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Chairman & CEO, The Middleby Corporation

BIO:

As CEO of the Middleby Corporation, Selim Bassoul has led the company to record-breaking growth and top innovation over the past two decades. Under Selim’s leadership, Middleby has grown from $100 million and a few brands to a $2 billion global company with 60+ brands and three business platforms. The company is one of the best performing companies on the NASDAQ exchange since 2000.

Central in Selim’s life is giving back. Through his foundation, The Bassoul Dignity Foundation, he has developed a stove for refugees and personally delivered them to the camps. It is his goal to make their lives easier and to lessen the time women and girls spend searching for wood. In June at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the World Event in Monaco, Selim was awarded the EOY Alumni Award for Social Impact, on behalf of his efforts. He plans to expand this effort, manufacture and deliver more ovens throughout 2016.

Selim has also been honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and YPO International Legacy Award recipient. He serves on the boards of several corporate, civic and philanthropic organizations. He is featured on the 2016 Nation’s Restaurant News Power List. Selim’s proven, effective and unconventional management style has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC and other top business media. He was named The Motley Fool’s “Best CEO of all time.”

President, American Enterprise Institute

BIO:

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Previously, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University.

At age 19, Brooks left college to become a professional musician and spent several seasons with the City Orchestra of Barcelona, Spain. After a decade he returned to college and studied economics, mathematics, and languages, ultimately earning BA and MA degrees in economics and MPhil and PhD degrees in public policy. Brooks then spent 10 years as a university professor teaching economics and entrepreneurship before coming to AEI.

Brooks is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including The New York Times best-sellers “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Happier, Fairer, and More Prosperous America” (2015) and “The Road to Freedom” (2012).

He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and has been married for 23 years to his wife, Ester. They have three children: Joaquim (17), Carlos (15), and Marina (12) and currently live in Bethesda, Maryland.

CEO, Brave Leaders, Inc., Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

BIO:

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past fifteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong.

Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 25 million views.

Brené is the Founder and CEO of both COURAGEworks – an online learning platform that offers classes for individuals and families on braver living and loving, and BRAVE LEADERS INC – a platform that brings her latest research on leadership development and culture change to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children Ellen and Charlie.

Chief Executive Officer, Great Place to Work

Michael is responsible for the growth and management of the Great Place to Work global network of U.S. businesses. He joined GPTW at a time of rapid growth, and brings over 30 years of experience in growing consulting organizations and increasing efficiencies of innovative business units. Michael has served as President of 8 Factors, an online learning organization, CEO of Clark Sustainable Resource Developments, and CEO of Tetra Tech Communications which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenues.

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.

Co-Founder & CEO, The Motley Fool

BIO:

Tom Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool with his brother David in 1993. He now serves as its Co-Chairman and CEO. In 2014 & 2015, Glassdoor ranked The Motley Fool the #1 place to work in the U.S. for companies with between 250-1000 employees. Tom serves as the lead advisor on Motley Fool One — the company’s all-access service. He manages The Everlasting Portfolio, committed to holding every investment for more than 5 years, and has beaten the market soundly since its inception. Tom is a graduate of Brown University.

Founder & CEO, CrossFit

BIO:

Greg Glassman is the founder and CEO of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, moms, dads, grandmothers and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. The challenging program combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and calisthenics into a daily Workout of the Day, known in CrossFit parlance as a “WOD.” 

Glassman was an elite level gymnast and athlete all his life. In 1995, he began training officers at the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department. As Glassman says, “Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.” In 2001 Glassman started crossfit.com and began affiliating gyms under the CrossFit name. Today there are over 13,000 independently-owned CrossFit affiliates in over 140 countries, and the annual CrossFit Games, which attracted over 330,000 participants in 2016, are televised on ESPN 1, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3. Most noteworthy, Greg stands at the forefront of the fight against chronic disease around the world.

John Mackey
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

John Mackey, co-founder and co-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 (http://consciouscapitalism.org/) 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.

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.

President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company

BIO:

Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. Under her leadership, Campbell is realizing the potential of its Purpose, “Real Food that Matters for Life’s Moments.” The company is a leader in soup, fresh carrots, refrigerated juice and organic baby food with brands like Campbell’s, Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organics. It is also a leader in Global Biscuits and Snacks with trusted brands like Pepperidge Farm, Arnott’s, Royal Dansk and Kjeldsens. Campbell is committed to strengthening its core business while expanding into faster growing spaces.

