Coca-Cola’s Curtis Etherly to deliver keynote at 2017 Notre Dame Global Pathways Forum

Author: Luis Ruuska

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Curtis L. Etherly, Jr., the director of federal affairs and international stakeholder relations for The Coca-Cola Company, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Notre Dame Global Pathways Forum on Monday, April 24, at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.

The forum, sponsored and supported by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and the Keough School of Global Affairs, will bring together leaders from the private and public sectors for comprehensive and well-rounded dialogue around the theme, “Co-Creation: Bridging the Value Chain and Investment Gap.”

In his role with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Etherly interfaces with key congressional constituencies, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the LGBT Equality Caucus, and the Veterans Jobs Caucus. A 15-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system, Mr. Etherly also leads Coca Cola’s engagement with the African diplomatic corps, key U.S. government stakeholders, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in support of the company’s business and philanthropic efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to his tenure with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Etherly served in varying professional capacities with local government, the non-profit sector, and private industry. He has advised stakeholders and principals on a wide array of issues including economic development, education and the environment, labor and municipal tax policy, zoning and land use. Mr. Etherly received his bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University in 1990 and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.

"This year’s forum will focus on co-creation and stakeholder engagement through the lens of ‘business for the common good.’ I can’t think of a better keynote speaker for the forum than Curtis. Companies like Coca-Cola understand their responsibility to serve as a positive example for improving the lives of their employees, customers, and others who are affected by their products or services," said Melissa Paulsen, associate director of education and training programs and lead forum organizer. "Not only has Coca-Cola been a pioneer in corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts, they also have demonstrated continued commitment to engaging communities, NGOs, government, and other private enterprise partners across their value chains."

The Notre Dame Global Pathways Forum is a revamped continuation of prior corporate impact forums NDIGD has hosted since 2011. The forum endeavors to examine how public-private partnerships can play an impactful role in global development challenges. In addition to the keynote, this year’s forum will feature several panels, roundtable discussions, and networking breaks. 

To learn more about the forum agenda, as well as which organizations and Notre Dame personnel will be in attendance, visit

Questions? Contact: Melissa Paulsen, associate director of education and training programs, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, (574) 631-7568 or