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How Target Supports Diversity and Inclusion, My Experience

My name is Jim Kendall and I work on the HQ Assets Protection Operations team located in Minneapolis. I’ve been with Target for 8 years now and started my career in stores leading Assets Protection teams.

I’m also a veteran and served for 8 years in the military, 4 in the Marine Corps and 4 in the Army National Guard. I was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004 and 2005.
One of the great things about working for Target is the focus on diversity and inclusion. Target does a lot to help people feel welcome and valued which really makes our culture an awesome environment to work in.

One of the ways that Target accomplishes this is through business councils. I have been involved in the Military Business Council for 3 years now, and have had the opportunity to participate in many volunteer events, leadership chats with senior level leaders, networking opportunities and many other activities and events that have really helped develop me as a leader during my career.

One of my favorite activities with the Military Business Council was the opportunity that I got to create a brand new program to Target called the Military Business Council Advocate Program. It’s a program that I created to match up a deploying, deployed or returning from deployment Target Team Members with an Advocate here at the company that can stay connected with them and their leadership during their time away. This helps them feel valued while also helping Target retain the great team members we have during their deployment.

One of my favorite things about being in the MBC is that I get to connect with people I wouldn’t normally work with. I can think of many valuable interactions and networking opportunities I’m exposed to through events the MBC sponsors. This has helped broaden my personal and professional network with various levels of leadership throughout many pyramids of the organization. One connection that has helped tremendously with the launch of the MBC Advocate program has been with a Director in Transportation. He has been a sponsor in the MBC since the beginning, and has helped me champion the program to get it off the ground. I wouldn’t have met him or had the chance to work with him without the opportunity the business council has provided.

It’s great to work for a company that encourages us to get involved though programs like business councils, or through volunteer events and development focused activities in order to promote diversity and inclusion while also developing us as better leaders.

  • Renae

    February 6th, 2015

    Thanks for your service, Jim! I love the idea of your Advocate program. It sounds like a successful way to keep connected with the team member is away on duty.

    Reply
  • Janet Lunn

    February 8th, 2015

    Dear Target,
    I would like to know why my son has not been able to secure employment with Target for over a 1 1/2 years. He has applied at multiple Targets, and he has followed up, but yet he has not been able to obtain employment.
    It is very discouraging when friends have employment, refer him and nothing. Can you tell me why?

    I told him yesterday that Target at 119th and Marshafield was hiring. Please try again. He said alright.
    so, I would appreciate a review of his applications.

    Thank you, Janet Lunn

    Reply
  • Amanda

    Amanda Gerten

    February 10th, 2015

    Thank you for letting us know about your son’s interest in Target! All of our current openings are posted on the target.com/careers website. Your son can learn more about the application process by visiting our website.

  • Wendy Kinney

    February 27th, 2015

    Way to go Jim! I’m certain your efforts are being well received and that our Veterans are grateful for your Advocate program. So proud of you and all you have done!

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  • Sam

    February 27th, 2015

    Great to see a big company like Target actively supporting veterans and their transition to the civilian world.
    Thanks for the article!!

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  • Mark Baird

    March 3rd, 2015

    Great article! I love to hear about veterans succeeding, particularly when they are able to work with a company that truly supports US veterans. Thanks for sharing Jim.

    Reply
  • carlos

    March 12th, 2015

    HELLO Trying to get some info in regard to buying online from Panama. THANKS

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    March 13th, 2015

    Hello,
    Thanks for reaching out. I would recommend you reach out to our guest services at 800.591.3869 as they would be able to provide answers to your questions.

    Thanks,
    Heather

  • Robert Michels

    November 6th, 2015

    Mr. Kendall, I am a recently retired Navy Supply Officer, living in Minnetonka, is there a military liasion human resource contact? My background is in food contracts/supply/sourcing chain. I read the news about Target restructuring this piece of their business. I would appreciate more information. Please contact me.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    November 9th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Renald j Louis

    February 23rd, 2016

    Hi,Im interested in Working for Target.College Graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Bus.Adm & Management.I speak 4 languages :French,Spanish,Creole,English.Im interested in Part-time 32hrs.Im a shift SuperviSupervisor with 12years experience in the Security..front dedd

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    February 23rd, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Renald j Louis

    February 23rd, 2016

    Hi,Im interested in Working for Target.College Graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Bus.Adm & Management.I speak 4 languages :French,Spanish,Creole,English.Im interested in Part-time 32hrs.Im a shift Supervisor with 12years experience in the Security..front desk/Concierge

    Reply
  • Lynda

    November 6th, 2016

    Diversity

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  • Lynda

    November 6th, 2016

    Target doses A lot for people

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