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42 G.I. JOBS | APRIL 2018 | GIJOBS.COM CAPTAIN What do you do? I manage Walmart's local giving. Walmart gives millions of dollars in the communities where we operate, including stores and distribution centers. I lead a team that manages, develops and innovates ways that this giving can show up in communities. For instance we think about how we can be more impactful, stronger community partners and design processes that are easy for stores and nonprofits. Do you have any social media ঞps for job seekers? Hone in on your personal brand or story using LinkedIn and Twitter as the best vehicles for this, participate in conversations before you need something and don't be afraid to ask for specific help or connections from your network. It likely goes without saying, don't put anything you wouldn't want to defend to an employer on social media of any type (public or not). It's all very discoverable. How many interviews did you do with your current employer? Four. What was the best interview quesঞon you faced? What's the one question we haven't asked you that you wish we would have! Stumbled me and everyone I've asked since. How long before separaঞon did you begin your job search? Immediately, about six months before separation. What was the hardest part of your job search? The hardest part was figuring out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to live. As I transitioned I used a JMO recruiting agency and had nine job offers – all very different. Where do you see your career taking you? While I have some thoughts, I try not to pigeon-hole myself. I've always held to finding the opportunity in everything I do. Eventually, I could see myself running a social innovation incubator helping startups/ accelerator with smaller returns than a traditional VC portfolio. It would be phenomenal if we could do that here at Walmart. Director, Strategic Initiatives & Community Giving, Walmart ELIZABETH WILLETT MURCHISON Age: 40 Military Service: Captain (O-3), Army (2001-2005); Army Reserve (1998-2001; 2006-2009) MOS: Field Artillery Officer (13A) & Signal Officer (25A) Education: • Bachelor's degree, bilingual/bicultural education, Western Illinois University, 2001 • MBA, entrepreneurship & innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2008

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