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The Spectacular Recovery of the Post-Maduro Venezuela: My Reasons to Believe

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By Maria Antonia Marturet Rios

"Maria Antonia Marturet Rios spoke at the first Latin America Conscious Capitalism Conference this March. While she is from Venezuela, like many others, she has left the country for the time being due to the circumstances the country finds itself in. We invited Toña to share her thoughts on how Conscious Capitalism can be a model for resolving the humanitarian crisis in her home country, by moving past the question of politics to create a system of opportunity that benefits everyone."

- Alexander McCobin, CEO, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

The name field on my ID says Maria Antonia, but for every other purpose, you can call me Toña. I'm a Venezuelan engineer who was forced to flee communism in 2018 due to economic, social and security concerns in my country. I work as a Business Consultant in the Caribbean while leading 'Alimenta Una Sonrisa' from abroad, a social enterprise that enables vulnerable kids from Venezuela to study. Eyes on my work, heart in my country.

Back in the 80’s, the word “Venezuela” was associated with money, beautiful beaches and good baseball. In 2019, the word is, more often than not, related to corruption, hunger, communism and human rights violations.

A lot has been written on how we got here, and news are currently focused on the possible ways in which the Nicolás Maduro dictatorship will go down, probably sooner than later. Today, I want to reflect on what the future holds for Venezuela after the transition to democracy, and why is it that I’m so optimistic and excited to go back as soon as basic living conditions are restored.

I don’t hold the truth of the future of course, but after years of analysis and personal first-hand experience, here’s my take: After dethroning Maduro, in the 2020’s we will see Venezuela become the biggest economic miracle in the history of modern Latin America.

In the past forty years, we have seen a country go from prosperous oil paradise to corruption post-apocalyptic havoc. My bet is that in the next ten years we can expect to see the cohesive reconstruction of a free and prosperous society. Historical research on similar crisis show it will probably happen this way, and the intuition of most Venezuelans is aligned with this projection. Today, I’ll go over four key components that make me optimistic about the future:

  • Diaspora comeback 
  • Private and public investments
  • Conscious Capitalism is already in place
  • The lesson is learned

Copyright 2019 by Americas Quarterly

Diaspora comeback

According to several studies, the size of the Venezuelan migrant population is between 3 and 6 million people (10% to 20% of total population) scattered around the globe, with heavy presence in Latin American countries, United States and Europe. I myself had to leave to the Dominican Republic eight months ago, struggling with the pain of forceful detachment of family and friends, and with the cheerfulness of leaving to go work in a country where my capabilities were going to be rewarded and my freedom respected.

While Venezuelans have been well received in most countries, the majority of us still want to go back after the storm passes: We live and work with an eye on the news back home, praying that someday we will be able to ride on a one-way plane to our cities, hug our families again, and put all the learnings that we have received abroad to good use in our own country.

It will be a reversed brain drain: People of all ages and genders, former residents of countries all around the world, going back to their land after having absorbed different cultures, experiences and ideas, after having studied and worked in all kind of fields, and after having experimented the difficulties of living in a land that can’t be called their own.

The force of this returning diaspora melting pot will be gigantic, and the synergies created from their union will set the stage for a massive recovery.

Private and public investments

Several international public organizations have already committed to investing in the Venezuelan recovery once Nicolás Maduro is out: The IMF and the World Bank will probably lead the investment rounds, with participation from other international institutes that also know that they will directly and indirectly benefit from a recovery. The United Nations, and several other aid organizations will also take big responsibilities in the restitution of basic health and alimentary conditions for the most vulnerable groups.

Big private organizations are also waiting to go in, or back in, as in the case of Kimberly Clark, Cemex, and General Motors to start operating in an economic environment where they will find little competitors, customers hungry for innovation, and a constant growth post-disaster economy in a country with the underground oil potential to become a huge Latin American player once again.

And then, there will also be the medium and small-sized private companies and families ready to take part in the picture and capitalize on the reconstruction: Migrants who were able to save money while abroad, local players who’ve been afraid to invest with uncertain conditions, international players that want to expand to a new region, and ‘sadly’ those who made big money on suspicious terms under the Chávez-Maduro administrations.

This kind of money, along with the income increase derived from the recovery of the oil industry, will fuel an unprecedented growth in the economy and overall living conditions of Venezuelan citizens.

