Breakfast Keynote

Gretchen C. Bellamy

Senior Director, International DEI
McDonald’s Corporation


“This Is the Bottomline: From Merry-Go Rounds to Rocket Ships.”


Workshop Description:  

Historically, the work of diversity, equity and inclusion professionals was seen dealing with “soft” business issues and not tackling issues that hit the bottom line of an organization. Understanding how diversity – equity – inclusion impact each function of a business, from marketing to workforce engagement to current and future customers, is imperative to ensure returns are provided to shareholders and boards as well as to ensure your business is resilient as societal and demographic shifts occur. Let’s think about how we design our organizations for the future.


GRETCHEN C. BELLAMY, an experienced lawyer and business leader as well as founder of Bellamy Management Consulting LLC, has a significant depth of experience working with company leaders globally who need support in deepening their understanding of how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of the results of their work in the DEI space. Her work spans all industries and incorporates a mix of qualitative and data-driven approaches to designing and implementing customized strategic plans. In December 2017, Ms. Bellamy was named an Architect of Meritocracy by the Apollo Project/Financial Times of London for her innovative, replicable, and sustainable approach to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Ms. Bellamy also serves as the Senior Director for International Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at McDonald’s Corporation. The she is responsible for managing, aligning, and leading the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, deployment, communications and operations initiatives as well as delivering market-specific initiatives, campaigns and processes for over 120 countries.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Ms. Bellamy served as the Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives in the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is lead strategic initiatives and efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion for the university.

Ms. Bellamy has also served as a Senior Strategist for Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Office of Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion at Walmart, Inc. Through her role, she developed and implemented global culture, diversity, and inclusion strategies that transformed and drove the company’s culture and that embedded diversity and inclusion as integral components for supporting the company’s business operations and its 2.2 million employees. Working collaboratively with executive leadership, she developed strategies related to measures and analytics, activating company culture evolution, and embedding the culture into the employee lifecycle.

In her previous role with the company, Ms. Bellamy served as an Assistant General Counsel where she advised regarding global internal and external diversity, equity and inclusion and attorney talent development in the Legal Operations group. In January 2015, she was awarded the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionary Award” from Walmart for an innovative global diversity, equity and inclusion program. In April 2015, she was honored as the 2015 “Outstanding International Corporate Counsel” by the American Bar Association Section of International Law (“ABA-SIL”). From 2011 – 2013, she served as the Diversity Officer for the ABA-SIL. Appointed by the ABA President, Ms. Bellamy serves on the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession where she serves as the Special Advisor of the “Corporate Counsel Model Diversity Survey Task Force.” She also served as a liaison to the Commission on Women where she co-chaired the Task Force on Sexual Harassment & Gender-based Bullying. In addition, she serves as an advisory board member for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, the Center for Faculty Excellence as well as the Provost’s Committee on LGBT Life at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is an editor of Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Impacts: New Expectations and Paradigms, which was published in April 2014 and is the first book on corporate accountability published by the ABA.

Ms. Bellamy is a community activist, having co-founded a community group called Bentonville Public Schools Citizens for Equality, the mission of which was to encourage the local school board to revise its EEO policy to comply with federal law as well as provide equal protections for unprotected groups. For this work, Ms. Bellamy and her co-founder were awarded the Arkansas Advocacy Award for 2015. In addition, she served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), supporting children in the foster care system.

Prior to Walmart, she served as the Director of International Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs at the University of Miami School of Law. She also worked as an associate in the corporate law department of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP in Raleigh, NC and as a summer associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York, NY.  She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cameroon 2001).