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The SIP

   THE COKE SCHOLARS IGNITE PODCAST

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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.

Season 3 Features 25 Incredible Coke Scholars

 

Joel Bervell (2013) - Medical Student, Washington State University & Social Media Medical Educator

Kaiti Yoo (2018) - Content Creator

Tiffany Kassab Williams (1996) - Strategic Thought Leader, Todem Brands & Adjunct Professor, Furman University

Jorge Casimiro (1994) - VP, Chief Public Policy & Social Impact Officer, NIKE Inc. & President, NIKE Foundation

Kaitlyn Chana (2009) - Administrative Fellow, Texas Children's Hospital

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Visionary Leaders Innovating in Their Fields

 

Jarvis Sam (2009) - Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, NIKE Inc.

Aisha Chebbi (2020) - Student, Princeton University & Host, The Hybrid

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez (2003) - Executive Director, Ivy Street School

Diana Chao (2016) - Founder, Letters to Strangers

Chris Biehn (2014) - Creator, raging seas & Rising Suns

 

 

Igniting Positive Change

 

Nicole L. Thompson (2010) - Director, Writer, and Producer

Dr. Laura Froyen (2002) - Early Childhood and Parenting Specialist

Adam Pulver (2007) - Theater, Film, and Television Writer

Star Wallin (2002) - CEO and Founder, Bell Creek Consulting

Dr. C. Anthoney Lim (1997) - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Education & Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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Uplifting Communities

 

Pegah Taylor (2003) - Managing Director of Leadership Development, KIPP Texas Public Schools

Ben Kaplan (1995) - Founder and CEO, PR Hacker & CEO, TOP

Athena Kan (2015) - CEO, Dreambound

Samuel Wakefield (2001) - Leadership Director, The Organizer Zero Project & Partner, DEI Works

Rosalyn Menon Kennedy (1997) - Communications and Partnerships Lead, Social & Community Impact, NIKE Inc.

And Sharing Their Learnings With You

 

Safiya Jihan Miller (2005) - Fashion Designer & Strategic Partnerships Director of Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Dr. Nina Vasan (2002) - Chief Medical Officer, Real & Founder and Executive Director, Brainstorm: The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation

Dr. Robert Accordino (1999) - Chief Medical Officer, Ontrak Health

Nelda Brown (1989) - School Board Staff Aide, Fairfax County School Board

Jared Michaud (2015) - Baritone, Educator, and Facilitator

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Episodes

Caring for Our Mental Health with Robert, Diana, Chris, and Nina

The fourth episode of Season 3 features 4 Coke Scholar mental health advocates.

From Covid Challenges to Cell Phones: Parenting Wisdom with Samuel, Nelda, and Dr. Laura

The third episode of Season 3 features 3 Coke Scholar parents who discuss the twists and turns of raising children and teenagers.

Seeing the World Through the Lens of Storytelling with Nicole, Adam, and Jared

The second episode of Season 3 features 3 Coke Scholars who are incredibly talented artists, storytellers, and creative entrepreneurs.

Just Do It: How Jorge, Jarvis, and Rosalyn are Leading with Purpose

The first episode of Season 3 brings together 3 Coke Scholars expanding diversity and social impact at NIKE, Inc.

Going Pro in Basketball and Business with Junior Bridgeman, CEO of Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Junior Bridgeman barely made his high school basketball team. He played 12 years in the NBA.   Junior’s first restaurant was robbed and set on fire. He became the owner of over 450 restaurants in 20 states.  His secret for growth?  “I think I was never afraid of failure. Put it that way.”  In this special bonus episode, Status Quo Ninja Daron K. Roberts (1997)…

Cultivating Empathy and Delivering Hope for LGBTQ Students with Joe English (2013)

“I grew up in a 1900-person farm town… I never saw or watched or read anything that I felt really spoke to me as a gay person. It would have meant the world to me to have read even one book with one gay character in school, or one unit in history class talk about…

When Spit Saves the World (and Builds a Business) with Jason Feldman (1990)

From The Home Depot to The Body Shop to Amazon to Vault Health, Jason Feldman (1990) describes his career as a game and chutes and ladders. His navigating force: using business to do good in the world. In this episode of The SIP, Sue Suh (1992), the first Chief People Officer for TIME, interviews fellow…

Helping Millions Find Their Purpose by Pursuing Her Own with Kathryn Minshew (2004)

Investors initially called The Muse a “cute project.” Kathryn Minshew (2004) built it into the go-to destination for more than 75 million people each year to research companies and careers. In this episode of The SIP, Chantelle George (2006), founder of her own higher ed consulting business, interviews fellow entrepreneur and Coke Scholar Kathryn Minshew…

Building Bridges for Communities of Color with Lillian Singh (2000)

Actor, singer, and entertainer Kevin Shen interviews fellow 2000 Scholar Lillian Singh this episode, who is the Vice President of Programs and Racial Wealth Equity at Prosperity Now, an organization that works to ensure a clear path to financial stability, wealth, and prosperity for all. From growing up in south central Los Angeles to getting…

A Quest to Rehumanize Politics with Steven Olikara (2008)

In this episode, Sue Suh (1992), Chief People Officer for TIME, joins as host to talk with Steven Olikara (2008), Founder and CEO of the Millennial Action Project (MAP). The Millennial Action Project has an audacious mission: activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics. “Bridge building isn’t rocket science, it’s…

Financially Empowering Black Communities with Entrepreneur, Investor, and Million Dollar Scholar Derrius Quarles (2009)

The SIP is back for Season 2! Chantelle George (2006), founder and CEO of her own higher education consulting company, starts us off with a bang, interviewing Derrius Quarles (2009), author of Million Dollar Scholar and Co-Founder & Co-CEO of BREAUX Capital. From growing up in foster care to winning over a million dollars in…

How Educated Risks Led to an Unorthodox Career Path with Bea Perez of The Coca-Cola Company

The SIP usually features incredible Coca-Cola Scholars, and today we’re honored to have an incredible leader from The Coca-Cola Company join us as well. In this bonus episode, 2003 Scholar Albert Lawrence rejoins The SIP to interview Beatriz “Bea” Perez, the Senior Vice President and Chief Communications, Public Affairs, Sustainability, and Marketing Assets Officer for…

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…

INTERVIEWs from AN INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY OF LEADERS

200+
C-Level Executives
7
Elected Government Officials
175+
Business Entrepreneurs
5+
Broadway Actors & Playwrights
300+
Nonprofit Founders, Board Members & Presidents
100+
Rhodes, Marshall & Fulbright Scholars
30
College Administrators
700+
National, State and Local Government Staff
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