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 Keynote Speakers


Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, is on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time. Maker of nutritious and delicious snack foods, KIND is the fastest-growing U.S. snack company, and through the KIND Movement has inspired more than one million kind acts since the company’s inception in 2004. A pioneering social entrepreneur working to build bridges between people through innovative models, Daniel is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc., a business that fosters cooperative ventures among neighbors in the Middle East, and co-creator of Maiyet, a fashion brand that partners with artisans to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies. Additionally, he co-founded the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots effort that amplifies the voices of moderate Israelis and Palestinians seeking to end the conflict. His commitment to creating economically sustainable and socially impactful business has been lauded by BusinessWeek, Time, Advertising Age and Entrepreneur. Daniel has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum and the Skoll Foundation, and in 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Do the KIND Thing.

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.

BIO:

For more than 55 years, The Second City has been creating powerful and compelling voices in the world of comedy. Combining the ideas behind the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism along with the four core skills of improvisation, we will expand the mindset of participants and provide a new perspective for ways to bring the core principles to life.  While playful, light and fun, witness how using the improv skill set can enhance inclusive leadership and strengthen an ensemble culture to help us all rise as a group and achieve our larger goals.

 

Mark Sutton has been performing and teaching improvisation for nearly 3 decades. In 16 years with The Second City, he has been a performer, director, and teacher in both Chicago and Toronto. For the past 8 years, Mark has traveled the world with Second City Communications bringing the joyful work of improvisation to the corporate and academic world as an actor, event host and facilitator.

 

His clients include Major League Baseball, GE Healthcare, Yahoo and McDonalds. In addition to The Second City, Mark is a founding member of Chicago’s acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and has taught and performed in comedy venues and festivals across North America.

 

Tim Chidester hails from Troy, Michigan and moved to Chicago, IL when he was eighteen to study Theatre at Roosevelt University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre (with a minor in Business). He then immersed himself in studying improvisation under the legendary improv guru Del Close at the famed ImprovOlympic, with Mick Napier at Annoyance Theatre, at The Conservatory at The Second City, and also the wildly popular ComedySportz, where he also served as Artistic Director from 2000-2005. He has now performed improvisation in all 50 states and 1 federal district and is considered one of the most experienced and respected improvisers in Chicago.

 

As a member of SAG-AFTRA, Tim has performed in Chicago Fire and several regional and national commercials. Tim has steadily worked for Second City Works since 2004 as an actor in their corporate films and live shows, a writer for live shows, and as a lead workshop facilitator for such companies as Deloitte, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Reebok, Eli Lilly, and LinkedIn. He has traveled internationally performing and leading corporate sessions in innovation, communication, change management, leadership, and storytelling to such diverse countries as Hungary, Scotland, Austria, Bermuda, Greece, and Italy.

 

 

Robyn Scott received her degree in Addiction Studies from Texas Tech University and subsequently worked as a case manager until 2001 when she decided to change course and pursue an acting career.

 

Since graduating from the Conservatory at The Second City she has performed with several improv ensembles throughout Chicago and in many sketch comedy festivals. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild, Robyn has worked in TV and feature films. Credits include: The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Public Enemies and several national television commercials. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed at The Goodman Theatre, The American Theatre Company, and The Second City in their theatricals Twist Your Dickens and Date Me.

 

Robyn has freelanced as a commercial copywriter, worked as a voice over artist, and has written and produced a pilot and an award winning web series. Her work as a program designer and lead facilitator for Second City Works has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on NBC’s The Today Show, and on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. She also serves as a private executive presence coach and travels internationally leading corporate sessions in innovation, change management, leadership, and storytelling.

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.

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27. Since that time, Julie has bolstered the company’s growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She was recently named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries” and “The Hunting Ground” and recently founded the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.


 Practicum Speakers


Owner & Event Director, Live Weal

Jenn is an agent for positive change in this world. She is a born leader who loves leading leaders. Jenn has had the pleasure of traveling around the world educating, being educated, producing spectacular events and making an all around positive impact on the people and places she comes into contact with. Jenn loves to help people find balance and “well doing” in their lives.

