CC16 Keynotes

Elevating humanity through business

The Second City Works • Chicago, Improv


For more than 55 years, The Second City has been creating powerful and compelling voices in the world of comedy. Combining the ideas behind the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism along with the four core skills of improvisation, we will expand the mindset of participants and provide a new perspective for ways to bring the core principles to life.  While playful, light and fun, witness how using the improv skill set can enhance inclusive leadership and strengthen an ensemble culture to help us all rise as a group and achieve our larger goals.


Mark Sutton has been performing and teaching improvisation for nearly 3 decades. In 16 years with The Second City, he has been a performer, director, and teacher in both Chicago and Toronto. For the past 8 years, Mark has traveled the world with Second City Communications bringing the joyful work of improvisation to the corporate and academic world as an actor, event host and facilitator.


His clients include Major League Baseball, GE Healthcare, Yahoo and McDonalds. In addition to The Second City, Mark is a founding member of Chicago’s acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and has taught and performed in comedy venues and festivals across North America.


Tim Chidester hails from Troy, Michigan and moved to Chicago, IL when he was eighteen to study Theatre at Roosevelt University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre (with a minor in Business). He then immersed himself in studying improvisation under the legendary improv guru Del Close at the famed ImprovOlympic, with Mick Napier at Annoyance Theatre, at The Conservatory at The Second City, and also the wildly popular ComedySportz, where he also served as Artistic Director from 2000-2005. He has now performed improvisation in all 50 states and 1 federal district and is considered one of the most experienced and respected improvisers in Chicago.


As a member of SAG-AFTRA, Tim has performed in Chicago Fire and several regional and national commercials. Tim has steadily worked for Second City Works since 2004 as an actor in their corporate films and live shows, a writer for live shows, and as a lead workshop facilitator for such companies as Deloitte, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Reebok, Eli Lilly, and LinkedIn. He has traveled internationally performing and leading corporate sessions in innovation, communication, change management, leadership, and storytelling to such diverse countries as Hungary, Scotland, Austria, Bermuda, Greece, and Italy.



Robyn Scott received her degree in Addiction Studies from Texas Tech University and subsequently worked as a case manager until 2001 when she decided to change course and pursue an acting career.


Since graduating from the Conservatory at The Second City she has performed with several improv ensembles throughout Chicago and in many sketch comedy festivals. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild, Robyn has worked in TV and feature films. Credits include: The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Public Enemies and several national television commercials. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed at The Goodman Theatre, The American Theatre Company, and The Second City in their theatricals Twist Your Dickens and Date Me.


Robyn has freelanced as a commercial copywriter, worked as a voice over artist, and has written and produced a pilot and an award winning web series. Her work as a program designer and lead facilitator for Second City Works has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on NBC’s The Today Show, and on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. She also serves as a private executive presence coach and travels internationally leading corporate sessions in innovation, change management, leadership, and storytelling.

Julie Smolyansky


Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27. Since that time, Julie has bolstered the company’s growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She was recently named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries” and “The Hunting Ground” and recently founded the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

Daniel Lubetzky


Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, is on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time. Maker of nutritious and delicious snack foods, KIND is the fastest-growing U.S. snack company, and through the KIND Movement has inspired more than one million kind acts since the company’s inception in 2004. A pioneering social entrepreneur working to build bridges between people through innovative models, Daniel is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc., a business that fosters cooperative ventures among neighbors in the Middle East, and co-creator of Maiyet, a fashion brand that partners with artisans to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies. Additionally, he co-founded the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots effort that amplifies the voices of moderate Israelis and Palestinians seeking to end the conflict. His commitment to creating economically sustainable and socially impactful business has been lauded by BusinessWeek, Time, Advertising Age and Entrepreneur. Daniel has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum and the Skoll Foundation, and in 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Do the KIND Thing.

Raj Sisodia


Raj Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing, the Founding Director of the Center for Marketing Technology and Chairman of the Marketing Department at Bentley University. Raj has a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University, where he was the Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow.

Raj has written ten books and over 100 academic articles. He is the co-author (with John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Publishing, 2013), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family (Penguin/Portfolio 2015), named as the Best Leadership and Management book of 2015 by 800-CEO-READ and one of 15 best books of 2015 by Forbes. His most recent book is Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business (Berrett-Koehler, 2016). His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose is considered a foundational work in explaining the precepts and performance implications of pursuing a conscious approach to business. It was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Raj’s next book The Conscious Capitalism Field Guide (with Timothy Henry and Thomas Eckschmidt) will be published by Harvard Business Review Publishing in 2018.

In 2003, Raj was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. In 2013 and 2015, Raj as named to the Thinkers 50 list of business and management thinkers from India. Raj has published over one hundred articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Business Strategy, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Management and California Management Review. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Economic Times, and numerous other publications, along with radio shows and television networks such as CNN, CNBC and Fox. In 2016, Raj was awarded an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

Raj serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store.

John Mackey


John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $13 billion Fortune 500 company. With more than 370 stores and 80,000 Team Members in three countries, the company has been named by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” for 16 consecutive years and the Number One Most Admired Food and Drug Store Company in the World in 2012.

While devoting his career helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, The Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.

Mackey has been recognized as Ernst&Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” FORTUNE’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement ( and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart.