Beth Keck

Volkswagen Visiting Chair in Sustainability, Schwarzman College; Practitioner-in-Residence, China Studies, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Former Senior Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainability, Walmart Stores, Inc.


Beth Keck has an extensive background in international business, global public affairs, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is Practitioner-in-Residence, China Studies, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Previously at Walmart, she led the company’s Women’s Economic Empowerment commitment training one million women, and the globalization of the company’s sustainability program, including its landmark sustainable agriculture strategy and China responsible sourcing initiatives.

Before joining Walmart in 2004, Ms. Keck was based in China for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and The Boeing Company.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China Relations, and on the board of directors of ACDI/VOCA and Tanager, international development nonprofit organizations operating in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

As a post-graduate student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong 40 years ago, Ms. Keck traveled in China for the first time and caught the China bug.  She has a master’s degree in Chinese Studies from SAIS and bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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