Conscious Capitalism is already in place

Companies that are still on their feet have a higher purpose in mind, and that’s what keeps them going even when faced with shortages, insecurity, government hostility and general economic depression. They are in Venezuela because they truly believe that they have some transcendental purpose there, which ties them to the country even in the hardest conditions. An example can be found in Pensamusic, a Caracas based startup that provides online music teaching to people around the world with the purpose of “Bring music to people through a learning experience that is transcendental, fun and unique”.

Operative companies depend on employees, suppliers, customers, service providers and even competitors that are also in the country, going through the same hardships as everyone else. To survive, companies have figured out how to maximize the conditions for all key players at the same time, because they know that if they don’t, there likely won’t be any replacement. This has yielded great contributions and stakeholder integrations around the center of the businesses, all paddling in the same direction towards a common goal of subsistence. A good example of this is St Honoré bakery, a store that lends their space for their main barista to teach coffee classes, sells scarce flour to their main competitors when they need it, shares profits with the key managers, and distributes all the remaining food of each day among their top performance employees.

Successful companies are being led by highly flexible managers that embrace a conscious culture to get through the crisis. Most businesses are now paying more than the minimum wage, giving off days to employees that need to shop for food on a certain day of the week, investing on education and motivation to decrease staff turnover, allowing people to work from home when there are protests, helping coworkers find scarce medicines when needed, and keeping up the overall enthusiasm even in the midst of the crisis.  An example can be found in Cusica Live, a live music bar where most university students from the east of Caracas want to work, because of the family environment they experience there while making some money to support themselves.

St. Honoré Bakery Supervisor

The lesson is learned

Most people in the world have an intuition of what might happen to their countries if they vote for ill-intentioned politicians that promote corruption as the new rule of law. Venezuelans have learned it the hard way. Now, after two decades of heavy suffering, we’re conscious of the great gift and the great responsibility of living in a country that has given us everything, and hopefully, we are more prepared to run it in a way that embraces differences as blessings, that wants to be righteous, and that is willing to work hard to get back on its feet.

What has happened to us will not be forgotten, and the new hearted Venezuela that we will build will forever honor those who fell prey to communism, and those who helped us get back on our feet when we most needed it.

It’s a matter of time; mark my words.

Why I’m excited about the Conscious Capitalism Certification Program, and why you should be too.


Nathan Havey, Founder & CEO, Thrive Consulting Group

There are three moments that have proven to be pivotal in my conscious business journey so far…

1 > I’m driving the Alaska-Canada Highway deep in the Canadian Rockies and I’m listening to Firms of Endearment.  My heart is racing and I feel like I need to pull over and jump up and down because I have finally been presented with hard evidence that the pro-people way I wish businesses could operate is not only viable, but is better for performance than profit-first business as usual.  In that moment, I found my calling as a Conscious Capitalist.

2 >> A year later I’m sitting around a campfire on South Manitou Island passionately summarizing the four principles of Conscious Capitalism to a few people I’ve never met. The next morning, one of those people gives me his card and tells me to call him. Five years later, Michael McFall, Co-CEO of BIGGBY COFFEE tells the story of that night as the beginning of his conscious business journey. Our work together would help me build my consulting practice and create a $100 Million and 3000 person-strong ally as committed to spreading the principles of Conscious Capitalism as I am.

3 >>> A couple of months ago, I’m sitting across the table from the Amandas at a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that isn’t technically open yet. It’s our first face to face meeting and it’s going well. I’m hearing about their work at Conscious Capitalism, Inc. to grow the movement and I’m telling them about the year-long Conscious Capitalism curriculum Thrive wrote for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the 90 minute on-demand course we built for Conscious Company Magazine. In the follow-up email they send me that night, they float an idea that Conscious Capitalism, Inc. has been developing for a while that they think we could collaborate together on: a certification program for Conscious Capitalism consultants…

The idea intrigued me. Over the years, there are three things I’ve longed for as I built my consulting practice.

  • A community of fellow consultants who are hungry to grow this movement leader by leader, company by company until conscious capitalism is the new business as usual.
  • Somewhere to go to show my work to people who understand this stuff and who can help me get continually better at what I do.
  • And for Pete’s sake, I’ve wanted some way to make business development easier so that I can spend more time doing the work I love to do.

