The Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Board of Directors sets the strategic direction for the organization and overall “tone” for the organization. Most of the current members of the Board have been directly involved in the Conscious Capitalism movement and they have all been engaged in the practice of Conscious Capitalism–whether they initially called it that or not–for decades. Download CCI’s 2016 Annual Report here.
Alexander is CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a US-based organization dedicated to elevating humanity by improving the practice and perception of business. Alexander became CEO of Conscious Capitalism in July, 2017, after serving 15 months as co-CEO alongside Doug Rauch. Alexander joined Conscious Capitalism with experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, and academic fields.
Most recently before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as co-founder and president of Students For Liberty, a nonprofit organization that teaches the principles of a free society to young people and empowers them to make a difference in their communities; in Alexander’s last year as president, Students For Liberty was operating in over 100 countries, included nearly 2,000 student groups, organized 100 conferences for 20,000 participants, and trained over 1,500 volunteer leaders.
Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He began a PhD program in philosophy at Georgetown University with the intention of becoming a professor, but ended with a Master’s degree when it became apparent that his principal interests lay outside the Ivory Tower. During undergraduate and graduate schools, Alexander simultaneously started and assisted in starting several other businesses in both the for profit and nonprofit realms ranging from introducing high school debate programs to underserved youth in Philadelphia to providing low-cost travel planning to businesses.
Email: alexander @ consciouscapitalism.org
I deeply believe the most valuable currency in today’s workplace is meaningful work, not just a paycheck. In April of 2000, I became a founding member of a job board called Jobing.com. Over an 11-year period, I helped build the company from 5 employees and a few thousand dollars in revenue to nearly 400 employees and $38M in revenue – the secret to our success was hiring people who aligned to our purpose and values. I consulted with nearly a thousand employers on their employment brand, employee value proposition, and employment advertising strategies. Through this experience, I saw first-hand the power of values, the power of culture, and the power of unwavering purpose – when done right, it was the ultimate competitive advantage.
I started Y Scouts with the belief that today’s leaders must authentically connect to the purpose and values of the organizations they lead. If disconnected, the strength of their experience (i.e. their resume) will only compensate for so long. With more than 70% of the workforce unhappy with their work experience, and the associated half trillion loss in productivity this disconnect yields (not to mention the host of additional ripple effects), there has never been a more critical time to re-examine how we find and connect the right leaders with the right companies.
I joined the board of Conscious Capitalism in January of 2016 to more fully engage with other leaders who are making a meaningful difference. When I’m not focused on transforming how people and companies connect to work that matters, you will find me spending time with my wonderful wife of 17 years and 2 gorgeous daughters. I’m also guilty of spending my free time learning to play guitar, perfecting my Texas hold ’em skills, and traveling to see my favorites musicians and bands.
Cheryl Rosner recently founded Stayful.com serving the Boutique and Independent Hotel community.
Prior to Stayful, Rosner was a Strategic Coach for Startup Founders and CEO’s and Strategic Advisor to BuyWithMe. Prior, Rosner served at President and CEO of TicketsNow, the world’s largest independent online marketplace for premium event tickets. Rosner led the Company to the successful sale to Ticketmaster in 2008.
Before joining TicketsNow, Cheryl was President of Expedia Corporate Travel and from 1999 to 2005, Rosner led Hotels.com to success in various roles becoming President in 2003, including achievements such as participating in the successful IPO in 2000 and creating and launching the popular Hotels.com brand.
In 2004, Business Travel News named Rosner one of the “25 Most Influential People in Travel”. Prior to 1999 Rosner held various positions in the hotel industry with companies such as Kimpton Group, Ian Schrager Hotels and Four Seasons.
A deep love of travel and hotels inspired Stayful.com.
Curtis A. Hite, CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC.
(Improving) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. In early 2007, Curtis was one of several leaders who established the Blue Ocean Group, which acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name.
In 2007 Since then, Improving has been recognized by the Inc 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States for 9 consecutive years. Furthermore, the company has received more than 30 recognitions as one of the best place work in the US by Inc Magazine, Columbus Business First, Texas Monthly, and the Minneapolis Business Journal. In addition, Curtis was a founding member of the North Texas Chapter of YPO in 2003 and also a member of the Columbus Chapter since 2015.
In 2007 Curtis was honored by the Department of Computer Science as
a CSE Distinguished Former Student and later in 2013 he received the
inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor
Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.