Denise has a distinguished track record of building strong businesses and growing iconic brands. She became Campbell’s CEO in August 2011, after more than eight years at Campbell and more than 30 years in the food business. She is 12th leader in the company’s 147-year history. Denise joined Campbell in 2003 as President-Global Sales and Chief Customer Officer. She then served as President-Campbell USA and Senior Vice President and President-North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages. She was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and she was also appointed as a Director of Campbell’s board. 

Previously, Denise was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Kraft Foods’ Snacks and Confections divisions. Her extensive food business experience also includes senior leadership roles at Nabisco, Nestle and Pepsi-Cola. She began her career at Procter & Gamble. 

Denise was elected to the MetLife, Inc. board in February 2014. She was appointed Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum in 2015 and serves on the organization’s board. Denise was named to President Barack Obama’s Export Council in 2012. She is a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an initiative of manufacturers and retailers to combat obesity in the marketplace, workplace, and schools. Denise is also a member of the board of directors for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Catalyst. She is regularly named among the Fortune and Forbes “Most Powerful Women.”

Denise earned her B.S. degree in economics and psychology from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude. She resides in Princeton, N.J., with her husband, Tom, and they have two grown children.

Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor

BIO:

Thomas E. Perez, the nation’s 26th secretary of labor, has dedicated his entire career to making good on the promise of opportunity for all. A civil rights lawyer by training, Secretary Perez leads the U.S. Department of Labor in its mission of giving all Americans the chance to get ahead and stay ahead.

Under Secretary Perez’s leadership, priorities for the department include ensuring a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work through continued efforts to raise the minimum wage, expand overtime protections, and by being smarter and more strategic in the department’s enforcement of federal law. Secretary Perez strives every day to ensure that Americans return home from their jobs safe and healthy. Perez has made job training and workforce development a focal point of his tenure. With historic investments in community colleges and apprenticeships and the department’s implementation of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, he is committed to connecting ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. His efforts to protect Americans’ hard-earned retirement savings include a proposed new rule to require financial advisers to put their customers’ best interest first. Additionally, Perez has kept up the drumbeat on state and local progress to expand access to paid leave. He also helps ensure that people with disabilities and veterans have access to employment opportunities and other supports to help them succeed.

During his tenure, Secretary Perez has collaborated with a wide variety of stakeholders – including private-sector employers, labor unions, nonprofits and foundations – to build a broad coalition and forge lasting partnerships to address inequality and create shared prosperity. Notably, President Obama tapped Secretary Perez to assist with a monthslong dispute at the West Coast ports, where he helped broker a deal between labor and management that enabled the ports to resume operations. He has earned a reputation for listening to all sides and crafting pragmatic solutions rooted in progressive values.

He has worked at all levels of government to move our country forward on a host of fundamental issues of fairness. Prior to his swearing in as secretary of labor, Secretary Perez served as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he fought to protect voting rights, ensure that communities have effective and democratically accountable policing, crack down on discriminatory lending and housing, and expand opportunity for marginalized communities. As director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, he helped ensure that people of all backgrounds could access quality, affordable health care. Perez also tackled civil rights, criminal justice and constitutional issues as a special counselor for Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Secretary Perez also served the people of Maryland in a variety of roles. He was the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council, where he served from 2002 to 2006. Later, as secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation from 2007 to 2009, he helped implement the country’s first living wage law and spearheaded a package of reforms to address the foreclosure crisis.

The son of Dominican immigrants, Secretary Perez was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Public service was the family business. Perez’s maternal grandfather was the ambassador to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1930s, until he spoke out against his home country’s brutal dictator and was declared non grata. Perez’s father, a physician, served in the U.S. Army and worked for many years at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Buffalo. 

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard University, Perez has taught law and public health at universities in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, and their three children. An avid runner and athlete, he coaches his children’s basketball and baseball teams. He credits his unrelenting optimism to being a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan.

Doug Rauch
co-CEO, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a  small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.

Doug is also the Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail solution tackling the issue of hunger/obesity by utilizing the excess, high quality, nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted. Daily Table offers tasty, nutritious grab-n-go meals and groceries at affordable prices to the food insecure (49 million Americans) in our inner cities in a manner that delivers dignity and economic sustainability.

He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker.

Doug is co-CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.; Trustee at Olin College of Engineering; Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.

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

Raj Sisodia is the Franklin Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University.

Raj is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 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.

Raj has published eight books and over 100 academic articles. His latest book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family written with Bob Chapman was released in October 2015. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purposewas named one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com. His book Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business will be published in May 2016.

