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.