If I had those things, I know I could increase my impact.  I saw how a certification program could deliver all of that.  I started to get excited. What’s more, I thought, if there is one thing I’ve learned after hundreds of coffee meetings with other current and aspiring conscious business consultants across the country, it is that all of us want these same three things.  If we all had them, all of us could increase our impact. The combined effect of that would be like rocket fuel for the movement. Now I was really excited.

I’ll admit that I’m prone to let my imagination run away with me and I indulged in thinking about how a certification program could grow and what it could mean for the adoption of Conscious Capitalism…

Hundreds of certified consultants hard at work bringing the principles of Conscious Capitalism to life in companies all around the world. Leader by leader, company by company, they will support bringing the promise of the Conscious Capitalist Credo to life as conscious businesses help evolve our world so that billions of people can flourish, leading lives infused with passion, purpose, love and creativity; a world of freedom, harmony, prosperity, and compassion.

Lofty as it sounds, this is the future I have been dreaming about. I know it is a great opportunity and responsibility to work with Conscious Capitalism, Inc. to make this real, and I am going to do everything I can to that end.

But it won’t become real. Not unless those hundreds of hypothetical consultants start as a few of “us” today.

If this is resonating with you then this might just be a pivotal moment for you. If you want to join in creating a future like this, email the Amandas for registration information at learning@consciouscapitalism.org and let’s get to work.


Learning & Development

Observations from My Sight Visit to the Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems (BWPS) Plant in Phillips, WI.

By Kris Schaeffer

The owner, Bob Chapman, together with Raj Sisodia, wrote about his people-centered leadership philosophy in the acclaimed book, Everybody Matters! The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. Conscious Capitalism Inc. arranged this sight visit for an intimate group 12 visitors – CEOs, presidents, founders, owners of private and public companies. As an experienced management consultant, I wanted to see, firsthand, how the Everybody Matters! philosophy had changed the plant’s culture and impacted the business. It did. In very positive ways.

Falling in love with Jeff.

At our arrival dinner, I was seated with Jeff Stilts, one of the front line team members at the Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems plant. Jeff and I had a lot in common. We both have small town backgrounds — fishing, making up our own games, the community feeling. Jeff asked and listened in a way that bridged any differences in our job levels, education, gender, or geography.

Jeff is talented and common sense smart. I asked him why he didn’t teach for the Barry-Wehmiller University, which is staffed by BW team members. He replied that he still had children at home and didn’t want to spend time away from them traveling. A rock-solid ethic for work-life balance was important to Jeff and BW respected that.

Jeff certainly would have been an outstanding instructor. What Jeff did not tell me about himself was that he had significantly influenced the culture and direction of the company. In 2002, Jeff was a member of the employee group that wrote the company’s Guiding Principles of Leadership (GPL). I felt that I had missed the chance to talk with him about how a group of employees came up with these ideas. It would have been like learning about the US Constitution from one of its writers. Darn your humility, Jeff.

As dessert was being served, we took turns introducing our partners to the larger group. I began by saying; “People will talk about us because I fell in love with Jeff tonight.” Yes, a funny factoid for a small town. But I was very impressed by Jeff’s innate skills. I wanted everyone to appreciate Jeff.

Visiting the plant.

Barry-Wehmiller Papersystems makes the machines that make different types of packaging. Each machine is custom-made. This factory is not an assembly line; it is an assemblage of craftspeople who work on the various parts that make up the customized machine. Sheet metal fabrication – Welding –  Painting – Building electrical panels.

We got to the plant the next morning. As I checked in to get my hard-toed shoes and safety glasses, I was asked, “Are you Kris?” Jeff had already told them about our encounter. But this was not negative small town gossip. He had passed along a vibe that made me feel welcomed, accepted, and gladly anticipated. This is what I experienced with all the other BWPS team members – how well they treat guests and each other.

Now on the factory floor, I could see firsthand how this openhearted harmony worked. Dennis Lemke was our wise guide. Once an engineer and now a VP at the plant, Dennis could point out how this people-centered culture helped productivity. He told the story about the job sheets. A job sheet contains the exact directions to do a job task — the learnings, short-cuts, and cautions from the expert who has mastered the task. A job sheet would quickly guide someone to execute the task. But at one point, employees had not written many job sheets, for fear that someone could take their job.

