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

Coca-Cola Scholars uplift others. The SIP shares the stories of Coke Scholars who are solving real-world problems and making the world a better place to energize, inspire, and connect listeners.

Get to know the hosts of our first season.

Justin J. Pearson (2013) - Special Assistant to the CEO of Year Up

Albert Lawrence (2003) - TV Host & Media Entrepreneur

Daron K. Roberts (1997) - Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas

Jolene Loetscher (1997) - Entrepreneur, Advocate, and Community Builder

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Meet the game changers we're learning from.

Juliana Tafur (2003) - Documentarian and Founder of Orkidea Films

Shaan Patel (2007) - Founder of Prep Expert

David Akinin (2008) - Founder of Atenu Developments and Emanya Capital Group

Sarah Turnbull (1996) - Photographer, EMT, and Rare Disease Advocate

Isabella Madrigal (2020) - Co-founder of the Native Storytelling Project

Madi Pfaff Edgar (2013) - Founder and CEO of With Madi Co.

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Going All In: Activating Global Dreams with Developer-Entrepreneur David Akinin (2008)

Capping the first season of The SIP is developer-entrepreneur David Akinin (2008) all the way from Windhoek, Namibia, who joins returning host and bestselling author Daron K. Roberts (1997). David, originally from Venezuela, tells his incredible story full of pivots and transitions – from being kidnapped with his family at just 11 years old, to…

Coding and Community Building with Madi Pfaff Edgar (2013)

Daron K. Roberts (1997), bestselling author and founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, joins The SIP to host the fifth episode. He interviews Madi Pfaff Edgar (2013), the founder and CEO of two companies – Legesher, her open source project that connects the language…

Reclaiming the Indigenous Narrative with Playwright and Actress Isabella Madrigal (2020)

In the fourth episode of The SIP, Jolene Loetscher (1997) talks with Isabella Madrigal, a brand new Coke Scholar from the 2020 class! An avid writer and storyteller, Isabella discusses her play, Menil and Her Heart, which gives a voice to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, how it intersects with her own…

Becoming an Advocate for Children with Rare Diseases with Sarah Turnbull (1996)

A new host, Jolene Loetscher (1997), joins us for the third episode of The SIP, interviewing Sarah Turnbull (1996), a photographer, EMT, and rare disease advocate. In this episode of The SIP, Sarah shares her journey from being selected as a Coke Scholar from a small town in Iowa to becoming a mom of three…

Building a Shark Tank Side Hustle with Dr. Shaan Patel (2007)

In the second episode of The SIP, Albert Lawrence (2003) interviews Dr. Shaan Patel (2007), a Shark Tank entrepreneur who built a hugely successful side hustle without quitting his day job. After raising his SAT score from average to perfect, Shaan created a company called Prep Expert to help high school students achieve their own…

Vulnerability and the Art of Listening with Juliana Tafur (2003)

In this first episode of The SIP, Albert Lawrence (2003) interviews Juliana Tafur (2003) about her life as a filmmaker. From evading gangs while documenting trash divers in Guatemala City with National Geographic to her newest documentary, LIST(e)N, which challenges people with differing viewpoints on hot-button issues to talk to each other, Juliana is dedicated…


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