As a part of the Supplier Diversity Team at the Target Corporation, Karen Tobler leads the Supplier Diversity strategy for Health and Beauty, Essentials, Home and Hardlines. With over 15 years of experience in business development, she specializes in connecting and supporting enterprises that are majority-owned by women, ethnic minorities, LGBT persons, veterans and persons with disabilities as they navigate opportunities to expand their businesses at the right place and time.
Karen wears many hats. She can mentor diverse suppliers on pitching to a Fortune 50 company one minute and work with industry colleagues the next. She sits on the board of the Retail Industry Group, which includes members from the top 16 retailers in the country. No matter the hat or industry, the through-line is generous purpose. As a Latina woman and immigrant to the United States, Karen’s calling is to help diverse entrepreneurs position themselves and their brands in the very best light, ensuring they can increase their odds of success.
"My personal goal is to support diverse owned companies in the natural products industry by helping them shorten their learning curves and strengthen their positioning as they work towards bringing “better for us” products to mass retail."