WALLA WALLA, Wash.--  The executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company will give the inaugural Women, Leadership and Society Lecture at Whitman College  when she visits here Monday, Jan. 23.


            Paula Boggs, who joined Starbucks Coffee Company in her current position in September 2002, will present “How to Succeed and Thrive in the Legal Profession (Or Maybe That’s Life?)” at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall 130.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

            Boggs leads the Law & Corporate Affairs Department at Starbucks and is responsible for overseeing all facets of the company’s legal matters, including real estate, employment, compliance, litigation, corporate and securities, international, intellectual property and commercial.


            Prior to joining Starbucks, Boggs served as Dell Computer Corporation’s Vice President, Legal for Products, Operations and Information Technology Systems since 1997. Prior to that time she was a partner in Preston, Gates & Ellis, a prestigious Seattle law firm, where she was a trial lawyer specializing in corporate civil litigation. She was also an assistant United States attorney in Washington state, is a former U.S. Army officer and worked as a staff attorney for the White House.


            Her numerous volunteer activities in legal and civic organizations  include serving as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, chair of the Audit and Insurance Committee of The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, and on the boards of the Seattle Art Museum, Premera Blue Cross and Starbucks Foundation.


            Boggs received her bachelor of arts degree in international studies from The Johns Hopkins University in 1981 and her juris doctor from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she was named the “1998” Recent Alumna of the Year” in recognition of her professional and civic contributions.


            The Women, Leadership and Society lectureship at Whitman was established this year to confront the fact that despite three decades of upward professional mobility in American society, relatively few women occupy positions of senior leadership in politics, business or education. This 2005-2006 lecture series will feature prominent women leaders who will discuss their professional achievements and address the challenges they have encountered. They will offer advice to Whitman women about securing professional lives and pursuing positions of leadership. Issues they will address include barriers that block women from achieving leadership positions, structural remedies for this situation and the kind of preparation women need in order to achieve positions of leadership.



CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

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