Recent Speaker

Alba Baylin ’95

Vice President, Stakeholder and Community Management
The Coca-Cola Company
North America Operating Unit

Alba Castillo Baylin is Vice President of Stakeholder and Community Management, Coca-Cola North America Operating Unit. In this role she leads stakeholder partnerships, philanthropy strategy, community marketing and engagement, nonprofit board placement, employee volunteerism and disaster relief.

Previously Alba held the position of Vice President of Customer Marketing for North America Foodservice customers. Before that she served as Hispanic Marketing Group Director in North America, leading the Company’s largest ever Hispanic-focused marketing program for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This program won multiple awards for digital and social media.

Joining The Coca-Cola Company in 1999 after ten years in the hospitality industry, Alba fulfilled roles of increasing responsibility in Worldwide Public Affairs and Communications, Strategic Partnership Marketing, and Customer & Commercial Leadership. For six years she was assigned to the Company’s Latin America Group, first as Director of Revenue Growth Management and later as Group Director, Shopper Marketing.

Alba has been recognized by Ser Padres Magazine as one of 25 Latina Executive Moms Making a Difference. In 2019 Alba was inducted into Delta Sigma Pi as the National Honorary member of the year. The following year Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality Management named Alba 2020 Distinguished Alumnus. She is a strong advocate for community service and serves on the boards of the Georgia State University Foundation, the Woodruff Art Center’s Alliance Theatre, Junior Achievement of Georgia and UnidosUS Corporate Board of Advisors. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2018.

Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Alba holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Alba is married to Marc Baylin and is a proud mom to her 10-year-old daughter Sofia.

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Professor Michael E. Hurst

Professor Hurst was a founding faculty member of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. In 1996, combining his business acumen and a vision for sharing industry leaders’ successes with future industry leaders, he created the Distinguished Hospitality Leaders Lecture Series. As a tribute to Professor Hurst, this endowed lecture series, named in his honor, continues to provide an occasion to create a bridge between the school and the hospitality industry.

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