Friday, August 17, 2018
6:00 pm

Building a Better Company


Howard Schultz, Starbucks Chairman Emeritus
Interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin


Hosted by Patti Ferrin


The long-time chairman and former CEO of Starbucks rose from humble beginnings in Brooklyn public housing to growing Starbucks into an $84 billion business—revolutionizing the coffee industry along the way. His leadership at Starbucks has long been marked by a sense of social justice and strengthening communities through human connection and social innovation. When he transitioned to Chairman in 2017, his focus on social impact initiatives continued, as he remained true to the company’s mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. His legacy redefined the role and responsibility of a for-profit, public company, proving that a business can exceed expectations by sharing success with its people and the communities it serves. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Starbucks.



HOWARD SCHULTZ was the CEO of Starbucks from 1986-2000 and again from 2008-2017, as well as its executive chairman from 2017 to 2018. He is a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Square, Inc., and a co-founder of the investment group, Maveron. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Starbucks


ANDREW ROSS SORKIN is a journalist and financial columnist for the New York Times and co-anchor of  “The Squawk Box” on CNBC. He is also the author of the book, Too Big to Fail. 

    generously underwritten by

      Judith Hope Twomey