Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

Class of 2007

Ms. Wilson-Thompson is the founder and operator of a human capital executive consulting firm, KWT, LLC with a client base of Fortune 50 companies. Ms. Wilson-Thompson is also an independent Board Director currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Tesla, McKesson Corporation, and Wolverine Worldwide. She is a former Board Director for Vulcan Materials and Ashland Global Holdings. She also is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and is a member of the Board of the NAACP Foundation.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson is the former Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance where she was responsible for leading a team to ensure the end-to-end employment experience and engagement of its 415,000 people worldwide. She also chaired the integration of Walgreens and Alliance Boots following their merger. Prior to Walgreens, she held several positions of increasing responsibility in the operations and legal departments at Kellogg Company before joining the executive management team to lead the Human Resources function across the world as SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Juris Doctorate and LLM, master of laws in corporate and finance law from Wayne State University Law School. In 2016, Ms. Wilson-Thompson was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University Law School. In 2017, she was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She was also inducted as a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2019 for her executive leadership and was granted an innovative utility patent in 2015. She was also named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of its Top 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and Savoy Magazine’s 2021 list of Most influential Blacks in Corporate America and its list of Most Influential Black Corporate Directors.