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Raj Sisodia
FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Babson College

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 Amazon.com. 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.

Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller

BIO:

Bob Chapman is committed to making a lasting difference in the world. He imagines a world where people think of others first, a world where leaders embrace the profound sense of responsibility for the lives under their care. His personal journey has awakened him to the power of business to create a world where people know that who they are and what they do matter. And, in so doing, will create better marriages, better families, better communities and, ultimately, a better world.

Chapman is CEO of St. Louis, Missouri‐based Barry‐Wehmiller, a $2.4 billion global manufacturing business. He became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80‐year‐old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry‐Wehmiller through more than 80 successful acquisitions.

Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to what he now calls Truly Human Leadership‐‐a people‐centric approach where his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. At Barry‐ Wehmiller they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.

Chapman’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind his new Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, released by Random House/Portfolio in October 2015. The book is co‐authored by Raj Sisodia, founder and co‐author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry‐Wehmiller whenever he can as it is an example of the way businesses and organizations should be: focused on creating value for ALL stakeholders —employees, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s good for business, and most important of all, leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

President & COO, The Container Store
BIO:

Melissa Reiff sets her goals high and continues to meet and exceed them for the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products. In 1995, Reiff joined The Container Store as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and today she is responsible for day-to-day operations and for the specific areas of marketing, public and community relations, store leadership, sales management, advertising, creative, training, recruiting, information systems, loss prevention, legal, and logistics and distribution. Her commitment to execution with excellence and support of the company’s Communication is Leadership-driven culture ensures The Container Store remains one of the best places to work and to shop in America.

Before joining The Container Store, Reiff held leadership positions at Crabtree & Evelyn and LaPapillion Inc. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas, a member of the International Women’s Foundation, and C200. She also serves on Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Executive Board and received the Cox Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. In January 2015 she was named by the National Retail Federation as one of 25 individuals on “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future,” in the Power Player category. Reiff and husband Ron reside in Dallas and have two grown children. When not at The Container Store, she enjoys reading, golf, tennis, traveling and entertaining.

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Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, which helps companies fuel sustainable high performance by better meeting the needs of their employees.

Tony’s most recent book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages. In 2013, Tony launched a biweekly column for the New York Times titled “Life@Work.” Tony is a contributor to numerous publications including The Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review, and for three years, he wrote the most popular blog on HBR.org. He is also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning.

Tony began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Unilever, Coca-Cola, EY, Genentech, Bank of America, Alcoa, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Whole Foods, as well as the World Economic Forum, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Conscious Capitalism.

Drawing on the multidisciplinary science of sustainable high performance, Tony’s abiding passion and lifelong commitment is to change the way the world works

Author, Leaders Eat Last & Start With Why

BIO:

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.
Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.
Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army.
Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.
He lives in New York.

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Practicum Speakers


Founder, Academy for Conscious Leadership, Whole Foods Market
Happy Whole Human… It’s Happening!

 

BIO:

From cashier to financial trainer to marketer and cultural warrior, Jessica Agneessens has held a variety of positions at Whole Foods over the last sixteen years, carrying out each one with a passionate spirit and a love of the company’s mission and values. As founder of the Academy for Conscious Leadership—Whole Foods Market’s leadership and culture educational arm—she designed a program that has helped over 1500 top leaders recognize that the person they are translates directly into what kind of leader they are. The Academy’s curriculum helps give leaders permission to be compassionate challengers for the team members they are charged with protecting and guiding to fulfillment to create a culture of meaning and high energy.

Jessica started working with the Conscious Capitalism movement about a decade ago when John Mackey asked her to aid in facilitation of one of the early gatherings from which the movement took its name. In addition to being a new mother, Jessica is currently co-authoring a book with Timothy Henry, Raj Sisodia and John Mackey about the real life implementation of cultural practices that help businesses aspire, emerge and evolve towards the tenants of Conscious Capitalism.  Jessica is a dynamic facilitator, an authentic storyteller and one hell of a curator. She consults with companies that want to activate a conscious approach to their successful business model.

Jessica studied English and Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she still teaches occasionally.

Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller

BIO:

Bob Chapman is committed to making a lasting difference in the world. He imagines a world where people think of others first, a world where leaders embrace the profound sense of responsibility for the lives under their care. His personal journey has awakened him to the power of business to create a world where people know that who they are and what they do matter. And, in so doing, will create better marriages, better families, better communities and, ultimately, a better world.

Chapman is CEO of St. Louis, Missouri‐based Barry‐Wehmiller, a $2.4 billion global manufacturing business. He became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80‐year‐old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry‐Wehmiller through more than 80 successful acquisitions.

Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to what he now calls Truly Human Leadership‐‐a people‐centric approach where his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. At Barry‐ Wehmiller they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.

Chapman’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind his new Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, released by Random House/Portfolio in October 2015. The book is co‐authored by Raj Sisodia, founder and co‐author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry‐Wehmiller whenever he can as it is an example of the way businesses and organizations should be: focused on creating value for ALL stakeholders —employees, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s good for business, and most important of all, leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

Leader - Governance, Culture, and Leadership Practice, LRN

BIO:
Julie Arsenault is part of LRN’s Global Advisory Services practice group that helps leaders actively shape and manage the governance, culture, and leadership systems that animate behavior within their organizations. She leads an innovation/creativity workshop that sometimes call upon the arts to enhance organizational performance.

Arsenault’s diverse experience across law, business and coaching uniquely positions her you to help organization orchestrate fundamental change. She started over fifteen years ago as a corporate lawyer specializing in securities law and merger and acquisitions with an international law firm based in Montreal. In 2000, she decided to reorient her career after completing an MBA in international business development and strategic management working with international retail chains. After working alongside executives for over fifteen years, she has, for the past decade, been actively focused on leadership development, executive coaching, cultural transformation, culture assessments and team dynamics. And has been part of conceiving and facilitating transformation projects in several multi national organizations.

She has a Degree in both Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and graduated with an MBA from the University of British Columbia and London Business School (International Exchange Program).

President & Bestselling Author , McLeod & More, Inc.

Sales Leadership expert Lisa Earle McLeod is best known for creating the popular business concept “Noble Purpose.”  Her bestselling book,  Selling with Noble Purpose,  has been a game-changer for leaders at global firms like Roche, Google,  Flight Centre, Hootsuite, and Merrill Lynch.

McLeod introduced the concept of Noble Sales Purpose™ after her research with sales teams revealed that salespeople who sell with Noble Purpose, who truly want to make a difference to their customers, outperform salespeople who are focused on targets and quotas.

The founder and President of McLeod &More, Inc. Mcleod is the Sales Leadership expert for Forbes.com. She has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Oprah.com and Good Morning America.  She is the author of 4 bestselling books, and is a sought after keynote speaker who has rocked the house everywhere from Apple to Peterbilt Trucking.

Founder & CEO, Round Table Companies

Corey is the founder and CEO of Round Table Companies (RTC), a storytelling and community management company. RTC surrounds thought leaders, CEOs, and company founders, with an entire staff of creatives to help them share their story through various channels, and grow their tribe to impact the world.

Corey is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and the Huffington Post and his work has been profiled or showcased in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Barrons, USA Today, and on NPR, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, Katie Couric, and The Doctors.

Corey represents and lives his company’s core values of Love, Brilliance, Honesty, Momentum, Community, Growth, and Joy. As a commitment to increasing his personal capacity to serve others, Corey is a participant in the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s 18 month program that runs through April 2016, and a current participant in the year long Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Corey is a member of the Young Entrepreneur’s Council (YEC), a member of the Social Venture Network (SVN), and a follower and supporter of Conscious Capitalism.

Principal, Mightybytes

Build a Conscious Business Workshop

BIO:
Tim Frick is the owner of Mightybytes, a digital marketing and sustainable web design company that helps nonprofits and conscious companies grow and thrive. Mightybytes is a certified Illinois B Corp committed to social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Tim is also the author of books on media and marketing, including two editions of Return on Engagement: Content Strategy and Web Design Techniques for Digital Marketing from Focal Press and Managing Interactive Media Projects, an interactive media process guide from Delmar-Cengage Learning. Tim’s books are used at higher learning institutions across the U.S., including Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Art Institutes, among others. He regularly presents at conferences and offers workshops on various aspects of marketing, digital media, social responsibility, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.

Tim is also board president of Climate Ride, a nonprofit that offers charity endurance events that raise money for environmental causes. To date, Climate Ride has raised nearly $2.5 million for nonprofits across the United States.

Co-Founder & CEO, Plum Organics
BIO:

Neil Grimmer is Co-Founder and CEO of Plum, PBC, the #1 organic baby food brand in the U.S. and leading organic kids nutrition company. Neil and Plum’s commitment to the best tasting organic nutrition expands far beyond store shelves: under his leadership, Plum became one of the first companies to reincorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation in Delaware in July 2013, reinforcing its mission to combat child hunger and conduct business responsibly. Neil also launched Plum’s social impact program The Full Effect™, dedicated to nourishing little ones in need across America.