Jenn is owner and event director at Live Weal, a consulting firm supporting purposeful people and events. Her time studying Psychology, Holistic Health Education, Intuition Medicine and years of experience as a whole health life coach creates clarity for bridging the gap between conscious living, successful business practices, and seamless event execution. She is a dynamic vinyasa yoga teacher and coach who has been involved with numerous events, trainings, and fundraising efforts throughout the world including Africa Yoga Project, Being Human, Conscious Capitalism, MindBodyGreen, Soulshine, Wanderlust, Yoga Aid, Yoga Reaches Out, and more.
Jenn’s purpose in this life is to bring people together to have fun and to grow. How cool is that?
She started teaching in 2007 and has been immersed in the world of yoga and self-development since. She is a 500 hour Baptiste Certified Yoga Teacher who has had the opportunity to assist and teach all over the world in awesome spots like Arizona, Africa, Bali, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Texas, Utah, Washington, and more.
In addition to her 500RYT, she is certified with OnBoardSUP and the World Stand Up Paddle Association. She teaches and trains teachers internationally with SUP Yoga On Liquid. It is one of her greatest passions to share her love of yoga [and Yoga on Liquid] with others. Jenn thrives on opportunities to invite people to step courageously toward their edge and brings this kind of moxie to her teaching in FUN classes full of spirit and power.
In her dynamic vinyasa style class, Jenn encourages students to explore their edges, work easy, uncover strength, and revitalize Spirit. As a teacher, Jenn creates an enjoyable environment for students by building community and bringing something new to every class. With fresh energy, she yokes postures together in a potent and balanced sequence. Jenn strives to help everyone move deeper into their bodies to discover their true potential.
Co-Founder & Principal, BBMG

BIO:

Raphael is a champion for a new approach to branding that puts values behind every marketing initiative.  An expert in brand strategy, innovation strategy, cause marketing and public affairs, Raphael has led programs that are international in scope and diverse in terms of issues and industries.  He has directed recent initiatives for clients such as adidas, Eileen Fisher, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal USA, MillerCoors, Samsung and Target.  Prior to BBMG, he served as marketing director for Do Something.  Raphael also has an extensive background in political communications and public affairs, having served a state governor, senator and U.S. congressman.
CRO & Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Ace Metal Crafts Company

BIO:

As chief relationship officer with a mid-sized metal fabricator, Deb knows a thing or two about building business during some of the most challenging economic conditions in recent times. She understands that deep connections help businesses survive and thrive; in fact, Deb is known for her uncanny ability to uncover those invisible threads that become the strongest ties in business. She knows and shares that if you’re not building connections you’re not building business.

The beauty of the stainless hoppers, augers, and frames created at Ace Metal Crafts may be in their design, function or cost-effectiveness, but those are simply byproducts of Deb’s calling. During her 16 years with Ace Metal Crafts, she has helped deliver the company’s aggressive growth and helped shape its engaging culture, which have been transformational enough to capture the attention of Toyota. As the master of optimizing process, Toyota, through its Toyota Production System, has investing time and resources to help Ace accelerate its growth and improvement.

For Deb, creating connections gets personal too. Whether it’s through mentoring in The Gadget Girls program that encourages young girls to pursue technical careers, or helping women find their way back to a “new normal” after tragedy, her message is of empowerment regardless of personal situation. And those are the kind of connections that prompt other people to do exceptional things, too.

As a facilitator of personal and collective transformation, Nilima is currently focused on Conscious Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion and Gender Reconciliation at a global level. She has 24+ years of corporate experience and consciousness-based health and growth training.

Nilima headed Corporate Communications for an ITC Hotel, Philips and ESPN STAR Sports before certifying as a Sivananda yoga teacher and taking up the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. She is also a dancer and choreographer, co-founding a dance company (Sri Shakti) to de-mystify Indian dance and spiritual sciences for international audiences.

She has lived in Germany, Singapore, UK and Hong Kong and has spent the last couple of years between India and the US, serving as guest faculty at the Whole Foods Academy, Austin, Bentley University and Babson College, Boston and Esalen, Big Sur. She is actively involved with supporting the Conscious Capitalism Movement and WIN (Women’s International Network).

