I was given the honor of attending the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Conference in Houston, TX to do some recruiting and networking for Target this fall. Target’s commitment to diversity was ever-present and the event outstanding. I’ve been doing campus recruiting for a couple years now, but this was on a whole other level. This year’s theme was “Courageous Leadership” which was echoed throughout the conference. The NBMBAA is a non-profit organization in existence for over 40 years whose aim is to lead in the creation of economical and intellectual wealth through providing knowledge, access and resources to professionals. They boast 45 chapters and 27 collegiate chapters nationwide.
The conference was broken down by day. Day 1 began with breakfast and a moving keynote address from Judy Smith, author and Co-Executive Producer for ABC’s Scandal. Not watching the show before the speech, I was really intrigued by her story which loosely parallels the storyline of the show (I’ve watched all of Season 1 and half of Season 2 in 2 days since I’ve been home … it’s THAT good). The amazing kick-off was followed by a professional development class focused on building savvy leaders in the corporate world taught by author and HR specialist Jovita Thomas-Williams. Her message on how to navigate your corporation through networking and building relationships was truly eye opening and gave me some great leadership tools to take back to work with me.
Days 2 and 3 consisted of the career fair and interviews. I don’t know if career fair can really do it justice; it was more like career EXPO. As you can tell by the picture, the scale was on a level I have never seen at any campus career fair I’ve attended. We were definitely there in true Target form with tons of RED and BULLSEYES so large and high our booth couldn’t be missed. If you couldn’t see us, you definitely heard us and our booming “T-A-R-G-E-T … TARGET IS THE PLACE TO BE” chant. I met a ton of candidates who were really interested in a career with Target and I got to share MY PATH to Target with them. We got some great candidates who will hopefully be joining our Target team very soon.
It was really an amazing week. I got the opportunity to travel to the great state of Texas for the first time, meet some incredible Target leaders from across the country, share my story and experiences with some talented candidates and hopefully spread the word about all the wonderful opportunities there are with Target. The phrase “everything’s bigger in Texas” holds true, even when referring to their career fairs! Overall I think this year’s NBMBAA was a Texas-sized success.
“T-A-R-G-E-T … TARGET IS THE PLACE TO BE!”
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