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Zabrina Jenkins & Michelle Banks

Zabrina Jenkins - USA | VP, Assistant General Counsel and Interim Chief Ethics Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

Zabrina Jenkins is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel of Global Litigation and Employment, and interim Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) for Starbucks Coffee Company, based in Seattle, Washington, USA. In this capacity, Zabrina leads a cross-functional team of more than 60 partners (employees) responsible for labor and employment, intellectual property, antitrust, real estate, general liability and commercial litigation, global privacy, and ethics and compliance.

Zabrina was a core member of the 2018 Philadelphia incident crisis management response team, and personally led the negotiations and creative resolution of claims against the company stemming from the highly publicized arrests of two customers. Zabrina serves as an advisor to the Starbucks Policy Governance Council, the Diversity Committee for the Law and Corporate Affairs department, and the Audit Committee for the Starbucks Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Zabrina was an associate at Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle, Washington. During her tenure with the firm, Zabrina focused her practice on commercial litigation, including labor and employment law. Zabrina is an active volunteer in both legal and civic organizations. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI), Loren Miller Bar Foundation and Girls Can Do. Zabrina received her Master of Science degree from Syracuse University’s School of Education and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.


Michelle Banks - IWF Northern California | Executive Leadership Coach, BarkerGilmore LLC

Michelle Banks is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore, where she provides executive coaching to corporate general counsel and their successors in development. She also leads corporate law department strategic summits and professional development workshops. Michelle is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of UCLA Law Women LEAD, and serves as a Board Member of DirectWomen. She also sits on the women’s leadership board at Orrick law firm.

Until March 2016, Michelle was Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Gap Inc. During her tenure, she led the company’s global equity, foundation, franchise services, governance, government affairs and public policy, integrity, legal, privacy and sustainability functions. Before joining Gap Inc. in 1999, Michelle worked as Legal Counsel for the Golden State Warriors basketball team and in Tokyo as American Counsel for Ito-chu Corporation, one of the largest Japanese trading companies.

Michelle has been recognized as a “Legend in Law” by the Burton Foundation, a “Distinguished General Counsel” by the Directors Roundtable, a “Top General Counsel to Watch” by Corporate Board Member, and a “Corporate Counsel Innovator” by the Financial Times. In August 2019, she received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Woman Lawyers of Achievement Award.



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