Gretchen C. Bellamy

Gretchen C. Bellamy is the Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives. Gretchen has a robust background in advising organizations on the transformation of their diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.

As a Senior Strategist for Walmart’s Global Office of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, she developed and implemented global culture, diversity, and inclusion strategies that transformed and drove the company’s culture and that embedded diversity and inclusion as integral components for supporting the company’s business operations and its 2.2 million employees. Gretchen also served as Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Operations Group for Walmart, where she advised regarding global internal and external diversity and inclusion, and attorney talent development in the legal department as well as served as an internal consultant for 3,000 compliance, ethics, and global security associates.

Prior to that, she was Director of International Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs at the University of Miami School of Law and was an attorney for corporate and commercial groups at Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP in Raleigh.

In her role, Gretchen leads D&I and its strategic initiatives, as well as the operations of the Office. She also builds partnerships with campus stakeholders and the community at large. “Gretchen brings the skills, experience and understanding for alignment with the team as we move forward with innovative and groundbreaking initiatives,” says former Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. G. Rumay Alexander. “She is incredibly valuable as we continue our work towards making the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a ‘Carolina for all.’”

Gretchen earned a J.D., LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Appointments

  • Board Member, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Board Member, Provost’s Committee on LGBT Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Commissioner, Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, American Bar Association

Get to Know Gretchen

Name your favorite podcasts.

While I’m not an avid podcast listener, I do like to listen to books on Audible at double speed!

Best perk of your job?

Working with a high performing team that strives to ensure that all members (current and prospective) of the campus community feel welcome and included on campus and ensuring that we are meeting the mission of the university through our work.

In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?

I would be a travel writer based on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.

I was in a television pilot that I won through the Howard Stern show. I am one of 26 children. I studied abroad in London and took a trip to Malaysia without telling my parents I was going.

What’s in your bucket list?

My bucket list is so long that I will never run out of things to do. Horseback riding in Mongolia would be pretty rad.

Whom do you admire…and why?

I admire those who are unwilling to compromise the positive, moral values they possess. It can be easy to lose sight of who you are as you are given more responsibility. Those leaders that I look to don’t compromise their morality and treat everyone with dignity and respect and look to those around them to challenge thoughts and ideas and embrace innovation.

 

Gretchen has completed the following trainings: