Elevating humanity through business

Abby Schwalb


Across the globe, humanity faces a host of challenges that can seem daunting to confront. The potential that exists in the business community for brave solutions to these challenges is palpable. Through business, we have the ability to alleviate poverty, create equity and justice, support health and well being for all and so much more. As the Conscious Capitalist community grows, so will the positive impact we’ll see due to the efforts of dedicated conscious business leaders around the world.

Abby holds a B.A. from West Chester University. Her professional background includes nonprofit volunteer and program coordination, project administration for a top pharmaceutical consulting company, and medical residency education program management. Abby now focuses primarily on events where she can apply her love of building inspiring experiences, facilitating meaningful connections and enthusiastically checking things off of extensive ‘to do’ lists. A one time entrepreneur, Abby and her business partner secured two patents for their unique packaging technology, “The Friend End”. Balm Chicky Balm Balm was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank season 6 and although they didn’t get ‘a deal’, product has been sold at a variety of retailers including Target stores, Wegman’s groceries and select Whole Foods Markets.

Abby is passionate about volunteerism and community involvement. She works closely with the Portland-based grassroots group Free Hot Soup which provides food and life saving supplies to people living on the streets. Abby also produced a semi-annual fundraising event called FINDpdx that benefits a local nonprofit providing support services to survivors of domestic violence and she also supports the Feast food festival which contributes funds to Hunger Free America and Urban Gleaners. In her free time, Abby gets into the great outdoors of her now home state of Oregon as often as possible and has recently begun a rather fervent weaving hobby that has over taken a large portion of both her time and living room.

Find Solutions to Deliver Results Award

As Conscious Capitalists, our team members recognize that conscious leadership is a process of continual improvement. We recognize everyone on our team as a leader and our leadership principles guide us as we strive, individually and together, to improve ourselves daily. We seek to recognize and celebrate our leaders when they exemplify our principles in action. For this purpose, we have created an award to recognize and honor our leaders in a public forum and hold them up as examples of true conscious leadership. This month, we recognize Abby Schwalb for her energy and commitment to the Leadership Principle: Find Solutions to Deliver Results.

This Leadership Principle requires leaders to identify issues before they become problems, acquire the resources they need, and implement solutions. It’s not always easy to identify an issue; it requires an openness to complexity and chaos, a willingness to ask difficult questions, and the capacity to occasionally be wrong.

The embodiment of curiosity and commitment to thinking through challenges; it is no wonder that Abby has excelled in embracing and actioning this principle. A collaborator in spirit and practice, Abby is committed to asking difficult questions; putting together plans to address them; and utilizing the tools and practices designed to help our leaders find the best solutions to deliver timely and effective results. Please join us in celebrating Abby for her exemplary leadership to Find Solutions to Deliver Results!

Alexander McCobin


Alexander is CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.,  dedicated to elevating humanity by improving the practice and perception of business. Capitalism is fundamentally a human endeavor, it is the way for human beings to ethically engage with and help one another. This underlying insight of Conscious Capitalism differentiates it from so many other approaches to business and economics and is needed now more than ever.

Alexander holds a BA in philosophy and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MA in philosophy from Georgetown University.

In his youth, Alexander’s entrepreneurial drive led him to start and run several businesses, both for profit and nonprofit. During college, though, he didn’t see business as a way to change the world, he thought the way to do that was through academia. So he began a PhD program in Philosophy at Georgetown University. As he began to work on a dissertation regarding corporate moral responsibility, he attended the first Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in 2013, where he was inspired by business leaders dedicated to changing the world. Within a year, he left Georgetown without the PhD and dedicated himself to running one of the businesses he had started during undergrad. Before he joined CCI’s staff, he turned that organization into a multimillion dollar operation.

In his spare time, Alexander likes to read, hike, run, dive, kayak, and cook. He feels most at home when he’s in the Pennsylvania mountains and the California coast.

His favorite joke: A chemist, a physicist, and an economist are shipwrecked on a desert island with one can of beans and no can opener. Sitting around, trying to figure out what to do with their predicament, they each propose a solution. The chemist says, “If we rub salt water on the lid, it will erode the edges and we can open it.” The physicist says, “If we triangulate the sun’s rays, we can heat the can until the lid explodes open.” The economist says, “Let’s assume we have a can opener.”