Last week, I had the privilege of joining eleven other bloggers at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. During my visit, I had the opportunity to do lots of cool stuff, including meeting with top female executives from Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
I came away from the experience wanting a number of things including a designer business suit, a title that includes the words “General Manager” or “Vice President,” and a vending machine filled not with soda, but rather, “sparkling beverages.”
I am only half joking.
The folks I met from Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are amazing people who are doing amazing things… both to preserve the environment and improve local communities. Right now, the Coca-Cola Company is funding clean drinking water initiatives in Africa, sponsoring scientific research on women’s health, supporting over 100 physical activity programs world-wide, and making recycling easier and more efficient with things like PlantBottle packaging. And that’s just scratching the surface. To learn more about Coca-Cola’s Sustainability goals and achievements, head over HERE. To read about what McDonald’s is doing in these areas, go HERE.
Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are everywhere. It is hard to think of two companies who are more pervasive in the world…or more influential. If I learned one thing during my visit, it was that both corporations take seriously their responsibilities as global leaders. Specifically, they have embraced the idea that where much is given, much is required.
Coca-Cola and McDonald’s lead by example on important and pressing issues in the world, and encouraged us bloggers to do the same, with things that matter to us. Of course, I’m no large corporation, but still, my trip to Atlanta was a good reminder that all of us have been given much—in the way of knowledge, insight, and experience about something important. Each person’s gift is different, and all are equally valuable.
Where much is given, much is required.
I like that. My goal for the rest of the year is to live into it.