Target's Dawne Carlson Featured at March 8 Intersections Event

The University of St. Thomas’ third Intersections event on March 8, 2012, will bring Dawne Carlson, director of enterprise organizational effectiveness at Target Corporation, to the university’s Minneapolis campus to converse with Jack Militello, Ph.D.,  professor in the management department and director of the Health Care and Executive UST MBA programs.

The one-hour discussion about trends in organizational effectiveness and best practices in fulfilling and monitoring corporate-wide goals will take place from 6-7 p.m. and will include time for audience questions. A 5 p.m. welcome reception will occur prior to the event in the lobby of Schulze Hall (46 11th Street S., Minneapolis). Both the reception and the event are free and open to the public with prior registration.

In 2011, Ms. Carlson was named Target’s director of enterprise organizational effectiveness, a position where she heads a team charged with providing strategic frameworks and oversight for process improvement, team member engagement, talent development and executive development, among other areas. Previously, she spent five years as director of field organizational effectiveness, overseeing the creation of technical training for the stores, distribution, property development, asset protection and field support teams.

With more than 35 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting, Dr. Militello has assisted clients such as IBM, DuPont, the City of Philadelphia and the U.S. Department of Justice with strategic planning, change management, leadership development and organizational alignment.  His research specialties include strategic alignment and competitive advantage.  He teaches courses in Strategic Management and Global Economic Systems.

According to Militello, “The technical and global nature of business has produced design flaws that obstruct employee engagement and ideas, create excess and inefficiencies, lead to silos and, at the end of the day, impair the assessment of overall effectiveness. Increasingly, complex organizations are achieving ROI by investing in resources that can tamp down these walls, coach leaders to develop and test more effective systems and build a better culture and engagement around it.”

“Target’s organizational effectiveness team is a fascinating example of how large businesses can internally consult around these issues.  Whether it’s the company’s measured approach to expanding into Canada, piloting a smart design of its grocery business or advancing its employee wellness and energy, there are some really interesting methods and models occurring that are meant to work better, last longer and directly connect to the corporation’s core objectives.”

In its inaugural year, this four-part “Intersections” series puts top local executives and academics on the same stage to converse about important and emerging business issues.  The final event focuses on the topic of innovation and features 3M’s vice president of marketing, sales and communication.

Past and Future Intersections Events

November 10, 2011: Intersections in Marketing

  • Mark Addicks, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, General Mills
  • Christopher Puto,  Ph.D., dean and Opus Distinguished Chair of the Opus College of Business

February 9, 2012: Intersections in Ethics

  • Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer of Best Buy
  • Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., UST Koch Distinguished Chair in Ethics of the Opus College of Business

March 8, 2012: Intersections in Organizational Effectiveness

  • Dawne Carlson, director of enterprise organizational effectiveness for Target
  • Jack Militello, Ph.D., Health Care UST MBA director at the Opus College of Business

April 26, 2012: Intersections in Innovation

  • Jeff Lavers, vice president of sales, marketing & communication at 3M
  • Laura Dunham, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship at the Opus College of Business