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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 13, 2018

MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, vice president of merchandising at Sam’s Club, speaks to students at College of the Ozarks

MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, vice president of merchandising at Sam’s Club, speaks to students at College of the OzarksMiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, vice president of merchandising at Sam’s Club, speaks to students at College of the Ozarks

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks alumna MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon spoke to students on Monday, Feb. 12, as a part of an academic convocation.

Lemmon shared her journey to achieving success. By sharing her story, she is hopeful students may avoid some of the ‘potholes’ she has encountered.

“Mrs. Lemmon caught my attention when she said, ‘Align your choices and career with your values and beliefs,’” said freshman Michael McGinnis, biblical and theological studies major. “This statement was a major encouragement to me as a student considering what type of company or organization I may want to work for some day. This advice empowers me to pursue a career whole-heartedly within a culture where you are free to be yourself.”

About Mrs. Lemmon

MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon is the vice president of merchandising at Sam’s Club (a division of Walmart, Inc.). Lemmon oversees the entertainment and office businesses. Her career began with Walmart while attending College of the Ozarks. Upon graduating in 2000, she joined the Walmart corporate office in Bentonville, Arkansas. Later, Lemmon attended the University of Arkansas and obtained a Masters of Business Administration. Over the past 17 years, she has enjoyed a full career at Walmart and Sam’s Club in marketing research, merchandising, private brands, member services, and corporate affairs.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.13.18 – Naomi Ellis



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