Widely recognized as an industry game-changer, Neil has received prestigious awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Ernst & Young Northern California 2013 as well as “Most Admired CEO” in 2012 by the San Francisco Business Times and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 5 “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” in 2011. Neil has also headlined prominent industry events such as Natural Products Expo, FUSE Brand Strategy & Design and Slow Food San Francisco to discuss Plum’s status as a B Corp, social impact initiatives, award-winning innovation and how Plum infuses design-thinking into business strategy.

Neil holds a BFA in Conceptual Art from California College of the Arts and a MA in Product Design from Stanford. When he’s not dreaming up game-changing ideas, you can find him building tree houses and making super smoothies with his two little girls and wife, Tana.

Timothy Henry
Managing Partner, Arete Management

Timothy Henry has over 25 years of consulting experience working closely with Senior Executives to define and address their business and leadership challenges. Timothy’s passion is working with senior leaders to help them define what “great” means for their organizations and for themselves as leaders. He then works with and coaches leaders and their leadership teams to develop the implementation blueprints and execution plans to get there.

Timothy believes that there is a better way to do business; doing well and doing good, and creating great places to work with passionate and happy employees. His focus is on the development of practical approaches for the execution of a company’s strategy of getting to great and the development of organizational cultures that support superior execution. He has a unique set of experiences and skills that provide an end-to end process for executing strategic change in an organization that includes “coaching” leaders to lead change in their organizations.

He began his consulting career at Booz Allen and Hamilton and was a Principal there. In addition to his involvement with the Board of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., he also serves on several non-profit boards including the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires. Timothy and Fabienne live in Boston and London with their five children.

President, DIRTT Environmental Solutions
BIO:

Scott Jenkins was named president of DIRTT Environmental Solutions in February 2012 after five years as DIRTT’s chief financial officer. Over the past six years, Scott and the DIRTT team have grown Calgary-based DIRTT from $20 million in annual sales to a company with over $140 million in sales, distributed manufacturing across North America and a growing team of more than 800 people.

DIRTT’s sustainable, innovative interior construction solutions are delivered to clients ranging from Google to The U.S. Army, utilizing DIRTT’s proprietary design and manufacturing technology called ICE®. The integration of revolutionary technology, combined with an empowered team and innovative solutions continues to drive DIRTT’s growth.

Prior to joining DIRTT, Scott worked as the chief financial officer of Pure Technologies Ltd., a public company providing innovative infrastructure monitoring technologies to a variety of international clients. Scott began his career at KPMG LLP, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and a graduate of the University of Alberta.

In addition to corporate responsibilities at DIRTT, Scott recently stepped down after 10 years of service from the Board of Directors of PASC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting persons with developmental disabilities in Southern Alberta. Scott continues to remain active in fundraising activities for PASC and is one of the key liaisons for DIRTT’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. Scott is also a founder of Decisive Dividend Corporation, a private Canadian investment company and a former Director of Catapult Financial Management, a subsidiary of publicly traded Aston Hill Financial.

Scott and his wife, Dr. Sarah Weeks, have two sons and reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

President, Q4 Consulting

BIO:

Chris Johnson has devoted her life to the deep listening that underpins ‘what matters most’ in people’s lives. In Japanese this listening is called Tamashi -the living Spirit, deeper than Intellect and Heart…and it informs all of her work.

The founder of Q4 Consulting Inc. Chris is passionately committed to cultivating exemplary leaders, collaborative teams, and engaged, thriving communities.

As an experienced psychologist, teacher and leadership coach she’s known for creating trust with those who value her honesty, deep listening and commitment to their success. Mindfulness serves as the backbone of her customized consulting and leadership coaching practice where she’s best known for her work with individuals and teams in clarifying goals, developing skills and sensibilities, and taking focused action towards results.

Chris holds a PsyD. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she teaches in both the Business Psychology and the Executive and Professional Development Programs. She’s currently sits on the Executive Team for the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism where she’s the Learning  & Practice Chair.

When she’s not working, Chris is likely either making art, gardening, or at the aikido dojo where she practices and teaches the art of peace.

Founder, Happy Whole Human Institute of Holistic Wellness
BIO:

Dr. Lisa Leit, Founder of HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™, is an aspiring Happy Whole Human dedicated to continual growth and evolution.  She is also a management consultant, public speaker, coach, and author.  Lisa conducts academic, executive, and enterprise level instruction, inspirational seminars, data gathering and analysis, holistic wellness consulting, mediation, and relationship coaching.  Her clients include families, Fortune 100 companies, government leaders, professional athletes, university systems, and small and large-scale organizations.  She also trains and certifies HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™ coaches.

