Elevating humanity through business

Philadelphia Team


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Chris Sacks
Co-Founder and Community Outreach
Chris Sacks

Co-Founder and Community Outreach

Chris is a Private Equity Associate with Guardian Capital Partners. He is responsible for key investment activities, including new investment evaluation, financial modeling analysis and process execution for platform and add-on investments. Prior to joining Guardian in 2016, Chris was an Analyst at Stifel Financial Corp. with the Technology Investment Banking Group. Prior to Stifel, Chris interned with Oppenheimer & Co. in their Equity Research Department with the Semiconductor Coverage Group. Chris has a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University.

Kelley DeLara
Co-Founder and Events
Kelley DeLara

Co-Founder and Events

Kelley DeLara’s passion comes from true human connection, enabling individuals to develop spiritually, as well as through making true change. As the Account Executive for BidEnergy, she has the ability to make an environmental impact through energy efficiency. She values honest, sustainable, work with all of her clients.

Kelley enjoys yoga, meditation, Reiki, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Gregg Samson
Co-Founder and Recruitment
Gregg Samson

Co-Founder and Recruitment

Gregg is responsible for sales and marketing activities for government, retail and private brands. He is a member of FlagZone’s Senior Level Management Team and started with FlagZone in 2009. Prior to joining FlagZone, Gregg was a Vice President of Sales for the Moore Push-Pin Company for over 21 years. Gregg has a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University. Gregg is a former President of the Office Products Manufacturers Association.

Gina Marie Noda
Co-Founder and Sponsorship
Gina Marie Noda

Co-Founder and Sponsorship

Gina is the President and Founder of Connect Source Consulting Group, LLC., Connect Source connects the retail world’s suppliers and consulting companies to retail corporations across the country, specializing in Management Consulting & Outsourced Business Development Services, helping businesses get to the next level. Her company is based on the foundation of Conscious Capitalism and every contract she receives she donates a portion of it to something that is near & dear to her heart. She has a true knack for connecting with people on a personal and professional level. Her mission is showing others a better way of life and a better way to do business, how to lead from within and do business from your heart, with the purpose to help others. She loves to empower and inspire others to have fun, live their passion and create the life they dream of, along with developing a sense of purpose/more meaningful way of life, which in-turn makes people and companies more successful overall, so a win/win/win for everyone.

For Fun, she enjoys dancing, being on a beach, live music & sporting events, yoga/meditation/spiritual practices, spending time with her two children, volunteering and helping others in any way she can.

www.connectscg.com

Rachel Dukeman
Co-Founder and Strategy
Rachel Dukeman

Co-Founder and Strategy

Rachel Dukeman upholds the belief that successful businesses empower employees to ‘be their own boss’ by providing a united vision, transparent strategy, and actionable work plans.

Finishing her Master’s degree in 2006, Rachel honed and shared her entrepreneurial, altruistic, and management skills to help over 50 mission-driven clients with strategic marketing and business/growth planning.

When not developing strategy or facilitating workshops, you can find Rachel gardening, bird watching, wine tasting, or perhaps a combination of all three!

Colleen Bracken
Co-Founder and Facilitation/Programs
Colleen Bracken

Co-Founder and Facilitation/Programs

Colleen is a native New Yorker who has fallen in love with her adopted city of Philadelphia, where she established the consultancy she now runs. Bracken Leadership is made up of the best human strategy consultants in the region, committed to supporting leaders to build and lead conscious organizations. Bracken Leadership provides executive coaching, custom facilitation, training and organizational development services to businesses, universities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Colleen is known throughout Philadelphia for her leadership in the evolution of business consciousness: She is currently immediate Past- Chair of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, has been a selected delegate the Greater Philadelphia Economy League’s elite leadership program, and is a founding member of Philadelphia’s chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

www.brackenleadership.com

Paul Alford
Co-Founder and Sponsorship
Paul Alford

Co-Founder and Sponsorship

Paul Alford is passionate about harnessing the power of business to do good. A strong believer in the idea that teamwork makes the dream work, Paul has embraced the philosophy that “You can have whatever you want in life, if you simply help enough other people get what they want.” Paul is the President/CEO of Springboard, Inc. which owns and operates bloom daily planners and the Student Media Group. He and his team are on a mission to empower and inspire others to grow into even better versions of themselves! The company’s conscious culture and heart-based products have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA today, Buzzfeed, Her Campus, and many other publications/websites. Very active in the Philadelphia Entrepreneur community, Paul has served on the board of EO – Entrepreneur’s Organization for 8 years, coaches in their Business Accelerator program and is a frequent judge for their Global Student Entrepreneur awards.

For fun, Paul enjoys traveling, watching the Philadelphia Phillies, practicing the martial art of Aikido and spending time with his wife and three young daughters.

Melanie Wright
Co-Founder and Public Relations/Marketing
Melanie Wright

Co-Founder and Public Relations/Marketing

Melanie has a passion for building brands with a purpose and helping Fortune 1,000 companies tackle business decisions at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impact. She has a proven track record of helping brands and organizations establish relevance and drive business growth through high-profile partnerships with the United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, Microsoft and Google. A career highlight includes the launch of STEMReady, a national corporate social responsibility program to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), to high school students.

Melanie is the Director of Strategic Communications at Ainsworth Communications and she also serves as the Director of Philadelphia’s Public Relations Institute. She serves on the Steering Committee for Girls on the Run Philadelphia and is a founding member of Philadelphia’s chapter of Conscious Capitalism. Interests include, travel, skiing, ballet, experiencing new culinary delights and running trails at Wissahickon Valley Park.

