Elevating humanity through business

Throwback Thursday: Miki Agrawal at CC2017

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Miki Agrawal is a social entrepreneur who loves to use designed innovation to break taboos and change culture. Many know her as the co-founder and chief innovator of THINX, the the period-proof underwear company that’s disrupting the $15 billion feminine-hygiene market. And rightfully so!

Under Miki’s leadership, THINX was named Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.” The product was one of Time magazine’s 25 Best New Inventions of 2015. In its first giveback partnership, THINX helped over 60,000 girls in Uganda return to school.

But that’s not all this author of Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business and Live Happily Ever After has accomplished in her notable career so far. From bidet attachment TUSHY to farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept WILD, she’s passionate about sharing her knowledge and strategies from idea to launch to growth in the most authentic way possible. Check out her engaging talk on how to stand out in crowded markets at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Meet Our Newest Board Members for 2018

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Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Appoints Eight New Members to Board of Directors

New members include executives from The Motley Fool, Studio Movie Grill, PAR Technology Corporation, First United Bank, Satori Capital, driversselect, Jump Associates and Improving

“We are honored and grateful that these exemplary leaders of conscious businesses have chosen to lend their experience and insights to what may very well be the defining social movement of the 21st century,” said Alexander McCobin, chief executive officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.. “With their additional guidance, we are even more so encouraged that the day when a more conscious practice of capitalism becomes the norm rather than the exception is well within our reach.”

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2018 Annual Conference Conversation: John Mackey & Ed Freeman

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Known as the father of stakeholder theory–one of the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism–R. Edward Freeman is a renowned figure in the movement to elevate humanity through business. He is the co-academic director of the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and author of numerous books on stakeholder management and business ethics.

So, it is with great excitement that we share that Ed will be joining another renowned figure from the movement on stage for a deep conversation on the importance of Stakeholder Orientation at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference. Joining Ed for this intimate dialogue will be Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO and co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., John Mackey. While the entire conference is shaping up to be one you certainly will not want to miss, this sit-down between two of the movements foremost figures will very special indeed.

To get an idea of how dynamic of a speaker Ed can be, watch his TED talk on how we Conscious Capitalists have the power to create a new narrative about business, one that proves a more conscious practice of capitalism is the key to unlocking humanity’s full potential.

Throwback Thursday: Greyston CEO Mike Brady at CC2017

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Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is good. Okay,really good. But when you mix in the delectable delights created by Yonkers, NY based Greyston Bakery, you get the Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Half Baked™ flavors that are two of the iconic ice cream company’s most popular. More than just its brownies, however, what makes Greyston stand out among the growing number of businesses built upon a more conscious practice of capitalism is its innovative approach to hiring.

By filling jobs without judging applicants or asking any questions, Greyston’s Open Hiring™ program creates opportunities for individuals who have been excluded from the mainstream workforce. Complemented by community programs that provide employees and their neighbors with additional services that help people keep a job, Open Hiring provides people with the opportunity to experience the dignity of work and improve their lives and their community.

A proud statement you’ll hear all across Greyston is, “We don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people.” And it is that kind of commitment to a stakeholder oriented higher purpose which makes the story you’ll hear in Greyston CEO Mike Brady’s keynote at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference all that more inspiring.

What is Social Impact Investing?

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BlackRock’s letter to CEOs earlier this month has the investment world buzzing with the potential of Conscious Capitalism. Earlier this week, Andrew Brady, a co-founder of the Rochester, New York chapter of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. was a guest on NPR affiliate WXXI to discuss the rise of social impact investing. Check out the interview and join us in celebrating the progress our growing Conscious Capitalism community is making toward elevating humanity through business.

BlackRock’s Letter to CEOs: A Turning Point?

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Last week, the world’s largest investor, BlackRock, issued a letter to CEOs establishing its expectation that the companies it invests in going forward serve a social purpose. It’s a move being called “a watershed moment on Wall Street, one that raises all sorts of questions about the very nature of capitalism.” Get our perspective in this Real Leaders op-ed by Conscious Capitalism, Inc. CEO, Alexander McCobin.

