Rosalind Brewer

Starbucks’ First Female COO Is A Sister, Y’all

Brewin' for the culture.

by Zahara Hill, September 7, 2017

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Rosalind Brewer

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The new chief operating officer and group president of Starbucks is a sister, y’all.

On Wednesday, everyone’s favorite caffeine distributor annunciated that its first female COO would be former Sam Club’s chief executive officer Rosalind Brewer.

“I am so honored to have the pleasure of working with the Starbucks leadership team to realize our highest of aspirations for the company and I look forward to working closely with the astute and talented leaders across the enterprise,” Brewer said in a statement obtained by NBC.

But Brewer, who also serves as chair of Spelman College’s Board of Trustees, isn’t new to making history at major corporations. The 54-year-old became the first woman and black person to head a Walmart division as the Sam’s Club CEO where she was vocal about the significance of diversity.

In 2015, white tears were abound when Brewer told CNN that she regularly pushed for diversity while leading Sam’s Club.

“I demand it of my team and within the structure. And then, every now and then, you have to nudge your partners, and you have to speak up and speak out,” Brewer said. “I try to set an example. I mentor many women inside my company and outside the company because I think it’s important.”

Brewer’s comment sparked the hashtag #BoycottRacistSamsClub. Will Brewer’s commitment to diversity in her new leadership role get more wypipo in their feelings? We can only hope so. Congrats, sis.

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