News Leadership Team
Rosalind Gates Brewer, chief operating officer at Starbucks, was the commencement speaker Sunday at Spelman College, 34 years after she graduated. The full circle moment was deeply meaningful for Brewer, who dared graduates to “continue to seek out education and opportunity and influence and power and truth.”
Starbucks China’s chief executive officer Belinda Wong talks about leading, growing and experimenting in the company’s fastest growing market where a new store opens every 15 hours – and doing it while taking care of thousands of partners.
Orin C. Smith, former Starbucks chief executive officer, was known for his wit, generosity, deliberate decision making and quiet, steadfast leadership, especially during a time of explosive growth at the company.
“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.