ain’t no party like a Target party…

At Target, we’re great at a lot of things – democratizing value + great design, delivering a superior shopping experience, letting people expect more + pay less, aaaaand host some darn good events.  I haven’t experienced it for myself, but word on the street is that our Fashion Week fetes, editor events, designer partnership celebrations, and launch parties all put Target on the cool kids map.  So it’s no surprise to me that when it comes to recruiting conferences {which I do get to experience firsthand}, Target is the sponsor who gets the party started.

I just returned from a weekend in NOLA for the 16th annual ROMBA Conference.  I mentioned before that there are two seasons at Target :: winter + interns {route to old post here}.  Well, there’s a third season that keeps me busy :: recruiting.  Since I myself was wooed to Minnesnowta from a sunny life in So Cal and feel extremely blessed by my career + life in red + khaki, I love giving back and paying it forward by supporting Target’s MBA recruiting efforts.  I mean, let’s be clear here… Minneapolis is a hidden gem and the buying role is bomb.  Enough said.  However, in the world of MBA recruiting this can be insider information.  Hence, I’m here to evangelize.

So what’s ROMBA?  Reaching Out MBA is a non-partisan, 501©(3) organization that promotes the education, visibility, and networking capabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender business leaders in the US and around the world.  The annual conference is a forum for students, recent alumni and business leaders to share information, build networks and support LGBT equality in the bizniz world.  As an LGBT ally and closet nerd {Okay fine.  There is nothing closet about my nerdiness.  Moving on…}, I geek out about the people who attend – it’s an impressive line-up of industry leaders.

600 students.  400 professionals.  One {of six…} diamond sponsor{s} :: Tarzhay.

Target has been a recruiting partner for ROMBA since 2006 and the level of participation has increased every year.  And for the past 4 years… we’ve been known to thrown a really {really} great party.  Waaaaait.  I mean fundraiser.  But I also mean party.  This year’s proceeds benefited  LGBT Community Center of New Orleans.  The event was a great way for MBA students + alums to network, raise money for a great organization, and bust a move on the dance floor.

So yes, another successful ROMBA under our belt.  Measures of success ::

  • -Met + interviewed some really talented students.  I hope to see some of them in Minneapolis soon {you know who you are!}
  • -Led well-attended and well-received speaker events and case studies
  • -FO’ SHO had the best company swag {although there was a certain company that brought ice cream to the career expo.  #icecreamalwayswins}
  • -Raised money for a great cause while filling every square inch of a hotel dance floor

Aaaaand, we did this all while representing the Target brand.  We have a saying for Target Careers :: Join Our Team. Expect the Best.  Well, this time around you could expect the best AND the best-dressed.  We took a different approach this year and decked ourselves out in Merona (one of our Target brands) from head to toe.  It sounded pretty frightening to me at first {cardigans???? yikes!} but it looked great.  And got the conversation started about the amazing things a Target buyer is capable of.  In this case, designing some threads that were well suited to dress our ROMBA team members.

To all of those who attended our Target sponsored Networking Workshop {hi-five to host Joe!}, General Management Interactive Session {hi-five to facilitators Johnathan y moi}, and the Target Charity Party… *THANK YOU* for being great company, enthusiastic supports, and for bustin’ a move on our dance floor for a really great cause.  It was a blast.  We miss you already.

Want to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Target? Click here for team member videos, testimonials and how Target is fostering an inclusive culture.



5 Replies to “ain’t no party like a Target party…”

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  2. I shop at Target all of the time so it’s nice to know that they are so concerned with diversity in and outside of their stores.

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