Michael A. Byron currently serves as senior director of supplier inclusion for Walmart. He is responsible for leading the company’s national supplier inclusion initiatives, which are designed to enhance its purchasing activities and long-term relationships with women and diverse-owned businesses. Mr. Byron and his team had responsibility for leading the company’s critical initiative to source $20 billion with women-owned businesses over a five-year period, which culminated in 2016 where they exceeded the goal by $1 billion. Michael’s team managed Walmart’s 2018 direct and indirect spend of $15 billion with approximately 2,800 diverse-owned businesses. Under his leadership, Walmart has been recognized for providing the best opportunities to women-owned and multicultural businesses. Mr. Byron is consistently recognized as a passionate collaborator, speaker and panelist for his business acumen as a former retail and operations leader. He’s received numerous personal and professional awards for his work in business and advancing supply chain inclusion, including recognition from Omnikal, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Enterprise Magazine and Black Enterprise Magazine, among others. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and executive retail management and leadership certifications from Cornell University and the University of Phoenix.