Maria Gee truly believes that business can be an incredible catalyst for good.  Conscious Capitalism is dedicated to elevating humanity through business utilizing the four tenets: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership, and Conscious Culture.  She believes by actively practicing Conscious Capitalism, businesses can successfully uplift communities from poverty, create environments for sustainable and kind leadership, and empower noble businesses to continue their work towards the greater good. 

Maria attended Pace University at their New York City campus where she majored in Communication & Media Studies.  In college, she began working in restaurants which led her to work with various prominent New York City and Philadephia-based restaurant groups. The CEO of Union Square Hospitality and multiple James Beard Award Winner, Danny Meyer, gave the commencement address at her undergraduate ceremony.  This inspired her to continue her path in hospitality where she spent 11 years supporting the openings of 10 full service & fast-casual restaurants in New York City, Garden City, NY, Central Valley, NY, and Washington DC. 

Maria’s duties and responsibilities include being the liaison between CCI’s stakeholders and its incredible programs and events to assure that each business, seeking to operate in the Conscious Capitalism way, is able to achieve their goals. 

Outside of work, Maria is still highly passionate about the hospitality field and actively maintains her relationships in the industry.  She currently resides in Astoria, Queens and loves cooking for a crowd.  

“Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel.”

 – Danny Meyer (Setting The Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business)