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        Meet the Professor: Stacy Elwell-Chalmers

        September 8, 2022 By Rachel Gullatt

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        Prof. Stacy Elwell-Chalmers joins us on the plains tstacyhis year from starbucks as a Professor practice. Prof. Elwell-Chalmers and her family fellin love with Auburn when her son went to golf camp here.  They've found that people are so kind and welcoming. Prof. Elwell-Chalmers has had a wonderful career at Starbucks, and she was looking for a place where she felt they were truly living their mission.  She loves Auburn's mission and has found many examples of how they live it everyday.  It is very important to her to work at a place that has a true north and Auburn does. Prof. Elwell-Chalmers loves teaching so she always gets excited for a new semester to start.  She looks forward to connecting with the students, getting to know them and helping them learn something new. A fun fact about Prof. Elwell-Chalmers is that she loves to run, so she has been exploring all the trails around town, and recently joined the rec center, which is fantastic! Prof. Stacy Elwell-Chalmers has had an amazing career at Starbucks, read more about her career below in her bio. 


        Stacy Elwell-Chalmers holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning Performance and Change from Colorado State University and has spent 27 years developing practical, field-based experience at Starbucks Coffee Company. In addition to working at Starbucks, Stacy is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, teaching Organizational Behavior, Business-to-Business Marketing, and Organizational Leadership Team Effectiveness and Communications. She also teaches International Business and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology at Clemson University and Arizona State University respectively. As a visiting researcher at Stanford University while completing her degree, Stacy worked with the engineering department studying the scenario-based learning process they are using with Statics (engineering) students.

        She began her career at Starbucks as a barista, working her way up through the ranks to her current position of regional director. Starbucks was small when she started, with only three stores in Colorado and approximately 300 stores companywide. There was a guiding entrepreneurial spirit at the company that was exciting, fulfilling and empowering—Stacy was able to open the first drive-through west of the Mississippi, bring cafes to the Rockies, start up new stores in the Midwest, train the first UK leadership team, create company-adopted best practices, and manage business operations for both coasts at the same time.

        Stacy has operated a $300-million portfolio in a region that covered seven states, leading the company in drive-through efficiencies and achieving a strong track record of creating and leading high-performance teams that are capable of effective problem-solving skills, lean production, leading through change, raising productivity, and improving retention.