Former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz will speak about major policies

Schultz hasn't solidified his name in the 2020 presidential race. But tomorrows speech may give some hints.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 7:01 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2019 3:27 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)— You are used to seeing Howard Schultz talk about advancements for your favorite coffee shop. Now you may see him talk about advancements, for your future.

Schultz is the former CEO of Starbucks and is coming to Purdue on Thursday to speak at Fowler Hall on campus.

''So I was informed on Monday that this whole thing was happening,” said President of Student Government Aaron Banks. “It’s kind of been a whirlwind since then''

Aaron Banks is Purdue University’s Student Body President. He and others in student government are in charge of facilitating this event.

''It's always a motivating factor when somebody who has such a platform as Howard Schultz comes and interacts with somebody who's just a student at a University,” said Banks.

Schultz is expected to speak about major policy issues. Purdue Student Government Vice President Olivia Keller weighs in on why Schultz picked Purdue.

''Honestly, I really think it's an interesting choice,” said Keller. “I know a couple weeks ago he had said that one of the people he looked up to for a while is Mitch Daniels. So I think it'd be crazy to think that it wasn't a little bit of that, we have a great President''

Keller hopes everyone leaves the address with one thing.

''Walk away with just ideas and thought-provoking ideas and just the thought in their head that we can be more,” said Keller. "We don't have to be in a bubble or in a box we can think about a lot of different things''

The speech starts at 1:00 p.m. Banks said after Schultz talks, there will be time for a Q & A.

Tickets were sent out by invite only for the address in Fowler Hall. But, there will be a live stream available, which is open to the public, at Loeb Playhouse.

There will also be a live stream of the address available later on our website.

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