Indianapolis Team


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Kim Graham Lee
President
Kim Graham Lee

President

Indianapolis Conscious Capitalism President Kim Graham Lee has over 30 years of diverse business experience, including c-level leadership of start-up and growth companies, along with account management for some of the largest corporations in the world. Building upon a successful career at Walker, she led client service teams, global marketing and sales and new measurement efforts tied to corporate social responsibility/citizenship, corporate reputation, and business integrity.

Over the past 15 years, she has led emerging Indiana-based companies, primarily in the technology sector. Her “tours of duty” include serving as CEO of Vontoo, President of OneBridge, President of Hufford Financial Advisors, CMO of Bluelock and Interim CEO of NPower Indiana. Most recently, Kim was handpicked to launch and grow trueU, a membership-based community of like-minded companies that are committed to growing their business by growing their people. In addition, Kim is currently serving as Interim CEO of Integrating Woman Leaders, an organization focused on helping advance women in leadership positions.

Active in the community, Kim is particularly interested in helping children in poverty and mentoring other women in their careers. Kim has also been recognized for her groundbreaking leadership efforts to build an anti-bullying program at her children’s high school before bullying captured the national spotlight. Kim is proudest of her role as mom to her two children. She believes that life is an exciting adventure, even with its ups and downs, and that every day is truly a gift.

Nathan Bobay
VP Sponsorship
Nathan Bobay

VP Sponsorship

From the time Nathan was introduced to the book Conscious Capitalism in the fall of 2014, he was inspired to do more. He attended the Conscious Capitalism conference in 2015, and again in 2016, becoming a champion for the movement. Currently he serves as a Customer Solutions Manager at delta Faucet Company, putting to use his experience in accounting, finance, international business, employer branding and customer service. For Nathan, Conscious Capitalism inspires him both personally and professionally to do more towards providing fulfillment in people’s day to day lives. That conviction led him to be a critical contributor to the creation of the Conscious Capitalism chapter in Indianapolis.

A connoisseur of Michigan blueberries, Nathan is a graduate of the Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business, and received his MBA from Butler University; he is currently a board member for the Indiana chapter of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP). An Army National Guard veteran, he served a tour of duty in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. Nathan is married with two small children, and enjoys IU basketball in his spare time.

Chelsea DuKate
VP Learning & Events
Chelsea DuKate

VP Learning & Events

Chelsea DuKate is an advocate for keeping busy – in addition to running her own business, Red Envelope Consulting, Chelsea serves as a coach for the School of Executive Presence and has also worked with Butler University’s College of Business as an Executive Career Mentor. She volunteers with her congregation, Traders Point Christian Church and with non-profit organizations: Girls on the Run and Dress for Success.

Chelsea has over 11 years’ experience in a variety of HR specialties, including recruitment and selection, university partnership and student programs, talent and organizational development and overall HR business partnering. She‘s worked in a number of industries, including manufacturing, service industries, higher education, healthcare, biotechnology and aerospace.

Chelsea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University-Indianapolis and an MBA from Taylor University. She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources.

Bruce Klineman
VP Finance
Bruce Klineman

VP Finance

Ask Bruce Klineman why he wanted to be involved with the formation of Conscious Capitalism of Indy, and his answer is a simple one: “Indy is ripe for a concept that embraces philanthropy along with profitability.” An Indianapolis native, is Vice President of Assured Partners of Indiana, a full service independent insurance agency. In addition, he serves as a board member of Flight1, a non-profit organization dedicated to building confidence in children affected by serious health challenges. Bruce has been married for 30 years and has three children. He is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH, where he received his B.S. in Finance. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys racquetball and golf.

Leslie Pagel
VP Chapter Administration
Leslie Pagel

VP Chapter Administration

Leslie is literally a “peak performer”, having reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! When she isn’t adventuring, Leslie serves as Vice President, Customer Experience at Walker. In this role, she leads Walker’s customer experience strategy, design, and implementation, using her strong data and analytic skills.

She’s just as busy off the clock, too – Leslie serves as Board Secretary for Art with a Heart and Volunteers at her swim club as a USA Swimming Official. A physical fitness “addict”, this Indiana University graduate truly practices Conscious Capitalism.

NYC Team


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JP Laqueur
JP Laqueur

JP Laqueur chairs the board of Conscious Capitalism NYC. Initially drawn to the movement in 2015, he believes passionately that free-market capitalism can be the planet’s greatest force for good – if it evolves consciously. The CC framework aligns with JP’s work at BrandFoundations a firm he co-founded to help mid-sized enterprises ($25-500M revenue, 100-1000+ employees) to unlock the value of their two biggest intangible assets: brand and culture. Sought out by private equity sponsors and purpose-driven CEOs – especially those who are rapidly pivoting, growing or transforming as a result of M&A – JP helps develop powerful brand stories that energize a company's culture, create competitive separation, and enhance exit valuation. JP holds a BA in Political Science from Hobart College. He lives in Westchester with his wife and two teenage children and can is an avid skier, biker, and hiker.

Danny Dworkin
Danny Dworkin

Daniel Dworkin is a Principal at Kotter (a management consultancy) with over a decade of cross-industry experience helping people and organizations to achieve their full potential. His areas of expertise include organizational transformation, innovation, leadership development and acquisition integration. Daniel writes for The Harvard Business Review Blog Network, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and Chief Executive Magazine, among others. He is the former Co-Chair and a current member of the Board of the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of New York City, whose purpose is to help people live, play, and lead consciously.

