Laysha Ward

2020 Speaker

LAYSHA WARD is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, and a member of the company’s executive leadership team. Ward serves on the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society advisory board, and the Stanford Center for Longevity advisory council. She is a member of the executive leadership council, the Economic Club of New York, the Economic Club of Chicago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links. She also sits on the for-profit board of directors for Denny’s Corporation. She 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, where she served as board chair. Ward earned a BS in journalism from Indiana University, and an MS in social services administration from the University of Chicago. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. @layshaward @target

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