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Target was thrilled to sponsor the Grace Hopper Celebration 2019 the world’s largest gathering of women technologists designed to highlight the research and career interests of women in computing.

This year we brought six Target team members to speak on topics ranging from cybersecurity to in-store tech solutions, while also showcasing how Target is leveraging data, technology and a culture of learning to drive innovations in retail. See below for a list of our sessions.

For more on what it's like to work in Technology & Data Sciences at Target, view a few of our recent articles.

Interested in joining our team? Explore openings and apply today.


CR405: Addressing the Maturing Diversity Model

Wednesday, October 2nd | 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Ballroom Q

Mike McNamara and Carin Taylor discuss the evolving definition of diversity and inclusion, beyond race and gender, and how forward-thinking companies can adapt workplaces, and recruitment and retention strategies to address this change.

SP668: Secure Enough: Building Security Ethos Without Handcuffing the Business

Wednesday, October 2nd | 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. | OCCC WF3

How do you know when your product is secure enough? The answer has little to do with technology and instead how security tradeoffs enhance or degrade the trust users place in your product. In this talk, Yolanda Smith provides techniques to help evaluate whether your security is 'good enough'.

SP712: How to Get Everyone from Board of Directors to Analyst Ready for a Cyber Security Incident

Thursday, October 3rd | 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. | OCCC W415D

Is your company prepared to handle and make decisions after a cyber security incident? Jodie Kautt shares Target's approach to Enterprise Incident Management and how we test our teams and leaders to be prepared for any cyber issues.

OT320: How Target is Increasing Diversity in Engineering Leadership

Thursday, October 3rd | 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Ballroom Q

Mitali Mathur shares how Target recognized the difficulty in recruiting and retaining female software engineers for senior management positions, and created the Engineering Management Immersion Program (eMIP) to address and reverse that trend.

CS622: Achieve Enterprise Agility at Edge Locations by adopting Kubernetes, Spinnaker and Unimatrix

Thursday, October 3rd | 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. | OCCC W222B

On demand deployment is a huge issue that many large enterprises seek to solve. Target went from delivering software to 1850 stores just 3 times a year to multiple times daily. Connie Yu and Joana Cruz share how Target achieved the agility needed at the edge locations.

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Target is one of the world’s most recognized brands and one of America’s leading retailers. We make Target our guests’ preferred shopping destination by offering outstanding value, inspiration, innovation and an exceptional guest experience that no other retailer can deliver.

Innovation has always been a cornerstone of the Target brand, especially when it comes to technology. From our robust and personalized online shopping experience and mobile app to our industry-leading fulfillment options—we leverage data and technology to deliver enterprise-wide solutions faster and smarter. We foster a culture of continuous learning with a commitment to 50 Days of Learning and demo days, and also offer programs for groups typically under-represented in technology, data and engineering fields like our Engineering Management Immersion Program (eMIP). Plus, Target is frequently named on Fast Company’s list of the most innovative companies in the world.

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