Howard Behar: Life Outside the Cookie Cutter

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“Every day I want to nurture and inspire the human spirit beginning with myself first and then for others. I say self, first, because I found out that if you’re not ok physically, emotionally and mentally with yourself it’s hard to help someone else.”

Meet Howard Behar…former Starbucks International President.

The quote above represents his mission statement, something he repeats to himself daily as a reminder of his life’s purpose: then and now.

Not exactly what you’d expect from one of the three executives responsible for taking the coffee giant from a small regional chain to an international powerhouse.

Anyone from Seattle is as familiar with the Starbuck’s “backstory” as they are ordering their favorite drink. Or at least I am.

Howard Schultz was the visionary, Howard Behar the soul and Orin Smith the financial.

 

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Homeless in Seattle

Have you heard of The Jungle in Seattle?

When you think of Seattle, maybe you conjure images of the Space Needle or some cool high-tech place, or mountains or lakes, Evergreen trees and rain.

The Jungle I’m referring to is a lawless homeless encampment along the elevated section of Interstate 5 that snakes into Seattle and has become the underbelly where hundreds of people live in tents and makeshift structures…

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Battle of the EpiPen

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Can we talk about the exorbitant cost of EpiPens?

I’ve probably bored you already.

Let’s face it: Another person whining about the high cost of health care in America.

Hell yes I’m complaining! I just had to pay $440 for two EpiPens so my son, um, won’t die if he inadvertently eats a tree nut.

According to the FARE (Food, Allergy, Research and Education) website, researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies and that this potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.

But did you know that State law requires all students with life-threatening health conditions, such as nut allergies, to have medication for each child prior to attending school?

What if you can’t afford one?

 

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