The BW culture had turned this fear to trust during the 2009 economic downturn. The challenge — how could the business survive a 40% cut in contracts with not one lay off? BW implemented a self-directed share-the-pain solution. They designed furloughs that employees could schedule and barter. Once employees saw that no one was going to lose their job, there was no further reason for fear. As evidence of the wellspring of goodwill, today there are 17,000 job sheets. Now, when sales at one plant are slow, they are able to “flex” inside the building and serve their sister companies. The BW plants are a coordinated resource to each other. BW plants reduce the need for outside contracting and expense because they know how to do the work themselves.

Dennis described the morning Touch Meeting as another example of daily teamwork. Everyone gathers around the Operations Board. Their first business is not business. It’s a personal check in about birthdays, kids’ sports, trivia, and laughter. “It’s beautiful to hear how you feel.”

And then these craftspeople review the computer-generated daily work plan. Assignments are not finished without human input. Team members swap hours. “I need some help to get this done in 8 hours.” “I have a couple of hours I can give you.” And together they work out the demands of the day. That honest harmony leads Barry-Wehmiller team members to achieve their definition of happiness – “Meaningful work among people we care about.”

Another way that trust shaped the plant is in continuous improvement. Barry-Wehmiller uses every day to refine their systems. In the first four months of the year, there have been over 300 improvement suggestions. That’s an incredible number! At BWPS, lean manufacturing isn’t just using your head to problem-solve. It’s also using your heart to see how to wring out frustration from the system. Caring leads to better ideas or as one person said, “Giving a sh*t.” That prompted a major declaration from one of the participants. “We implemented Lean Manufacturing first. If I had to do it all over again, I would have started by building the culture.”

Using Recognition and Celebration.

In the plant, there is a prominent Recognition Board full of pictures of awards and parties. It seemed as sincere and spontaneous as a kitchen refrigerator with many photos of the kids’ recitals and graduations. Awards are freely given and very cherished. Most awards are from peer nominations. During one of the team member panels, Jennie Bruner told her personal story of becoming a “Customer Trust Leader” because many people encouraged her. “I learned that I had something to offer people.” It’s stunning to have your co-workers value you.

The plant is full of team members wearing their awards. Badges. Jackets. Pins. They introduce others to guests with this recognition – not what the person does but what they have achieved. Personhood over position – “We give awards to people who achieve something that is important to our culture, not just to our bottom line.”

Barry-Wehmiller also recognizes and celebrates people simply to let them know they matter. There were pictures of parties – birthday parties, company anniversary parties. The factory has a very High Touch, Low Tech design.

Tracy Williams, who is on the front line of Customer Trust, was the first winner of the GPL prize – for exemplifying the Guiding Principles of Leadership. She came to talk to us wearing her red shirt. For her, it was an extraordinary award. Sometimes, she has to do an unpopular task. After the sale, if a customer’s machine is down, Tracy may have to take a completed, working part from a machine in progress and ship it to that customer so they can get their plant running. As she puts it, it’s better to have havoc with a BW production schedule than have a customer who is unable to work at all.

Talking about Culture and Leadership.

Now that we had seen that the people-centric culture worked, we had questions about how to achieve it. Fortunately, the sight visit gave us more exposure to BW team members, to Bob Chapman and to the other designers of the company’s culture.

Brian Wellinghoff kicked off the discussion. He had started as an engineer and moved on to be one of the BWU instructors. He explained Barry-Wehmiller’s concept of culture. There are four components — Compassion. Integrity. Consistency. Competence. Which element comes first? Most businesses would start with Competence. Barry-Wehmiller turns around the sequence. Compassion comes first. They believe that good people will give you good performance. He explained that we develop people from the inside out.

Dennis Lemke provided an example of how to apply this model. At the plant, Dennis used “responsible freedom” on Mike, a project estimator. His job is to cost out a bid for a multi-million dollar machine. Mike would spend 40 hours to price a machine yet it would take him only a few seconds to give an estimate. But he was afraid to be wrong about his estimate. Dennis said, “We instilled belief in himself so he could do a quick quote. This really supports our sales department.” This is one example of using trust to build performance.

Shayne Roberts, a former engineer now in charge of human resources, reinforced the idea of compassion over competence. He said, “We never terminate for performance. We do terminate for behavior issues such as absenteeism or acting inappropriately. If someone is not performing, it’s the leader’s job to help the team member get up to speed.”

Shayne continued, “Culture is a commitment. This shift in mindset requires patience. Leaders are expected to practice that “courageous patience” along with deep listening and authentic vulnerability.