Nilima is the founder-director of Sampurnah, The Wholeness Practice. She is also the co-author of Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business and My Cancer is Me – The Journey from Illness to Wholeness.

Marc Blackman is Gold Eagle’s Chief Executive Officer. He received a BS in Business Economics from the University of Arizona Tucson. Marc came to Gold Eagle in August of 1993 after working 10 years for the E&J Gallo Winery—last serving as the Rocky Mountain Division Manager in charge of sales, field marketing, and distributor management. Marc viewed Gold Eagle as an outstanding opportunity to grow and join a family business with family values.

Today, as CEO, Marc’s current responsibilities include everything from sales and marketing; to purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution; to customer advocacy, finance, and IT. Marc attributes Gold Eagle’s success to its people. “We have a committed culture at the company that is very much focused on the customer and focused on quality. I would put our team up against anybody,” he says. “We have a group of people that are very determined to generate results within the framework of a family-owned business that maintains high ethics and integrity. When you combine the quality standards, the service standards and the ethical standards your customers recognize and appreciate it.”

Marc’s many current and past community and industry volunteer activities include serving as a board member for the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona, the DuPage Children’s Museum, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, the Green Lake Association, the Automotive Specialty Products Alliance and the Automotive Sales Council; the founder of YPO’s Global Automotive Network, and Chairman of the Category Management Committee for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

When it comes to serving Gold Eagle’s customers, Marc believes it’s paramount to understand and meet their needs. “It’s really about being a true advocate and consultant, not only to provide our products and facilitate ordering and delivery, but in a sales, marketing, and technical advisory role to help them with their business. We want to grow our mutual business. When you treat your customer that way, you can more effectively work together toward a common goal.”

Nick Craig is a published author and expert on leadership topics and the president of the Authentic Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting firm committed to leaders and organizations discovering their deeper purpose and having the courage to live it.

Nick’s insights and approach come from over 25 years of working with top teams, managing senior leadership programs, coaching executives and architecting results-focused change initiatives.

Nick co-authored The Discover Your True North Fieldbook: A Personal Guide to Finding Your Authentic Leadership (2015) with Bill George and Scott Snook. He also co-authored Finding Your True North with Bill George and Andrew McLean (2008), a guide that provides leaders with methods for personal reflection and targeted exercises that help them to hone in on the purpose of their leadership and developing their authentic leadership skills. In addition, Nick is the co-author of “From Purpose to Impact” with Scott Snook (Harvard Business Review, May 2014), which helps leaders to identify their individual leadership purpose and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Nick’s work in the area of leadership purpose has been used in corporate and academic settings, including GE, Unilever, and Wharton’s Advanced Management Program. Nick’s role as a Wharton Fellow is documented at Wharton@Work, and his article “Confidence is an Inside Job” is one of the most requested articles in the last five years. He has also worked with MIT’s Sloan School to develop their Leadership Center and executive coaching program based on the Distributed Leadership Model.

As founder and CEO of Conscious Leaders, LLC, Lori Darley brings nearly two decades of experience as a transformational coach and consultant to the conscious business movement. Lori is seasoned in the needs of a full range of decision makers, and works extensively with C-suite executives in many industries. She coaches organizations from multi-national corporations, such as Ferro Chemical and a Fortune 500 “Class One” rail transportation company, to entrepreneurial ventures, and individuals in non-profits, manufacturing, financial services, management consulting, commercial real estate, and the arts.

Lori is a certified somatic coach, recognized by the Strozzi Institute, and a certified Peak Potentials trainer.  Additional certifications include Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, Gallup Strengths Finder, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and EQi-2 (an Emotional Intelligence assessment and 360 feedback model).

