Sip free Starbucks coffee and hear from the DePauw University graduate who is the chain's U.S. president, when Jim Alling presents the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at 8 o'clock tonight in Meharry Hall of East College.
Following Alling's speech, "Growing Big, Staying Small at Starbucks," guests are invited to a free coffee tasting event. They'll also receive a sample of Starbucks product at the event.
In his DePauw address, Alling -- a 1983 graduate of the University -- will talk about the road that brought him from Greencastle to Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, and how the company is striving -- as its mission statement asserts -- to provide "an uplifting experience that enriches people's lives one moment, one human being, one extraordinary cup of coffee at a time," while embracing an array of socially responsible policies and initiatives.
Jim Alling graduated from DePauw with a bachelor's degree in economics and Spanish, then earned a master's degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
He joined Starbucks in September 1997 after a lengthy career with Nestl/ USA.
The Ubben Lecture Series' recent visitors have included For One More Day author Mitch Albom and biologist E.O. Wilson in Fall 2006. Other past Ubben Lecturers have been: Mikhail Gorbachev, Peyton Manning, Spike Lee, Shimon Peres, Benazir Bhutto, General Colin Powell, Mike Krzyzewski, Jesse Jackson, L. Paul Bremer, ice cream entrepreneurs Ben & Jerry, Rev. Jesse Jackson, General Wesley Clark, Hotel Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina, Ross Perot, and Harry Belafonte. All Ubben Lectures are free and open to the public.