Intersections in Organizational Effectiveness
With Dawne Carlson and Jack Militello
Thursday, March 8, 5 p.m.
This third conversation featured Dawne Carlson, director of enterprise organizational effectiveness for Target, and Jack Militello, Ph.D., director of the Health Care and Executive UST MBA programs at the Opus College of Business, on Thursday, March 8.
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Dawne Carlson, director of organizational effectiveness at Target, joined the company in 1986 as a merchandise coordinator in the stationery division. There, she survived three back-to-school seasons before moving to organizational effectiveness as a trainer in 1993, overseeing merchandising, assets protection and Target stores teams. She also worked with the start-up of Super Target. In 2000, Carlson transitioned to a regional HR manager for the Chicago market, then returned to Target headquarters in Minneapolis in 2005, focusing on workload planning and clarifying HR best practices for Target stores.
From 2006 to 2011, Carlson served as director of field organizational effectiveness. In this capacity, she oversaw the creation of "how to do your job" training for the stores, distribution, property development and assets protection divisions. In 2011, Dawne was named director of enterprise organizational effectiveness. As director, she heads a newly-created team charged with overseeing several enterprise-focused sub-teams, such as talent development, process improvement and Six Sigma operations, and talent engagement and executive development.
Carlson received her bachelor of science degree in Christian education from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.
In addition to directing the Health Care and Eecutive UST MBA programs, Jack Militello, Ph.D., is a professor of management at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. He has 25 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting on issues related to strategic planning and executive leadership. His consulting has centered on strategic planning, change management, leadership development and strategic alignment. His clients have included IBM, ReMax, Du Pont, The National Catholic Education Association, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Minnesota State Bar Association, City of Philadelphia, State of Tennessee and the United States Department of Justice.