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.