Peace Corps volunteer, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Ernst and Young partner, Fortune 50 senior executive, disability advocate, and author, Randy Lewis had quite the career before retiring from Walgreens in 2013 as senior vice president of supply chain and logistics. During his 16-year tenure, Walgreens grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy’s signature achievement was the introduction of a disability employment program that the company widely adopted. Believing that people with disabilities could do more, he pioneered a model that resulted in the hiring of thousands of people with disabilities (10% of Walgreens’ workforce).
As the father of a son with autism and a businessman, Randy always had “a longing” to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In his book No Greatness without Goodness, he recounts what led him to create the Walgreens model, referred to as the “gold standard of disability hiring” by the National Governors Association. This model is now being replicated in companies both domestically and abroad, including Procter & Gamble, UPS, Lowe’s, Best Buy, AT&T, Clarks Shoes, GlaxoSmithKline, Meijer, and Marks & Spencer. Randy continues to serve as a director of Wendy’s (restaurant), maintains an active speaking schedule, and works on the development of the NOGWOG (No Greatness Without Goodness) Disability Initiative.
In 2011 he was recognized as Leader of the Year by the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and in 2008 he received the South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Silver Crescent. Randy holds an Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Texas – Austin.