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Howard Behar

Former President of Starbucks Coffee Company

Former President of Starbucks Coffee Company

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Howard Behar Biography

Howard Behar's career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee Company 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 only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. In addition, Behar helped establish the Starbucks culture, which stresses the importance of people over profits. He coached hundreds of leaders at every level and helped the company grow into a world-renowned brand.

A frequent speaker on the topics of organizational and personal leadership, Behar now serves on several Boards, including for-profit organizations such as Anna's Linens, Sterling Savings Bank, Education Elements and the advisory boards of Anthos Capital and Roadtrip Nation. His non-profit commitments are to the University of Washington Foundation and he is a Trustee for the Biller Family Foundation. He is also involved in the UW Business School mentoring program.

Behar is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model. He has also authored a book on leadership, titled It's Not About the Coffee.

Howard Behar presents inspiring keynotes and leads thought-provoking Q&A’s with large and small audiences, ranging from corporations to educational institutions to boards to governance groups and nonprofit organizations. He is committed to exchanging ideas and creating dialogue around the ways we lead ourselves and others in organizations today. He also addresses the role personal leadership plays in our individual lives.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/16/2024.

Howard Behar Speaking Topics

  • It's Not About the Coffee

    During his many years as a senior executive at Starbucks, Howard Behar helped establish the Starbucks culture, which stresses the importance of people over profits. He coached hundreds of leaders at every level and helped the company grow into a world-renowned brand. Now, he reveals the ten principles and the memorable wisdom that guided his leadership and success—and not one of them is about coffee.

Howard Behar Videos

  • Former President Howard Behar on Starbucks Employees Union
    Despite Starbucks employees seeking to unionize, the company prides itself on being a place that deeply cares about the workers. In today's episode,...
  • How Howard Behar Used Company Values to Build
    See more world-class leaders speak and more at the award-winning tinypulse. com/blog. Former Starbucks President Howard Behar put a ...
  • Howard Behar - 2016 PhD, MBA, Evening MBA Graduation Keynote ...

Howard Behar Books

  • The Magic Cup: A Business Parable About a Leader, a Team, and the Power of Putting People and Values First
    The Magic Cup: A Business Parable About a Leader, a Team, and the Power of Putting People and Values First
  • It's Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks
    It's Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks
  • It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks
    It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks

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Howard Behar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as It's Not About the Coffee. The estimated speaking fee range to book Howard Behar for your event is available upon request. Howard Behar generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Afdhel Aziz, David Kahan, Sarah Kauss, Chieh Huang and Eduardo Briceño. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Howard Behar for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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