Shari Ballard, international president and the chief human resources officer for Best Buy, will explore leadership as it relates to international business at the upcoming Global Matters speakers series.

Ballard will share the key characteristics of leaders that impact the success of global initiatives. Best Buy is the world's largest multi-channel consumer electronics retailer, with stores in the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico, and more than 145,000 employees.

Global Matters
Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Business
Thursday, April 17
3:30-6:00 p.m.
Carlson School of Management, 3M Auditorium

Tickets are available for $35

About the Speaker
Shari Ballard joined Best Buy in 1993 as an assistant store manager in Flint, Michigan, and has since risen through the ranks: she now oversees operations in China, Canada, and Mexico. Ballard is also responsible for global talent attractions, staffing and retention, leadership development, diversity, organizational design, employee education and development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

Ballard was named one of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2011. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, Flint.

About Global Matters
Global Matters is a speaker series designed to enrich Minnesota professionals' global business acumen. The event features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. The series is a platform for business, government, media and academic professionals engaged in global business to create and develop a valuable network.