EXECUTIVE TEAM LEADER of HUMAN RESOURCES and HUMANITARIAN
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Karrien Stone migrated to the United States at the age of 3 with her mother. Today, she holds master’s degrees in public administration and human resource management and a bachelor’s in management and marketing, all from Long Island University, and she’s the executive team leader of human resources at Target Corp. Previously, she worked in the Office of the Provost at Long Island University, creating training and development programs. “I pride myself in being able to work with people who understand that finding the right people to do the right job is great, but we must also focus on training and development to ensure that they have the right tools to be successful in those roles,” she says.
Stone admires Target’s community involvement. The company donates 5 percent of its income to community support, amounting to more than $3 million in giving each week. “I love the philanthropic work that I do with Target: book drives, clothing drives and AIDS research. The company makes sure that whatever community we’re in, we take care of the people in that community,” Stone says.
Stone is an alumna of the Thomas S. Murphy Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now mentors its members. Her own mentor, Alethia Sapp, helped her to develop essential skills. “She saw something in me and helped me develop as a leader,” she recalls. Stone has a zest for adventure and enjoys activities like white-water rafting, mountain climbing and parachuting. She collects and donates school supplies for Africa and Jamaica and hopes to run a nonprofit organization that will build computer labs and libraries for children in developing countries. “If I leave this earth tomorrow, I want to be known as a humanitarian with a focus on education for our children,” she says.
Favorite singer: Kem
First job: Camp counselor
Last movie: “Limitless”