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Kimberly Strong

Founder of Strong Connexion, Former VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Target

ABOUT

Kimberly Strong is the Founder and CEO of Strong Connexion, LLC. It is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting boutique firm specializing in advising start-up tech, venture capital firms, and corporations on building workplaces with high employee engagement levels and positive corporate cultures. She is also a Pipeline Angels member as an Angel Investor, where she invests and advises women-led and non-binary femme for-profit social ventures. In addition, she is a Board Advisor for The Mentor Method.

Throughout her 28+ year career in human resources across consumer-focused industries, Kimberly has promoted corporate objectives and organizational growth through creating and implementing talent acquisition strategies, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and education programs. As an innovative leader, Kimberly understands the importance of aligning all stakeholders and customizing managerial principles to create efficiencies, offer seamless customer service, and drive workplace experience improvements.

Before her current role, Kimberly served as the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Target Corporation. In this role, she facilitated communications, education, and training plans that increased awareness and understanding of D&I and maximized employee engagement, impacting over 366K employees across 1,795 stores and 38 distribution centers. She also collaborated with the Chief Human Resources Officer and the diversity analytics team to identify, track, and measure success.

Kimberly’s dedication to education, mentorship, and advocacy are also evident in her community involvement. She has taken on leadership and committee roles with Twitter and Hello Fresh’s Inclusion & Diversity Council, The Executive Leadership Council, an organization that helps develop global black leaders, a mentor with TechStars, and The James Beard Foundation.

Furthermore, she is proud to have received the Howard Business School Alumni Exemplar Award, recognizing her work as a mentor to students.

She received her B.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC.