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Conscious Capitalism 2017

April 18 - April 20




Conscious Capitalism 2017 is designed to deepen your practical application of the principles of Conscious Capitalism with high potency keynotes, new content for teams, multiple tracks of hands on practicums and rich opportunities to connect with and learn from peers. Speakers include innovative companies and noted authors: 

Back to the Roots, Great Places to Work, Greystone Bakery, REI, Raj Sisodia, THINX, Paul Zak



A truly eye opening and soul-searching experience.


April 18-20, 2017


CC 2017 will begin at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 18th, and will conclude at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 20th.







So many great topics it was hard to choose!


Conscious Capitalism 2017 is designed for CEOs and their leadership teams, executives and entrepreneurs, the consultants and coaches who serve and support them, and anyone else interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism.

Early Bird and Discounted tickets:

Register by February 28, 2017 and save $300.


Group & Chapter Member Discount email us directly at  info@consciouscapitalism.org

Conscious Capitalism 10% Chapters Member Discount,

Employees from the same organization register 3 for the price of 2.



Conscious Capitalism 2017 will take place in the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 

To take advantage of the special discounted room rate, please reference discount code CD14AB.






Excellent, informative, thought provoking, inspiring. An extraordinary group of people!


In addition to high-potency keynotes and meaningful opportunities to connect with other participants, the major focus of the event is hands on practicums designed to deepen your practice of Conscious Capitalism. Come prepared to build and strengthen friendships and foster collaborative relationships!








    There isn’t anyone who would not benefit. Truly eye-opening!


Our Keynote Speakers 

Co-Founders of Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots was founded in 2009 by college seniors Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora after discovering how to grow gourmet mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. Since then, Back to the Roots has evolved from urban mushroom farming to a thriving business on a mission to Undo Food™ and reconnect families to it through fun, innovative, and delicious Ready to Grow and Ready to Eat products (Organic Mushroom Farm, Water Garden, Garden-in-a-Can, Garden-in-a-Jar, Organic Self-Watering Planter, and Organic Stoneground Flakes). Back to the Roots currently sells its products in over 14,000 stores worldwide, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Costco, The Home Depot, Nordstrom, Petco, Cost Plus World Market, Loblaw, Giant Eagle, Wegmans, The Fresh Market, Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters, Safeway, and Kroger.

Alejandro Velez was born in Medellin, Colombia and moved to the U.S. in 1998 at the age of 11 with his mom and older brother. Alejandro was just fifteen when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer but battled the disease which has now been in remission for twelve years.  Alejandro founded the Sage Mentorship Project during his sophomore year of college at UC Berkeley. Sage is a 1,000+ member non-profit that is the largest college mentoring program in California. The program matches student mentors with elementary school-aged mentees to foster life skills and personal growth. Alejandro graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a degree in business administration and a minor in education.

Nikhil Arora grew up in Irvine, CA, and as a first generation Indian-American, spent significant time each year traveling back to India to visit family. He credits much of his interest in sustainability, environmentalism, and undoing food to his family and these childhood trips. During college at UC Berkeley, Nikhil spent six months in West Africa studying at the University of Ghana researching how to best implement a profitable on-campus recycling program. Nikhil graduated summa cum laude with degrees in political science and business administration from the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Sage Mentorship Project, and the Diversity Council for the Specialty Food Association. Nikhil formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Social Venture Network.

Nikhil and Alejandro have been honored with several awards recognizing their efforts in sustainability and entrepreneurship including BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25,” Inc.’s “30 Under 30,” Inc. 500, Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and CNN’s “10 Next Entrepreneurs to Watch.” In addition, Back to the Roots was named a 2013 Martha Stewart Top Ten American Made honoree and recognized by President Obama as Champions of Change.

Co-Founder & CEO, THINX

Miki Agrawal is the CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. She teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to fund a pack of reusable cloth pads for every underwear sold to get millions of girls back in school. To date, Miki and THINX have helped over 60,000 girls go back to school.

Her next big focus is solving the light bladder leaks that women are facing today and giving women who leak the ability to feel like themselves again. 1 in 3 women pee a little when they laugh, jump, jog, sneeze or cough. So she and her team created a special gorgeous patented underwear called ICON to remind these women that they’re powerful women first and mothers second. For every Icon sold, they are funding Fistula Foundation to fight the fistula crisis in Africa and other developing countries.

Her most recent project is called TUSHY aiming to upgrade the American bathroom experience and to help fight the global sanitation crisis that is affecting 40% of the world.

Miki is also the Founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table gluten-free pizza concept WILD and 2016 marks her 11 year anniversary of having her restaurants open. She has 3 locations in NYC.

Harper Collins published her book entitled DO COOL SH*T on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. The book hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list in entrepreneurship. Miki is an identical twin, half-Japanese, half-Indian French Canadian, former professional soccer player and graduate of Cornell University.