Raj has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He is on the Boards of Directors at The Container Store and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Jostein Solheim now in his sixth year as Chief Executive Officer at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. is not your average CEO. Solheim continues to champion the iconic ice cream maker as it navigates its next chapter in business history. The vision, according to Solheim, is that Ben & Jerry’s must continue to aspire to be a social justice company that just happens to make ice cream.

The native of Norway challenges the roughly 500 Vermont employees to practice the company’s belief to “love its fans more than they love Ben & Jerry’s,” both with new and innovative flavors and in creative ways to continue to give back to the community. In addition Solheim and his team work with Unilever, its parent company, to partner in 35 countries around the world to bring Ben & Jerry’s message of peace, love and ice cream to the masses.

Unilever is where Jostein has amassed two decades of business experience. The juxtaposition perfectly positions Solheim with a foot in each camp to be able to meet and exceed the expectations of both Unilever – responsible for manufacturing, distribution and finance, and Ben & Jerry’s independent Board of Directors who oversee the company’s Social Mission, quality and brand equity.

Jostein is proud to have the support of Ben & Jerry’s co-founders – Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen – especially as he continues the company’s focus on Social Mission projects such as values led sourcing, supporting Fairtrade, non-GMO labeling, being established as the first wholly-owned certified b-corporation and other progressive endeavors.

Chairman & CEO, Chick-fil-A

BIO:

As CEO of one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain. Since taking over the business from his father and founder, S. Truett Cathy, Dan Cathy has been eagerly infusing his own skills and talents into the business. Already he’s known for taking an unconventional, yet personally and professionally rewarding approach to Chick-fil-A leadership.

Named as Chairman and CEO in 2013, Dan served as the president and chief operating officer of the 2,000-plus unit chain since 2001. Throughout his tenure, he has personally challenged himself with upholding Chick-fil-A’s efforts to provide genuine, heartfelt hospitality, while ensuring that all customers have an exceptional dining experience when visiting a Chick-fil-A restaurant. In his quest to provide customers with “second-mile” service (exceeding even the highest expectations one would have of a typical fast-food restaurant), Dan has humbly defined his role by saying, “I work in customer service.”

Rather than leading from his corporate office in Atlanta, Dan chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the growing number of Chick-fil-A restaurants and interacting with the thousands of committed restaurant operators and team members. His actions stem from a belief that working in the field provides a clearer understanding of the ever-evolving wants and needs of Chick-fil-A customers; so he leads from the front lines where he is personally able to convey his servant spirit to the more than 100,000 restaurant employees.

The majority of his travels include participating in grand opening ceremonies for new Chick-fil-A restaurants. As yet another example of how he stays in tune with customers and employees, Dan attended numerous restaurant openings last year. In celebration of those openings, he spent many nights camping in restaurant parking lots with customers participating in the company’s First 100 events (participants win free Chick-fil-A for a year). Reflecting on these experiences, Dan notes, “I’m having the most fun I have ever had at Chick-fil-A.”

Several major marketplace awards have affirmed the commitment and performance of Chick-fil-A operators and team members. Technomic’s survey of 85,000 consumers recognized Chick-fil-A in 2015 with the “Consumer’s Choice Award” for pleasant and friendly service. Chick-fil-A was honored again in 2015 as leader of the fast-food industry in Temkin’s Customer Experience Survey. In the 2014 Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Awards, Chick-fil-A ranked among the top 50 Best Places to Work in the nation. Forbes also ranked Chick-fil-A as the fourth most inspiring company in the country based on a survey of more than 2,000 consumers evaluating 25 companies.

While Dan Cathy took the reins at Chick-fil-A in 2013, his career began at age nine when he sang songs for customers and performed radio commercials for the chain’s original “Dwarf House” restaurant in Hapeville, Ga.

After attending college and receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, Dan returned to Chick-fil-A where he served as director of operations – opening more than 50 new Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the country.

As Chick-fil-A continued to grow, so did Dan’s responsibilities. Prior to being named president and chief operating officer, he served as senior director of operations, vice president of operations and executive vice president.

While fully dedicated to the employees and customers of Chick-fil-A, Dan also gives generously to his community. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and he serves on the board of advisors for Eagle Ranch, Global Teen Challenge, and Heritage Preparatory School. Additionally, he is a member of the board of councilors for The Carter Center. He has received honorary degrees from Pepperdine University, Anderson College and Berry College. Dan is humbled to have received numerous honors for his service to others. He is a recipient of the Council for Quality Growth’s Four Pillars Award, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Community Empowerment Award and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Outstanding American Award.