Shayne explained that it took over six years to build culture at this plant. “We wanted to build a culture that would last. Now we have our culture in everything we do — Safety. Leadership. Documents (such as the Guiding Principles of Leadership). Barry Wehmiller University. Vision of Service. Wellness.

“Every business has performance measures. We also have a dashboard of people measures which each leader is responsible for – safety, wellness, recognition, retention, and training participation.”

All of us agreed that it would take consistent leadership to embed our own companies with this people-centric culture. We were committed to try, though somewhat uncertain as to what would be the best path. Together we developed some ideas: Have cultural dialogues. Look for people to believe and get them to come along. Realize that it’s a journey; don’t expect quick results. Convert your cultural aspirations into behavior. There can be multiple interpretations of words. Actions tend to have “pure meaning.”

Wrapping up the Sight Visit.

This sight visit was ably designed by Conscious Capitalism, Inc.’s Chief Strategy Officer, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute’s partner, Brian Wellinghoff. It was a skillful blend of large and small group interactions, panels, and the plant visit. The Barry-Wehmiller way is to allow visitors full, unrestricted access to team members. Nothing is scripted. Everything is real.

About the author, Kris Schaeffer.

During the sight visit, I had an inspiring one on one with Bob Chapman. “Bob, I flunked retirement twice.” Bob looked directly at me. “You retire when all you have is work. You don’t retire when your work is a calling.” What is a calling? Something good for the world; good for me; and ####. What is my calling? Helping business to be a force for good.

I have worked on organizational culture for forty years. “Every company has a culture, but few by design.” Culture is not a quick fix but rather a steady, iterative effort over time. We get there by using a combination of six “cultural levers” that create systemic, sustained organizational change.

Today, I work with Conscious Capitalists to convert their vision and values into operational practices. “Values are exhibited in behaviors.” We use this model for change: The organization inspects leadership, structure, and process; while the individual level looks at people, tasks, and rewards. When these levers are aligned toward the company’s values, the right actions occur. The Barry-Wehmiller sight visit confirmed this.

Partner Event: Central Florida for Good & First Green Bank

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Register NOW!

September 6, 2018
Orlando, Florida
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Legacy Vacation Club and The Collage Companies is sponsoring an event at First GREEN Bank’s downtown Orlando office, celebrating First GREEN Bank earning the first LEED v4 ID&C Retail Platinum certification in the world! Followed by a B Corp learning session of easy-to-integrate ways for businesses to become more appealing to align with today’s generation of responsible and environmentally conscious consumers.

Mayor Buddy Dyer, Brian Walsh from The Collage Companies along with Kathy Lawson and Mike Hess from USGBC will present Ken LaRoe with the official LEED plaque. This event will also celebrate the launch of “Central FL for Good”. Inspired by the global B Corp movement, Central FL For Good is for any business contributing to the greater good.

When: September 6 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: First GREEN Bank – 250 North Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Why: B Corps and like-minded businesses are leading a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Discussion will include business successes that reach beyond profits, benefit for all stakeholders (not just shareholders), and the future of this global movement among businesses taking leadership roles in solving problems.

Who: Business leaders, entrepreneurs and other change agents

Appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.

Space will be limited – this event will fill up rather quickly.

Click Here to Register for the Event

CC Blog: What You Can’t Be is a Hypocrite

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By Geoff Campbell and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies

A border wall. Abortion. Entitlement reform. Russian interference in the most recent presidential election. Gun control.

Pick a topic and it’s likely that Americans are deeply divided on the issue—polarized and separated by their interpretation of the facts, or even holding alternate sets of facts. Politics have become so toxic it sometimes seems as though Americans are living in two separate countries.

But there’s at least one place where people are setting aside their differences and uniting in harmony behind a common banner—Conscious Capitalism.

The Conscious Capitalism movement is a big tent that unites both ardent conservatives and committed liberals. It’s a place where people who voted for President Donald Trump can work with people who loved President Barack Obama.

It’s not so much that they ignore their differences as much as that they understand their common cause and respect those who are on the same journey.

“The movement is post-partisan, and it’s converging around something more important, which is ethos,” said Dev Patnaik, CEO of Jump Associates, a Stanford University professor and self-described liberal. “That ethos comes down to one thing, which is you can do good and do well at the same time. And in fact, if you do it right, doing good will do well and doing well will do good.”

