News Leadership Team
“If we can recognize the dignity in one another … we'll help move this country forward,” said Howard Schultz as he accepted the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s award for work toward creating equality.
A Starbucks Original Series: A former GOP congressman sounds an alarm on climate change among members of his party. Former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis, who once scoffed at climate change, overcame a humiliating defeat by deciding to take on skeptics within his party.
A Starbucks Original Series: A first responder bares his secrets to help others combat post-traumatic stress. Seattle firefighter Mike Washington told colleagues about some of his most painful and personal moments to encourage them to seek help and draw more attention to stress among our nation’s first responders.
A Starbucks Original Series: A woman drains her retirement fund to rebuild her struggling Rust Belt hometown. Ami Vitori gave up a successful big-city career and tapped her retirement fund to help rebuild the struggling Rust Belt community of Middletown, Ohio.
A Starbucks Original Series: A tenacious young physician hands out clean needles to drug users. Hansel Tookes spent four years on a life-saving mission to convince Florida legislators to allow drug users in Miami to exchange dirty needles for clean ones.
A Starbucks Original Series: A LGBT community center in the Mormon heartland becomes a beacon of acceptance. Stephenie Larsen forged past fear and skepticism to create the first LGBT community center in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to reduce suicides among gay teens and build bridges with the Mormon Church.
A Starbucks Original Series: An awkward call on national television yields a changed life and a remarkable friendship. When Garry Civitello admitted he was prejudiced on national television, a black woman offered him advice to become a better American. The exchange transformed his life and forged a remarkable friendship.
A Starbucks Original Series: An entrepreneur mines talent to rebuild the economy in Appalachia. Entrepreneur Brandon Dennison decided to address poverty in his native West Virginia by extending a hand of opportunity to former coal miners.