Coding with Grace

On May 23, 2003 I happily walked down the aisle with my black robe on to accept my degree in Computer Science. I winked at my friend Katy as I walked passed – she was the other woman who graduated with a computer science major that year. Katy and I were anomalies in our classes. We had an affinity for math and system thinking. Neither of us had ever coded before we got to college, and we were up against our male counterparts, many of whom tinkered with their own home networks (this was before wifi was prevalent), programmed their own apps, and setup their own databases. I felt so far behind and somewhat alone. I grew up on a farm; we didn’t get a computer until my junior year in high school. I was fascinated with the dot com boom and I wanted to be a part of this […]

Target Attends ROMBA 2014

ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA) is one of those unique experiences that reminds you why you LOVE working for Target. This October I had the incredible opportunity to attend my very first ROMBA Annual Conference in San Francisco with Target leaders and team members from across the organization. ROMBA promotes the education, visibility, and networking capabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender business leaders in the United States and around the globe. I recently took on the responsibility of creating Target’s first-ever LGBT guest-facing marketing strategy last month, so the ROMBA conference holds a very special place in my heart. My journey at Target began when I was recruited by Target at a similar conference. I’ve now been working for Target for 9+ years and been deeply involved with advocating for our LGBT team members. Our Target team was involved with the entire conference. They led workshops teaching future business leaders […]

Skyway Software Symposium

I recently had the privilege to speak at a Target-hosted Meetup through our Skyway Software Symposium group. If you’re not familiar with the Meetup site, take a look. Meetup is a great place to find other people and groups interested in various topics – not just technical. The Skyway Software Symposium has a technology focus around software and is a forum for discussion around new technologies, trends in various industries, and sharing experiences. First things first: We hosted our Meetup at Target Plaza Commons (TPC,  our team member collaboration space that is as un-office as it gets. This space has tons of open seating, outdoor spaces, and team-oriented activities that include lawn bowling, basketball, air hockey, arcade games, multiple game consoles, and a weekly outdoor BBQ. This space is perfect for Meetups! My topic was on “IT Assets in Code” to Enable Service Management but that’s secondary to the real […]

ALPFA Who?

For the third year in a row I had the privilege to attend ALPFA’s National Convention in Orlando, Florida with Target’s Talent Acquisition team as a brand ambassador. ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) is the largest Latino organization for business professionals and students with chapters nationwide, and over 18,000 members. ALPFA’s main mission is to build business Latino leaders for America, and ALPFA is also a key partner for Target. I am especially proud to be a part of a company that supports ALPFA and here’s why: As a sophomore in college I attended ALPFA’s Annual National Convention with one goal in mind: to find an internship for the following summer as it was a prerequisite for the McCombs School of Business (“Hook ‘Em”!).  I was on a mission the day of the career fair, determined to talk to Target recruiters and get an internship.  Fast-forward two months […]