CC2018 Keynote: Café Momentum’s Chad Houser

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Café Momentum is a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility that transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

It is with great excitement that we share with you that not only will Café Momentum’s founder, CEO and executive chef, Chad Houser, be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Dallas (April 30 – May 2), but that we will also be offering a special three-course dinner for conference attendees at Café Momentum, just a short walk from the Fairmont Hotel. This is a private event and space is limited. So, don’t delay! Register today to save your seat at this inspiring dinner table event.

In the meantime, learn more about the wonderful work Chad and his team are doing at Café Momentum.

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Throwback Thursday: Daniel Friedland at CC2017

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Daniel Friedland, MD is the founder & CEO of SuperSmartHealth and was named “Healthcare Champion of the Year” by the San Diego Business Journal.

His purpose? To help business and healthcare organizations transform their leaders and people from stress and burnout into high performing, innovative, engaged leaders and teams so they can take their organizations to the next level in a globally competitive environment. But how he realized his purpose provides the backdrop to his story for participants at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Watch Dr. Friedland’s full keynote and see how the author of Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness Based Framework for Conscious Leadership found his purpose through an epiphany that can be applied by all of us. If Daniel’s message resonates with you, then consider joining us for the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference (April 30 – May 2) where you’ll find even more inspiration toward successfully pursuing your own purpose in both your business and life.

Portland Chapter: Elevate Business 2018 Conference

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The first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, Conscious Capitalism’s Portland chapter is bringing together leaders from businesses currently operating with a higher purpose and a conscious approach to leading people, creating powerful cultures, meeting customer needs, and working with stakeholders.

Elevate Business 2018 (February 21 in Portland, Oregon) is a conference you don’t want to miss! We will be featuring Dr. Raj Sisodia, one of the founders of the global Conscious Capitalism movement, and co-author of numerous books, including Conscious CapitalismFirms of Endearment, and Everybody Matters. Raj is the author of the original research that shows that businesses that operate with the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism actually outperform the companies in the S&P 500; both in the short term, and in the long term by a staggering 14-to-1 ratio.

Click to register. Early Bird Pricing Ends Jan 31st. Save $200!

Joining Raj will be some of the Pacific Northwests most notable Conscious Capitalists, including Portland business leader David Howitt, who is the founder and CEO of The Meriwether Group, a private equity, business accelerator, and advisory firm committed to changing how human values are expressed in business. David and his wife created and built Oregon Chai, a beloved NW brand.

Check out the full Elevate Business 2018 conference speaker line-up and register today for this unique opportunity to learn from and with fellow Conscious Capitalists from across the Pacific Northwest.

CC2018 Keynote: Poo-Pourri’s Suzy Batiz

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You might already know Poo-Pourri from one of their viral videos.  But what you might not know is the inspiring story of how the company’s founder turned a $25,000 startup into a global, multi-million dollar brand and household name using unconventional marketing acumen and creativity along with mindful and earth conscious business practices. For the first few decades of her life, Poo-Pourri founder and CEO, Suzy Batiz, ignored her instincts and played by the “rules.” But after a second bankruptcy, she threw the rule book out for good and founded a new company in a way that was, well, radical.

She built Poo-Pourri into a $300 million business using what she calls the Radical Resonance System™, a body wisdom method that combines somatic training, quantum physics and interpersonal evolutionary processes. The company is a top place to work, play and profit for dozens of employees she lovingly calls her “poo crew.”

Check out the below video to hear what Suzy has to say about how her experiences can help you grow your own conscious business…and then make sure to register today (so you don’t miss out on the Early Bird discount!) for the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference (April 30 – May 2) where you’ll join Suzy along with the largest gathering of Conscious Capitalists in one setting yet!