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.
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.
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.
Brett is the CEO and Co-founder of data.world, which is building the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world. He is also a seed-stage investor at Hurt Family Investments (HFI) in partnership with his wife, Debra. HFI are involved in 45 startups and 11 VC funds. HFI has directly made 34 startup investments, and Brett has also joined the Advisory Board of 11 additional companies.
Prior to HFI, Brett founded Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and served as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company from bootstrapped concept to almost 2,000 clients worldwide and through its successful IPO. He subsequently guided the company through a successful follow-on offering and two acquisitions, PowerReviews and Longboard Media. Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded Coremetrics and helped grow the company into a global, leading marketing analytics solution for the eCommerce industry before its acquisition by IBM.
Brett holds an MBA in High-Tech Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School. Brett previously served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business and also served on the Board of Directors of Shop.org for six years.
Brett established the Bazaarvoice Foundation and is very active in the philanthropic arena. He received the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2012. Brett is entrepreneur empowerment group RISE’s Serial Entrepreneur of the year for 2012. He was named by E&Y as Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin in 2009 and is a member of the Austin chapter of the international Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Brett was named CEO of the Year for large companies by the Austin Business Journal in 2012 and received the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership in 2013. Brett and Debra received the LBJ Humanitarian Award in 2014 for their dedication to public service, philanthropy, and the Austin community. Brett was awarded the Henry Crown Fellowship from The Aspen Institute and joined the 2015 XIX class, named “Dare, Greatly”.
To help support Austin’s entrepreneurs, Brett serves as a Partner at Capital Factory and Mentor at Techstars Austin; invests in early-stage companies, funds, and philanthropic endeavors with Hurt Family Investments; serves as the Chairman of the Board at Edgecase (formerly named Compare Metrics); and blogs at Lucky7.io. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas as well as Conscious Capitalism, both of which are non-profits designed to bring out the best in business in the way it can serve society at large.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Mackey, co-founder and co-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.
Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.
Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James is former Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice and is credited with the Turnaround and Transformation of the Company into a Healthy Living Brand with a reputation for being a great corporate citizen globally. He spent the balance of his three decade career in executive roles including Safeway Stores, Gillette, Ralston Purina and The Coca Cola Company.
White currently sits on several corporate boards including the DeVry Education Group and Panera Bread Company and serves as the NonExecutive Chairman at Daymon Worldwide. He also serves on the Not For Profit Board of Juma Ventures which works with under privileged youths on pathways to college and productive careers.
Previously White has served on the following Not For Profit Boards: the Genyouth Foundation, NASDAQ’s Entrepreneurial Center and The Network of Executive Women.
White is passionate about Building Conscious Companies and expanding the principles of Conscious Capitalism into underserved communities.