Rai-mon Nemar Barnes
Rai-mon Nemar Barnes

Rai-mon has been obsessed with helping independent businesses thrive for more than 20 years. He works tirelessly as an advocate for conscious companies and independent businesses with the AIMBA, Conscious Capitalism and many local organizations.

Providing exceptional leadership for agencies, brands, smb's, start-ups and publishers across a wide range of industries, he’s displayed a knack for asking the right questions to solve complex problems. His experience executing as a big picture thinker who appreciates the little details was the catalyst for founding CodeSwitch Marketing a Brooklyn based agency.

His passions include the arts, Wine and other libations, the Golden State Warriors, and artisanship.

Noel Boyland
Noel Boyland

Noel partners with several of the top scientists in the world including those at the Center for Advanced Hindsight and Ethical Systems to bring real science to bear on solving complex organizational challenges around employee health & well-being, charitable giving & prosocial spending, and ethical behavior.

Noel is the Co-Chair of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Lifestyle Medicine in the Workplace committee.

Noel is on the Board of the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of New York City, whose purpose is to accelerate the realization of businesses’ full potential to create value for all stakeholders.

Andrea Cotter
Andrea Cotter

Andrea Cotter became interested in the Conscious Capitalism International movement in 2015. She is a resident of New York City and was delighted to discover a vibrant chapter right here in late 2017, and even more delighted to be asked to be on the Board of Directors in 2018. Andrea has high hopes that the movement will help to create a sea change in how capitalism thrives in the future with more conscious, respectful and sustaining practices that go beyond the business basics. It is the main emphasis of her business CultureTalk (www.culturetalk.com) and of her leadership teaching at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business. Andrea shares her NYC life with her husband, adult children and lots of extended family and friends. She speaks several languages, is an avid reader, a yoga and meditation practitioner, and an aficionado of world travel and all things gourmet.

Mickey Feher
Mickey Feher

Mickey is a member of the Board of the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of New York City focusing on conscious leadership programs. His personal higher purpose is to cultivate purpose-driven leaders who will transform their workforce on an OnPurpose™ track. Mickey and his team at Purpose & Company offers organizational development programs that draw upon the latest neuro-scientific and sport/positive psychology discoveries as well as building on the latest research and thinking around leadership while also keeping a global perspective. Mickey’s clients include some the largest global companies as well as many purpose driven mid-size businesses. He is passionately engaged in a lifelong battle against isolationism, intolerance and hatred. As a consultant and coach he offers a rare mix of being a leadership expert who actually is an experienced business leader. A father of two he enjoys martial arts and meditation as two very important life tools.

Kansas Team


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Sarah Hermes
Events Chair & Founding Board Member
Sarah Hermes

Events Chair & Founding Board Member

Sarah’s connection to Conscious Capitalism began with reading John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s keystone book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. The tenets outlined in the book immediately resonated with her beliefs around the purpose and potential of free enterprise. In 2016, Sarah assisted Raj Sisodia and Nilima Bhat with the release of their book Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business, which launched at the Conscious Capitalism spring conference that year. Fueled by a desire to create a local community of like-minded, purpose-driven business leaders, Sarah is grateful to have had the opportunity to help start the Kansas City Conscious Capitalism Chapter.

As a producer at Lockton, Sarah works with clients to align their employee benefits and risk management strategies with their higher purpose as an organization. Viewed through the framework of Conscious Capitalism philosophies, her goal is to support her clients in recruiting and retaining the right people, fostering an authentic and culture and employment brand, and protecting their long-term financial sustainability. Growing up as the daughter of a small business owner in Kansas City, Sarah is passionate about supporting the “heroic spirit of business” and the positive ripples it creates.

Doug Waltman
Doug Waltman

For more than 35 years, Doug has served in a variety of leadership roles within Kansas City businesses, as well as being the founder of the Leadership Institute of Kansas City. Doug’s career has focused on helping organizations develop leadership talent at all levels. Whether it be leadership coaching, facilitating the development of leadership teams or helping create and sustain successful organizations, the foundation of Doug’s passion is leadership.

Doug feels blessed to have had a wonderful career and raise his family in Kansas City. As he entered the next stage of his career and life, he was searching for a way to give back to Kansas City and contribute to the development of the next generation of Kansas City leaders. He believes in leadership that makes a positive difference in the world and recognizes the humanity in every person. The principles and beliefs of Conscious Capitalism is the perfect platform to answer that call.

Mark Logan
Founder and Chief Collaborator, Idealect
Mark Logan

Founder and Chief Collaborator, Idealect

Mark Logan is the Founder of idealect, a social innovation design firm based in Kansas City. idealect uses human-centered design methods to help clients in the private, non-profit and civic sectors achieve social impact through innovation.

Before launching idealect, Mark led the innovation practice at Barkley and founded Moonshot, Barkley’s innovation lab. Moonshot blended human-centered design and emerging technologies to create novel brand experiences. Mark earned AdWeek’s inaugural Project ISAAC award for best practices in Innovation Management and helped Barkley earn recognition from industry press and forge relationships with prominent industry analysts such as Forrester Research. Moonshot also produced Barkley’s first patent applications and award-winning projects, such as connecting all of Krispy Kreme Hot Lights to the internet.

