Starbucks Speaks About Creativity & Compliance with Cory MacDonald

May 7, 2021

In this episode, Tom and Ronnie visit with Cory MacDonald, Learning Manager, Ethics & Compliance at Starbucks about their creative approaches to training and communications.


Tom Fox

Ronnie Feldmen


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About This Episode

Some of the highlight include:

  • An overview of Starbucks creative training and communication strategy.
  • The importance of branding or rebranding Ethics & Compliance as positive and helpful.
  • Communicating with the workforce creatively outside of a traditional LMS push.
  • Utilizing real stories to start dialogues around these important issues.
  • Surrounding training with teaser communications and reinforcements to make it more of a hub and spoke comms campaign.
  • Driving traffic to the Ethics & Compliance Hub to make it an interesting, ongoing resource.
  • Gathering different kinds of measurements and metrics beyond just “did I pass the test.”
  • The importance and willingness to try new things.
  • Continually reinventing your program and your message to stay relevant and fresh.

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