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Laysha Ward


How She Empowers Others

Laysha Ward is President of Community Relations. She oversees Target Corporation’s domestic and international grant making, community sponsorships, cause marketing initiatives, and other civic activities. She also leads Target’s volunteerism efforts, encouraging and providing opportunities for more than 350,000 team members to give thousands of volunteer hours every year.

She received a BA in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Master’s degree in Social Services Administration from the University of Chicago. She started her career with Target in 1991.

Laysha serves on the board of directors of Denny’s Corporation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grant maker for volunteering and service. She is also on the Executive Leadership Council, a national membership organization for African American executives, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission No Child Left Behind, The Links, an international woman’s service organization, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its income and millions of volunteer hours to the communities it serves. Today, 5% equals more than $3 million every week to support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism.