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Left to right: Olden Lee, principal, Lee Management Consulting; Kevin Johnson, CEO, Juniper Networks; Javier Teruel, partner, Spectron Desarrollo; Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Investments; Bill Bradley (standing), managing director, Allen & Co.; Myron Ullman, CEO, J.C. Penney; Barbara Bass (above), president, Gerson Bakar Foundation; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Howard Schultz (standing), founder and CEO, Starbucks; Craig Weatherup, retired CEO, Pepsi Bottling Group; James Shennan Jr., general partner emeritus, Trinity Ventures
Starbucks seems to be back, with same-store sales up for the first time since founder Howard Schultz returned to helm the flagging coffee chain two years ago. Closing hundreds of shops helped boost profits 24% last year, to nearly $400 million, and enabled the beverage giant to offer its first-ever dividend to shareholders in 2010.

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