Before joining Barkley, Mark founded internationally acclaimed digital agency, lookandfeel new media in 1996. He has twice been named among Kansas City's Top 50 Technology Leaders by the Kansas City Star.

Mark has an A.B. cum laude from Duke University, where he was an A.B. Duke scholar. He recently earned a professional certification in Data Science from UC Berkeley.

Cristina Estenes
Cristina Estenes

Life is a Journey!
Several years ago, I found myself reevaluating my priorities. With a growing young family, a demanding corporate career, and heading farther into my 30’s – I felt compelled to find a greater sense of purpose in my life.
As the company I worked for hacked its way through multiple reorganizations and eventually bankruptcy, the tension became too much. The things I had been doing to manage my stress weren’t working for me anymore. I love this quote… “The pain pushes you, until the vision pulls you” – Michael Beckwith. I was in dire need of recalibrating, I dove into meditation and discovered Ashtanga Yoga...
And then I found Conscious Capitalism, and the Kansas City Chapter. It opened up my eyes to the possibility of finding a purpose driven organization that was aligned with my own values. I realized I could have it all! Living my authentic self, reconciling all of my interests – consciousness, family, fashion, business. There were people out there like me...I found my tribe.

Cristina Estenes has over 15 year's experience in Retail Merchandising working in both large and mid-size organizations, across multiple channels (ecommerce, direct mail, brick & mortar) both internationally and domestically. Cristina is passionate about conscious leadership and working for a purpose driven organization, she is currently the Merchandise Planning Manager for Peruvian Connection, a 43 year old Kansas based brand, specializing in luxury knitwear selling via catalog, web, and stores in the US, UK, and Germany.

Michelle Robin
Founding Board Member
Michelle Robin

Founding Board Member

Michelle believes it is socially and spiritually our responsibility to live a well life. As business leaders, we must run our businesses intentionally to help our communities heal and thrive. It is refreshing to be surrounded by other conscious leaders and Michelle is thrilled to be a part of an organization that promotes living well throughout the Kansas City area and beyond.

Dr. Michelle Robin is an international speaker, best-selling author, radio host, and practicing chiropractor. She is the founder of Your Wellness Connection, P.A., one of the nation’s most successful integrative healing centers. Dr. Robin also consults with businesses and non-profit organizations to develop wellness programs. She has spoken on improving individual well-being as well as creating a culture of wellness to a wide variety of companies, organizations, and conferences across the US and Canada.

Cindy Reynolds
Founding Board Member
Cindy Reynolds

Founding Board Member

Ron Hill
Chapter Lead & Founding Board Member
Ron Hill

Chapter Lead & Founding Board Member

As the founder of a purpose driven company, it was very exciting to learn there was an organization behind Conscious Capitalism. After hearing John Mackey speak, I immediately reached out to join the Kansas City chapter, only to find we did not have one – yet. A few months later, it became apparent that starting a chapter in Kansas City also helped fulfill (my company’s) Redemption Plus’ purpose. There is an amazing opportunity for learning and growth as we walk along this path with other companies and leaders that are attracted to the idea of elevating humanity through business!

Founder and Chief Enrichment Officer of Redemption Plus.

For over twenty years, Ron has been laser focused on innovating the delivery and redemption of merchandise for Family Entertainment Centers, along with every aspect that affects game room profitability and beyond. During that time, Redemption Plus has turned the industry on its head, and in the process, changed the way the entire segment operates. Customers win through increased efficiency, streamlined operations, and an end result that increases profitability through a better guest experience at their respective businesses. Ron is currently focused on helping change redemption into a tool for doing good, making the world a better place, and strengthening an entire industry — in addition to a few other Big Ideas!

Christina Long
Finance & Administration Board Chair - Founding Board Member
Christina Long

Finance & Administration Board Chair - Founding Board Member

Christina fell in love with Conscious Capitalism after hearing John Mackey of Whole Foods and Co-Founder and Co-Author of Conscious Capitalism speak on November 30, 2016 in Kansas City at the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program’s annual retreat. John shared some of his hard-earned wisdom from his own journey toward building a culture based on love, community, and purpose. This concept has been Christina’s life work and as she became aware of the Conscious Capitalism community she knew she needed to learn more. After reading Conscious Capitalism and attending the April 2017 Conscious Capitalism conference, both Ron Hill and Christina resolved to found a local Kansas City chapter, which they launched in November 1st, 2017 with six founding members.

Christina’s passion for Conscious Capitalism and the belief that companies can and should be a force for good has manifested itself in every aspect of her life. As the Culture Crusader (aka Chief People & Culture Officer) at Redemption Plus, Christina is responsible for developing and executing on human resource strategies that reinforce and support Redemption Plus’s overall culture, core values, behaviors, and strategic growth plans. As an experienced business owner, coach and consultant, her unique and well-rounded business acumen has proved invaluable, in driving the success of Redemption Plus, while building a partnership culture. Christina has over 15 years of non-profit board, committee and event planning experience and currently serves as a board member for Cultivate KC, a local non-profit working to grow food, farms, and communities for a healthy local food system. Christina and her husband, Gary, have two fur-baby “French Bulldogs” Fiona and Brutus that keep them busy and entertained. They love to garden, travel, read and, in their extra time, enjoy seeing art as well as making some of their own.

