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By: Lucy Lee Helm, EVP, General Counsel, Starbucks

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Lucy Lee Helm, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Starbucks

I joined Starbucks 16 years ago, transitioning from private practice as a trial lawyer. My law firm was an exceptional place to work, with wonderful colleagues and fascinating clients. But while I was a fine advocate and a successful contributor to the firm, my heart was not in the business of private legal practice. Find out more about Lucy below.

Growing a Business Through the Lens of Humanity

Within a short time of becoming a Starbucks partner (what we call our employees), I knew I had found my heart. It wasn’t the product (although it’s a pretty sweet deal to have the world’s finest coffee at your fingertips), the innovative work or the positive “buzz” in the hallways. It was the sense that I was part of something bigger, a different kind of company. Since its beginning in 1971, Starbucks has reflected a culture of doing the right thing and acting with humanity and respect, positively impacting our partners, our customers, and our communities.

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Author Biography:

Lucy Lee Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for 16 years. She was appointed as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary in May 2012. In her role, Lucy leads the global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 210 legal and compliance partners in 16 offices around the world. In addition to her work at Starbucks, Lucy is a member of the Board of Directors of the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. She also serves on the Board of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program and the advisory board of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit disability law center in Berkeley, CA. In 2014, Lucy was a recipient of Legal Momentum’s Woman of Achievement award, and was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel.