How do you explain your profession to people outside of the industry? What do you find most exciting and/or rewarding about this work?
I lead a team of specialist engineers at Target, designing refrigeration systems for our buildings. We establish what type of refrigeration systems Target stores and distribution centers should use for the best operation. We act as owners and get to define what “best for Target” means, considering guest experience, reliability, sustainability and cost. I find it exciting to work with a highly cross-functional team that spans across product development, design, merchandising and construction to deliver on our food and beverage strategy. It’s rewarding to know that we get to support something that is part of everyone’s life – buying groceries. I also enjoy getting comments from my friends and family about what’s happening at their local Target.
What milestone or accomplishment have you made in your career that you are most proud of?
I am proud that I have been able to help Target improve the sustainability of its buildings. Refrigerants are significant greenhouse gases, and with the establishment of Target’s goal to be a net zero emissions enterprise by 2040, I knew my team could play a big role in shaping how we could get there. Sustainable refrigeration is one of many sustainability efforts driven by Target Forward, our enterprise strategy. Many new elements are being tested and scaled at locations such as Target’s net zero energy store in Vista, Calif. I’m proud to work with people at Target who are so passionate about sustainability and innovative in their designs.
What is one notable achievement (personal or professional) that you've made over the past year?
Early in the pandemic, I moved in to a 100-year-old home in Minneapolis that hasn’t had a lot of updates. It’s like a time capsule, and I really love and appreciate its history. I am attempting to do a lot of maintenance work myself, and have learned a ton about old radiators and plumbing systems.
What is a piece of media that has inspired you professionally?
Works that educate on diversity, equity and inclusion have inspired me. I think these topics are important especially in the STEM fields. I am inspired by those that share their stories and pave the way for others.
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