Columbus Local Stories


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I’m a Conscious Capitalist: Claire Coder, Aunt Flow

Which pillar of Conscious Capitalism is best represented by your business?
Higher Purpose

Describe how your business aligns with Higher Purpose:
Here at Aunt Flow, we are a sustainable, B2B company

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I’m a Conscious Capitalist: Claire Coder, Aunt Flow

Which pillar of Conscious Capitalism is best represented by your business?
Higher Purpose

Describe how your business aligns with Higher Purpose:
Here at Aunt Flow, we are a sustainable, B2B company keeping the consumer in mind. Being that menstrual products are a necessity for menstruators, we believe that we follow the pillar “Higher Purpose” because we want to ensure that everyone has access to FREE menstrual products while maintaining a for-profit company.

Why have you aligned your business with Higher Purpose?
After getting my period at an event without the supplies I needed, I thought to myself “Toilet paper is offered for free, why aren’t tampons and pads?” At that moment, bloody underwear and all, I knew that I wanted to be on a mission to ensure EVERYONE has access to quality menstrual products. Now, for every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

Why did you decide to align your business with Higher Purpose?
Higher Purpose made the most sense for me and my business. I want to make sure everyone has access to free menstrual products when they need them and if I have the means to do it, I will try my best to make it happen. I have to remember my core values when doing business. We want to “Change the world, one cycle at a time.” And to me, that defines what higher purpose is, doing good, and being successful at the same time.

Can you share the challenges you faced in aligning this way?
One of the challenges we face is the stigma around periods. Periods are looked at as “gross” or “unnatural.” And when you are trying to run a business with this stigma around your products, it can be difficult. But, we like to be positive and surround ourselves with Period Positivity. Also, we are big on educating people that periods are not gross, and they are a normal part of life for menstruators!

What have been the benefits of aligning the business this way?
At Aunt Flow, our higher purpose is to “Change the world, one cycle at a time.” The benefit of principals are when considering a deal, investor, or opportunity, we are able to test against our purpose with a simple question: “Does X allow Aunt Flow to more easily, quickly, or radically change the world, one cycle at a time?”

What advice might you have for businesses considering aligning with the principles?
When considering business principles, I first reflect on my personal values. My personal principles directly seep into the business, so I must be sure that my higher values are positive, strong, and focused. Take time for yourself to reflect; your business will benefit.

How have your employees/customers benefited from this approach?
When people tell us that they got their period unexpectedly in a public place (restaurant, school, work), and they were at a place that offered our product, and that our product was able to save their day, that’s when we feel awesome about what we do. We follow the motto #PeopleHelpingPeople!

GLBR Team


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Gene Pickelman
Co-Founder and President of TriStar Trust Bank, Board Chair
Gene Pickelman

Co-Founder and President of TriStar Trust Bank, Board Chair

Kevin Birchmeier
Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services, Covenant Healthcare
Kevin Birchmeier

Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services, Covenant Healthcare

Dick Garber
Owner of Garber Managment Group and Saginaw Spirit
Dick Garber

Owner of Garber Managment Group and Saginaw Spirit

Kimberly Norris
Vice President of Administration for Glastender
Kimberly Norris

Vice President of Administration for Glastender

Brenda Rowley
Vice President of Operations, Rowleys Wholesale
Brenda Rowley

Vice President of Operations, Rowleys Wholesale

Herb Spence III
P.E., President and CEO of Spence Brothers, Inc.
Herb Spence III

P.E., President and CEO of Spence Brothers, Inc.

Rejeana Heinrich
Associate Director, The Stevens Center For Family Business at SVSU
Rejeana Heinrich

Associate Director, The Stevens Center For Family Business at SVSU

Robert Van Deventer
IOM, President/CEO Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce (Retired)
Robert Van Deventer

IOM, President/CEO Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce (Retired)

Bookstore


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Conscious Capitalism Field Guide
Conscious Capitalism Field Guide

This practical guide provides hands-on materials–exercises, assessments, and checklists–used to implement the tenets of conscious capitalism and build conscious leadership in companies such as Whole Foods Market, Southwest Airlines, Life is Good, The Container Store, Barry-Wehmiller, Zappos, and many others.

Organized according to each of the four core principles, chapters provide exercises, worksheets, and instructions–for use both individually and with teams–as well as advice, examples, and real-life stories to help leaders apply these ideas and make them come alive in their organizations. This is the authoritative resource for practicing higher purpose, stakeholder orientation, conscious culture, and conscious leadership–and becoming a more conscious organization.

Uncontainable
Uncontainable

“You’re going to sell what? Empty Boxes?”

Back in 1978, Kip Tindell (Chairman & CEO of The Container Store) and his partners had the vision that people were eager to find solutions to save both space and time – and they were definitely onto something. A new category of the retailing industry was born – storage and organization. Today, with stores nationwide and with more than 5,000 loyal employees, the company couldn’t be stronger.

In Uncontainable, Tindell reveals his approach for building a business where everyone associated with it thrives through embodying the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. Uncontainable shows how other businesses can adapt this approach toward what Tindell calls the most profitable, sustainable and fun way of doing business.

Conscious Capitalism
Conscious Capitalism

At once a bold defense and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business, Conscious Capitalism is for anyone hoping to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future.

Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue that both business and capitalism are inherently good, and they use some of today’s best-known and most successful companies to illustrate their point.

Read this book and you’ll better understand how four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management—can help build strong businesses, move capitalism closer to its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.

Firms of Endearment
Firms of Endearment

Today’s best companies get it. From retail to finance and industries in between, the organizations who recognize that doing good is good business are becoming the ultimate value creators. They’re changing their culture and generating every form of value that matters: emotional, experiential, social, and financial. And they’re doing it for all their stakeholders. Not because it’s simply politically correct, because it’s the only path to long-term competitive advantage.

