Lara Shock

Lara Shock

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Senior Director, Associate Choice Initiatives, Walmart, Bentonville, AR

Lara supports the development and implementation of initiatives that are designed to empower Walmart’s hourly associates through flexibility, stability and choice in their schedules. This work is part of Walmart’s $2.7B commitment to enhancing the associate experience in stores, where our people truly make a difference.

She joined Walmart in 2005 as an hourly associate, and is proud that her career serves as an example of the company’s advancement opportunity. Her background reflects a passion for economic mobility and associate opportunity, and includes leadership roles within Talent Development, HR Strategy, and Small Format Operations.

Lara resides in Bentonville, Arkansas with her husband Josh and 14-year-old twin boys, Beau and Brett. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike along the trails in Northwest Arkansas, traveling, and wandering around vinyl and antique shops.

What does job quality mean to Lara?
Employment and Jobs
An Interview with Job Quality Fellow Lara Shock
March 7, 2018 • Lara Shock & 1 more

Lara Shock is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-18. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

Bio updated September 2017.

Authored by Lara