In his “spare” time, Dan earned his Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license and has completed numerous marathons in Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston and New York. Additionally, Dan is a passionate trumpet player, gardener, and avid motorcyclist.

A native of Jonesboro, Ga., Dan has been married to Rhonda Palmer Cathy (whom he met while in the first grade) for more than 40 years. He has two sons, Andrew, senior vice president of people at Chick-fil-A, and Ross, owner/operator of the Midland, Ga., Chick-fil-A restaurant. He is also the proud grandfather of three young grandchildren.

His personal passion is to see the fulfillment of the Chick-fil-A Corporate Purpose: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

 


Practicum Speakers


Founder & CEO, Poo~Pourri

BIO:

Suzy Batiz is the inventor, founder and CEO of Poo~Pourri. She is an expert in entrepreneurial intuition. A serial entrepreneur, she created an exponentially growing enterprise worth $300 million without borrowing a dime or enlisting a single investor. Today Suzy teaches other entrepreneurs the feminine approach to business—how to harness intuition, body intelligence and creative energy to achieve a natural flow state of success.

Suzy has overcome some of life’s toughest low points: abuse, failed businesses, and bankruptcy. But from these ashes, she has always taken whatever life has left her and built an even more expansive and joyful world for herself and her loved ones. This boldness to reclaim her power in the face of adversity is what has led Suzy to build her business empire.

After the dot-com boom left Suzy with a busted start-up, she turned her love of aromatherapy into a way forward. In 2006, Suzy used this expertise with essential oils to develop a revolutionary before-you-go toilet spray that creates a protective barrier on the water’s surface, trapping odors below. She combined this knowledge and passion to ensure Poo~Pourri formulations are eco-friendly using natural compounds and essential oils derived from plants, spices, flowers and fruits.

Suzy is driven by three words: Liberate, Transform and Empower. She brings the power of this process to her own life, and strives to share it with as many women as she possibly can through her lectures and workshops. Suzy is the recipient of the Gift For Life’s Norman Glassbert Trailblazer Award supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and education, the 2013 Edison Award, and the 2014 People’s Choice Webby.

Partner, Corall Consulting

BIO:

Mauricio Goldstein is a founding partner at Corall, consultant, board member, author and international speaker, and a co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute in Brazil. He received several awards in Brazil and in Europe by the impact of his work as global executive and his studies.

Specialized in innovative models of organization, organizational and cultural transformation and mergers and acquisitions, Mauricio has a M.Sc. in Production Engineering with postgraduate degrees in Organizational Development (Columbia University, USA), Organizational Constellations (Infosyon, Europe), Theory U – Master Class (Presencing Institute, USA), Brennan Healing Science (Barbara Brennan School of Healing, USA), Cultural Biology (Matríztico Institute, Chile) and Biopsychology (Future Vision Institute, Brazil).

He is the author of the book New Organizations for a New Economy (Elsevier, 2014) and co-author of Games at Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics (Jossey-Bass, 2009), elected as one of the best HR books in France in 2012, and articles such as “Leading change as a Network, a true story” (HBR Brazil,May 2013). A Harvard Business Review blogger in Brazil, Mauricio lives with his wife and two children in São Paulo.

Co-Founder, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP

BIO:

Mark Grannis is a co-founder of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he has been unconsciously practicing conscious capitalism since 1998. Starting with six lawyers, two paralegals, and a secretary—in week-to-week office space—the firm has grown to 47 lawyers and 23 other staff members, all passionately committed to client service, collegiality, professional excellence, strong and cooperative relationships, and balanced lives. The firm shares profits throughout the organization, which keeps everyone invested in the firm’s success. Not a single lawyer has ever left HWG to go to another D.C. law firm.

Mark also handles a wide variety of litigation, regulatory, and appellate matters for his clients, in numerous federal and state courts and administrative agencies. His engagements run the gamut from commercial litigation to family trust administration to privacy and civil rights, most notably including a six-year crusade to win a sizable settlement and complete exoneration for an innocent biomedical researcher who was falsely and very publicly accused of committing the 2001 anthrax attacks. He also works as a mediator, mediating several cases per month through the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Program.

CEO, Improving

BIO:

Curtis A. Hite, CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC. (Improving) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. In early 2007, Curtis was one of several leaders who established the Blue Ocean Group, which quickly acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name. The company has repeatedly receiving accolades including the Inc500/5000, Dallas 100, and Aggie 100. Furthermore, the company has received recognition from its employees as one of the best work places in Ohio and Texas as noted by the Dallas Morning News, Columbus Business First, Dallas Business Journal, and Texas Monthly.

