News Articles

Over the years, Wanda has been featured in various news outlets, from Time Magazine to the Seattle Times. Please check out the following links and articles to see examples of Wanda’s presence in the media.

Michigan State University
Former Starbucks Exec, World-Renowned Geophysicist to Speak at Commencement

Commencement Address (please note that my address begins at 16:15 and ends at 38:30)

2017 Women’s History Month
Guest on Steele Talkin’ with Jearlyn Steele — 3/26/17
WCCO Radio (CBS Minnesota)

Wanda Herndon: The Black Past Remembered

Puget Sound Business Journal
2015 Women of Influence:  Wanda Herndon

Puget Sound Business Journal
At home, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz lauded as a leader who transformed how to do business

Time Magazine
Starbucks Looks for a Fresh Jolt

Black Enterprise
Profitability Is In The People – How engaged employees can drive customer satisfaction

52 Cups of Coffee
one girl’s year-long experiment with caffeine and conversation

Puget Sound Business Journal
Schultz group names several Sonics investors

Essence Magazine
Dynamic Duo

Puget Sound Business Journal
Coffee Communicator

Wanda Herndon Leaves Starbucks

The Flint Journal
Perking Along

Time Magazine
Wake Up and Sell the Coffee

The Seattle Times
The secretive world of Sonics owners

The Flint Journal
Starbucks exec perks up dreams

The Strategist
Escalating concerns about corporate reputation will bring most PR practitioners to center stage in their companies this year

PR Week
Making coffee talk to a global marketplace

The Communicator
Wanda Herndon “one of the best”

Black Professionals
Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America

“It’s no surprise that Wanda has received media coverage from a diverse list of top tier publications. Her story goes beyond her smart sense, direct approach and passion for communications – she models these qualities in life as a mentor, friend and colleague. I was privileged to live through many of the stories featured in the media for the five years I was on Wanda’s team at Starbucks. We worked hard and accomplished so much; the experience was incredibly rewarding and had lasting impact on my professional and personal life. Thank you Wanda!”


Audrey Lincoff

Consultant, Author and Former vice president, Global Communications, Starbucks Coffee Company