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Dual Degree Dietitians – Why go the extra mile?. Brenda Atkins, RD Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance Target Corporation TCDDA Meeting, April 2012. Education. B.A. – Nutrition and Dietetics, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN Dietetic Internship – U of M Hospital

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dual degree dietitians why go the extra mile

Dual Degree Dietitians – Why go the extra mile?

Brenda Atkins, RD

Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance

Target Corporation

TCDDA Meeting, April 2012

  • B.A. – Nutrition and Dietetics, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • Dietetic Internship – U of M Hospital
  • M.B.A. – Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; emphasis: supply chain
    • Why an MBA?
      • Deeper understanding/appreciation for cross-functional partners and their work
      • Stronger knowledge of my organization’s financial framework
      • Opportunity to diversify my experiences and education
      • An opportunity to add security in finding/maintaining work (your job is your greatest financial asset)


camilia rose coon rapids
Camilia Rose, Coon Rapids
  • Nutrition Services Supervisor:
    • Leading day-to-day operations of the kitchen
    • Manage execution/prioritizing
    • Resilience and adaptability
    • Customer service
    • Positive opinion leadership
    • Engage and inspire others


pillsbury st paul
Pillsbury, St Paul
  • Consumer Relations
    • Responding to escalated consumer contacts pertaining to matters of serious nature (illness, injury, allergic reaction, foreign material, etc)
    • Thinking on my feet
    • Engaged and ready to respond
    • Responding professionally to difficult situations
    • Listening skills, empathy
    • Answered contacts via phone, e-mail and postal mail


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Pillsbury, St Paul
  • Labeling Specialist: Nutrition and Labeling, Green Giant and Progresso Soups
    • Developing the regulated information on food labels, including claims and required language
    • Extremely specialized knowledge, OTJ training
    • Working alongside experts in the industry
    • Project management
    • Cross-functional team
    • Communicating Technical Issues
    • Detail orientation
    • Identifying relevant claim opportunities
    • Timing and action; prioritization


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Malt-O-Meal, Northfield
  • Quality Specialist: Quality Assurance
    • Being the in-house Nutrition and Labeling Regulatory expert
    • Bridging the Quality and Product Development functions
    • Presenting to management on hot nutrition/regulatory issues
    • Providing detailed and quality information to retailers


target minneapolis
Target, Minneapolis
  • Senior Labeling Specialist: Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance
    • Providing regulatory guidance in labeling of Archer Farms and Market Pantry products
    • Managing hundreds of labels annually
    • Highly cross-functional work
      • (Buyers, Product Development, Product Standards and Specifications, Legal, Packaging Engineering, Marketing, Food Safety, Trend teams)
    • Change management skills
    • Being able to manage execution well
    • Being able to lead initiatives
    • An opportunity to work on any product in the grocery aisle


honeywell golden valley
Honeywell, Golden Valley
  • Senior Logistics Analyst: Logistics and Transportation
  • Assisting Leadership with cost reduction (savings) initiatives
  • Reporting results/forecasts for management
  • Assisting with special projects
    • Small parcel banding
    • Centralized warehouse modeling
  • Collaborating with colleagues globally
  • Opportunity to travel internationally


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Valspar, Minneapolis
  • Regulatory Manager, Quality & Safety
    • Led effort to standardize labeling process and shift multiple business units into an on-line proofing system
    • Collaborating with multiple divisions globally
    • Engaging teams to share best practices
    • Developing and executing a process
    • Driving for results


target minneapolis1
Target, Minneapolis
  • Program Manager: Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance
    • Leading special projects
    • Managing a direct report
    • Providing regulatory guidance on hundreds of labels annually
    • Sharing breadth of regulatory and nutrition knowledge with colleagues
    • Staying up-to-date on regulatory changes
    • Keeping current on health & wellness, and nutrition-related topics
    • Working on a wide variety of product categories
    • Influencing change by developing guidelines, programs and policies


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Target, Minneapolis
  • Program Manager: Nutrition, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance
    • Opportunities within Labeling going forward:
      • Managerial track
      • Technical track
    • Opportunities outside of current team, with MBA:
      • Supply Chain
      • Distribution
      • Logistics
      • Transportation
      • Buyer/Merchandising
      • Field work (non-headquarters)
      • Finance
      • Accounting


ideas that have helped me
Ideas that have helped me
  • Does your employer help pay for school?
  • Make the most of your classes, network with classmates when you can (before life gets too busy!)
  • Keep your resume posted and up-to-date on job sites
  • On your resume, be sure to note that you’re in school and state your anticipated graduation date.
  • Write and re-write your resume


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Ideas that have helped me
  • Make full use of career center at your school. Treat the resume tune-up and interview preparation like another class.
  • What are your successes? What steps did you take? What leadership behaviors did you demonstrate? Make note of those moments!
  • Do mock interviews until yours is perfect! Remember:
    • Situation/Challenge
    • Behavior/I was able to demonstrate…
    • Outcome


the job hunt
The job hunt
  • Mock interviews with career counselors (the art of interviewing is constantly changing)
  • Do an informational interview/job shadow with someone in a role you’re interested in
    • Ask:
      • Daily responsibilities?
      • Favorite/least favorite parts of their job?
      • Functional areas that they interface with?
      • Background/how did they get there?
      • What type of position are they looking to do next?
      • What skill sets are essential in that role?


the job hunt1
The job hunt
  • Leadership expectations
    • What is meaningful to your future employer?
    • How have I already demonstrated these behaviors?
    • Be able to explain these behaviors in a behavioral-based interview (3 parts)
    • Have examples ready-to-go
    • Make a note of your accomplishments when they happen
    • Be ready with questions for them


final thoughts
Final thoughts…
  • If you do pursue a second degree:
    • Make it as helpful as you want it to be.
    • It is not just about attending classes.
    • It is an opportunity to:
      • Network with students and professors
      • Gain valuable experiences
      • Learn from other students and their experiences
      • Utilize career centers/counselors
      • Work in groups with other students/establish friendships
      • Attend events and/or travel
      • Be on the forefront of your area of study
      • Learn about employers and what they’re looking for
      • Learn from professionals working in your area of study


thank you
Thank you!
  • Questions?