Her HAPPY WHOLE HUMAN™ products and the Holistic Wellness Coaching vision, approach, and methods are enhanced by applied experience in diverse settings and over 20 years of education. Her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in Human Ecology with an emphasis on the psychology of interpersonal communication qualify her as an expert in the fields of developmental psychology and behavioral dynamics.  Trained to conduct quantitative research by top in field professors and pioneers in the field of interpersonal relationships, her cutting edge comprehensive holistic wellness self-assessment and corresponding online curriculum facilitate the optimal balance of self and other focus by empowering individuals as they overcome unconscious patterns of narcissism and codependence.

Her book Conversational Narcissism in Marriage: Effects on Partner Mental Health and Marital Quality Over the Transition to Parenthood (with co-authors Dr. Debby Jacobvitz and Dr. Nancy Hazen-Swann) was published in 2008.   As an expert on the subject of narcissism, her authoritative entries on both Communication and Narcissism and Narcissism in Marriage are published in the International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication.

Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, Artistic Director

BIO:
Shannon Litzenberger is Toronto-based contemporary dancer, choreographer, producer, arts advocate and consultant. She facilitates workshops on creativity and innovation within the corporate setting, using movement-based creative process to foster effective collaboration, authentic personal expression and ingenuity. Through the umbrella of her company Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, she creates innovative multi-disciplinary productions that explore timely social issuesusing contemporary dance in concert with other mediums like storytelling, film, visual art and poetry. An imaginative creator, she often develops unique collaborations across art forms and communities, connecting people with artistic experiences through engagement in creative process. Her work has taken her through small towns and big cities across Ontario, Canada, the US and Europe.
As an arts advocate, researcher, strategist and policy thinker, Shannon also works with many cultural organizations including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, ArtsVote Toronto, the Laidlaw Foundation, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and the Metcalf Foundation, among others. A thought leader in her field, she has been an invited guest speaker at several events and conferences across Canada and internationally and has published over 100 articles on dance, creative process and arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications. Shannon was the 2012 recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Y Scouts

I deeply believe the most valuable currency in today’s workplace is meaningful work, not just a paycheck. In April of 2000, I became a founding member of a job board called Jobing.com. Over an 11-year period, I helped build the company from 5 employees and a few thousand dollars in revenue to nearly 400 employees and $38M in revenue – the secret to our success was hiring people who aligned to our purpose and values. I consulted with nearly a thousand employers on their employment brand, employee value proposition, and employment advertising strategies. Through this experience, I saw first-hand the power of values, the power of culture, and the power of unwavering purpose – when done right, it was the ultimate competitive advantage.

I started Y Scouts with the belief that today’s leaders must authentically connect to the purpose and values of the organizations they lead. If disconnected, the strength of their experience (i.e. their resume) will only compensate for so long. With more than 70% of the workforce unhappy with their work experience, and the associated half trillion loss in productivity this disconnect yields (not to mention the host of additional ripple effects), there has never been a more critical time to re-examine how we find and connect the right leaders with the right companies.

I joined the board of Conscious Capitalism in January of 2016 to more fully engage with other leaders who are making a meaningful difference. When I’m not focused on transforming how people and companies connect to work that matters, you will find me spending time with my wonderful wife of 17 years and 2 gorgeous daughters. I’m also guilty of spending my free time learning to play guitar, perfecting my Texas hold ’em skills, and traveling to see my favorites musicians and bands.

Chapters and Membership Programs Manager, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
BIO:

Nina Narelle supports the learning and engagement of the Conscious Capitalism Movement in her role of Chapters and Membership Programs Manager. She brings fifteen years of experience as a facilitator, community organizer, and courageous doodler. Prior to joining the Conscious Capitalism team she worked as an organizational development consultant to non-profits and public agencies with a focus on organizational change, strategic planning and doing, and efforts to move ‘beyond diversity.’

She received a BS in economics from Lewis and Clark College, and a MA in Leadership and Organizational Development from the LIOS College of Saybrook University.

She is a mother to a rambunctious toddler, loves laughter and the color orange, and hopes to learn to ride a horse one day.

CEO, Maddock Douglas
BIO:

Mike Maddock inspires and empowers curiosity within companies and makes even his most conservative clients more agile, so they perform like there are revolutionary, forward ­thinking entrepreneurs in every department.

Mike’s role is to light a fire under leaders who are committed to driving industry­changing ideas to market. He empowers curiosity inside his own company and inside yours, demonstrating how to create and deliver your next big idea with fanfare and spectacular results by embracing opportunities for change and exploration.

