The SIP, short for The Coke Scholars Ignite Podcast, shares a taste of the Coke Scholars around the world who are igniting positive change.
Get to know the hosts of our second season!
2011 Coca-Cola Scholar
Writer, Editorial Consultant, Public Speaker, and Actor
Ericka K. Jones, a Los Angeles native, is a self-proclaimed lover of people with a zeal for storytelling. Raised in a city of dreamers, she cultivated a love for the arts at a young age studying dance, acting, voice, writing, and guitar.
Wildly passionate about the intersection of arts and various world systems, she studied at UCLA earning two degrees – one in World Arts & Cultures with a concentration in Dance and another in Russian Language & Literature. While at UCLA she conducted research in the Education Department while simultaneously studying and performing with choreographers including Rennie Harris, Ros Warby, Jackie Lopez, and Dan Froot.
Although she has an affinity for work in the creative arts, she also works as a writer and a coordinator for the LWA Boardroom Leadership Institute, a non-profit designed to cultivate teens and young adults into world-class leaders. Ericka has also worked as a producer for ABC 7’s KRCR producing the morning show for California’s Northstate.
With an appetite for engaging folks worldwide, Ericka has also spent time serving people around the world in her missionary work primarily in Southeast Asia where she archived her journey via film.
Ericka was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for her undergraduate education as a Posse Foundation scholar. She is also a Coca-Cola Scholar, a Wasserman Scholar, and the recipient of UCLA’s Centennial Let There Be Award. Ericka is a four-time winner of UCLA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest and a local, regional, and national winner of the Blacks in Government Speech Competition. Likewise, she was awarded a fellowship with LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez and the Mayoral Candidate for a mentee position in the Entertainment Industry. She is an international orator, public speaker, filmmaker, poet, actor, and writer.
2006 Coca-Cola Scholar
Founder and CEO, Chantelle George Consulting
Chantelle George brings more than 10 years of postsecondary experience in the areas of higher education, K-12 college and career readiness, and nonprofit leadership. A champion for student choice and success, Chantelle began her professional career in higher education coaching and advising students through their journey to and through the college experience. After transitioning from higher education to a large charter network then to a non-profit, Chantelle noticed the large systemic gaps that exist between K-12 and higher education and the numerous hoops students and families had to navigate in order to be successful.
To date, Chantelle has built and maintained more than 30 strategic partnerships between K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofits to improve and close the gaps that exist for underserved students transitioning and persisting from high school to post-secondary education. Through her memberships with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National College Attainment Network (NCAN), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Chantelle is often invited to share best practices and strategies around improving access and success for students between K-12 and higher education. She also facilitates sessions and leads training workshops to better equip leadership teams with the necessary strategies and tools to set and reach their post-secondary goals.
Chantelle holds a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Houston. She will be pursuing her doctorate degree in Higher Education at Louisiana State University this fall.
Her research interests include: college access and success, college decision making, postsecondary strategic partnerships, affordability, and the two-year experience.
1992 Coca-Cola Scholar
Chief People Officer, TIME
Sue Suh is thrilled to serve as the first Chief People Officer for TIME.
What gets her up in the morning? TIME’s extraordinary talent and their collective commitment to trust, integrity and courage that has defined our purpose since day one.
Before joining TIME Sue’s career spanned philanthropy and public service — including with The Rockefeller Foundation in New York and Bangkok, and with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense in Washington DC, New York, and Tripoli, Libya. Sue is a relentless optimist and passionate about the power of media, education, the performing arts and sports to effect transformational change.
She currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Columbia Journalism School’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics and represents TIME on the Emma Bowen Foundation’s National Advisory Council and HR Advisory Board. Sue was also honored to be named a 2019 Folio:100 member in the C-Suite category. Outside of media, she serves on the Boards of the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Special Olympics Asia Pacific, and recently served on the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Sue graduated from Princeton University (Politics BA) and Columbia University (Political Science MA), and was grateful to earn a Fulbright award to South Korea and a Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. federal government. She loves soccer, travel, ice cream … and karaoke!
2000 Coca-Cola Scholar
Actor, Singer, and Entertainer
Originally from Orange County, California, Kevin Shen is an Asian-American actor based in London and Los Angeles. Kevin received a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University before working in consulting in New York City. He subsequently received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and moved to London to work in a strategic role at an internet startup. He switched careers into acting ten years ago to pursue his passions with the goal of increasing the visibility and positive representation of Asian-Americans in mainstream entertainment.
Kevin can most recently be seen as King Tai in the latest installment of Netflix’s popular A CHRISTMAS PRINCE film series. He has also appeared in the films UNLOCKED opposite John Malkovich, CLOSE, and THE REZORT. Kevin’s television credits include Luca Guadagnino’s WE ARE WHO WE ARE, CRIMINAL MINDS, LA’S FINEST, EASTENDERS, PURE GENIUS, TYRANT, and 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, among others.
Kevin produced and starred in the European Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist play YELLOW FACE by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang at the National Theatre in London. He was in the World Premiere of SNOW IN MIDSUMMER, by Frances Ya-chu Cowhig, which was the first ever all-East Asian production at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was also in the original West End cast of Lucy Kirkwood’s Olivier Award-winning play CHIMERICA, and starred in the American Premiere of PAPER DOLLS by Philip Himberg, directed by Mark Brokaw.
Kevin has also begun writing to tell more stories that celebrate the diversity of the Asian community and to create more exciting roles for Asian-American and British East Asian actors. He is currently a screenwriting fellow in the inaugural BEATS Fellowship in London, under the mentorship of Noel Clarke. He is a recent alumnus of UK playwriting programs at the Royal Court Theatre, the Soho Theatre, and Yellow Earth Theatre.
Outside of acting and writing, Kevin is passionate about food. He loves to go to great restaurants of all kinds and eat, travel the world and eat, and cook at home and eat. He also enjoys making spontaneous trips to random places, meeting and traveling with strangers, and going on adventures. He has relatively recently white-water rowed down 180 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and gone reindeer-sledding in the Arctic Circle, and has less recently visited Chernobyl, climbed Cotopaxi, and bungee-jumped over Victoria Falls.