A Real Conversation with Howard Behar

Howard Behar will be interviewed by Steve Motenko about his perspective on Conscious Capitalism through the lens of his integral role in building Starbucks into one of the world’s leading companies and brands. Audience Q&A will follow. Beer, wine and light appetizers will be provided.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6pm – 8pm
6pm doors open. 7pm interview conversation begins.


Impact Hub
220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA
Waterfall Room


$45 / person
Includes beer, wine, light appetizers
Purchase tickets

About 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 now serves on several boards, including iD Tech, Education Elements and the advisory boards of Anthos Capital and Roadtrip Nation. His non-profit commitments are to the University of Washington Foundation, UW Business School mentoring program and as a Trustee for The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. Mr. 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 two books on leadership titled “It’s Not About the Coffee” and the newly released “The Magic Cup.”

About “The Magic Cup”

The story revolves around Vince Steadfast, the newly named CEO of imaginary manufacturer Verity Glassworks, which has fallen on difficult times. Vince is hired to help the once iconic company return to its glory days, and he brings with him a parting gift from his mentor and former boss: a stunning crystal coffee cup from Verity’s halcyon days. The cup turns out to be magic – truly – and helps him come to understand an reinvigorate the values that Verity has misplaced along the way.

The story of “The Magic Cup” helps each of us discover that only by acting on sound moral principles can we fill our own cups with the personal and professional success and satisfaction we seek.


About Steve MotenkoMotenko-mediumheadshot

Steve Motenko has created a couple of successful careers out of asking people profound questions. A former award-winning journalist, Steve is currently an executive coach as well as co-host of The Boss Show, a Seattle podcast / radio show offering workplace wisdom with heart and humor for anyone who is or has a boss. Steve is also Director of Programs for Path Forward Leadership Development, whose principles and practices align deeply with Conscious Capitalism. The Boss Show, which airs Sundays at noon on KOMO Newsradio, will air a two-part interview with Howard Behar in May.