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It’s Time for Business to Take Moral Leadership

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It took President Trump two days to call protesters in Charlottesville racist. (To say nothing about his comments before or afterward.) It only took him a few hours after CEOs on his business advisory councils met to discuss how they could best respond to his actions to send a tweet that eliminated the business advisory councils.

In other words, two things happened last week: A leadership vacuum was created by the President of the United States. And that vacuum was filled by what may be to some a surprising group: business leaders.

There’s no need to rehash what happened in Charlottesville and President Trump’s response. These have been well-covered already. What is beginning to receive coverage (such as by the NYTimes here) is the response from business leaders around the country: a clear message that for them, every person matters, regardless of race, religion, gender, or any other personal trait.

As a direct result of the president’s failure to unambiguously condemn racism, fascism, and hate-mongering, members of the president’s American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum began to both publicly condemn the president and resign from their posts. Leaders from some of our nation’s largest and most well-respected businesses chose not only to speak out, but they made a mindful decision to stand up to the most powerful political individual in the country by refusing to advise him because of his lack of leadership. They displayed a true moral compass for all to see and established themselves to be keenly aware of their potential impact on the larger situation. Continue reading…


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DEW Tanzania Wins First Conscious Capitalism Student Business Plan Competition

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Congratulations to DEW Tanzania for winning Conscious Capitalism’s first ever Student Business Plan Competition!

DEW Tanzania is seeking to overcome one of the world’s biggest problems: a lack of pure water options in developing nations. Through its patented, low-energy footprint, dual stage water extraction process that converts water vapor into clean drinking water, the company can provide modular combinations of machines to produce from 1 gallon per day to 10,000 gallons per day. DEW is led by Stanford University graduate student Benjamin Fernandes and recent graduates from Pepperdine University and Stanford, Bernice Fernandes and Chaitanya Sharma, respectively.

The competition was judged a panel of Meghan Dunbar-French, co-founder of Conscious Company Media; Jeff Cherry, founder and executive director at Conscious Venture Lab; and Roberta Lang, recently retired general counsel at Whole Foods Market and member of Board of Directors at Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and Whole Planet Foundation.

The winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend Conscious Capitalism’s marquee event, the invite-only CEO Summit in Austin, Texas, October 10-12, 2017. There, they will join some of the Conscious Capitalism movement’s foremost leaders and learn how to put their business plan into action.

Other finalists included Orai from Drexel University, H2Grow from the University of Kentucky, and ViRT Limb from the United States Air Force Academy.

(Finalists on pitch day at CC2017.)

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REBBL’s Sheryl O’Loughlin to Keynote 2017 CEO Summit

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With multiple conscious entrepreneurial successes under her belt—and overcoming a few hardships which have made her stronger than ever—we are thrilled to announce REBBL CEO, Sheryl O’Loughlin, as a keynote speaker at this year’s Conscious Capitalism CEO SummitOctober 10-12 in Austin, TX.

REBBL is the fast-growing super herb beverage company with a purpose to inspire the love of the Plant Queendom to revitalize ourselves, our communities and our world. Prior to REBBL, Sheryl co-founded and was CEO of Plum, Inc., a healthy organic food company nourishing kids “from the high chair to the lunch box,” which was acquired by Campbell Soup Company in 2013. Before Plum, Sheryl was CEO of Clif Bar,where she led the concept development and introduction of Luna, the first Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, which became a $70M business in three years and, to this day, is a core brand in the Clif Bar and Company portfolio.

Just this past year, Sheryl published her first book, Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart. Inspired by her time after selling Plum, during which she served as Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Killing It is Sheryl’s open-hearted offering to budding business leaders of her advice for navigating the challenges and emotional tolls of entrepreneurship.  Continue reading…


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SoulPancake’s Shabnam Mogharabi to Keynote CEO Summit

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Our ultimate goal as Conscious Capitalists is to elevate humanity through business. Doing so through the creation of awe-inspiring content to tackle head-on some of life’s biggest questions is a globally admired company whose motto is “We make stuff that matters.”

We are pleased to announce SoulPancake CEO, Shabnam Mogharabi, as a keynote for Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO Summit, October 10-12 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Austin.

The list of explosively viral videos SoulPancake has created is much too long to include here, but maybe you’ve heard of a few.  “Kid President?” (see his “Pep Talk” below) “Take a Seat, Make a Friend?” “Street Compliments?” And, if you hadn’t heard of any of these before, would the fact that SoulPancake’s efforts to celebrate humanity and champion creativity through compelling content have resulted in a YouTube subscriber base of 2.1 million viewers convince you they just might know a thing or two about telling a good story? Continue reading…


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Author Daniel Pink to Keynote CEO Summit

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Already the best-selling author of top business books including DriveTo Sell is HumanA Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation,Daniel Pink also can claim to have given one of the top 10 most popular TED Talks of all time, “The Puzzle of Motivation” (watch the video below).  His upcoming book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (January 2018) presents the perfect timing for Daniel to keynote at the 11th annual Conscious Capitalism CEO SummitOctober 10-12 in Austin, TX.

