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The Liberation of Being Yourself

A Conversation with Caroline Wanga

Caroline Wanga is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at the Target Corporation. In this episode, Chanda and Caroline explore how their stories have intertwined in the past 20 years. They also discuss how Caroline developed grit and resilience as a young mother, her journey to self-acceptance, and how who you are is non-negotiable.

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Caroline Wanga

Caroline Wanga leads Target’s strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she fuels Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance-based diversity and inclusion goals.

Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas College and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker. Her innovative shared-accountability approach to driving business results is featured in “The Innovation Mentality” by Glenn Llopis, “Our Search For Belonging” by Howard Ross, and “The Multiplier Effect” of Inclusion by Dr. Tony Byers. A Kenyan citizen, she has been named a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter, and she co-chairs the Retail Industry Leaders Association Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Her greatest life accomplishment is her daughter, Cadence.