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Blair  Taylor

Blair Taylor

Former Chief Community Officer & Head of Global HR at Starbucks


Blair Taylor is one of the nation’s most recognized leaders in the creation of highly successful for profit, nonprofit and governmental innovations. He has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience spanning across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of XFC Partners (X-Factor), a firm he founded to focus on creating sustainable linkages between the globe’s largest corporations and untapped sources of talent. Read More >

Taylor has a rich background of senior corporate and social change. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), a nonprofit launched by President Obama to advance communities of color broadly and boys and men of color more specifically. Prior to leading MBKA, Taylor served as a member of the Starbucks Coffee Company’s senior leadership team, reporting to CEO Howard Schultz, where he led the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), Diversity & Inclusion, and government affairs functions and also served for a period as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Starbucks Global Human Resources and President of the Starbucks Foundation. Taylor’s business leadership also includes eight years with PepsiCo and IBM.

Taylor has spent his career innovating with some of the nation’s biggest brands and working with CEOs, philanthropy and the White House to devise scalable solutions with triple bottom-lines. He has an extensive array of Board Chairman and leadership roles and is uniquely positioned to speak on 21st Century intersections between corporations and community, and the imperative for corporations to lead in the social change space as government recedes. He is also an expert on the topic of Diversity & Inclusion, including cost effective methods to recruit underserved populations. Taylor holds a BA in economics from Amherst College where he also served as a Trustee in 2013, and an M.B.A. in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where he was named one of the school’s 100 most inspirational Alums. Read Less ^

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