Where else but a Conscious Capitalism event might you see the CEOs of Chick-fil-A and Ben & Jerry’s on the same stage? Conscious Capitalism approaches potentially controversial viewpoints with the idea that if we are in dialog with people who disagree with us and are working together towards a common goal of improving lives for the greatest number, then the discomfort of those conversations is worth the progress they inevitably precede.

“CCI brings people together from disparate backgrounds,” CCI CEO Alexander McCobin said. “We have every religion, industry, and political perspective at the table.”

He noted that at its 2016 CEO Summit, CCI put Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank, was on the same stage as Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor under President Obama and currently chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“Both of them talked about the power of Conscious Capitalism and spoke to rejecting false choices that pit people against each other,” McCobin said. In business, one of the oldest myths is that you must choose between valuing your shareholders or valuing your vendors. Every business that practices Conscious Capitalism and outperforms their competition is actively working to disprove exactly this kind of false choice narrative that is the relic of an outdated business paradigm. Conscious leaders today know that when you bring value to everyone, the business will do better overall. “That is the unifying power of what we do.”

Patnaik agreed.

“The beauty of Conscious Capitalism is that it’s one part Texas libertarians, and one part California hippies,” Patnaik said.

And that’s exactly the way he likes it.

“I’m a big tent kind of guy,” Patnaik said. “What do you care about most? Do you want to be successful or do you just want to be right?”

He said CCI events bring people together in a spirit of growth and camaraderie.

“You go to Conscious Capitalism and it’s all about, ‘How do we improve our net promoter score?” Patnaik said, referring to an index that measures customer willingness to recommend a company to others. “So it’s not all about, ‘Yay, we’re all Conscious Capitalists.’ It’s how do we improve our business?”

Conscious Capitalism creates a powerful sense of belonging for its adherents.

“You have some crazy ideas about how the world should work, and you find out you’re not alone,” he said. “You belong. Here’s your tribe.”

It’s not uncommon for members to reflect that some of their fellow Conscious Capitalists are people they might not consider tribal relatives if not for their common beliefs about the ability of business to elevate humanity. And that common purpose is a uniting force that dwarfs individual political disagreements.

“I think you can be a conservative in Conscious Capitalism, you can be a liberal in Conscious Capitalism, and you can be a libertarian in Conscious Capitalism,” Patnaik said. “What you can’t be is a hypocrite.” Everyone who is here believes wholeheartedly in finding the best ways to elevate humanity through the power of human-centered businesses.

B Corp Event: Changing Business in Florida For Good

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May 17: “Changing Business in Florida For Good:
Florida Businesses Measuring More Than Just Profit”
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2018) — After a beta launch last month and still coalescing, collective StPeteForGood is partnering with a reinvigorated Conscious Capitalism Florida to present a May 17 (9:30am) panel discussion with Florida businesses “working for more than just profits.”
Panelists represent Certified B Corps operating in Florida: Orlando-based Clean The World, Winter Springs-based Zen Life Center, St. Petersburg-based Salt Palm Development, and national retailer Athleta. The panel will be moderated by Conscious Capitalism Florida.
Additionally, there will be remarks by national nonprofits 1% for the Planet and Ideas For Us, along with City of St. Petersburg small business liaison Jessica Eilerman.
WHO: Attendees will include business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change-agents.
PANELISTS: Dirk Roskam, CFO, Clean the World  (Certified B Corp 2015) | Jared Meyers, CEO, Salt Palm Development  (Certified B Corp 2018) | Dr. Sheila Rocherfort-Hoehn, Zen Life Center  (Certified B Corp 2016) | Louisa Cisneros, Community Lead,Athleta (Certified B Corp 2018) | Moderated by Vinny Tafuro, president, Conscious Capitalism Florida
WHAT: What is a benefit corporation? What is a B Corp? Why do they earn Certification? How might you do it? Learn from personal journeys of top executives building businesses structured to do more than just maximize profits. For-profit businesses that are changing their communities and the world while making a living at the same time.
WHY: B Corps and like-minded businesses are leading a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Discussion will include business successes that reach beyond profits, benefit for all stakeholders (not just shareholders), and the future of this global movement among businesses taking leadership roles in solving problems.
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, from 9:30am to 1:00pm
9:30 – 10:00 – Registration & Networking
10:00 – 10:30 – Remarks & Introductions
10:30 – 11:30 – Panel Presentation / Discussion
Noon – 1:00 – Working Lunch, Meet-and-Greet, Idea-Sharing
Complimentary lunch will be provided. There is no cost for this event. Capacity is limited.

