Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison says corporate leaders must step up diversity efforts


When Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison took the helm at one of the nation’s largest retailers, he looked around and saw he was surrounded by mostly white executives at his own company and in the business world. 

It was not a new experience for him.

Ellison was born to parents who worked as sharecroppers. He grew up in a segregated community in the South. Now, he is one of four Black CEOs in the Fortune 500. But he said he’s tired of seeing CEOs and others pledge to add diversity and fight racism but do little.

“Sometimes, you have to decide to talk less and do more,” he said at a virtual speaker series hosted by the National Retail Federation. “I’m very, very appreciative that there’s all this…


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