Get to know Randi, Lead Accessibility Consultant

What should every designer be reading/following right now?
A few resources for accessibility news/topics.
WebAIM blog: https://webaim.org/blog/
Level Access Blog: https://www.levelaccess.com/blog/
Deque Systems Blog: https://www.deque.com/blog/

What’s your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far?
Helping to make accessibility part of the development process from start to finish. We are part of product teams now instead of being the roadblock at the end of the process.

What is the best thing about being an Accessibility Consultant?
The best thing about being an accessibility consultant is the variety. We’re always working on new things and having to come up with new accessibility solutions to make sure the cool things our designers and engineers want to build will work for all of Target’s guests. I like having to continually learn and grow.

What is your favorite thing about working at Target?
I like working with a variety of teams and digital products. I also like working at a place our guests are so loyal to, that makes it fun to give them new things to be excited about.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A sports journalist. I’ve always been a huge sports fan and wanted to work in that industry, then realized I didn’t have the personality for it. I wouldn’t be aggressive enough in press conferences.

What is the hardest thing about being an Accessibility Consultant?
The hardest thing about being an accessibility consultant is having to defend the need for accessibility of our products, I have a hard time wrapping my head around why individuals sometimes don’t see the importance of giving equal access for all people.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
Find something you love and do that. Sounds simple enough but having had jobs and a career before Target that I didn’t love I realized, given the amount of time we spend at work, it’s critical to do something you get excited about.

Do you have a favorite patio to hang out at?
Pizzeria Lola – BEST PIZZA EVER! Pair it with a cold beer and a nice summer evening and it doesn’t get much better than that.

What is your favorite thing to do in Minneapolis?
Swim, bike, and run. As a triathlete, you can’t ask for much better than the beautiful lakes and trails we have here. Minneapolis is a great place to get your exercise on, then find a good patio afterword. Even in the winter our city keeps the paths around the lakes clear for runners and cyclists.

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