In 2014, The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottling Investments Group (BIG) conducted the Summit Leadership Series, a world-class curriculum based on Coca-Cola’s five leadership behaviors: 1) Drive Innovation; 2) Collaborate with the System, Customers and Key Stakeholders; 3) Act Like an Owner; 4) Inspire Others; and 5) Develop Self and Others. Taught by experts in the field of leadership development, the intensive program addresses critical business needs and capabilities that better position BIG senior leaders to deliver on short-term and long-term business goals.  

Irial Finan, President of Bottling Investments and Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company, is passionate about professional development. “Now, more than ever in the Coca-Cola system, we must help our leadership reach their full potential. To me, this means investing in our people, constantly innovating, staying focused on key priorities, embracing a culture of change and uniting the organization around a compelling vision for the future…all while having fun .”

As a highlight of the Summit Leadership Series, BIG featured members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. The Coca-Cola Company is a Founding Partner of the Global Shapers Community, committed to accelerating their work to improve the state of the world. This global network of young leaders (30 and under) are exceptional in their potential, achievements, and drive to positively impact their communities.

Drawing from their own dynamic stories of leadership, the Global Shapers outlined their vision of what it means to be a Bold Leader of the Millennial Generation. Here are their insights:

Aria Finger – New York City Hub, USA

Global Shaper, Aria Finger

Aria Finger is COO of Aria oversees the programmatic, finance, and business development activities that empower over 3 million young people to take action each year through national cause campaigns. Aria is also the President and Founder of TMI, a boutique strategy agency for cause marketing.

What is your definition of leadership?

Making everyone around you better – inspiring them, teaching them and leading them to be the best they can be. Old reference, but that's why Michael Jordan was always MVP. Yes, he was the best, but he also made everyone around him better.

Albert Mavunga – Bulawayo Hub, Zimbabwe

 Global Shaper, Albert Mavunga

Albert is the Founder of Smile for Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and developing the next generation of leaders in Zimbabwe by working with orphans effected and infected with HIV/Aids. 

What is your advice for a Coca-Cola leader?

Every morning ask yourself, “What can I do to make someone better today? How can I best serve my team? How can I help them take their jobs and their lives to the next level?” With that attitude, you can lead with a servant heart. This makes your people feel welcome and loved. When you have such a workforce, they will generate success.

Giovanna Mingarelli – Ottawa Hub, Canada

Global Shaper, Giovanna Mingarelli

Giovanna Mingarelli is a crowdsourcing expert, public speaker and writer. As the Principal and Co-Founder of M&C Consulting, she brings critical solutions to how companies, organizations and governments can fuse traditional communications with new media.

What is the best way to lead Millennials?

Give Millennials a big sandbox in which they can build and grow their leadership aspirations. Then step back and watch them flourish! Acknowledge their contributions and offer appropriate rewards for a job well done. Use new technologies, share stories, share fun, be vibrant and be transparent.