Coker College Students Recognized as Finalists for Enactus Leaders of the Year

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Hartsville, S.C. – May 7, 2018  – Enactus Coker College student members Kendra Lambert (‘18) and Luke Elliott (‘18) were recently recognized as regional finalists for the Enactus United States Leaders of the Year program. Kendra and Luke are two of only 30 students selected from approximately 12,000 Enactus student members nationwide.

Kendra is a regional finalist in the Human Resources Leader of the Year category. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Kendra served as the Executive Council member for Recruitment and Team Functions. In this role, she oversaw the annual nomination and interview process for new team members and coordinated formal and informal team meetings throughout the year to keep the team performing at a high level of success. After graduating from Coker, Kendra will be attending the University of Indiana working toward a Master of Science in Biotechnology.

Luke is a regional finalist in the Project Leader of the Year category. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Luke led Coker Enactus Women’s Empowerment in Myanmar project, which is currently fundraising in an effort to install a local business for producing low-cost sanitary napkins. This business venture will ultimately reduce the risk of illness, create a new business, empower women with consistent income, and help remove the shame women of the country have surrounding their monthly menstrual cycles. After graduating from Coker, Luke will be a consulting analyst with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

Enactus United States Leaders of the Year program is designed to motivate and reward excellence in leadership, and share best practices by example. The Student Leaders of the Year Award recognizes three leadership categories: Executive Leader of the Year, Human Resources Leader of the Year, and Project Leader of the Year. By May 14, three national finalists will be selected from each category. As regional finalists, Kendra and Luke will receive a Recommendation on LinkedIn from a U.S. Programs staff member, priority seating at U.S. Expo events, and recognition as a group during the Opening Ceremonies at the U.S. Expo in Kansas City, Mo., May 20-22.

Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. Coker is one of more than 450 active Enactus teams in the United States and currently has 44 participating students.

For more information about Coker College Enactus, please contact Gabriel Mens at or 843-383-8361.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.