Who is entertaining at the Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting?
The retailer, based in Bentonville, has a shareholders’ event that is one part business meeting, one part rock concert, one part advertising and one part a chance for shareholders to speak on their own proposals to implement change.
The entertainment I have confirmed so far, from mulitple sources including Walmart associates, include:
Jamie Foxx likely will emcee the meeting. The actor was spotted at the Walmart Supercenter on Pleasant Grove Road in western Rogers, Ark., on Wednesday night. He interacted with employees and was shooting a video.
So why does this make me think Foxx will be the emcee? A Walmart associate confirmed this at the REO Speedwagon and Barenaked Ladies concert Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
In addition, this fits the formula. Actor/comedian Ben Stiller emceed the shareholders’ meeting last year. He too made a video at the Supercenter on Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers. That video was shown throughout the shareholders’ meeting.
I had not heard that singer Mary J. Blige was coming, until a source at the Walmart media dinner mentioned it Thursday night.
The media dinner was held at Table Mesa Bistro, a lovely restaurant on the Bentonville, Ark., town square. See what the NWAFoodie has to say about Table Mesa Bistro.
Those attending the media dinner included representatives from walmart.com in San Francisco, reporters from across the United States and the world, and Walmart media relations employees.
It’s not just a sweet sweet fantasy baby, as Mariah Carey, the songstress, actress (She was in Precious sans makeup and celebrity hair) and perfume mogul is landing to lend her voice to the proceedings. The woman who adopted the butterfly as her own personal symbol and can hit the highest of high notes likely will be a crowd pleaser.
Without further adieu, and with an admitted bias, I saved the best (in my opinion) for last.
No word on whether Mr. Iglesias will perform sans shirt, but a girl can dream…
Here’s a reminder — stop by Friday morning to follow live Twitter updates of the shareholders’ meeting. You’ll find it all in the right sidebar, so kick back and enjoy!
Lana F. Flowers is a gifted Arkansas reporter who can handle news about Walmart and retail, movie and book reviews, human interest stories, features and anything else you'd care to mention. She lives in Rogers, Ark., with her husband Jesse, daughter Layla, cats Lottie Boots and Emmy, and dog Fuzzy. Send an email -- firstname.lastname@example.org