From Barista to Boardroom: Lessons about Life and Leadership from a Career in Coffee

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Part autobiography and part business memoir, former Starbucks vice president Christine McHugh shares how she went from serving single shots to creating programs adopted by stores worldwide.

From a young age, Christine McHugh dreamed of finding a place in the bigger world outside her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. Inspired by members of her family and the confident businesswomen she saw when visiting Seattle, she packed her bags, enrolled in community college, and took a job slinging espresso at the local coffee chain-a modest thirty-seven-store operation called Starbucks. Presented with the opportunity to move into store management, she promptly quit school and dove headfirst into a career that would span twenty-seven years.

In From Barista to Boardroom, McHugh describes her own nontraditional path up the corporate ladder, sharing lessons learned from taking a year off midcareer to backpack around the world, navigating motherhood as a corporate executive, and going back to school at the age of forty. McHugh's personal struggles and moments of triumph, told with frank vulnerability, are an inspiration to anyone looking for an extra shot of motivation to write their own story and craft a worthwhile career.

Author: Christine C. McHugh
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: CMC
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 214
Weight: 0.61lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.49d
ISBN: 9781736558102

About the Author
McHugh, Christine C.: - Christine McHugh is an executive coach, consultant, and former Fortune 200 leader with hands-on experience, including twenty-seven years at Starbucks. She partners with leaders looking to scale their organizations, bringing a wealth of experience in strategic planning, operations, and culture development. She is president of the board for the Green Apron Alliance, a global nonprofit organization for Starbucks alumni. Christine began running in her early forties, when her then-elementary-age son invited her to participate in a 5K. She has completed four full marathons. Christine lives in Seattle with her husband, Tate, and son, Nick, and enjoys well-prepared cups of French-pressed Starbucks Caffè Verona. Visit her at