October 2019 Connections


The Alumni Advisory Board came together for their annual retreat last weekend in Atlanta. A representative cross-section of the entire population of Coca-Cola Scholar alumni, the AAB serves to increase the level of alumni engagement and foster a greater alumni investment in the Coca-Cola Scholars network. AAB initiatives include leadership summits, service summits, and #CokeScholarsDine and #CokeScholarsPro events.

Their objectives for the retreat were to reconnect as a Board, with our mission, and with the Foundation; recalibrate on each committee’s work for this year and strategic thinking for the future; and reenergize with fresh motivation and shared direction. See more pictures and a listing of the board members.
Coke Scholars in NYC attended the TIME 100 Health Summit as special guests of Sue Suh (1992 Scholar and Chief People Officer, TIME).
Over 45 Harvard University Scholars got together for a Slices for Scholars event on campus. “As a senior, I was able to meet a ton of the first-years at Harvard who are also Coke Scholars and answer a lot of the questions they had about starting out at college and getting adjusted to their life here,” said Kevin Stephen (2016) who organized the event.
Ryan Miller (2018), Jayda Rogers (2018), Danny Hong (2019), Shayna Kling (2019), and Pablo Manon (2018) gathered at a Slices for Scholars event at The Ohio State University.
Jacob Absalon (2003) met Jorge Casimiro (1994) at the 2018 Leadership Summit. Jacob asked Jorge to speak to his class at West Point, where he is an instructor.
Coke Scholars Coach Ben Fisher (2004) met his coachee Yannie Tan (2019) at Stanford University. The fourth year of the Coaching program launched this year with more than 40 alumni Coaches supporting nearly 70 first-year Scholars.
Ashley Chang (2006) and Michelle Peluso (1989) attended the CMO Summit in Chicago as guests of The Coca-Cola Company…
…as did Kavita Shukla (2002, center)!
After attending the Alumni Advisory Board retreat in Atlanta, Jolene Loetscher (1997) stayed a few extra days and attended the Coca-Cola Community and Engagement Summit, where she caught up with CCSF Board member Mark Eppert.
Jolene also met up Lesley Wainwright (1994) and Alice Park (1999), who is holding a Telly Award, which Mud Mile Communications received for this video Jolene and Alice created together for retired president Mark Davis.
Carolyne Dilgard-Clark (1995) and Hope Arcuri (2014) met up for coffee in NYC.
Eva Amesse (2007) met up with Pat Blute (2008) in NYC for coffee and couldn’t believe how much they had in common. They met on Coke Scholars Connect!
Sue Suh (1992) met up with Kate Sullivan (1994) while Kate was on a work trip in New York City.
Albert Lawrence (2003) attended the centennial celebration Once in a Lifetime, honoring Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, as a guest of The Coca-Cola Company. Speakers included Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Garner, and Bob Iger with a performance by James Taylor.
Marc Paolo Guzman (2006) visited the CCSF staff while he was in Atlanta for work. He recruits for the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
CCSF President Jane Hale Hopkins welcomed nearly 300 Georgia students and teachers to Coca-Cola headquarters for the first-ever State Summit of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society on October 25. CCSF hosted this day-long event, which featured a range of leadership and personal development workshops.