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July 2022 Connections

Heartland Coca-Cola hosted Aashish Allu (2022) and his family at their St. Charles distribution center.

Evanna Dominic (2022) presented her Educator of Distinction award to her Gifted Teacher, Jana Tobin. 

Alice Park (1999), Chad Little (1998), Jany Brown (1992), and Lesley Wainwright (1994) traveled to New York City together and met up with Sandra Lee (1993), Kristina Skrela (1999) and Pat Blute (2008).

“New York in 48hrs with @cokescholars best friends!” Alice wrote.

Summer Refresh Series

The Coke Scholars Summer Refresh Series is an opportunity for Coke Scholars to nourish their souls and strengthen their leadership and business skills courtesy of fellow Scholar experts.

As part of our Coke Scholars Summer Refresh Series, Samuel Alemayehu (2004) and David Akinin (2008) led How I Turned My Passion Into a Profit, discussing how they built and scaled global businesses from the ground up.
Deena Shakir (2004), Sheel Tyle (2008), and Nisha Desai (2004) led Funding for Growth: Deciding the Right Financing to Build Your Business, where they discussed social impact investing, VC fundraising, fintech, self-funding, finance, loans, crowdfunding, and more as part of our Coke Scholars Summer Refresh Series.

Engagement Focus Groups

Ericia Ward and Carolyn Norton led focus groups with Scholars from all years to discuss how we can better engage alumni across life stages as part of our new Strategic vision.


The SIP, The Coke Scholars Ignite Podcast, is BACK! The SIP shares a taste of the Coke Scholars around the world who are igniting positive change.

This first episode of Season 3 brings together 3 amazing Coke Scholars working at Nike in Portland, Oregon:
Jorge Casimiro (1994) – VP, Chief Public Policy; Social Impact Officer, NIKE Inc. & President, NIKE Foundation;
Jarvis Sam (2009) – Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, NIKE Inc.; and
Rosalyn Menon Kennedy (1997) – Communications & Partnerships Lead, Social & Community Impact, NIKE Inc.

The trio discuss their unique career journeys, how they are expanding diversity and social impact at NIKE, and leading with purpose. Listen until the end for their favorite NIKE shoes and Coke products!

The episode is introduced by Aisha Chebbi (2020).

Listen and subscribe by searching “Coke Scholars” anywhere you listen to podcasts.

You can also WATCH the podcast on our YouTube channel!