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Not only would we be honored to help you bring your experiences implementing Conscious Capitalism to others by publishing your book, but your book would also be added to our growing library of inspirational titles in the Conscious Capitalism Bookstore to ensure our growing community of Conscious Capitalists around the world are made aware of the knowledge you have to share.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Member Profile: Jump Associates

Conscious Culture

Transforming the world with lessons from “IBM-ville” to India


Conversations with Dev Patnaik bounce from philosophy to politics to theories of leadership. He’s a father of two, an adviser to the Fortune 500, an author, a professor at Stanford University and the chief executive officer of Jump Associates. Jump is an innovation consultancy, although Patnaik shies away from the label.

“To this day I won’t say I’m a consultant,” he says. “What I am is a teacher.” And teach he does—no talk with Dev (pronounced “Dave”) is complete without a few lessons learned. But this businessman has taken Conscious Capitalism to heart. He unites his lessons with a singular purpose:  He helps people discover their own greatness.

Continue reading…

Conscious Capitalism Florida Summit, December 14

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Conscious Capitalism Florida was launched in Tampa in 2013 to help connect like-minded organizations and grow our community. Conscious Capitalism exists to elevate humanity through business. We believe that business can be a force for good for all stakeholders, become more profitable and create greater opportunities by following the four tenets of conscious capitalism:

  • Higher Purpose: Recognizing that every business has a purpose that includes, but is more than, making money. By focusing on its Higher Purpose, a business inspires, engages and energizes its stakeholders.
  • Stakeholder Orientation: Recognizing that the interdependent nature of life and the human foundations of business, a business needs to create value with and for its various stakeholders (customers, employees, vendors, investors, communities, etc.). Like the life forms in an ecosystem, healthy stakeholders lead to a healthy business system.
  • Conscious Leadership: Human social organizations are created and guided by leaders – people who see a path and inspire others to travel along the path. Conscious Leaders understand and embrace the Higher Purpose of business and focus on creating value for and harmonizing the interests of the business stakeholders. They recognize the integral role of culture and purposefully cultivate Conscious Culture.
  • Conscious Culture: This is the ethos – the values, principles, practices – underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeates the atmosphere of a business and connects the stakeholders to each other and to the purpose, people and processes that comprise the company.

Whether you already know about Conscious Capitalism, are interested in elevating humanity through business, or just want to learn more, we invite you to attend our planning session to RELAUNCH the Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter. We want to know your ideas, your feedback and how a Tampa-based Conscious Capitalism Chapter can best serve this community.

Contact Sherri Sutton, ssutton@positiveimpactforce.com, with any questions or for more information.

Date: December 14th
Lunch and Networking: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Portico Café (see above)

Please RSVP by December 7th at Eventbrite.

Be sure to include any dietary restrictions, allergies, or special requests.

We hope to see you at The Portico on the 14th!

Workplace Inclusion: In Today’s Diversity Climate (Tampa Bay Program)

Florida Blog

Chapter Program TB InclusionAll too recently, incidents such as the Charlottesville rally have shook the nation. As individuals, we have come together as a community to support those affected. But as business professionals, many are left unsure of how to address diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

On Thursday September 28, The Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter is hosting “Workplace Inclusion: In Today’s Diversity Climate,” at 5:30 pm at The Portico. Hear from Tampa Bay’s top experts in diversity and inclusion on how to have courageous conversations in the workplace and create an inclusive environment for all individuals. Experts will also share tools and resources available for small, medium and large businesses.

Panelists include:

  • Maureen Greene James, Human Capital Leader, PwC
  • Ashley Brundage, Inclusion Consultant for PNC Financial Services Group
  • Cal Jackson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Global Programs at Tech Data
  • Nadine Smith, Executive Director, Equality Florida
  • Moderator: Vinny Tafuro, Chapter President, Conscious Capitalism Florida

Refreshments will be available at The Portico Cafe.


  • Event: Workplace Inclusion: In Today’s Diversity Climate
  • Date: Thursday, September 28th
  • Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
  • Location: The Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Cost: $20
  • Register Online


  • 5:30 pm: Registration and Welcome
  • 6 pm: Panel Discussion Begins
  • 6:40-7 pm: Questions