Target CEO Responds to MN Forward Donation Concerns

As a supplement to my Mediaite piece on the subject, here is Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s letter to his employees regarding the company’s donation to MN Forward:

Dear Target Team,

In the past week I’ve heard from some of you, including our GLBT team members, regarding your concerns with Target’s recent contributions to MN Forward, an independent expenditure committee that is supported by a broad coalition of large and small businesses throughout the state, including the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

As you know, Target has a history of supporting organizations and candidates, on both sides of the aisle, who seek to advance policies aligned with our business objectives, such as job creation and economic growth.  MN Forward is focused specifically on those issues and is committed to supporting candidates from any party who will work to improve the state’s job climate. However, it is also important to note that we rarely endorse all advocated positions of the organizations or candidates we support, and we do not have a political or social agenda.

In the context of this contribution, some of you have raised questions regarding our commitment to diversity, and more specifically, the GLBT community.  Let me be very clear, Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains a core value of our company. Some current examples of that support include:

•                    Domestic Partner Benefits

•                    Sponsorship of Twin Cities Pride

•                    Sponsorship of Out & Equal Workplace Summit

In addition, Target’s rating of 100% on the 2009 and 2010 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index further demonstrates the reputation our company has earned.

As CEO, I consider it my responsibility to create conditions in which Target can thrive, and I promise to do so with the best interests of our guests, team, shareholders and communities in mind.  I appreciate your input and understanding.

Sincerely,

Gregg Steinhafel

Chairman, President and CEO

¤ Target

Sonia Sotomayor: Inspiring Wannabe Latina Law Students Everywhere

alex01thumbObama’s Supreme Court pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a welcome one for me, as a young Hispanic female interested in studying law and in dire need of a role model. (And it’s also yet another example of life imitating art – no, I won’t stop comparing real life to The West Wing, so don’t even ask me to.)

A graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, Sotomayor has served as an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, and entered private practice in 1984. In 1992, she was appointed to US District Court, the Southern District of New York, by President George H.W. Bush. (And she saved baseball.) Continue reading