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Sept. 24: Starbucks exec explores risk management in WSU Walton Lecture

Closeup of Steve Legg.

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

PULLMAN, Wash. – Steve Legg, director of risk management of Starbucks Coffee Company, will present “Lattes and Risk Management,” 5-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Carson College of Business, Todd 130, on the Washington State University Pullman campus.

The presentation is the 26th annual Walton Lecture, free to the public.

Legg is responsible for global corporate property, casualty insurance and risk financing. He will speak about navigating the increasingly complex risk universe, making sound risk management decisions and preparing for a successful career in the industry.

Legg has more than 20 years of insurance and risk management experience, including claims adjustment and insurance brokering. He served on the board of the Washington state chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society for seven years and was president of the chapter from 2005-2006. He has been an active participant in the national RIMS Society and has served as a speaker to other insurance industry groups. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political economy of industrial societies. He also holds the Associate in Risk Management and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designations from The Institutes.

Established in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has 28,720 stores in 77 markets.

Starbucks has one of the most recognized logos in the world. Its mission statement, developed by its founder Howard Schultz, is “to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” Starbucks is a member of the Fortune 500 and employs over 275,000 full-time employees worldwide.

Each fall, the Walton Lecture brings a distinguished leader in the insurance and risk management field to campus to share professional perspectives. The lecture is hosted by the WSU Carson College of Business’s Department of Finance and Management Science and made possible through an endowment from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington. The endowment honors Max Walton, the group’s past president.


  • Michael McNamara, finance professor, Carson College of Business, 509-335-5632,
  • Sue McMurray, assistant director of communications, Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578,

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