Big Lots Recognized for Advancing Women’s Leadership in the Boardroom

The Women’s Forum of New York honors Big Lots, where six of the company’s 10 independent board seats are currently held by women

Columbus, Ohio, November 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Large Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), one of the largest neighborhood discount retailers in the United States, celebrated the advancement of women on boards of directors and was honored for its representation on the board of directors at the Women’s Forum of that of New York 2021 Breakfast for corporate champions.

Big Lots board members (left to right) Nancy A. Reardon, Marla C. Gottschalk, Cynthia T. Jamison, Wendy L. Schoppert, Bruce Thorn, Kim A. Newton and Sandra Campos represented Big Lots at the Women’s Forum of New York 2021 Business Champions Breakfast.

We salute Big Lots for their impressive success in achieving greater gender balance on their boards, ”said Janice Reals Ellig, Founder and President of Breakfast of Corporate Champions, CEO of The Ellig Group. “As part of the Women’s Forum of that of New York An ongoing corporate council initiative, we are proud to honor Big Lots as an important member of the 2021 class of corporate champions who are determined to lead the way. “

the November 10 The event recognized 243 large state-owned companies with at least 35% of board seats held by women. Big Lots was one of 44 large public companies with 50% or more female representation on the board.

“We see gender diversity in our board as a strategic advantage,” said Bruce thorn, President and CEO of Big Lots. “We believe that diverse perspectives in all aspects of our business make us stronger and bring us closer to our customers, associates and communities. Every difference makes the difference. and at all levels. “

Women represent approximately 70% of Big Lots clients and the majority of the company’s more than 35,000 associates in the United States. related to personal development, cultural belonging and future growth strategies of the company are regularly reviewed.

“We are proud of the diversity, equity and inclusion work that we do, but there is always more work to be done,” added Thorn. “We will continue to seek opportunities to amplify diverse perspectives and uplift under-represented populations.”

About large lots
Based at Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a neighborhood discount retailer and Fortune 500 company, operating 1,421 stores in 47 states, as well as a premier ecommerce platform with extended capabilities through BOPIS , curbside pickup, Instacart and same day delivery. The company’s product assortment focuses on the essentials for the home: furniture, seasonal, soft house, food, consumables and hard house. Ranked # 1 on Total Retail’s 2020 100 Best Omnichannel Retailers list and recipient of Home Textiles Today’s Retail Titan Award 2021, Big Lots’ mission is to help people live BIG and save lots. The company strives to be the BIG difference to a better life by delivering exceptional value to customers through the ultimate scavenger hunt shopping experience, creating a culture of “best places to grow”, rewarding shareholders with consistent growth and leading returns, and doing good in local communities. For more information about the company, visit

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