Lexington, Virginia • February 26, 2009
Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, chairperson of The Coca-Cola Foundation and senior vice president of Global Community Connections, will present a lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Washington and Lee University's Elrod Commons.
The title of Jones' talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy and How It Relates to the Public Image of Coca-Cola." Jones, who will be the Williams School Executive-In-Residence on March 5 and 6, will also meet with faculty and students during her visit to campus.
The Global Community Connections is The Coca-Cola Company's global community engagement function. Under Jones' leadership, the Global Community Connections works to make a unique and sustainable difference everywhere The Coca-Cola Company sells products, one community at a time. The four priorities they focus on are water stewardship (conservation and sanitation), fitness and active lifestyles (physical fitness and nutrition), sustainable packaging (recycling) and education.
As chair of the foundation, Jones leads the Company's philanthropic commitment to sustainable communities. Under her leadership, The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $256 million to education and other community initiatives. The Foundation continues to provide scholarships to high school students from across the country.
Additionally, she serves on the board of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
A teacher by training, Jones' commitment to education and community development extends beyond the doors of the Coca-Cola corporate headquarter. She is a board member of Clark Atlanta University, the Carter Center, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, The Ohio State University President's Council on Women and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
She received her bachelor's degree in education at Michigan State University and a master's degree in education at Eastern Michigan University.