Doug Levy’s passion is leading companies that change things. He is Founder and CEO of sharing economy start-up, TapGoods, and Cloud management leader, Technology Spa. He’s also co-author of Can’t Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results.
Doug’s start-up, TapGoods, enables people to rent what they need and return it when they’re done — savings lots of money and space — or earn some easy money by renting out what they’re not using. TapGoods helps its users get more use out of the goods that so often sit idle in garages, storage closets and attics.
Technology Spa supports its clients in fully leveraging the benefits of the private, public, and hybrid Cloud. We help clients plan for, move to, and operate in Cloud environments that maximize the potential of business systems for uptime, cost savings, and, perhaps most importantly, peace of mind – hence, our company name, Technology Spa.
Doug serves as co-Chairman of the Board of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and chair of the organization’s annual CEO Summit.
Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.
Doug is also the Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail solution tackling the issue of hunger/obesity by utilizing the excess, high quality, nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted. Daily Table offers tasty, nutritious grab-n-go meals and groceries at affordable prices to the food insecure (49 million Americans) in our inner cities in a manner that delivers dignity and economic sustainability.
He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker.
Doug is co-CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.; Trustee at Olin College of Engineering; Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.
Jack joined TDIndustries in 1964, became the CEO and Board Chair in 1980, and in December 2004, retired as CEO. TDIndustries is a national mechanical construction and facility service company, headquartered in Dallas, with offices in Austin, Ft. Worth, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio.
Founded in 1946, TDIndustries has developed into one of America’s premier specialty contracting companies. For sixteen consecutive years, the company has appeared in FORTUNE magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Jack Lowe attributes the trust which underpins their success to the employee-owned company’s “servant leader” philosophy, in which all 1700 employees are Partners. 2012 revenue is about 375 million dollars.
Jack graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University with a BA and BSEE degrees, and served two years in the U. S. Navy. He and his wife, Mary, have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
James D. White is the Executive Chairman at Bradshaw International and the former Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice, a leading global healthy lifestyle brand. Prior to his tenure at Jamba Mr. White held executive and management positions at Fortune 500 companies including Safeway Stores, the Gillette Company, Nestle-Purina, and Coca-Cola, during a career spanning over 30 years. In addition to Bradshaw International he currently serves on the boards of Callidus Cloud, Adtalem Global Education, and Panera Bread. He previously served on the boards of Daymon Worldwide, Hillshire Brands and Keane Inc. His non-profit board experience includes Directors Academy, where he also is a founding member and Board Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and JUMA Ventures. He previously served on the boards of the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, GenYouth Foundation and the Network of Executive Women.
James is a passionate champion for diversity and inclusion and has been recognized with numerous awards including the American Heart Association Corporate Citizen Award (2014), and Junior Achievement’s Northern California Lifetime Achievement Award (2013). In 2010 the San Francisco Business Times named Mr. White as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO.
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $13 billion Fortune 500 company. With more than 370 stores and 80,000 Team Members in three countries, the company has been named by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” for 16 consecutive years and the Number One Most Admired Food and Drug Store Company in the World in 2012.
While devoting his career helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, The Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.
Mackey has been recognized as Ernst&Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” FORTUNE’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”
A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement (http://consciouscapitalism.org/) and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.
Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart.
Under Tindell’s leadership, The Container Store — the original storage and organization store — opened its doors in Dallas, in 1978. Today, the company has stores across the country with over 11,000 storage and organization solutions designed to save space and time, coupled with a full suite of digital shopping services.
Over the years, the company has been lauded for its focus on its original concept, differentiated inventory mix and commitment to employees as the formula for its success. But for Tindell, the goal was never growth for growth’s sake; rather, it was to adhere to the company’s seven, values-based Foundation Principles™, as well as the tenets of Conscious Capitalism®. These business philosophies guide decisions for The Container Store’s entire interdependent set of stakeholders, starting with employees and including customers, vendors, the community and shareholders. Tindell’s commitment to its employees has landed The Container Store on Fortunemagazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” year after year for nearly two decades.
As Chairman, Tindell focuses on strengthening the company’s employee-first culture, vendor relationships, and elevating The Container Store as a beacon for good business. Tindell’s book, UNCONTAINABLE: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives, discusses the retailer’s unique approach to business and culture.
