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Target Leadership Program Hits the Mark

Stephanie Lucy BS'95

Director of Merchandise Planning Operations, Target Corporation

Stephanie Lucy

“The staff and educational environment at Kelley really help transition students into the real world. Students work in cross-functional teams and are able to integrate into Target from day one.”

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Kelley has been one of Target Corporation’s “tier one” recruiting schools for more than a decade, and many of Target’s executives—such as Stephanie Lucy, BS’95, and John Butcher, BS’96—are Kelley graduates. So when the retailer decided to develop a leadership program to cultivate future talent, Kelley was an obvious partner.

Target worked with Kelley and the Center for Education and Research in Retailing to establish the Target Excellence in Business Leadership Program in 2007. The program includes a variety of components—such as leadership mentors, speakers from Target and other organizations, a managerial skills evaluation, and a portfolio documenting students’ leadership experiences—that will prepare Kelley undergraduates to be better business leaders.

The nation’s No. 2 discount retailer, Target has also partnered with the Center for Retailing to participate in classes, present case studies, and offer career development activities for Kelley students. And, of course, Target recruits at Kelley year after year.

“The talent we find at Indiana is outstanding,” says Lucy, who joined Target after graduating from Kelley and is now director of merchandise planning operations. “The staff and educational environment at Kelley really help transition students into the real world. Students work in cross-functional teams and are able to integrate into Target from day one.”

Thanks to the Target Excellence in Business Leadership Program, Kelley students will be better prepared to lead as well.

Published April 12, 2011