Twelve youth in our Roberto Maestas Youth Leadership Institute were recently invited to Starbucks headquarters for a full day of career and leadership training, a tour, and a meeting with the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Tony Byers. The youth asked what diversity looks like in the Starbucks Corporation and learned how thinking globally can benefit organizations and corporations. Mr. Byers told them how important it is to not isolate ourselves in only the culture that we know, but discussed the benefits of working with people internationally and reaching new places. For example, he told them how Starbucks works with farmers and other people from all over the world to bring consumers the best coffee products that they can. The youth who attended also learned about the importance of diversity in the workplace and how valuable it is for them to bring their own culture, language, ideas, and experiences to the table. The youth had a great time, and were able to practice public speaking, learn how to conduct themselves in job interviews, and start thinking about their futures. They learned how to be strong in who they are and be confident in job settings. We are excited to see how the youth who attended have been empowered by the lessons they’ve learned from their trip to Starbucks and their discussions with Mr. Byers. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, was unable to meet the youth due to travel, but was gracious enough to let them tour his office, and even signed copies of his book, Onward, for each one of them. Mil gracias to those at Starbucks for having a wonderful impact on our youth!