Philanthropist of the Year Award

Rob and Melani Walton are being honored for their exemplary support and dedication to creativity, innovation and engaged practice to create a more sustainable world through their philanthropy and corporate leadership.

Rob is chairman of the board of directors of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, serves Conservation International as chairman of its executive committee, and is co-chair of the board of directors for Sustainability at Arizona State University. Melani drives impact and engagement across the Phoenix region as co-chair for ASU Women and Philanthropy, and as a board member for the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Arizona Women’s Board, and the Phoenix Symphony.

The Waltons’ current engagement with ASU helped the university extend its expertise in sustainability outside the bounds of academia by establishing the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, designed to develop scalable solutions to global economic, social and environmental challenges.