise Above the Unexpected Left Turns of Life and Leadership, reveals what it means to rise above the most uncertain leadership challenges and make essential hard-right decisions.

Celia is a former HR executive, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Learning Officer with 35+ years of leadership experience in the retail industry. Named Woman of the Year at the 2016 NWA Women’s Conference, she was the Senior Vice President, Change Management at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at the time she retired from the organization. Per Celia, “I’m a mom, board member, speaker and leadership coach. I have worked in the retail industry for most of my career, which eventually led me to take on a glass-breaking role as the first female EVP at Walmart Stores, Inc. For years, I experienced numerous left turns in my life and career. From career shifts to becoming a parent, I faced many challenges I thought were truly insurmountable. Still, I managed to rise above overwhelming challenges, never having a path set by others before me of what it means to be a leader, mom and wife.”

"Have you ever faced an unexpected left turn? Perhaps it’s an unexpected career shift, a personal or family illness, or a divorce or toxic people in your life. Whatever it is, we've all faced it. When challenges strike, often it's our response to the event that determines our outcome. Learn how to make hard-right decisions that lead to life-changing opportunities. Celia's Gracious and Strong will help you navigate the obstacles you'll face, while becoming an authentic leader who helps others navigate their lives too."

This book will give you tools that you need to step out in your leadership role, change how you see leadership, and allow you to pursue positive change within yourself, your family, and your work team. Join Celia as she discusses her inspiration behind Gracious and Strong and don't miss the opportunity to purchase this wonderful guide to making positive change!