Co-Founder, Bainbridge Leadership Center, Author 'The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)'

BIO:

David Emerald Womeldorff is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, WA). Writing as David Emerald, he is author of The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), a teaching story about self-leadership – which also has everything to do with organizational leadership! David is currently writing his next book 3 Vital Questions: Applying TED* to Work and Life. His principals and frameworks are based on his 30 years of internal and external study, observation and application of his lessons on collaboration with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
He currently serves as an Executive Coach and on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business (Executive Education) flagship Executive Integral Leadership Program and has served as a Faculty Facilitator in non-degree, custom programs.  His TED*™ framework is included in the curriculum of the University of Notre Dame’s “Management and Leadership Certificate” e-learning program.
He is also a senior consultant with The Leadership Circle ™ and the Full Circle Group. In addition, he has been a coach in Mesa Research Group’s Global Leadership Program, a consortium of multi-national corporations with participants from every major continent.
As former Consulting Director of Bank One Corporation’s Learning and Leadership Development, a corporate team of education and organization development professionals, he knows what it takes lead in complex, changing organizations.

BIO:

Kimberly Fauss, JD, is a lawyer whose world view incorporates psychology, neuroscience and ethics. She is known for breaking through traditional patterns of adversarial thinking.
In her firm — aptly named New Growth Ventures – Kimberly practices collaborative law and promotes innovative approaches to negotiation.  She designs curricula and conducts workshops nationally and abroad. She publishes articles on the intersection of law with other disciplines. And using her expertise in start-ups, she develops strategic plans and metrics for corporate and non-profit clients.
A graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Virginia Law School, Kimberly has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

BIO:

Brian Fippinger, Managing Director of Q4 Consulting, Inc, brings a combination of business leadership, somatic coaching, improvisation experience and the curiosity of a lifelong learner to his work of coaching individuals and teams through transformations.

With 35 years in business, much of it spent in leadership roles at companies such as GE, AT&T, Microsoft, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, Brian brings a firsthand knowledge of what it takes to lead organizations and individuals through turbulent times. Tying this background to his creativity, honed during his time teaching Improv for Business at Second City and leading an improv troupe, Brian creates and facilitates customized coaching programs to fit where his clients
are in the moment, whether one-on-one or in organizations.

Along the path Brian has played many roles, in many diverse environments. From Actor to Clerk, to Project Manager, to Engineer, to Market Analyst, to Senior Manager, to General Manager, to (finally) Executive and Organizational Coach Brian has learned a great deal each step of the way. This background, along with his Somatic Coaching certification from the Strozzi Institute, the acknowledged leader in this field, is what he brings to his coaching and leadership training. He is someone who has sat in the chair of those he is coaching.

Brian is the author of nine stage plays and a book on Improvisation. He is also an oft-quoted writer on conscious transitions and transformation.

BIO:

R. Edward Freeman is University Professor, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor, Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society, and Senior Fellow of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. His latest book is Bridging the Values Gap with Ellen Auster published by Barrett Koehler in July 2015. 
Freeman has received honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Radboud University Nijmegen, Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain, and the Hanken School of Economics in Finland for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. He is also Co-Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Ethics, one of the leading journals in business ethics.
Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts and the blues. He is a founding member of Red Goat Records (redgoatrecords.com) bringing the joy of original soul and rhythm and blues music into the 21st Century.

BIO:

Nancy Goldstein’s marketing career began in the world of consumer packaged goods: Now zestier! Buy one get one free! Our stuff is 30% better than the other guy’s stuff! But after fifteen years in brand management marketing breakfast pastries, taco shells and fluted ceramic bakeware, (plus a few years at a brand strategy consulting firm growing industrial and mortgage brands). She decided it was time for a change. Her work needed to matter.
In 2009, she launched Compass(x) Strategy, a firm created to build brands better. Nancy wanted her company to be a model for how marketing could be a force for good. That meant not just working with clients striving for good, but to make her firm a more responsible consulting firm. Making sure that this commitment was more than words. Compass(x) Strategy certified as a B Corp in 2011 and became an Illinois Benefit Corporation in 2013.

BIO:

Kristen graduated from the University of Florida in 2010.  When she was a junior in college, Kristen founded a company by mistake.  What started as a way to make enough money to pay her way through school quickly turned into something bigger.  Kristen had no idea that her little side project would turn into a career.  At 21 she turned down a six figure job in finance to continue growing her company which now has two locations and more than 500 employees.

