Another Wednesday Night Wow from Wal-Mart’s VP

Published: April 19, 2013

Another Wednesday Night Wow from Wal-Mart’s VP

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Theresa Barrera, Retired Vice President of Supplier Administration for Wal-Mart, dazzled Dr. Blanco’s Retail Management class on Wednesday, April 17, as she hashed out the requirements to be successful in business.

“The customer owns the ‘yes,’” Barrera says. “Our focus is ‘are we serving that customer?’”

Barrera began her double-decade career with Wal-Mart as a part-time cashier, working at Sam’s Club in her hometown, Corpus Christi. At the same time, she attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, formally known as Corpus Christi State University (CCSU). Barrera graduated from CCSU in 1989 with a degree in finance, and has worked her way up the ladder at Wal-Mart ever since. Before retiring in January, Barrera was the sixth, female Vice President of Wal-Mart and has helped to pave the way for women, and women of color with business-oriented professions.

“Diversity in the future isn’t about race and color. It’s about diversity in thought,” said Barrera. “If you’re a woman today, you’ve got the world by the tail!”

In February, Barrera was recognized as a Distinguished Alum in the College of Business at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for her outstanding and influential lifetime accomplishments. She was also named one of the “80 Elite Hispanic Women” by, and was named to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Elite “40 under 40” listing in 2003.

“It is great to see someone succeed from a place like this,” said Brian Morales, senior marketing major. “Theresa is someone who had to work her way up through accomplishments, showing that even if you don’t come from a privileged background, hard work pays off.”