Alice L. Walton
In a special episode recorded from his home state of Arkansas, Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes Alice L. Walton, philanthropist and fellow Arkansan, for a lively conversation about the importance of creating opportunities and access to art and health care, particularly in underserved regions. They explore the intersections of medicine and the humanities, and discuss how Walton’s newly established Whole Health Institute and Alice L. Walton School of Medicine will support human health with a holistic, integrated approach. Walton also shares leadership lessons from her father, Sam Walton, and her insights about building institutions to benefit rural communities.
Meet Alice L. Walton
Alice L. Walton is a philanthropist who has spearheaded significant projects in Arkansas promoting arts, education, health, and improving economic opportunity. In 2011, she established the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a 200,000 square foot museum and campus in Bentonville, Arkansas, and she has given prolifically to causes supporting food security, such as the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. As a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council and founder of the Llama Company investment bank, she was instrumental in developing the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Recently, Alice founded the Whole Health Institute and the Alice L. Walton School of Medicine, which is slated to welcome its first students in 2025. The daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, Alice grew up in Bentonville, and returned in 2020 after several years living in Texas. Alice has a B.A. in economics from Trinity University, and worked in finance early in her career.