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Conversations With Coke

So if you recall I was in Atlanta last week. And if you followed me on Facebook or on Twitter (where I was really tweeting my head off), you might have caught onto the fact that I was at a conference put on by Coca Cola. It was called Conversations with Coca-Cola but it was so much more than learning about soda.

We were part of a select group of bloggers invited to learn more about their Live Positively program. And oh was I impressed.

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photo courtesy of Mama Dweeb

Listen I don’t know how you feel about soda. We personally don’t drink a ton. My hubby would be largest consumer (he is a diet coke man) and I admit I enjoy a root beer from time to time. Mostly when I am out to eat and get a burger or a pizza. Both of those thing demand a soda. My kids however have never had a soda in their life. So that being said, I am sorry to anyone to disagrees, but there are no substitute for Coke products.

That being said, what I was most impressed about wasn’t their drinks (although I kind of fell in love Smart Water- who knew water could taste so good?). What impressed me is what they are committed to as a company. Let me give you a quick run down of some of the awesome things I learned.

  • Coke has the largest hybrid fleet in North America
  • Coke uses 30% plant-based materials nationwide in Dasani bottles with up to 100% plant-based materials in Odwalla (another brand they own which I found to be super yummy)
  • Coke is trying to offset the water use in their packaging process with community water programs all over the world, over 300 worldwide
  • Coke is committed to human rights, no forced or child labor and a safe workplace in all their 206 countries they are found in around the world
  • Coke employees are strongly encouraged to mentor and tutor in their communities.
  • Coke is a big supporter of education through scholarships, training future teachers, and drop out prevention programs
  • Coke works with the Boys and Girls Club of America to promote active lifestyles through Triple Play
  • Coke is committed to not marketing their caloried products to kids. They have taken those products out of the school vending machines.

And my personal favorite commitment: Coca Cola Co has a goal of empowering 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020.

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We heard from some of their top women leaders and holy crap, were these impressive women. The fact that Coke is championing them and allowing them to have a balance between their work and their families just made me…… well join hands and teach the world to sing.

Ok so maybe not. But I think Coke is setting the bar high for corporate cultures. And we had some great sessions to grow our own personal blogs and brands. Although I initially was rolling my eyes a bit at the idea of making a vision board (sorry, it is the truth), I ended up loving mine!! It came today and I want to put it somewhere where I can remember to keep finding the joy in my blog and my life.

I am so honored to be asked to join Coke this year. I met some amazing bloggers. Got some seriously awesome food and drinks. Stayed in a gorgeous hotel WITH NO KIDS WAKING ME UP!! And learned a ton. Thanks to Coke for everything.

Disclosure: Coke hosted me for this conference providing travel, accommodations and meals. However as always all opinions are mine.

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