Starbucks’ Virginia Tenpenny On Leading By Listening

When it comes to social impact, Starbucks has been leading the pack for decades. In fact, it’s hard to keep track of all their initiatives, from local community grants to groundbreaking standards it created to source ingredients like coffee beans and cocoa.

In this episode of Lead With We I got the chance to chat with Virginia Tenpenny, Starbucks’ Chief Social Impact Officer, who shared how Starbucks brings purpose to life on a daily basis, the future of leadership, localizing large scale impact, and the importance of treating your employees like partners.

This episode of Lead With We was produced and edited by Goal 17 Media and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. You can also watch episodes on YouTube at WeFirstTV.

Virginia Tenpenny

Virginia Tenpenny is a global social impact leader with 20 years of U.S. and international experience involving philanthropy, civic engagement, hunger relief, women’s empowerment, opportunity creation for underserved communities, sustainability, and ethical sourcing. As the Chief Social Impact Officer at Starbucks, she leads complex enterprise-wide initiatives and scales social impact strategies that promote thriving communities and deliver positive business results.


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