Tindell is the Chairman of the National Retail Federation, and serves on the boards of Whole Foods Market, Akola Project and Conscious Capitalism, Inc.– a movement led by a community of like-minded business, thought and academic leaders working to elevate humanity through a conscious approach to business.
Laura Roberts is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Pantheon Enterprises. For almost two decades Laura has brought her dedication to environmental advocacy, education and disruptive innovation to the company’s purpose to sustain better life through conscious chemistry. In her role at Pantheon Enterprises, a leading industrial chemical manufacturer of environmentally safe chemistry and products, Laura is also a driven advocate of conscious business for change, conservation and chemical policy.
Recognized as “The Toxic Avenger” by Forbes Magazine, Laura is fiercely committed to shattering the myth that safer chemical technologies are less effective and more expensive. Her efforts to drive the corporate mission and purpose have resulted in many of Pantheon’s products receiving awards in multiple markets and recognition from the EPA. In 2012, Pantheon Enterprises was recognized as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.
In addition to being a member of Pantheon’s Board of Directors, Laura serves on the Conscious Capitalism National Board of Directors, promoting higher purpose in business; Church World Services (CWS), an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty and to promoting peace and justice around the world, the World President’s Organization (WPO) and the American Sustainable Business Council. She also contributes to advisory committee work for Beyond Benign, an organization created by Dr. John Warner, founder of the field of Green Chemistry, doing work dedicated to revolutionizing the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students.
A summa cum laude graduate of Northern Arizona University, Laura is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and for two successive years enjoyed the distinction of being the University’s highest ranking scholar. She is a graduate of the highly regarded business executive program at MIT Sloan School of Management, a three-year program called “Birthing of Giants” was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the number one educational program of its kind. She is also a graduate of the Integral Leadership Program at the Stagen Institute. Laura is the mother of a daughter and two sons who are also deep believers in sustaining better life through conscious chemistry.
Miki Agrawal is the Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, 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.
Raj Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing, the Founding Director of the Center for Marketing Technology and Chairman of the Marketing Department at Bentley University. Raj has a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University, where he was the Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow.
Raj has written ten books and over 100 academic articles. He is the co-author (with John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Publishing, 2013), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family (Penguin/Portfolio 2015), named as the Best Leadership and Management book of 2015 by 800-CEO-READ and one of 15 best books of 2015 by Forbes. His most recent book is Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (Berrett-Koehler, 2016). His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose is considered a foundational work in explaining the precepts and performance implications of pursuing a conscious approach to business. It was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Raj’s next book The Conscious Capitalism Field Guide (with Timothy Henry and Thomas Eckschmidt) will be published by Harvard Business Review Publishing in 2018.
In 2003, Raj was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. 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. In 2013 and 2015, Raj as named to the Thinkers 50 list of business and management thinkers from India. Raj has published over one hundred articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Strategy, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Management and California Management Review. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Economic Times, and numerous other publications, along with radio shows and television networks such as CNN, CNBC and Fox. In 2016, Raj was awarded an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Raj serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store.
Rand Stagen is the Managing Director of the Stagen Leadership Academy. Established in 1999, the Academy trains leaders from across North America who are committed to long-term personal development and using their organizational platforms for positive impact.
Prior to founding Stagen, Rand was President of Presido Media Group, a publisher of newspapers and magazines in the Southwest. He is a former Chapter President of Young Entrepreneur’s Organization (YEO) and a past Chairman / current board member of Conscious Capitalism Inc., a national non-profit organization.
Rand is a sought-after speaker to diverse audiences at universities, conferences, and industry events on the topic of leading conscious businesses. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.
Roberta Lang serves as General Counsel and Global Vice President of Legal Affairs for Whole Foods Market, Inc., a fortune 500 company and the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Ms. Lang is responsible for a broad scope of corporate legal functions for the entire company and its 59,000 plus Team Members. Ms. Lang works closely with the Whole Foods Market Executive and National Leadership Teams, as well as with the Board of Directors. Her team provides a variety of services and counsel ranging from intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities, contractual work, risk assessment, human resources, employment and labor, licensing, policy and business advice. She has been recognized five times as a Whole Foods Market “All*Star”, the Company’s highest honor, for her overall outstanding performance as a dedicated, tireless team member who brings incredible intellect, seasoned perspective, understanding and balance to her professional life.
