Third Place Development Series

The Third Place Development Series focuses on topics to help create a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment. Using videos and discussion questions, this series is designed to generate insights and break down our biases as we seek to use more inclusive practices across our communities. Starbucks partners with external speakers to talk about critical issues that may prevent us from creating and maintaining the “third place” for our partners and customers. This series is a tool that will help intentionally create a space for everyone to cultivate meaningful connections shared through various lived experiences and challenging our own biases.

Starbucks defines the third place as a warm and welcoming environment where customers can gather and connect. The third-place environment in alignment with our mission “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”