Sponsors

Elevating humanity through business

Y Scouts


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We founded Y Scouts with a simple idea: to transform how leaders and companies connect to work that matters.

In that time, we’ve moved the conversation around purpose and its importance in leadership and recruiting to the forefront in the boardrooms of some of the most respected companies and nonprofits across the country.

How we deliver is simple–and totally unique–in the search industry: we connect the most purpose-aligned, proven leaders to growing organizations with missions and cultures that matter.

Y Scouts is the leading executive search and strategy company that purpose-based organizations turn to for finding and hiring deeply aligned, high-performing, exceptional leaders that multiply their teams.

Our team has years of deep experience in recruiting and leadership development.

We believe that the most transformational, impact-oriented leaders are found through a shared purpose with the hiring organization. Period.

TradeMark


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Trademark partners with commercial real estate owners, investors and retailers to unlock the full potential of their investments.


Trademark is a full service real estate firm focused on investments, development and institutional services of experiential, mixed-use and daily needs properties. Trademark distinguishes itself through its track record as a value-add operator and trusted institutional advisor that believes retail properties must constantly evolve to maintain their relevance.

The Container Store


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At The Container Store, we’re working to build a business where everyone associated with it can thrive together! On July 1, 1978, we opened our doors in a small, 1,600 square-foot retail space in Dallas. Kip Tindell (Chairman), Garrett Boone (Chairman Emeritus) and Architect John Mullen opened a store offering an exceptional and eclectic mix of products devoted to helping people organize and simplify their lives. In doing so, they originated a completely new category of retailing, that of storage and organization. Initial cash capital was provided by Garrett, his father, and John Mullen, who were founding directors, officers and shareholders of the company.

Today, The Container Store has grown to be the leading specialty retailer of storage and organization products in the United States and the only national retailer solely devoted to the category. With locations from coast to coast, our stores average 25,000 square-feet and offer more than 10,000 innovative products. We’re not just selling empty boxes; our time-saving solutions allow us to give our customers the promise of an organized life.

Our Yummy Culture

How to define The Container Store’s culture? First and foremost, we’re an employee first, yummy company. “What does it mean to be yummy?” might be your next question. Well, it’s the opposite of yucky. We know our employee first mantra defies conventional business wisdom, but at The Container Store we’ve found that if you take better care of the employees than anybody else, they really will take better care of the customers than anybody else.

But it doesn’t stop with employees. We ask ourselves – “What if everyone associated with a business could thrive?” For us, it’s not just a question. It’s what we strive to achieve in all that we do for each of our stakeholders – our employees, customers, vendors, the community and our shareholders. We work to accomplish this by staying true to our employee first, “yummy” culture, our Foundation Principles and the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. The result is a business where happy, well-paid, well-trained employees look forward to coming to work alongside other great people to improve customers’ lives by getting them organized; where our vendors’ companies can become all they hope and dream for; and where our communities can flourish. And when all of this happens, shareholders benefit from a healthy bottom line. This is when EVERYONE thrives!

We’re thrilled that you’ve taken the time to learn more about what we stand for. Help us as we work to change the world- and the world of business.

Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.


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Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”) is a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1989. Based in Los Angeles, the firm partners with experienced management teams and often with founders to invest in market-leading companies. Since inception, LGP has invested in over 80 companies in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity, and selective public equity and debt positions. The firm’s primary sectors of focus are retail/consumer, healthcare/wellness, business/consumer services, and distribution.

Improving


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Improving is a complete IT services firm, offering training, consulting, recruiting, and project services. Our innovative solutions and processes have helped hundreds of clients across the globe realize their tactical and strategic business objectives. As a result, our 300 employees have accumulated extensive technology and management experience in several industries, including financial services, energy, travel, retail, government, and several others.

Our culture encourages both the inspiration and motivation to achieve amazing things. We are constantly striving to live out our values of Excellence, Dedication, and Involvement through the foundation of trust.

Clarke


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Our mission is to make communities around the world more livable, safe and comfortable. We do this by pioneering, developing and delivering environmentally responsible solutions for public health mosquito control and aquatic habitats.