Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company


Bernhard Goepelt has been involved in Coke’s legal departments in Germany, Thailand, and Japan. He finally settled in the United States in 2010, and took up his current position in 2011. The Coca-Cola Company has won numerous awards for its diversity efforts, including eight perfect scores on the Human Rights Commission’s Corporate Equality Index. Their programs include employee resource networks, supplier diversity programs, and an extensive diversity education program that includes training, a speaker series, and a diversity library. Coke also recently donated $1.4 million to start the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta. The company was also an LCLD Most Active Member Corporation in 2014 and 2015. 

Joined LCLD 2009 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Hosted Learning Experience (2011)
Fellows nominated:
2019: Amanda Faulkner, Ashna Zaheer; 2018: Yoo-Sun Park, James J. Gibson; 2017: Sharae Wright, Kamla Grace Colleen Alexander; 2016: Christina Gibson Joseph, Jessica Lewis; 2015: Aba Rogers; 2014: Carolyne Suzanne Beaty Hilton, John J.T. UyHam; 2013: Joel Celestin, Lawrence A. Dietrich; 2012: Jennifer Manning, Bruce E.L.M. Strothers; 2011: Bernardo J. Sucre, Cheryl F. Turner

1L LCLD Scholars Program 
Scholars hosted: 
2012: Jenifer Curtis, Jasmine Dixon

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Annual Meeting (2017, 2014) 

Member: Bernard Goepelt 

Diversity Professional: Janice Henderson