Frederik Meijer Lecture - Aaron Radelet

Thursday, September 16, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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GVSU alumnus Aaron Radelet (APR, '98) is global chief communications officer and senior vice president at Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), which ranks #16 on the Fortune 500 and is a global leader in retail pharmacy. WBA employs more than 450,000 team members, operates stores in 25 countries, including Walgreens, Boots, and Duane Reade pharmacies, and was recently listed as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential Companies.”

PRWeek recently presented Radelet with its “Global Professional: In-House” award for 2021 and named him to its Power List 2021 of “the 50 most influential communicators.” 

He leads communications across all of WBA – externally, internally and for every brand. His team’s responsibilities include consumer PR, team member communications, executive communications, financial communications, crisis/issues communications, digital communications, corporate social responsibility communications, meetings/events and creative services.

WBA has been front and center during this period’s largest news story, the COVID-19 pandemic, with massive coverage on testing, vaccinations and more. It was also widely seen as one of the businesses leading the way during the racial justice movement with multiple Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts as well as clinics and resources in underserved communities. Radelet serves as the executive sponsor of WBA’s LGBTQ+ business resource group.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley, Radelet completed executive leadership programs at Cornell University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Location Information

The Forum at the Seidman Center. Parking available in the Fulton Street Lot. 

Contact Information

Meijer Honors College


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Meijer Honors College


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This event was added to the calendar by Robyn Toth ( on Monday, August 9, 2021 and was last updated on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 9:13 a.m.