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C2FO’s Sandy Kemper, Former Starbucks CEO, Joins Morgan Stanley Exec for ‘Nothing to Fear’ DEI Conversation

July 13, 2021
The C2FO Team

On July 8, Startland News hosted Sandy Kemper, founder and CEO of C2FO, Howard Schultz, former chairman and CEO of Starbucks, and Carla Harris, vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, for its “Nothing to Fear” virtual panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Harris led the conversation that explored corporate diversity and inclusion trends — and the paralyzing mindset that often keeps leaders from embracing them. 

Kemper highlighted the importance of a “Grit Score” that factors the challenges an applicant has faced in their life when hiring candidates.

“Grit is fundamental to being an entrepreneur … and to that entrepreneur’s success,” Kemper said. “We assign that not as a leveler per se, but as an assigned value that helps us assess the grittiness of an individual. We find that those who have come from more difficult backgrounds have more grit, and usually, folks who are in a minority population come from more challenging backgrounds.”

“We think from a human capital, toughness and tenacity perspective, that is a shaper of success for future hires.”

To read more about the conversation and to watch the panel discussion, click here.