Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer, Target

Laysha Ward is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target and a member of the company’s executive leadership team. She leads Target’s enterprise-wide approach to engage and deepen relationships with external stakeholders to drive positive business, social and environmental impact.

Ms. Ward serves on the board of directors of The Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Advisory board and the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council. She is a member of The Links, an international women’s service organization, and a member and former foundation board chair of the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Ward was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and continued through the Obama Administration, when she served as board chair. She also sits on the for-profit board of directors for Denny’s Corporation.

Ms. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social services administration with an emphasis in management and public policy from the University of Chicago.