The Howard Behar Story: A Starbucks Blend of Service and Leadership – with Howard Behar

Join us for an inspiring conversation on servant leadership and life with Howard Behar, a visionary leader whose illustrious career with Starbucks as President of North America and founding President of Starbucks International, saw the company grow from 28 stores to over 15,000 across five continents.

With over 50 years in consumer-centric businesses, Mr. Behar’s expertise is unparalleled. Beyond Starbucks, he’s played pivotal roles at organizations like GAP, Shurgard, and the University of Washington Foundation.

An ardent advocate for the Servant Leadership Model, Mr. Behar’s commitment to nurturing future leaders is evident in his two seminal books, ‘It’s Not About the Coffee’ and ‘The Magic Cup’.

Join us to explore his journey, wisdom, and unwavering belief in leadership that serves.

This episode will be airing live on 10th November 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about guest Howard Behar:

Mr. Howard Behar’s career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer-oriented businesses covering several industries.

He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International.

During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for 12 years before retiring.

Mr. Behar is currently a Trustee for the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and is on the advisory board of Anthos Capital. He formerly severed as a board member for: Starbucks, GAP, Shurgard, University of Washington Foundation and IDTech to name a few.

Mr. Behar is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a long-time advocate of the Servant Leadership Model.

He has also authored two books on leadership titled It’s Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup

This episode will be airing live on 10th November 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about host Chris Cooper:

Chris Cooper has over a 30 year career worked with major global brands to small entrepreneurial ventures developing exceptional leaders, teams and highly engaged workforces. Chris has hosted since 2011 the Business Elevation show which in 2019 was the most accessed business show on the world’s leading on-line radio platform ‘Voice America’ .

He is co-Author of The Power To Get Things Done (Whether You Feel Like It Or Not) published by Penguin Random House New York and in 2021 contributed to multiple international best seller ‘Play The Game’.

Chris has a reputation as an exceptional coach, consultant, facilitator and speaker. Chris also founded the Elevation Collective where exceptional people are connected to contribute to a better world. He is a fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, lives in Leicestershire in the UK with his wife and two teenage boys and loves adventure and the natural world.

In 2019, during a mid-life crisis, he competed in Scotland’s toughest one day endurance event.

This episode will be airing live on 10th November 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


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