In 2007 Curtis was honored by the Department of Computer Science as a CSE Distinguished Former Student and later in 2013 he received the inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Founder & CEO, We First!

Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world. We First consulting shows companies how to define, frame and share the story of their good work in ways that build their brand reputation, customer community, and social impact. We First training includes keynote speeches and corporate workshops that shows how companies combine purposeful storytelling and social technologies to inspire their employees and customers to build their business and impact with them.

Simon is a member of the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands, the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He contributes to The Guardian,Forbes, and Huffington Post on branding and social technology.

Simon’s book, We First: How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world (Palgrave Macmillan) is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller. It was named an Amazon Top Ten Business Book, 800CEORead Top Five Marketing Book, and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year. It has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean.

Simon was included in the 2016 United National Foundation’s ‘Global Influencers to Follow’, Statsocial’s 2015 Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers, YPO’s Real Leaders ‘100 Visionary Leaders’ for 2015, GlobalCEO’s Top CSR Leaders for 2014, #15 on SustMeme’s CSR Top 500 Influencers for 2013, #4 on The Guardian’s, ‘Twitter List: The 30 Most Influential Sustainability Voices in America for 2013’ and Trust Across America’s, ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2012’. In addition, he has been featured in BBC World News, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Inc., AMA, Fast Company, GOOD Magazineand Huffington Post.

Simon is a sought after international speaker with engagements including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Royal Society of Arts, SXSW, TEDxSF, Promaxbda, Conscious Capitalism, Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, Sustainable Brands, Social Good Summit, National Speakers Association, and National Press Club, as well as brands such as Google, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Samsung, Toyota, Gucci, VW Group, NHL, and Patagonia. He was voted a Top 5 Marketing Speaker by speaking.com and featured on the cover of the National Speaker’s Magazine.

Prior to starting We First Simon spent 15 years as an award-winning writer, Creative Director, and Worldwide Creative Director at many of the world’s top creative advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden & Kennedy, and Ogilvy working on brands such a Nike, Coca-Cola, Toyota, and Motorola, as well as consulting on dozens of F500 brands for leading advertising, production, and digital companies. He was the writer on the U.S. launch of the first three generations of the Toyota Prius, the largest national service campaign for the Entertainment Industry Foundation that brought together all four major TV networks for the first time in U.S. television history, and numerous award-winning campaigns for Nike. He has received over 60 awards at major advertising festivals including the Cannes Advertising Festival (Europe), the One Show (U.S.), the Clio’s (U.S.), the Kelly Awards (U.S), British Design & Art Direction Awards (U.K.), and AWARD (Australia), among others.

Simon studied Law and Fine Arts (1st Class Honors) at St. Paul’s College, Sydney University, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Partner, Corall Consulting

BIO:

José Luiz Weiss is a consultant, speaker and partner at Corall, expert in organizational and cultural transformation and the development of conscious leaders and organizations.

He studied at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated as a Mineral Engineer and completed his masters in Environmental Engineering. He initiated his career in the fields of sustainability and total quality and later moved to human resources and for 15 years he led HR organizations for Brazil and Latin America at Coca-Cola Femsa, Johnson & Johnson and Syngenta. He has been a partner at Corall for the past two years where he has developed several transformation projects.

He participated in HR Strategy executive education programs at INSEAD, University of Michigan and at RBL (David Ulrich) and is also certified as a coach (Erickson College), organizational consultant (Infosyon) and facilitator of solos in nature (Way of Nature).

He is also one of the founders of the Conscious Capitalism Institute in Brazil and was the President of the American Chamber of Commerce´s Strategic HR Committee.
José Luiz is married and is the father of 3 children.

Partner, Barry Wehmiller Leadership Institute

Brian serves as a senior leader in Barry-Wehmiller’s Lean Journey and strategic initiatives as well as co-founding Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute to bring Truly Human Leadership to other organizations.

Taking a practitioner focused approach, Brian has shared Barry-Wehmiller’s unique, people-centric Leadership journey with audiences across the country in speeches, workshops, and training classes for more than 10 years. His peers recognized him as winner of the Guiding Principles of Leadership Award (Barry-Wehmiller’s most prestigious honor), and his community selected him as one of the top 30 young leaders in the St. Louis area.

Whether collaborating on books and academic papers or reducing frustration in the machine shop, Brian brings a constant desire to invite people to break through and realize their full potential.