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Leadership Dinner: Howard Wollner

Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm

Application Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

Dine with inspiring leaders from various industries and organizations. At Leadership Dinners, you will interact with proven leaders and a small group of graduate students over dinner at the Faculty Club.  

Howard Wollner, former senior vice president, Starbucks Coffee Company

Howard is a retired Senior Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company. He held a number of management positions during his tenure at the company, helping to build the company from its early stage of operations to an iconic global brand and business when he retired.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Howard was the president of the Seattle office of an employee benefits consulting firm.

Howard served as a dialogue partner for the book – Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School. He now provides consulting and advisory services to non-profits, retailers, manufacturers and restaurant groups in the areas of organizational design, corporate culture development and strategic planning.

Howard has served on non-profit boards including: IslandWood, a nationally recognized environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, Washington where he is now an Emeritus Board Member; and the Seattle Foundation. He is currently the Chairman of the NPR Foundation and is a board member of NPR, Inc. in Washington D.C. He also has served on the board of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Howard received a BA in History from Georgetown University and an MBA from Seattle University. Howard and his wife, Barbara, reside in Healdsburg and San Francisco where they are both avid yoga and food enthusiasts. They have a daughter who is a writer.

Please Note:
Leadership Dinners have limited seating. If you are accepted you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $50 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event.

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