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Women of Walgreens (WOW) business resource group re-energized
Walgreens reinvented its women’s business resource group in July 2015 from the Walgreens Women’s Information Network (W-WIN) to Women of Walgreens (WOW). Walgreens launched business resource groups to leverage the unique perspectives on real business challenges, such as hiring, retaining and developing diverse talent, and expanding market reach and community engagement.
The re-launched WOW is dedicated to serving women at all levels of the business and at all stages in their lives and careers. Senior leaders and their committee teams head up specific pillars aimed at various groups of women, including individual contributors, emerging leaders, executive leaders and field leaders. Each pillar develops intiatives and programming focused on professional growth and development, mentoring and networking opportunities.
The new WOW organizational structure, with a reinvigorated leadership group, showcases that it is imperative from a business and competitive advantage standpoint to leverage the diverse thoughts, perspectives and backgrounds of employees.
WOW represents one of nine active business resource groups at Walgreens. Other groups available to employees include, Walgreens African American Achievement Group, INCLUDE – Employees with Disabilities, Walgreens Asian Network, Walgreens Latino Business Association, W-GREEN (Walgreens - Generating Resources Ensuring Environmental Needs through Sustainability), WPRIDE & Allies, W-Vets and W-NEXT (for team members in the early stages of their careers). Each group is a grassroots network of employees who are committed to talent attraction and retention, employee development, Walgreens brand/reputation enhancement, and internal/external community engagement.
Walgreens develops supplier diversity program through educational workshop
In fiscal 2015, Walgreens hosted more than 30 businesses at its first retail supplier education workshop. The workshop provided small, minority and woman-owned businesses with advice on the tools and skills needed to work with Walgreens while offering access to other resources. Participants were able to engage in an interactive two-hour session on Walgreens procurement strategies and learn how to tailor a business pitch. Walgreens concluded the workshop with a session from a panel of buyers and subject matter experts from other departments within the organization.
The workshop is part of a larger Walgreens supplier diversity program which focuses on measuring and providing sustainable business opportunities for companies owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, veterans and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as small businesses. From cosmetics to construction, communication and computer technology, Walgreens supplier diversity program fosters vendor diversity through implementing programs and processes to ensure equal access to opportunity. Walgreens has strategic relationships with more than 3,000 such enterprises, allowing those companies to expand economic development in their communities as well.
First Ladies Health Initiative tackles health disparities in local communities
The First Ladies Health Initiative, sponsored by Walgreens and first launched in 2008, works with pastors’ wives – known in many African American churches as first ladies – to encourage parishioners and community residents to take advantage of free health testing and education available at their churches.
In fiscal 2015, more than 63,000 people in Chicago and Los Angeles communities gained access to flu shots and health testing for high blood pressure, blood glucose, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. The services were conducted by Walgreens pharmacists and healthcare volunteers from other participating organizations.
Walgreens also works with several congregations to incorporate additional health-focused activities into the programming, including dental cleanings, health insurance enrollment assistance and nutrition workshops.