In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named Daniel Pink, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. He currently serves on the advisory boards of RiseSmart, Betterment Institutional, Heleo and Hubspot.You can learn more about Daniel on his bio page. Continue reading…


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Markel Corporation’s Tom Gayner to Keynote CEO Summit

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Speculated by many to become the next Berkshire Hathaway, Markel Corporation is also an exemplary practitioner of Conscious Capitalism. We are so very proud to announce Markel’s Co-CEO, Tom Gayner, as a keynote speaker at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO Summit, October 10-12.

Prior to being promoted to Co-CEO, Tom served as Markel’s Chief Investment Officer, where he managed the company’s equity portfolio to drive a 127% return from 2005 to 2015, handily outperforming the S&P 500’s 81% gain over the same period.

Among its conscious practices, the $9 billion insurance and reinsurance business utilizes its own operational and value investing philosophy, The Markel Style, to maintain its creed of “honesty and fairness in all our dealings.” To give you a taste of what to expect, we’ve included below a link to Tom’s recent Google Talk, “The Evolution of a Value Investor.” Continue reading…


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Singularity University’s Pascal Finette to Keynote CEO Summit

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Conscious Capitalism’s CEO Summit is not only the most engaging peer-to-peer executive leadership event of the year, but the exclusive event has become known for bringing innovative big thinkers to foster truly transformational conversations.

To this end, we are excited to announce Vice President of Startup Solutions Group & Entrepreneurship Chair at Singularity University, Pascal Finette, as a keynote speaker at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th Annual CEO Summit, October 10-12 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Austin.

Whether he’s teaching, speaking or “wrangling unicorns,” Pascal lives at the forefront of entrepreneurship, technology, global impact and the magic that happens when they all intersect. At Singularity University, he heads up “everything entrepreneurship” and leads breakthrough thinking at SU Labs, where Silicon Valley’s brightest minds are leveraging exponential technologies to transform the world. He further serves as Singularity’s Global Evangelist, interpreting SU’s vision of the future to C-level and Fortune 500 leaders in small private groups. You can see Pascal’s view on technology’s role in advancing the potential business has to be a force for good, in his TEDx talk “Disruption & the other side: Solving the world’s biggest challenges.”

If you qualify to join the approximately 225 presidents and chief executives from companies with more than $5 million in annual revenue for this intimate and engaging experience, visit the new CEO Summit website and request your password today.


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Whole Foods Market’s John Mackey to Keynote 2017 CEO Summit

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By now you’ve most likely heard about the Amazon-Whole Foods Market merger and have read various pundit opinions as to what this means for the Conscious Capitalism movement. We think conscious leaders like you deserve to hear straight from the source.

We are pleased to announce that Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey, will keynote at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO SummitOctober 10-12 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Austin.

You already know John’s thoughts on Conscious Capitalism through both the book he co-authored with Babson College professor, Raj Sisodia (Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business) and the numerous media interviews on how Conscious Capitalism helps Whole Foods Market achieve great success. You might have even seen him speak at a prior CEO Summit.

But this is your once in a lifetime opportunity to catch John at a time when the company he co-founded is about to embark on its next chapter as part of the world’s largest online retailer.  If you know John, he will have a lot to say about his hopes and expectations for the future of the very company he so successfully built on the principles of Conscious Capitalism.

If you qualify to join the approximately 225 presidents and chief executives from companies with more than $5 million in annual revenue for this intimate and engaging experience, visit the new CEO Summit website and request your password today.


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Panera Bread’s Ron Shaich to Keynote 2017 CEO Summit

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With registration now open for Conscious Capitalism’s 11th Annual CEO Summit (October 10-12 in Austin, TX), we are so excited to announce our first keynote speaker: Panera Bread founder, chairman and CEO, Ron Shaich.

Under Ron’s leadership, Panera was the first and only national restaurant chain with a menu free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources. Its loyalty program was the largest in the industry at 25 million members with half of transactions made through the program.

The result: Panera is the best-performing restaurant stock when measured over the last 20 years, delivering a total shareholder return of 9,753% from April 18, 1997 to April 24, 2017, compared to 210% for the S&P 500 during the same time period. Indeed, Panera’s stock has generated annualized returns of 26% in the same time frame.

We expect this year’s Summit will sell out faster than usual. If you qualify to join Ron and approximately 225 presidents and chief executives from companies with more than $5 million in annual revenue for this intimate and engaging experience, visit the new CEO Summit website and request your password today.

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Open Letter from Conscious Capitalism, Inc.’s CEO

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Dear Conscious Capitalism Community,

Four years ago, I attended my first Conscious Capitalism conference in San Francisco. Fifteen months ago, I joined Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI) as co-CEO. Today, I am honored and humbled to write this letter as CEO of this incredible organization.

We live in a world begging for Conscious Capitalism. We know of capitalism’s proven ability to raise billions out of poverty. But we also know that, like anything with great potential power, it can be abused. Only by being exemplary stewards of Conscious Capitalism can we, as a unified movement, prove free-enterprise capitalism to be inarguably the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. In the face of mounting moral and ethical challenges presented by what some consider “business as usual,” we must remain steadfast in our determination to let the truth about Conscious Capitalism’s potential to elevate humanity through business win the narrative. Continue reading…