These are the firms of endearment. Companies people love doing business with, working for and collaborating with as partners. Since the publication of the First Edition, the concept of corporate social responsibility has become embraced as a valid, important, and profitable business model. It is a trend that has transformed the workplace and corporate world.

Do the Kind Thing
Do the Kind Thing

For the socially conscious, the intellectually curious, or the creative soul comes an inspiring, New York Times bestselling handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world—by the visionary founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.

In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND’s business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. By using illuminating anecdotes from his own career, and celebrating some past failures through the lessons learned from them, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a successful business and a thriving social enterprise.

Everybody Matters
Everybody Matters

“Bob Chapman, CEO of the $1.7 billion manufacturing company Barry-Wehmiller, is on a mission to change the way businesses treat their employees.” – Inc. Magazine

Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance.

This book chronicles Chapman’s journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration. It also provides clear steps to transform your own workplace, whether you lead two people or two hundred thousand.

Holacracy
Holacracy

Holacracy is a revolutionary management system that redefines management and turns everyone into a leader.

Holacracy distributes authority and decision-making throughout an organization, and defines people not by hierarchy and titles, but by roles. Holacracy creates organizations that are fast, agile, and that succeed by pursuing their purpose, not following a dated and artificial plan.

This isn’t anarchy – it’s quite the opposite. When you start to follow Holacracy, you learn to create new structures and ways of making decisions that empower the people who know the most about the work you do: your frontline colleagues.

An Everyone Culture
An Everyone Culture

What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone—not just select “high potentials”—could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth?+

Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (and their collaborators) have found and studied such companies—Deliberately Developmental Organizations. A DDO is organized around the simple but radical conviction that organizations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people’s strongest motive, which is to grow.

This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy—and that the key to success is developing everyone.

The Power of TED
The Power of TED

The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) is a fable on self-leadership, because how you lead your own life has everything to do with how you lead in other areas. It is a tool for both individuals and organizations who want to create more effective communication and relationships. Learning how to transform everyday drama and opt for more growth-oriented solutions, is the priceless gift it teaches.

Having helped thousands of people and scores of organizations over the past decade, The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) is being published in this 10th Anniversary Edition to convey a very timely message of hope that all of life, whether at home or work, can be transformed to create satisfying and fulfilling relationships. Its message is needed now more than ever.

Reinventing Organizations
Reinventing Organizations

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation.

In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration.

Getting Things Done
Getting Things Done

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization.

“GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy—and that the key to success is developing everyone. Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come.

Shakti Leadership
Shakti Leadership

Too many people, men and women alike, have bought into a notion of leadership that exclusively emphasizes traditionally “masculine” qualities: hierarchical, militaristic, win-at-all-costs. The result has been corruption, environmental degradation, social breakdown, stress, depression, and a host of other serious problems. Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodia show us a more balanced way, an archetype of leadership that is generative, cooperative, creative, inclusive, and empathetic. While these are traditionally regarded as “feminine” qualities, we all have them. In the Indian yogic tradition they’re symbolized by Shakti, the source that powers all life.

Through exercises and inspirational examples, Bhat and Sisodia show how to access this infinite energy and lead with your whole self. Male or female, leaders who understand and practice Shakti Leadership act from a consciousness of life-giving caring, creativity, and sustainability to achieve self-mastery internally and be of selfless service to the world.

Leading Well from Within
Leading Well from Within

Are you a high-performing executive, entrepreneur, healthcare provider, or professional secretly overwhelmed by stress or burnout? Are you seeking inspiration, purpose, and meaning in your life? Are you looking to gain an edge in your leadership performance?

The solution is not just trying harder, or even trying to eliminate all the stress in your life. It’s increasing your awareness and inner resources—including leveraging stress as an asset—to achieve the outcomes that matter most. In other words, it’s to become a Conscious Leader. In Leading Well from Within, Dr. Daniel Friedland shares the compelling evidence and neuroscience behind what makes Conscious Leadership so effective and how you can cultivate it through the practice of mindfulness. Then, building on this solid foundation, you’ll discover the 4 in 4 Framework™ — a proven, four-step process to help you.

Packed with real-life stories, tools, and practices, Leading Well from Within is your complete guidebook to flourishing in your life and multiplying your positive impact in your business, organization, family, community, and the world!

The flood of information, unprecedented transparency, increasing interconnectedness and our global interdependence – are dramatically reshaping today’s world, the world of business, and our lives. We are in the Era of Behavior and the rules of the game have fundamentally changed. It is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do. Whats are commodities, easily duplicated or reverse-engineered. Sustainable advantage and enduring success for organizations and the people who work for them now lie in the realm of how, the new frontier of conduct.

For almost two decades, Dov Seidman’s pioneering organization, LRN, has helped some of the world’s most respected companies build “do it right,” winning cultures and inspire principled performance throughout their organizations. Seidman’s distinct vision of the world, business, and human endeavor has helped enable more than 15 million people doing business in more than 120 countries to outbehave the competition. In HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, Dov Seidman shares his unique approach with you. Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new Fore¬word from President Bill Clinton and a new Preface from Dov Seidman on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.

Through entertaining anecdotes, surprising case studies, cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields, and revealing interviews with a diverse group of leaders, business executives, experts, and everyday people on the front lines, this book explores how we think, how we behave, how we lead, and how we govern our institutions and ourselves to uncover the values-inspired “hows” of twenty-first-century success and significance.