President & CEO, Greyston Bakery


Mike Brady, President and CEO of Greyston, is building on the organization’s 33 year heritage as a leading social enterprise. Greyston is best known for its practice of Open Hiring™ which embraces an individual’s potential by providing employment opportunities regardless of background or work history while bringing together the support and services needed to succeed in the workplace and to thrive in the community.
Mike led Greyston Bakery as President for four years, driving strategic business development with long-standing partner Ben & Jerry’s and with new partners such as Whole Foods Market. During this time, the Bakery realized nearly 100% revenue growth and became New York State’s first registered Benefit Corporation. Mike recently took responsibility for all Greyston’s programs and businesses including Workforce Development, Community Gardens, Housing, Health Services and Early Learning Center. Mike’s passion lie in the integration of business and social good, particularly through the scaling of Open Hiring™, which has the potential to support millions of individuals facing barriers to employment. 
Mike is a regularly featured speaker and mentor on social entrepreneurism and mindfulness in business, having presented at Ted @ Unilever, CGI America, the Ashoka Future Forum, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Wharton and Brown. 
Prior to joining Greyston, Mike was a partner with BAO Food and Drink, where he oversaw the development of the first incubator in the country dedicated to organic food production and distribution.  He has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and management positions, identifying business opportunities in high-growth and transitional industries. Mike serves as a business advisor to the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) helping to promote policies for a sustainable economy. 
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mike now lives outside of New York City with his wife and two sons. 

Greyston Info:
A pioneering social enterprise, Greyston practices Open Hiring™ in its world-class commercial bakery, advances the Open Hiring™ Model at the Center for Open Hiring™ at Greyston and supports its employees and neighbors with innovative community programs.

Founded in 1982, Greyston is New York State’s first registered benefit corporation. 
By filling jobs without judging applicants or asking them any questions, Open Hiring™ creates opportunities for people who have often been excluded.

Greyston manufactures more than 30,000 pounds of brownies every day for clients such as Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods Market.

Greyston’s community programs help more than 5,000 people annually in our community of Southwest Yonkers through Workforce Development, housing and healthcare, childcare, and community gardens.

The cornerstone of Greyston’s success is our team of bakers preparing more than 35,000 pounds of brownies every day in the world-class Greyston Bakery, for customers like Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods Market.  Since 1982, our team has been perfecting Open Hiring™: filling jobs without judging applicants or asking them any questions. Creating opportunities for people who have often been excluded, Greyston Open Hiring™ offers individuals a pathway forward regardless of past hardships and challenges.  A mission-driven food company and pioneering social enterprise, Greyston is developing workable solutions that businesses can embrace to help solve some of the nation’s most intractable, systemic problems such as entrenched poverty and recidivism.  We are “Bakers on a Mission.”

Chief Executive Officer, Great Place to Work

Michael is responsible for the growth and management of the Great Place to Work global network of U.S. businesses. He joined GPTW at a time of rapid growth, and brings over 30 years of experience in growing consulting organizations and increasing efficiencies of innovative business units. Michael has served as President of 8 Factors, an online learning organization, CEO of Clark Sustainable Resource Developments, and CEO of Tetra Tech Communications which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenues.

Raj Sisodia
FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Babson College

Raj Sisodia is the Franklin Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University.

Raj is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011.

Raj has published eight books and over 100 academic articles. His latest book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family written with Bob Chapman was released in October 2015. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purposewas named one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com. His book Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business will be published in May 2016.

Raj has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He is on the Boards of Directors at The Container Store and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

President & CEO, REI


Jerry Stritzke joined specialty outdoor retailer REI in 2013 from Coach, Inc., where he served as president and COO. Coach, a leading American marketer of fine accessories for men and women, has global sales of $5.1 billion from retail, e-commerce and wholesale divisions.  

Prior to Coach, Jerry had a nine-year career with Limited Brands, Inc., the parent company for retail units Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel. While with Limited Brands Jerry oversaw all aspects of operations for the Victoria’s Secret brand as its co-leader and COO. He ran the daily operations of more than 1,000 stores, ecommerce, product development, supply chain and more. During his career with Limited Brands Jerry also served as CEO of a subsidiary company, Mast Industries, which handled all aspects of apparel production and sourcing for both the Limited Brands companies and other leading specialty retail brands.

Earlier in his career, Stritzke was trained as an attorney and worked in private practice before transitioning to a consulting firm specializing in retail.  

An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys hiking, skiing, fly fishing and rafting, and annually summits one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountain peaks.

REI info:
REI is a $2.2 billion national multichannel retail co-op headquartered outside of Seattle. With more than 5.5 million active members, REI serves the needs of outdoor adventurers through innovative, quality products; inspiring classes and trips; and integrated customer service that allows shoppers to buy great gear and clothing in any way they want. REI has 149 stores in 35 states and REI.com and REI.com/outlet. Anyone may shop with REI, while members pay a one-time $20 fee to receive a share in the co-op’s profits through an annual member refund based on patronage. Membership in the co-op also includes special promotions and discounts on REI Adventures trips and REI Outdoor School classes.

Author, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies


Human connection. Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea.  All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork. His academic lab and companies he has started develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.
His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies, uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes.  His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity.   In another obsession, Paul’s group uses neuroscience to quantify the impact of movies, advertising, stories, and consumer experiences.  Along the way, he has help start several transdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing.
Here are his specs: Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard.  You can check out his academic lab, consumer neuroscience company, and neuromanagement company.
Paul’s research on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.”   That’s cool.  He’s all about adding more love to the world



This event will energize and activate you and your team!

Join us, let’s elevate humanity through business, together!



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Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 N 17th Street
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