Roberta is a board member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., whose philosophy is based on the belief that a more complex form of capitalism is emerging that hold potential for enhancing corporate performance while simultaneously continuing to advance the quality of life for billions of people. She is also an active ambassador for the Conscious Capitalism Movement and has been a student of best business practices for 35 years.
She is a board member of the Whole Planet Foundation, whose mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing –world communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with product through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship. Roberta recently accepted a position on the Advisory Board of Peace Through Commerce which is an integrated outreach, education, and engagement program which illuminates the contribution that commerce, trade, and economic development make toward building sustainable peace. She is also sits on the National Council of Valparaiso University School of Law.
Sunny Vanderbeck has a track record of high achievement in all of his endeavors, including as an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, board member, and military leader. Prior to co-founding Satori Capital, Sunny co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Data Return, a leading provider of managed services and utility computing. As CEO for eleven years, Sunny led the company through all phases of growth and transformation. The company sustained 40 percent quarter-over-quarter growth and reached $50 million in revenue after only three years.
With such rapid growth, an impressive customer base, and an innovative and capital-efficient business model, the company attracted strategic investments from Compaq, Level 3, and Microsoft. After a successful IPO, the company achieved a market capitalization in excess of $3 billion, and Sunny was one of the youngest CEOs ever to lead a NASDAQ company. In recognition of Data Return’s industry leadership, Microsoft named Data Return Global Hosting Partner of the Year, while Sunny received numerous individual honors including being named “Top 25 Technology Executives” and Entrepreneur of the Year finalist by Ernst and Young. In addition, Sunny is a sought-after speaker at financial and sustainability conferences.
Prior to co-founding Data Return, Sunny served as a Team Leader at Microsoft, where he focused on supporting Microsoft’s largest clients and partners. Through his experience at Microsoft, Sunny identified a compelling market opportunity that served as the springboard for the launch of Data Return.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sunny served as a Section Leader of the 2nd Ranger Battalion (U.S. Special Operations Command). Through this experience, he learned how to succeed under challenging circumstances while leading others to new levels of performance.
Leveraging his expertise in strategy, operations, and capital allocation, Sunny is actively engaged with several private businesses as an investor, advisor, and board member. Additionally, he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he served as the North American co-chair of the organization’s sustainable business network. In this role, his charter was to develop awareness and support for more sustainable business models among YPO companies. Sunny also co-founded YPO’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network, which helps more than 3,500 president and CEO members accelerate the growth of their businesses.
- Section Leader at 2nd Ranger Battalion
- Team Lead, Microsoft
- Founder and CEO of Data Return
- Raised strategic capital from Microsoft, Compaq and Level 3
- Achieved $3 billion market capitalization as one of the youngest NASDAQ CEOs
- Sold Data Return to another public company in 2002
- Joined with Saratoga Partners to repurchase Data Return in 2003
- Successful exit in 2007 to a public company resulting in 8x return
- Advisor and Board Member to numerous mid-market private businesses
Timothy Henry has over 25 years of consulting experience working closely with Senior Executives to define and address their business and leadership challenges. Timothy’s passion is working with senior leaders to help them define what “great” means for their organizations and for themselves as leaders. He then works with and coaches leaders and their leadership teams to develop the implementation blueprints and execution plans to get there.
Timothy believes that there is a better way to do business; doing well and doing good, and creating great places to work with passionate and happy employees. His focus is on the development of practical approaches for the execution of a company’s strategy of getting to great and the development of organizational cultures that support superior execution. He has a unique set of experiences and skills that provide an end-to end process for executing strategic change in an organization that includes “coaching” leaders to lead change in their organizations.
He began his consulting career at Booz Allen and Hamilton and was a Principal there. In addition to his involvement with the Board of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., he also serves on several non-profit boards including the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires. Timothy and Fabienne live in Boston and London with their five children.
Co-founder, Grameen America & Grameen PrimaCare
Vidar Jorgensen is the majority owner of two industry based conference and research companies, which in turn own and manage over 200 conferences and several membership-based research groups focused on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, financial services, entertainment, and infrastructure development. Mr. Jorgensen’s companies include Cambridge Healthtech Institute and The World Health Care Congress, which was launched in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. He is co-founder of the not for profit Grameen America and Grameen PrimaCare. He resides in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife Kathy. They have three adult children Lorens, Nicholas and Kristen.