Arvetta Powell is the Director HR, Inclusion and Compensation for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.  She has more than 20 years of experience in retail Human Resources.  She is responsible for  the development, inclusion, recruiting and compensation initiatives. 

Prior to joining Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Arvetta was a Senior Human Resources Director for Walmart Stores, Inc., where she led the Real Estate Division’s long term strategic human capital plan.    Under her leadership, the division’s associate engagement scores increased four years in a row.  As Regional Personnel Manager for the SAM’S Club division, she was named RPM of the year.  She held several other roles within the company such as Human Resources Director, Senior Manager of Recruiting and Recruiter. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Webster University.  She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.  

She sits on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and the University of Missouri St. Louis Chancellor’s Council.