Target leader shares career tips
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Betty Kimbrough ’76 told a campus audience April 8 that continuous self-improvement and networking are among the keys to building a successful career.
Kimbrough spoke from experience. A job with a banking chain taught her the power of relationships and the importance of envisioning an ideal job and then working to attain that job, she said. "So every chance I got I was across the hall, meeting and greeting and getting to know the people in HR,” Kimbrough said, “letting them know what my career goals were and looking for that opportunity for them to draw me in."
Kimbrough then networked her way to the highest reaches of corporate America, retiring in 2004 as a human resources vice president at department store giant Target after 21-plus years with the company.
Kimbrough's presentation was part of the Herberger College of Business Executive Leadership Speaker Series, which brings successful businesspeople to campus to share their experiences and help students understand what it takes to succeed after graduation.