Setting the Table
Setting the Table

Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around? In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy, which emphasize strong in-house relationships as well as customer satisfaction, are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny’s story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done.

Setting the Table is landmark a motivational work from one of our era’s most gifted and insightful business leaders.

The Purpose Project
The Purpose Project

A higher purpose than profit is now an imperative for a thriving workplace. Purpose answers the fundamental questions of…Why are we here? What is most meaningful to us? How is the world better because we exist? What is the legacy we’re leaving?

The Purpose Project is a practical handbook filled with models, real-life stories and practices for business leaders, employees, entrepreneurs and students who are committed to bringing meaning to life at work. The book shows you how to integrate your personal work purpose with the higher purpose of your organisation starting right where you are, right now.

Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter
Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter

What is revealed when you authentically connect with the people around you?

In Ask Powerful Questions, Will Wise explains how the questions we traditionally ask are virtually meaningless when it comes to establishing connection. Introducing a set of practical tools for accessing and understanding others by changing the way we ask questions, Will shows how to transform “How are you?–I’m fine, thanks” into a conversation that changes not only how you lead, but who you are as a person.

It took years of research, university teaching, and hundreds of client projects for Will to formulate his concept behind the art of asking powerful questions.

Equality: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race
Equality: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race

We’ve been talking about changing corporate America for decades. Decades. And yet no real change has occurred. At least not when it comes to equality for all. Honestly, the talk is lip service for most. Why? Because the dominant group will not give up power willingly.

So what will it take to originate authentic change for corporate America in today’s climate? To achieve equality for all? Our country is running at a fever pitch. And so is our business world. And it seems there’s no solution.

Until you talk to Trudy Bourgeois.

She knows the solution. She lives the solution. And she teaches the solution.

Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line: And Build Your Brand on Purpose
Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line: And Build Your Brand on Purpose

Corporate America has a problem. Workers are disengaged, corporations are distrusted, and executives are confined to proving their worth by delivering ever-improving profits and shareholder value. It's not a system that encourages visionary leaders, engages employees, or builds stakeholder loyalty. It's a broken system, but we have reached the perfect moment to change it for the better. People are hungry for meaningful work with employers who are making a difference in the world. And leaders are beginning to feel the pressure to demonstrate a significant purpose behind their companies' work. Executives who are able to shift their focus from solely improving the bottom line to the company's long-term health and non-monetary impact on the world are realizing success. Savage Thinking® is an ideology and methodology that walks leaders like these through the practicalities of making a switch that is simple in theory, although a challenge in practice. Instead of focusing on the bottom line, it flips traditional thinking and focuses on Purpose first. In this new way of thinking, Purpose - the core reason a company exists - becomes the benchmark against which all success is measured. Purpose provides the foundation for a company's strategic planning, its operations, its people, and its brand. Purpose drives Performance. Performance drives Profits.

Columbus Team


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Jacquie Bickel
Director of Business Development
Jacquie Bickel

Director of Business Development

Jacquie brings over 14 years of experience in sales, customer service, and professional leadership. Jacquie currently leads Business Development for Improving’s Columbus based subsidiary. Since joining the Improving leadership team, revenues at Improving (Columbus) have more than doubled. In addition, the company was named to the Fast 50 in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2015 Jacquie was a recipient of The Stevie Award for Executive of the year for women in technical business. Jacquie is also passionate about learning and growth, she’s a certified instructor of FranklinCoveys “The Speed of Trust”

In the business community, Jacquie serves on the Membership Engagement Committee for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, a member of WELD (Woman for Economic and Leadership Development). She serves on the Board of Directors for The Ohio Girl Scouts, a founding board member and Chair for Conscious Capitalism Columbus, and Board of Directors for New Directions Career Center. Jacquie was also a recipient of Columbus Business first 40/40 class of 2017.

Haley Boehning
Co-founder + Principal
Haley Boehning

Co-founder + Principal

Haley is a brand and communications consultant with 20+ years experience working with Fortune-500 companies, non-profit organizations and startups to elevate storytelling and build differentiated brand positions.

Prior to founding Storyforge, Haley spent 16 years with L Brands (NYSE: LB), most recently as Vice President of Internal Communications directly supporting the company’s founder and chairman in strategic, leadership and internal communications, designing and implementing messages, communications strategies and engagement campaigns to reach 100,000 global employees. As head of the internal communications function for the enterprise, she was additionally responsible for all change communications including mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and reductions in force.

In her life before retail, she worked in the non-profit sector, supporting a DC-based liberal arts accreditation agency, producing special events and directing and stage managing theater in NYC.

Barry Chandler
Co-founder + Principal
Barry Chandler

Co-founder + Principal

Barry specializes in business building, brand strategy and marketing. Since 2003, he has launched three (and sold two) strategic consulting businesses and worked with more than 500 businesses from pre-revenue startups to publicly traded companies to help drive margin and identify differentiated brand positions.

A qualified hotel manager in Ireland, Barry spent five years as part of the management teams of luxury hotels and cruise lines, circling the globe twice. He established Ireland’s first food & beverage control consultancy, and launched Barkeeper, an award-winning online subscription service for bar owners to manage more efficient and profitable businesses, expanding to the UK and the US, and adding a digital marketing agency in 2010.

