Brandon Carson

Brandon Carson is vice president of Learning, Development, and Partner Experiences at Starbucks. He is an innovative learning strategist with extensive experience leading corporate global learning programs and teams in environments as varied as startups, tech companies, retail, and transportation.

He has delivered various engaging presentations and workshops at industry events. Under Brandon’s leadership, his employers have been honored with several industry awards, including the ATD BEST Award, the Learning Guild People's Choice Award, and three Brandon Hall Awards for best custom learning design.

He has also served on ATD’s design committee for the TechKnowledge conference. He is the author of Learning in the Age of Immediacy, and L&D's Playbook for the Digital Age, both from ATD Press.

In 2020, Carson founded L&D Cares, a nonprofit that provides no-cost mentoring, coaching, and resources for talent professionals to help them thrive and flourish in their careers. Carson holds an M.Ed in educational technology, a BA in business, and certification in advanced analysis.

Brandon invites you to chat with him on LinkedIn (, where he engages in frank, interactive discussions about learning and business transformation. Learn more about his initiatives at