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Northeastern University Welcomes Ad Exec-Turned Starbucks Employee for Book Talk

WHO: Northeastern University’s “Meet the Author” series welcomes Michael Gates Gill, a former advertising executive-turned Starbucks employee.

Gill, a Yale graduate, will discuss How Starbucks Saved My Life, a memoir in which he recounts how he reclaimed a life torn apart by an affair that resulted in a divorce, a brain tumor and a collapsing business venture by taking a job serving coffee, working the cash register and making lattes at Starbucks.

Critically hailed as an intriguing look behind the counter of one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Starbucks shares the story of the 63-year-old Gill’s personal transformation to achieving self-acceptance and explains how a diverse group of employees more than half his age inspired and brought him hope.

How Starbucks Saved My Life is now being made into a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks.

WHEN:Friday, October 19, at noon.

WHERE: Snell Library, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

This event is co-sponsored by the Northeastern Libraries and the Northeastern Bookstore.

For more information, please contact Jason Kornwitz at 617-373-5471 or

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit