Macy’s President Taps Into Darden-Learned ‘Art of the Possible’

18 May 2018

By Jay Hodgkins

As a small-town kid from Tennessee working a small-town job in North Carolina, Macy’s President Hal Lawton (MBA ’00) said a trip up the road to Charlottesville, Virginia, and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business opened up the possibilities of the world to him.

In a new profile on The Network section of the Darden website, Lawton discusses how the Darden experience changed his perspective on the world and his career, which soared through senior executive positions at The Home Depot and eBay before he was named president of the iconic retailer Macy’s in September 2017.

Lawton gives Darden plenty of credit for his career success. He said he was born in a small town in Tennessee and worked in a smaller town in North Carolina before Darden. The School “opened my eyes to the larger world” through the class environment, his peers, executive speakers and professors. In particular, he said now-retired Professor John Colley and Professor Jacquie Doyle had a tremendous impact.

“They opened my mind to the art of the possible, pulled me into activities and pushed me to be better,” he said. “I am eternally grateful.”

Read the full profile (including Lawton’s impressions from his first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) on The Network.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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