With his natural leadership style, Mike inspires your audience to strive for a bigger vision and to execute to the highest possible standards. He helps your leaders to set ambitious personal and professional goals, to express their ideas with conviction, to obtain buy ­in for their ideas, and to confront obstacles and overcome them decisively.

Mike’s adventurous spirit will thrill and incite leaders to stay sharply focused on their aspirations with unwavering confidence, while helping their team to understand expectations and giving them the tools to support the leaders’ goals, so the team can see the grand vision clearly and formulate a solid plan for how to get there.

CEO, Ace Metal Crafts
BIO:

Jean Pitzo is the CEO of Ace Metal Crafts, a stainless steel manufacturer of fabricated and machined components parts.  Ace serves OEM’s in the food processing, packaging, pharmaceutical and environmental industries and is located in Bensenville, IL.

She has been with the company since 1983, joining as a sales rep and progressing over the years to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, then to President and to her current role in 2003.

Throughout her tenure, Jean’s passion for developing conscious leaders and helping team members thrive has advanced the success of the company, and produced a culture with a foundation built on trust. Her extensive sales and leadership experience has taught her that taking great care of customers on the outside starts with taking good care of people on the inside. Every day at Ace, she asks team members for their opinions and advice. She relies on them, trusts them and supports them. ACE Metal Crafts purpose is to inspire and connect with people to unleash their potential. Everyone on the team understands that, to succeed both individually and collectively, they must share, learn and grow together.

Under Jean’s leadership, Ace has been honored numerous times for outstanding business practices, workplace culture, and industry and community outreach, most recently being honored with a best practices award for a Psychologically Healthy Workplace from the American Psychological Association. ACE Metal Crafts Co. is also named to the Fab 40 by Fabricator magazine. ACE sponsors PWNAGE, a Youth Robotics Team, and GADget Camp, a program for girls age 12-16 who are interested in engineering. The company is an active member of manufacturing associations AME, TMA and FMA.

In addition to her role at Ace, Jean serves on the board of directors of Berthold Electric Co. in Chicago and the Board of Advisors of Irmco, Inc. in Evanston, IL. She also recently served on the finance committee for the Village of Hawthorn Woods. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and her MBA in finance from Northern Illinois University.

Co-Founder, Conscious Capitalism’s Australian Chapter
BIO:

Amy Powell is the co-founder of Conscious Capitalism’s Australian Chapter, which was the first group to be given full Chapter status in 2012. Together with the Australian start-up team, she has taken the chapter from a “twinkle in the eye” to a dynamic, active community of nearly 1400 people.  She is currently an Executive Team Member and Board Member in CC Australia.

In her day job, Amy coaches senior leaders in Australian organizations, working closely with them as they make the transition from traditional leadership approaches to new ways of leading: Leadership that’s centered around Purpose, with love and care for customers, teams, and external stakeholders, reaping the rich rewards that come from creating a conscious culture.

Amy achieves measurable breakthroughs in culture by partnering with businesses to design change programs that eliminate what’s not working in their culture, and create a new reality.  She supports this through individual, team and group coaching. Amy draws on all Conscious Capitalism principles in her work, and uses the Barrett Culture Transformation Tools to support and measure progress.

RYT 500, Freedom Yoga
BIO:

Alie McManus began studying yoga and meditation in 1994 and has been teaching since 1999. Her passion for yoga has led her to Bali, Thailand, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Greece, and across the United States to study with the world’s foremost teachers and eccentrics. Alie’s primary teacher is Erich Schiffmann, and she has learned from Barbara Benagh, Patricia Sullivan and Angela Farmer. Alie has taught all over the US, and guides retreats around the globe. Chicago is Alie’s home and she teaches at Moksha and Yogaview. Alie shares her love of yoga wherever she goes, whether at home or on her continued travels around the world. Alie has recently released her first yoga DVD, Freedom Yoga in Millennium Park, which you can buy on Amazon or Vimeo on Demand.

In Alie’s class, be ready for innovative pose variations, essential alignment details, breathing techniques, and the experience of spontaneous joy, and increased luminosity. Alie will invite you to exercise indiscriminate curiosity, and to play, explore, learn, love, enjoy, and be free to be your self totally.  It is Alie’s intent for you to experience your natural state of peace.

Managing Partner, Hospitality Quotient
Surfers, Skunks and Whelmers: Building an Accountable Culture

 

BIO:

As Hospitality Quotient’s founder and primary thought-leader, Susan leverages over 20 years of academic and professional experience in organizational behavior to continually develop and evolve HQ’s offerings, focusing in assessing, building, sustaining, and evolving culture through effective leadership. Susan brings passion, energy, and intellect as she helps clients navigate cultural shifts, and adopt leadership strategies to put hospitality at the center of their business models for sustainable competitive advantage.

