Archived: Video: Insight Into Mentoring and Sponsorship Relationships

How have participants’ mentoring or sponsorship relationships evolved What have been the greatest benefits Hear personal experiences and success stories from sponsors/people being sponsored and mentors/mentees.

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Kim Strong

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion


Kim Strong began her career at Marshall Field’s, once a division of Target Corporation, in 1988 as an Executive-in-Training. She was promoted through multiple management positions over the next seven years. In 1995 Kim advanced and joined Mervyn’s, also once a division of Target Corporation. She was initially assigned as an Operations Manager and then was promoted to the District Human Resource Manager overseeing 15 Mervyn’s stores in Michigan. In 2000, Kim was named Director of Human Resources for Mervyn’s. This included managing Human Resources for Stores, Headquarters and Distribution Centers.

In 2004, she was promoted to the Director of Human Resources for Target Stores. Shortly thereafter, in 2007, Kim was promoted to the position of Regional Vice President, Stores Human Resources, overseeing more than 70,000 team members in 13 states. In January 2011, Kim was promoted to Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for Target.

She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Lori Riley

Vice President, Corporate Systems


Lori Riley started her career at Target in 1998 as Senior Human Resources Representative, Finance. She was promoted to Human Resources Manager, Finance in 1999, to Director, Compensation in 2000 and Human Resources Director, R100 in 2004. In April of 2006, she was promoted to Vice President HR Operations and Team Member Services. In October of 2009, she moved to her current position, Vice President, Corporate Systems Business Technology.

Riley received her BS, MBA and MS in Education from Northern Illinois University. She holds SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification from SHRM, and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) and CBP (Certified Benefits Professional) designations from World at Work.

Irene Quarshie

Director, Government Affairs


Irene Quarshie is the Director of Government Affairs at Target. In this role, she oversees the strategic management of all government affairs activities at state and local levels nationwide. Her team advances public policy initiatives that are closely aligned with Target’s business and corporate reputation priorities. She also builds and maintains relationships with key policy decision makers and third parties based on prioritized policy issues and proactive reputation management strategies.

Quarshie began her career at Target in 2005. She has held other leadership positions, including Senior Group Manager of Corporate Risk and Responsibility and Group Manager of Supplier Diversity. She holds a B.A. in political science from Adelphi University and Master’s in Public Policy from American University.

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