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Dionne Blake
Dionne Blake

In-House Counsel 2020: Dionne Blake

One of Dionne Blake’s many responsibilities as a corporate counsel at Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is helping manage the retailer’s response to crisis situations. So, she’s been spending much of her time in the early spring working to help minimize the impact of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

A South Florida native, Blake graduated cum laude from the University of Miami Law School in 1996 and worked for two South Florida law firms and another corporate retailer before moving to the Twin Cities to join Target in April of 2009.  She’s held a number of positions. Since 2018 she has been assistant general counsel, senior director of employee relations, and provides company-wide employee relations support.

Blake has been active in a number of professional groups including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Minnesota Women lawyers, and is a frequent public speaker.  Since starting her career, Blake has seen an evolution in workplace diversity.  “While we have a long way to go, there has been a general recognition that diversity makes us all better.”

As a black female lawyer, she’s a champion and advocate for all women, but in particular, for black women lawyers and other lawyers of color, both inside and beyond Target. She’s currently the leader for Target’s Legal Affairs diversity and inclusion initiative. Blake devotes a significant amount of time and effort to mentoring younger female and minority attorneys. “I probably have five to seven or more mentees at any time. It’s very important to me. I want to give back and make sure I leave the profession better than I found it, and bring people along on the journey.”

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