Mo Mo Anselmi’s busy life is about to get even busier. The immigrant from Italy arrived in the United States just over five years ago, after working at Apple Computer in Ireland.  Her job was interesting and challenging but was an internship and lasted only three months. She then moved to Sumter, SC, and what came next was her introduction to Starbucks Coffee. 

Anselmi divided her time between working and pursuing her degree in visual communications at University of South Carolina - Sumter.  One thing led to another and after three years in Sumter, she found herself promoted and moving to Columbia.

Anselmi attributes her success to her schooling in Italy as a young girl and the early orientation towards careers and training. “In Italy, you choose your career in middle school,” she said. Furthermore, Italian students study for five years in high school. “It is where I learned to speak English,” she said. “I also watched ‘Grey's Anatomy’ in English.”

Her expansion of responsibility has grown along with Starbucks’ presence in Columbia.  Anselmi started in Sumter one and a half years ago and has since started up or worked at Starbucks locations in Camden, Gervais St., Millwood, Sand Hills and Bull St. She most recently opened up a Rosewood location, bringing the total to seven locations in eighteen months. Growth continues as the Midlands' 29th store is opening on Longs Pond Rd. 

Anselmi has 33 employees and said, “I am always open to interview and add to my team if necessary or help other stores in their staffing process.”

Midlands job seekers, especially those with military backgrounds would do well to remember that less than ten years ago, Starbucks committed to hiring over 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. Today, the company is announcing it has reached more than double that goal and has hired 26,000 veterans and military spouses to date.

Anselmi for now wants to get her branch and her workers ready for the challenges that a heavy influx of new customers will bring as they get ready to accommodate the return of college students, football fans and visitors to the State Fair.

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