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Heroes of Conscious Capitalism – 2017 Class

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Inaugural “Heroes of Conscious Capitalism” Honorees Announced

Corporate and academic leaders recognized for their conscious practice of capitalism and as examples of how purpose-driven businesses can make the world a better place

We are excited to share with you our inaugural “Heroes of Conscious Capitalism” Class of 2017! Comprising the list as announced at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO Summit in Austin, Texas are twenty-eight leaders from twenty-three organizations being recognized for their contributions toward realizing a world in which business is both practiced and recognized as a force for good.

    

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Member Profile: driversselect

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Leadership with a Long-Term View:

How getting to the top requires taking a few steps back

By Agata Antonow and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies

 

The first time Brandi Beakley met Steve Hall, owner of driversselect, she was attending an event for conscious businesses with her then-employer. Hall stood out from the crowd in his “Be Transparent” shirt. In a sea of businesses concerned with social justice and the environment, his sector also made an impression.

“I found out he ran a car dealership, and I thought, ‘Who is this guy to wear a Be Transparent shirt?’” she explains. “Within a year, I had switched companies to work for him.”

driversselect CEO, Steve Hall, leading a new employee orientation meeting.

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Feature: Conscious Finance

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Not All Money is Created Equal:

The importance of funding businesses with conscious capital

By Geoff Campbell and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies

 

There comes a time in the life of a business when it needs money to grow—and while money can be fuel, it can also be fire. Investors come with strings attached, and business owners who understand the power of companies to change the world for the better are choosing their sources of funding with increasing care.

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Member Profile: Curriculum Associates

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A Conscious Approach to Teaching and Learning:  Curriculum Associates

By Agata Antonow and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies

 

Rob Waldron’s phone was ringing off the hook, and it wasn’t because his company had just made one of the 10 largest charitable donations of 2016 by gifting the majority of its shares—worth about $121 million—to the Iowa State University Foundation. “Rob?” his assistant said, peeking into the office. “Another call. It’s about that news show. Do you want to take it?”

Over 13 percent of K-8 children in the United States currently use Curriculum Associates’ software every week.

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Support for Houston and Hurricane Harvey Victims

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From everyone at Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI), we offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Southeast Texas and surrounding areas who are suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

While I am glad to say that the members of our newly formed Houston Chapter of Conscious Capitalism are all safe, as we all know, there are many who are not. The damage done to the city of Houston and the surrounding communities is devastating and presents a long road to recovery. Continue reading…


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IN-Q to Speak and Lead Workshop at 2017 CEO Summit

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No words we could ever write would fully express our excitement that world-renowned poet, INQ, will be joining us at this year’s Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit.

Sure we could tell you about all his accolades: National Poetry Slam Champion; named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 thought leaders; selling out the largest one-man poetry show inLos Angeles history; the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil…

But no such list would match hearing from INQ himself. Watch the video below to see what we mean.

What we can say for sure is that we’re looking forward to IN-Q expanding the imaginations of this year’s CEO Summit participants, breaking down comfort zones, and leading us through his perspective-shifting storytelling workshop!

 


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“Reinventing Organizations” Author Frederic Laloux to Keynote CEO Summit

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One of the unique value propositions of Conscious Capitalism’s annual CEO Summit is the fact that keynote speakers are also engaged participants during this multi-day transformational event.

Each year, we convene an amazing lineup of speakers who join like-minded conscious leaders to dive deeply into the issues that matter most in growing the Conscious Capitalism movement. This year’s list of speakers and participants is one you won’t want to miss.

Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next State of Human Consciousness is considered by many to be the most influential business book of this decade. Described as “groundbreaking,” “world-changing,” and “a leap in management thinking” by some of the most respected scholars of management and human development, it has sparked a global movement of organizations adopting radically more powerful and soulful management practices. Continue reading…


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“Built on Purpose” Interview with Alexander McCobin

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Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is proud to have among its Board of Directors, Y Scouts Managing Partner and co-founder, Brian Mohr.  Brian not only brings a valued perspective to the Conscious Capitalism community through his  experience running a business focused on disrupting the talent acquisition space – believing that talent is the ultimate competitive advantage – but he also hosts a fantastic podcast called “Built on Purpose.”

Soon following Alexander’s taking of the reins as sole CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. in July, Brian felt the time was right to introduce him to his audience. In this episode, Alexander shares experiences and stories from his life including: his experience joining the wrestling team in 7th grade, his choice to pursue undergrad and graduate degrees in both economics and philosophy, and how a simple idea led to a global student movement known as Students for Liberty. We also discuss how he met his wife and the now hilarious story of the morning of their wedding day, joining Conscious Capitalism as the Co-CEO (with former Trader Joe’s president, Doug Rauch), the transition to the sole CEO and the elements that make the Conscious Capitalism movement so powerful.

Alexander’s passion for liberty and free enterprise is undeniable. For every business leader out there, get ready to experience the inside story of Alexander McCobin and his vision for Conscious Capitalism’s exciting future.

Listen here to the full “Built on Purpose” interview with Alexander.


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GSD&M Chairman Roy Spence to Keynote 2017 CEO Summit

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Chances are you’ve heard the Lone Star State’s rally cry of “Don’t Mess with Texas!” But did you know that the co-founder and current chairman of the advertising agency which created that iconic slogan is an exemplary practitioner of Conscious Capitalism?

We are very pleased to announce GSD&M’s Roy Spence, as a keynote speaker at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO Summit, October 10-12 in Austin, TX.

At GSD&M, Roy pioneered the brand management model, “Purpose Based Branding,” and earned industry accolades such as “Ad Man of the Year” and “Idea Man of the Century,” as well as recently being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame (see video below). Along with Haley Rushing, he authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For. He is also the co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute in Austin, where he encourages businesses to adhere to the following: Continue reading…


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Thrive Market co-CEO Gunnar Lovelace to Keynote CEO Summit

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Thrive Market is one of the fastest-growing players in the natural and organic online food delivery space for good reason. Launched in 2014, Thrive Market already serves more than 400,000 members who pay $60 annually to access the online wholesale buying club that offers the best natural and organic products you can buy at any brick and mortar retailer at 25-50% off retail prices.

We are excited to share that Thrive Market co-founder and co-CEO, Gunnar Lovelace, will be a keynote speaker at Conscious Capitalism’s 11th annual CEO SummitOctober 10-12 in Austin, TX.

But it’s not just Thrive Market’s success in the natural and organic online food delivery space that makes Gunnar an exemplary conscious leader. The company played an integral role in lobbying the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a two-year pilot program starting this summer that allows people to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase food online. Thrive did so knowing that its exclusive offering of non-perishable food items would most likey exclude them from participating in the pilot. Below is just one of the many business press articles hailing Thrive Market’s efforts to make a difference in our world.  Continue reading…