LEAD Forward Fellows
Professor Mindy Sagez, LEAD Forward program director
Mindy served as a driving force in Starbucks’s 2008 Reinvention of Brewed Coffee Initiative. She strategized, organized, and led multiple cross-functional teams totaling nearly 120 Starbucks partners in the creation and successful launch of Pike Place Roast. CEO Howard Schultz publicly recognized her efforts in a press release in 2008, and in March 2015 Fast Company directly attributed the launch of Pike Place Roast as a key driver in Starbucks turnaround, the 5th biggest business turnaround of the last 20 years.