Susan launched HQ with Danny Meyer in 2010 after spending seven years as the Director of Culture & Learning for Danny’s restaurants in Union Square Hospitality Group, where her role emphasized growing and evolving the culture of the USHG businesses. Susan’s doctoral dissertation was based on an assessment of USHG’s culture. Her research and expertise are the foundation of HQ’s offerings, enabling organizations to achieve “favorite-in-category” status.

Susan is a weekly contributor for Inc. Magazine, penning her column, “Culture Compass,” which focuses on empowering entrepreneurs with the mindset and tools to design, execute, and evolve their company’s culture to create value for all stakeholders. Susan also brings her passion for transforming workplaces to a broader audience as co-chair of Conscious Capitalism’s NYC Chapter. Co-founding the New York City chapter, Susan inspires business leaders to drive change through a multi-stakeholder model.

Susan has been an invited speaker for leaders in a wide range of industries, including engagements with Citibank Small Business Seminars, TEDx, Stella Summit, Share Our Strength, Grind, GLG Share, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In addition to her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from NYU/Stern School of Business, Susan holds a BS in Environmental Sciences & Resource Management and an MBA from Lehigh University. Susan has also served as a guest lecturer and instructor for undergraduate and MBA classes in organizational behavior and business strategy at NYU-Stern, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton, and Lehigh University.

Susan lives in lower Manhattan with her husband and their daughter.

Co-Founder and Partner, HolacracyOne

BIO:

Brian Robertson is an experienced entrepreneur, CEO, and organizational pioneer. He is most well-known for his work developing Holacracy, a comprehensive “operating system” for governing and running purpose-driven, responsive companies. Its dynamic approach integrates the collective wisdom of people throughout the company, without the tyranny of consensus – it allows anything, sensed by anyone, anywhere in the organization, to get rapidly and reliably processed into organizational evolution. The result is dramatically increased agility, transparency, innovation, and accountability – a conscious organization operating with presence, in flow. Mr. Robertson also serves as the drafter and steward of the Holacracy Constitution, which captures the system’s unique “rules of the game” in concrete form.
Mr. Robertson’s initial work that led to Holacracy took place within a software development company he founded and led for seven years. The firm won numerous awards for both fast business growth and innovative people practices, and its novel organizational approach gleaned media attention. The Holacracy system developed there has continued to evolve and spread in the years since under the stewardship of HolacracyOne, an organization Mr. Robertson co-founded to further catalyze its development and use it in the world. Mr. Robertson currently supports HolacracyOne by joyfully filling a broad variety roles within the company – you can see which ones here.
Senior Consultant, Interaction Associates

Deborah Rocco has over 20 years of experience helping individuals and organizations realize their full potential. As a senior HR leader in the telecommunications, biopharmaceutical, and healthcare industries, she has a depth of knowledge and experience in organizational effectiveness, team collaboration, and change management. Over the past 15+ years, Deborah has led large teams of learning professionals and technical experts responsible for the design and delivery of leadership development, OD, culture, and training initiatives at MediaOne Group, AT&T Broadband, Comcast, Amylin Pharmaceutical, and Scripps Health. Deborah holds an M.Ed in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and is a trained Integral Coach. She is certified in a number of assessment instruments including the MBTI, Birkman and PDI 360 instruments.

Co-Founder & Chief Purposologist - The Purpose Institute, SVP & Chief Planning Officer, GSD&M
PURPOSE. The most powerful engine for creating a high-performing, highly-aligned organization.
PURPOSE. The most powerful engine for creating a high-performing, highly-aligned organization.
The Power of Purpose

 

BIO:

HALEY RUSHING co-founded The Purpose Institute along with Roy Spence. The Purpose Institute is an organization dedicated exclusively to helping clients discover and bring to life their Core Purpose.  With a Purpose in place, decision making becomes easier, alignment happens naturally and performance soars.

She co-authored a Wall Street Journal bestselling book entitled: It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why every extraordinary business is driven by purpose. This book guides leaders through their own journey of understanding the genuine Purpose at the heart of the organization and teaches them how to harness that purpose in order to make a real difference in the world.

Over the past 16 years as a marketing research and advertising professional, Haley has helped a number of the country’s most visionary organizations develop business strategies founded on a strong core purpose and authentic core values, including Fortune 500 companies like Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, Charles Schwab, Whole Foods Market, Interstate Batteries; non-profits like The American Council on Education, the Legacy Foundation, and the American Red Cross; institutions of higher learning, like Texas A&M, The University of Arkansas, and The University of Texas; and she has even applied the principles of Purpose to galvanize the leadership of Louisiana through a purpose-driven approach to economic development for the state.

