Keynote Speaker

Jacquelyn Howard

Vice President Global Food Supply Chain


Jacquelyn is currently charged with establishing the sustainable, end- to-end architecture for the Starbuck food supply chain.

As an experienced supply chain professional, she is inventive, persuasive and calm under intense pressure. Over the years she has become known as a proven developer of strong talent, creator of

best-in-class processes, in possession of superb domestic and global leadership skills. Jacquelyn has been accountable for building competitive, quality, food-safe supply chains. She effectively uses change management strategies to transform departments into strategic, metric-driven business enablers that provide a competitive advantage.

For nearly 20 years, Jacquelyn was an invaluable leader within McDonald’s supply chain and throughout the organization. In her last role, she led several U.S. leadership- sponsored assessments to guide critical-to-success future business investments. She was part of the leadership team within McDonald’s China as VP - McDonald's China/Hong Kong Supply Chain 2012 – 2015. Prior to McDonalds, Jacquelyn was a 10-year veteran of E.I. du Pont de Nemours.

Jacquelyn’s accomplishments have been celebrated through a number of awards including the McDonald’s Eagle Leadership, Women’s Leadership Network, Global Supply Leadership Board Excellence, Asia Pacific-Middle East-Africa Gold Standard Quality, and the Circle of Excellence for Brand Protection Awards. External recognition includes: China’s 7-star Quality Excellence, the Hong Kong Malcolm Baldridge Quality and the 2013 inaugural class of the Princeton High School (Cincinnati, OH) Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Jacquelyn’s community commitments include the Chicago Boys & Girls Club; Junior Achievement instructor; Duke University Alumni board, Still Middle School PTA Vice President and United Way Big Sister program. She is a member of the Intralox China Food Safety Board and serves as an advisor to a number of startup businesses.

A Duke University (B.S. Biomedical Engineering) and a University of Delaware (MBA) alumna, she and her family’s new home is in scenic Seattle, Washington.