Laysha Ward

Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer at Target Corp.

Laysha Ward

Laysha Ward

Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer at Target Corp.

Overview
RelSci Relationships

2435

Number of Boards

12

Birthday

1968

Age

51

Number of Awards

4

Contact Data
Trying to get in touch with Laysha Ward? Subscribe today to access their professional contact information and receive a one time promotion of free Contact Data credits!
Relationships
RelSci Relationships are individuals Laysha Ward likely has professional access to. A relationship does not necessarily indicate a personal connection.

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Target Brands, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer at Denny's Corp.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Executive Vice President & General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Target Foundation

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Director & Vice President at Target Receivables Corp.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Executive Vice President & CIO at Target Foundation

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Managing Partner at Griffith Real Estate LLC

Relationship likelihood: Strong

President & Chief Executive Officer at Denny's, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Former Vice President & General Manager-Merchandise at Target Corp.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at Target Corp.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Council at National Museum of American History

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Paths to Laysha Ward
Potential Connections via
Relationship Science
You
Laysha Ward
Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer at Target Corp.
Education
Master's in Social Services Administration with an Emphasis in Management & Public Policy

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

Bachelor's in Journalism

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Member
Current

The International Women’s Forum advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women’s Forum has grown across 5 continents into 29 nations. There are more than 5,500 women leaders participating in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Membership in the International Women’s Forum (IWF) is by invitation and is influenced by definitive international standards. Members are committed to bettering global leadership today and cultivating women leaders of tomorrow. IWF provides one-of–a-kind programming designed by world leaders, for world leaders, both present and future. IWF provides a platform for leaders to meet among their peers in an environment where meaningful partnerships and friendships can grow and form.

Member
Current

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is a national organization comprised of current and former African-American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies. For more than 25 years, the ELC has worked to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and to empower African-American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.

Career History
Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer
1991 - Current

In 1969, the Detroit-based J.L. Hudson Company merged with the Dayton Corporation to form the Dayton-Hudson Corporation

Manager, Community Relations
1991 - Prior

Marshall Field's Chicago, Inc. is a private company headquartered in the United States focused on department stores.

Boards & Committees
President & Director
Current
Ex Officio Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2015

The Executive Leadership Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, provides the financial support for initiatives and programs developed by the members of The Executive Leadership Council.

Chair, Board of Directors
2008 - Prior

CNCS are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, CNCS tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

Political Donations
$800
2016

Senator from Minnesota

$1,700
2016

Senator from Minnesota

$1,000
2015

Senator from Minnesota

Public Holdings
Restricted data only for RelSci Professional users.
Awards & Honors
2014
Ebony Magazine - Power 100
2013
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
2012
NonProfit Times - Power and Influence Top 50
Events
Attendee
21st Century National Service Summit

Speaker
Aspen, CO, United States
2010 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, continues to broaden its reach and engage with more people than ever before on ideas that matter. A major focus throughout the Festival, which opens today, is increasing live and on-demand video opportunities for online viewers around the world.

This web site is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or sponsored by Laysha Ward. The use of any trade name or trademark is for identification and reference purposes only and does not imply any association with the trademark holder. The Presence of Laysha Ward's profile does not indicate a business or promotional relationship of any kind between RelSci and Laysha Ward.