Haley is a skilled researcher, a dynamic facilitator, an inspired speaker dedicated to catalyzing purpose driven organizations that are designed to make a difference and destined to make history.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Haley has a background in cultural anthropology from Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania and studied alternative dispute resolution at The Wharton School of Business.

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, which helps companies fuel sustainable high performance by better meeting the needs of their employees.

Tony’s most recent book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages. In 2013, Tony launched a biweekly column for the New York Times titled “Life@Work.” Tony is a contributor to numerous publications including The Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review, and for three years, he wrote the most popular blog on HBR.org. He is also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning.

Tony began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Unilever, Coca-Cola, EY, Genentech, Bank of America, Alcoa, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Whole Foods, as well as the World Economic Forum, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Conscious Capitalism.

Drawing on the multidisciplinary science of sustainable high performance, Tony’s abiding passion and lifelong commitment is to change the way the world works

President & CEO, New Resource Bank

President and CEO Vincent Siciliano leads New Resource Bank in serving values-driven companies and organizations working to achieve well being for our community and the planet. The bank seeks to transform the banking industry into an agent of positive social, environmental and financial change. Headquartered in San Francisco, the bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability through every aspect of its operations from the loans it makes to its commitment to using deposits for good. As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, New Resource Bank champions a community of values to transform banking and create a better world.

Siciliano currently serves on the advisory boards of the American Sustainable Business Council based in Washington D.C., the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership, the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board, and the Regeneration Project. He began his banking career in Bank of America’s International Division and has previously served as president or CEO to a number of San Diego financial institutions. Siciliano is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Author, Leaders Eat Last & Start With Why

BIO:

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.
Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.
Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army.
Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.
He lives in New York.

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Chief Vibe Officer, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
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Jeff Sinelli sums up his unique way of life with a Wayne Gretzky quote: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.” Sinelli learned the hospitality industry from his father. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State and MBA from City University in Seattle, Sinalli headed south to develop his own concepts in Dallas,  developing dozens of successful independent restaurants, bars, and nightclubs before focusing on building national concepts.

In 1998, Jeff created Genghis Grill, a Mongolian barbecue chain, which he grew to 11 units in five states, earning him high acclaim as a national restaurant developer. In 2002, Genghis Grill received the prestigious Hot Concepts! Award by Nation’s Restaurant News. Jeff sold the concept in 2003 and set to work on filling what he felt was a void in the saturated sandwich arena.

Jeff launched Which Wich in 2003, prompting QSR magazine to refer to him as a “branding phenom.”Which Wich has received industry accolades and local recognition in nearly every market it serves. In 2007, Which Wich received the Hot Concepts! Award by Nation’s Restaurant News, making Jeff one of only a handful of restaurateurs to win the coveted award twice.

 

 

Chief People Officer, Barry-Wehmiller
Everybody Matters – The Only Business Case With Truly Unlimited Potential
Transforming your Organization

 

BIO:

Spencer oversees two critical teams that inspire personal growth of team members, cultivate leaders within its ten divisional companies, and foster Barry-Wehmiller’s dynamic people-first culture: Organizational Empowerment and Culture & People Development. The Organizational Empowerment Team is focused on furthering the company’s highly successful leadership development institute, Barry-Wehmiller University, its continuous improvement initiatives, Living Legacy of Leadership (L3), and numerous sales motivation programs. Culture & People Development directs wellbeing initiatives, safety initiatives, team member benefits and recruiting efforts.

Spencer joined Barry-Wehmiller in 1991 as an engineer with its Design Group consulting practice, soon moving into a role as the youngest VP of North American Sales. In 1999, CEO Bob Chapman tapped Spencer to create the Organizational Empowerment Team to help transform the traditional manufacturing firm’s culture in to the vibrant people-first environment that exists today. The Culture & People Development Team was placed under Spencer’s leadership in 2014 to help align and expand the organization’s unique cultural initiatives.

Spencer has shared insight into cultural transformation with a number of groups: Hill Country Memorial Hospital, McCain Foods, US Air Force Air Mobility Command, St. Louis University School of Nursing Leadership Program, Tri State Manufacturing Association, Group Health, Maritz, Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and Simon Sinek’s MASSIVE Summit. She serves on the AME board where she is chair of the CEO Forum for Manufacturing Renaissance.

