Session Information

Monday, May 16th, 8:10–8:30am

Interviewer for: Conversation with Lionel Richie

Dottie Mattison
Dorothy H. “Dottie” Mattison is the Chief Executive Officer of Gracious Home, LLC, a New York City-based retailer of luxury goods and services for the home. She is also the Co-Managing Member, along with David J. Mitchell, of Gracious Partners, LLC, the majority investor in Gracious Home. In these capacities, she is responsible for all aspects of the business performance and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Prior to acquiring Gracious Home, Ms. Mattison was a Senior Managing Director and Operating Partner at Guggenheim Partners, LLC, where she increased the equity in the Guggenheim portfolio of companies through the development of intellectual property, consumer retail strategies and supply chain enhancements. She partnered with Guggenheim Digital Media, dick clark productions, Aurify Brands (Five Guys, Melt Shop, The Little Beet), Lionel, TrueFit, and the BCBGMAXAZRIA Group.

A retail and apparel industry veteran, Ms. Mattison was previously the Senior Vice President of the Apparel Global Merchandising Center of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She was responsible for all product strategy, design, development, sourcing, production, merchandising, planning and brand management for Wal-Mart’s portfolio of private apparel brands and the financial performance of the near $26 billion portfolio of national, proprietary and private brands. Among her accomplishments as the head of the Apparel division at Wal-Mart was the restructure and relocation of the business to the industry center of excellence, New York City.

She also led the Sustainability Textiles Network within Wal-Mart, completing The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme at The University of Cambridge and forming an industry-wide Apparel Consortium to redefine supply chain environmental and social standards. Ms. Mattison represented Wal-Mart in various other capacities, including participation in Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit and membership in The National Association for Female Executives Roundtable. The Wall Street Journal named her one of “50 Women to Watch.”

Before building Wal-Mart’s New York City Apparel operation, Ms. Mattison was the Vice President and Chief Merchant of, responsible for the merchandising, planning and site operations of all product categories.

She started her retail career as a part-time hourly sales associate in the Gap Brand Stores division of Gap Inc., rising through the company’s merchandising ranks to Vice President of Adult Accessories and Local Merchandising Strategy of the Gap Brand U.S division. Her career at Gap Inc. also included product merchandising and leadership positions in babyGap and, with the majority of her tenure spent scaling the Old Navy brand.

Ms. Mattison is a trustee of The San Francisco School and serves as a director of the Dress for Success Worldwide Board. She resides in the New York area with her husband and three sons.