This #BlackHistoryMonth, we are honoring our partners (employees) and customers who never cease to challenge and inspire us. Donise, a lawyer and director on the Starbucks Legal team, is a trailblazer. In several of her previous jobs, she was the first Black woman attorney ever hired. Donise has spent her career championing for diversity by starting affinity groups and mentoring young lawyers. “I’m an advocate for diversity, not just for women or African Americans, but for everyone. We all need to have a fair chance to do what we want to do.” This month, Donise was honored with the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association for her continued advocacy for diversity and equity in the workplace.