She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Raj Sisodia shares his perspective on Barry-Wehmiller

CEO, Steinbrecher & Associates

BIO:

Susan Steinbrecher is a business consultant and coauthor of Heart-Centered Leadership: Lead Well, Live Well. She is the CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates in Hurst, Texas, and serves as an executive coach, licensed mediator, professional speaker and leadership advisor. She is also the author of the Amazon bestseller, KENSHO: A Modern Awakening.
Susan is an Inc.com columnist, Entrepreneur.com contributor and Huffington Post blogger. Her work has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business, The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, BusinessInsider.com, CNBC.com and CNNMoney.com.
Kip Tindell
Co-Founder & Chairman, The Container Store

Under Tindell’s leadership, The Container Store — the original storage and organization store — opened its doors in Dallas, in 1978. Today, the company has stores across the country with over 11,000 storage and organization solutions designed to save space and time, coupled with a full suite of digital shopping services.

Over the years, the company has been lauded for its focus on its original concept, differentiated inventory mix and commitment to employees as the formula for its success. But for Tindell, the goal was never growth for growth’s sake; rather, it was to adhere to the company’s seven, values-based Foundation Principles™, as well as the tenets of Conscious Capitalism®. These business philosophies guide decisions for The Container Store’s entire interdependent set of stakeholders, starting with employees and including customers, vendors, the community and shareholders. Tindell’s commitment to its employees has landed The Container Store on Fortunemagazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” year after year for nearly two decades.

As Chairman, Tindell focuses on strengthening the company’s employee-first culture, vendor relationships, and elevating The Container Store as a beacon for good business. Tindell’s book, UNCONTAINABLE: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives, discusses the retailer’s unique approach to business and culture.

Tindell is the Chairman of the National Retail Federation, and serves on the boards of Whole Foods Market, Akola Project and Conscious Capitalism, Inc.– a movement led by a community of like-minded business, thought and academic leaders working to elevate humanity through a conscious approach to business.

Captain Planet, Method
BIO:

Saskia van Gendt is Captain Planet for Method, the green cleaning company based in San Francisco. Method recently opened a LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing facility in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. At Method Saskia works on greenskeeping for North America which focuses on improving the company’s packaging, ingredients, and supply chain. She also manages the company’s carbon footprint, Cradle to Cradle and B Corp certifications. Previously Saskia worked for 6 years at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency where she led projects in greener packaging and material sustainability.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Big Path Capital

BIO:

Michael Whelchel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Big Path Capital – a boutique investment bank working exclusively with purpose-driven companies and funds assisting in mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises.  Big Path Capital advances an economy for business interests seeking multiple bottom line interests seeing the financial world generate good as it generates returns.  Michael brings over two decades of experience financing, acquiring, selling, growing, and operating growth-oriented companies to Big Path Capital. Prior to co-founding Big Path Capital, he worked with both start-ups and later-stage companies in a range of industries, playing key roles in the early development of two private equity firms focused on growth-oriented companies. Michael managed the full investment process including sourcing, deal structure, due diligence, negotiations, financing, portfolio management, sales on exit, and fund raising.

In 2007, with the old economy at a dead end, Michael established Big Path Capital to advance an expansive economy built on natural, social, and financial capital. In partnership with Shawn Lesser, Michael has founded a number of first of their kind initiatives all of which demonstrate SmarterMoney+ – maximize return, maximize impact. Those include the Five Fund Forum, Impact Capitalism Summit, and Impact & Sustainable Trade Missions.

Michael received his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received a joint MBA and MEM (Master of Engineering Management) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Micha el is an advisory board member of the Croatan Institute and the Babson Center for Global Commerce and is a member of the Social Venture Network and Net Impact.

Director, Outreach Programs, Barry-Wehmiller
BIO:

Matt believes the way we lead profoundly impacts the way we live together and that business has the potential to be the most powerful positive force in our societies. He serves as the Director of Outreach Programs on Barry-Wehmiller’s Organizational Empowerment Team. As the Director for Outreach, Matt shares Barry-Wehmiller’s leadership and cultural experiences and teachings under a philanthropic capitalismmodel to help other organizations transform to a people-centric culture. Previously he served over 20 years in the US Air Force where he held a variety of leadership positions in the nuclear and satellite fields, Lean manufacturing, contracting, training and development, as well as strategy and diplomacy roles. Matt’s service took him around the world, including West Africa and Afghanistan, and service in the United Nations as well as on the Joint Staff and Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon. He has graduate degrees in International Relations, Management and Finance.

Leader, Manduka
BIO:

Manduka high-performance yoga mats and yoga gear: chosen first by yoga teachers worldwide. Find the world’s best yoga mats and eco-friendly yoga products. Manduka is more than eco-conscious yoga gear. Way more. We are joyology – a study in living. Our { mission } starts on the mat.