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Starbucks hires Atlanta Hawks’ Nzinga Shaw as global chief diversity officer

Nzinga C. Shaw (Photo provided)

Coffee giant Starbucks has tapped Nzinga Shaw as its global chief inclusion and diversity officer. Shaw, the Atlanta Hawks’ former chief inclusion & diversity officer, is heading to Seattle.

“After five tremendous years, I am leaving the Atlanta Hawks to join the Starbucks family as chief inclusion & diversity officer. I am overly grateful to the Hawks ownership, CEO Steve Koonin and NBA organization for giving me an opportunity to create internal and external programs with diversity at the core,” Shaw wrote on LinkedIn.

Shaw attributes her successful career to her educational background from institutions such as Spelman College, the University of Pennsylvania, and her studies abroad at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Shaw was recognized as one of rolling out’s Top 25 Women of Atlanta in 2015, an event that celebrates women who are uplifting the community through their contributions to government, corporate America, small business, education and the nonprofit sectors.

Nzinga Shaw with Munson Steed at rolling out‘s 2015 Top 25 Women of Atlanta event. (Photo credit: Sed Baliem for Steed Media Service)

Shaw previously served as SVP with Edelman, as well as leadership roles with Essence magazine and the National Football League.