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SLCL Presents Walgreens Senior Executive, Father, and Advocate Randy Lewis

Press Release

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present Walgreens Senior Vice President Randy Lewis, author of “No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement,” on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble. The event is co-sponsored by Maryville University.  
Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive workplace at one of America’s biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed, but thrive. “No Greatness Without Goodness” is the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities.
Before retiring in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Randy Lewis led Walgreens’ logistics division for 16 years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores with the most advanced logistics network in its industry.
Inspired by his son and believing that people with disabilities could do more, he pioneered a disability employment model in the distribution centers that resulted in 10 percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities. This initiative is now being rolled out nationwide in Walgreen retail stores across America and is changing the lives of thousands. The Walgreens success serves as a model for other employers in the U.S. and abroad including large employers such as P&G, Lowe’s, Meijer and Marks & Spencer.
His book, “No Greatness Without Goodness,” recounts the story of what it took to change corporate attitudes toward people with disabilities and the events leading him to create the Walgreens Model–the “gold standard of disability hiring.”
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit