Kim Liddle, manager of executive space planning, is passionate about both Coca-Cola and Africa. So when the opportunity came to serve as a peer collaborator for the Mandela Washington Fellows hosted by Georgia State University, she quickly volunteered.

On a milestone birthday, Kim had an epiphany. "I need to do more," she told herself. And do more she has, from becoming an organ donor to advocating for wildlife conservation in Africa, to playing an active role in Coca-Cola’s African Diaspora Network. Her recent commitment to the Mandela Washington Fellows is just another way she has done more.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which started in 2014, brings 500 young African leaders to the United States each year for a six-week intensive leadership training, academic coursework and mentoring program at select colleges and universities. Participants are expected to put their new skills to practical use in Africa, propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions.

The Coca-Cola Foundation provided a $1million grant to support the program at four colleges and universities for five years. This year, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University and the University of Notre Dame hosted fellows with Coke’s support. Five Coca-Cola employees, including Kim, served as peer collaborators, mentoring the young leaders and serving as Coca-Cola Ambassadors throughout the program.

On July 27, Coke's Atlanta headquarters hosted the local fellows. The event included inspirational and informative sessions led by Alex Cummings, EVP and chief administrative officer, Lisa Borders, VP of Global Community Connections and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Bill Maynard, director, Enterprise Architecture.

“The fellows included doctors, judges, and senior leaders from the private and public sector," Kim said. "It was an honor to interact with them as a representative of The Coca-Cola Company. What a wonderful learning experience for everyone!”