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Clovercroft Publishing to publish book by the woman who broke the glass ceiling at Walmart

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE-  December 14, 2017-  Clovercroft Publishing, one of the publishing imprints of Christian Book Services, LLC, announced today that they will be publishing a book by the executive who broke the “glass ceiling” at the largest corporation in the world.  Celia Swanson became the first female executive vice president in the history of the Walmart corporation.   The book, entitled Gracious and Strong, will be published on April 1, 2018.

Celia Swanson is an accomplished senior executive who spent 25+ years at Walmart championing its culture and its people. She is notably recognized as the first female executive vice president at Walmart Stores, Inc. breaking the glass ceiling for women. Swanson has achieved what very few women in corporate America have.

She earned a reputation for being a key culture ambassador throughout her career demonstrating a people-first mindset. In addition, she was hand-selected by the Walmart U.S. CEO to lead a cost-savings and associate engagement strategy transforming store operations for 1.4 million associates.

In addition to her professional career, Celia is known for her community leadership in Northwest Arkansas. She was recently selected by the Northwest Arkansas business community as the 2016 Athena Woman of the Year for her excellence in community service, board leadership and regional impact in Northwest Arkansas. She was also the only leader to receive the top two operations awards from Sam’s Club and Walmart U.S. As a speaker, Swanson delivers leadership talks across the globe. Celia is a keynote leader at The Conversation, a prestigious mastermind event for world changers, and many other events.

In the book, Swanson shares her faith that guided her efforts as she rose through the ranks in an environment that was not always conducive to a life guided by grace.  The book is appropriate for general, as well as Christian bookstores.

According to Larry Carpenter, president and CEO of Clovercroft Publishing, “Gracious and Strong will help readers navigate the obstacles they will face, while becoming an authentic leader who helps others navigate their lives too. There are many ways to be a leader, but the one who inspires others and helps them achieve their full potential is a leader who is gracious and strong. This book will change how readers see leadership and give them tools that they need to step out in their leadership role and pursue positive change within themselves, their family, and their team.”

Carpenter further added, “We were thrilled to work with an author who serves as such an inspiration to women and to all people in positions of leadership.”

The book will be sold and distributed through Ingram Publisher Services, but will be available through all wholesale distributors.  It is available in trade paperback for $14.99 and in hardcover for $24.95.  The book can be preordered through Ingram/Spring Arbor now.

For more details on the company, go to the company’s website at or contact Larry Carpenter at (615) 472-1128 or at