In 2012, Barry’s businesses were acquired by Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE: NTN) who hired Barry as Chief Marketing Officer to lead brand strategy, market development and help determine the strategic direction of the company in line with growth potential and market opportunity.

Josh Harrison
President
Josh Harrison

President

Josh Harrison is President of Improving – Columbus where his primary responsibility is business development, talent acquisition, along with building and sustaining trust within the company and IT community. He initially joined Improving in 2012 as Vice President of Consulting, and lead the consulting team to grow revenues from $1.5 million to over $5 million.

Active in the community, Josh is a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Columbus. He serves on the board of directors for the Columbus Metropolitan Club, Besa, and is the Board Chair for Gladden Community House.

Jen Bowden
Director of Community Investment
Jen Bowden

Director of Community Investment

Jen Bowden is the Director of Community Investment for the IGS Family of Companies, where she works to carry forward the company’s purpose of building a meaningful energy future together. In this role, she’s responsible for investments into the communities where IGS does business including philanthropic investments, employee community engagement, community economic development and volunteerism. Additionally, she has responsibilities on IGS’s corporate innovation team.
Before joining IGS, she was the vice president of community relations for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus’ professional hockey team. Jen has also held roles as the director of corporate and government relations and capital campaign manager for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Prior to her time with the Foodbank, she spent several years in charitable fundraising in Washington, D.C. She received a degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University.
Jen actively serves the community through volunteerism and civic participation. In addition to her role on the Conscious Capitalism Columbus board, she serves as a board member of Deep Griha USA, chairs the HRC Columbus Gala, and annually serves as a roster judge on Election Day.
She lives in Upper Arlington with her partner, Josh Flynn, and daughter, Parker.

Mark Harris
Director of Software Engineering
Mark Harris

Director of Software Engineering

In a career spanning over 20 years in technology, Mark has had the opportunity to lead and participate in roles as diverse as engineering, sales, and management. At Microsoft, he owned development and release of two major products: Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2010, Mark held a series of positions, including developing and leading the QA department at Grange Insurance, leading engineering and product management at Manta, and leading engineering for the Provider Vertical at CoverMyMeds to integrate with the leading EMR systems Epic, Cerner, and Allscripts, eventually ending in a $1.4B acquisition by McKesson. He has been with Fuse by Cardinal Health since late 2017, supporting teams responsible for on-site inventory management solutions.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree with concentration in Computer Science from the University of Washington. In his spare time, Mark is active in the Columbus startup community, an avid cyclist, and 10-time Pelotonia participant

Derek DeHart
Derek DeHart

Derek DeHart is a Product Owner at CoverMyMeds, whose mission is to help patients get the medication they need to live healthy lives. As a Product Delivery professional with over 15 years of leadership experience, Derek serves technology teams by helping them to discover the next most valuable thing to deliver to their customers. Derek also serves as Chief Operations Officer and member of the Board of Directors for DACA Time, a non-profit social enterprise he co-founded to reduce the cost and complexity associated with completing immigration forms. DACA Time was recognized as The Metropreneur’s Top New Startup of 2017.

Outside of his professional life, Derek is a passionate member of the social entrepreneurial and technology communities in Columbus. He co-organizes the Columbus Product Club to promote the Product Management discipline in Columbus and is a lead organizer for GiveBackHack, a weekend-long event to launch new social enterprises.

John Lowe
John Lowe

John Lowe joined Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2009 as Chief Executive and part-owner after receiving a late-night call from his long-time friends, Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer. The couple knew they had created something amazing, and they knew their friend was just the person to help it skyrocket. John took the leap to the four-shop ice cream company based on his belief that Jeni Britton Bauer was a once-in-a-generation talent who was making the finest ice cream the World had ever known. Since John joined Jeni’s, the Company has grown to more than 30 shops, from LA to DC, and has “gone national” with its pints on the freezer shelves of more than 1,800 of America’s finest retailers. The Company has received innumerable accolades, from a Time Magazine headline asking, “Can The Best Ice Cream In America Be Its Biggest?” to Inc., Fast Company, and Fortune, as well as “Best Dessert” and “Best Product Line” “Sofie Awards” from the Specialty Food Association. John has appeared on Bloomberg and MSNBC, but generally remains behind the scenes in favor of the Company’s founder, who remains its creative driving force. For the company’s handling of a 2015 outbreak of listeria monocytogenes, including its transparency with consumers and management through the crisis, John received the Specialty Food Association 2016 Business Leadership Award.

Prior to Jeni’s, John served in numerous leadership roles with General Electric Company, including stints as General Counsel of GE’s Business & General Aviation startup and its Aviation Services Global Operations, a $14B P&L operating 35 MRO facilities and joint ventures around the globe. While at GE John served as an Officer of GE Honda Aero Engines, a joint venture created to power HondaJet. John began his legal career with Kegler Brown, where he was twice named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers, was a 40 Under 40 recipient at 29, and was cited by the Columbus Bar Association and Columbus Public Schools for his “volunteer work, mentoring and commitment to Columbus-area youth.”

John is as an outside director of White Castle Company, and serves on the advisory boards of Watershed Distillery and Acre Farm-to-Table-To-Go. He serves on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Youth Foundation. He is a graduate of University of Illinois, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, GE’s famed Manager Development Course, the Human Performance Institute’s Executive Course, and most recently, Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. John is dad to three boys, 7, 9 and 12, and loves coaching their basketball teams. He is married to their mother, Catherine L. Strauss, a partner with IceMiller who primarily handles high-profile litigation for large corporations.