Kristen currently lives in Florida where she frequently guest lectures at the University of Florida.  She is known for her TEDx talk “How to Retire by 20,” which has more than 1,000,000 views and she recently landed a book deal in hopes to continue spreading her message.  She spends most of her time traveling the country speaking to college students about leadership and corporations about engaging millennials.  Thousands of people have heard Kristen’s story to date.

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.

BIO:

Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006.

Prior to being appointed to his present position, Mr. Hoplamazian served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (“TPO”), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17 year tenure with TPO he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York.

Mr. Hoplamazian was appointed to the VF Corporation Board of Directors in February 2015, and serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, the Council on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute and of the Latin School of Chicago. Mr. Hoplamazian is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago and is a member of the Discovery Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship.

CEO, Imperative

BIO:

Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized entrepreneur who works to create communities that are empowered to realize their potential. He is the CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them.
Widely known for his thought leadership, he is the author of The Purpose Economy (2014) and a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands. He has written for or been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company and was named a LinkedIn Influencer.
Aaron is the founder and an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market. He was the creative force behind the conception of the White House’s Billion + Change campaign.
Aaron is a member of the Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50, and has been recognized as a top social entrepreneur by Fast Company, Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Manhattan Institute and the CommonWealth Club. In 2009, he received the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of the University of Michigan.
An entrepreneur since 16, Aaron began his career as a social innovator at the University of Michigan, where he designed and led an educational program for local correctional facilities, subsequently becoming the first student to receive the Michigan Campus Compact Award.
Born in Aspen, Aaron has lived in Bisbee, Boulder, Brooklyn, Halifax, Ann Arbor, Prague, Chicago, and San Francisco. He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Kara Hurst (Worldwide Director of Sustainability for Amazon.com), their two children and dog.
Purpose Type: Empowerer
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.

Owner, Transcendent Solutions LLC

BIO:

Tim Kelley is a global change agent who works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform business and evolve society. He helps leaders and organizations to become potent and capable creators of change. Tim’s methodology, “True Purpose,” has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television.

Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches around the world in his methods. He has worked with hundreds of CEOs, including top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, ING, Oracle and AOL, as well as government ministers and leaders of international NGOs. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books.

Tim is working with politicians and business leaders in the Middle East to find the higher purpose of Israel and resolve the conflicts there. He has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT.

CEO, Tim Levy & Associates

BIO:

Tim Levy is an author, speaker, consultant and coach working with CEOs and entrepreneurs on clarity, strategy and mindset. He runs a strategic marketing agency out of Austin, Texas. He routinely speaks for leading organizations like Vistage International, CEOSpace International and Secret Knock. Tim’s intention is to radically accelerate and enable highly purposeful CEOs and entrepreneurs in their business and personal lives.

BIO:

Chad Littlefield, M.Ed., is the co-founder of We! and author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections. Chad designs fun, challenging, and engaging experiences and tools that connect people to people, break down communication barriers, and increase employee engagement.
His passion and energy for connecting people becomes immediately apparent when working with him. Chad has shared his energy through designing and delivering programs for technology startups, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector as well as on the stage at TEDx. Chad also led the design team who created We! Connect Cards which are now being used in over 40 countries to create conversations that matter with powerful questions.

Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, is on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time. Maker of nutritious and delicious snack foods, KIND is the fastest-growing U.S. snack company, and through the KIND Movement has inspired more than one million kind acts since the company’s inception in 2004. A pioneering social entrepreneur working to build bridges between people through innovative models, Daniel is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc., a business that fosters cooperative ventures among neighbors in the Middle East, and co-creator of Maiyet, a fashion brand that partners with artisans to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies. Additionally, he co-founded the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots effort that amplifies the voices of moderate Israelis and Palestinians seeking to end the conflict. His commitment to creating economically sustainable and socially impactful business has been lauded by BusinessWeek, Time, Advertising Age and Entrepreneur. Daniel has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum and the Skoll Foundation, and in 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Do the KIND Thing.

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.

CEO, Leading in Motion

BIO:

LeeAnn Mallorie, MAPP, MSC, is the founder and CEO of Leading in Motion. LeeAnn is a dynamic facilitator of movement, conversation and culture change. Her passion is helping mission-driven leaders and teams walk their talk, through coaching, training and body-based mindfulness practices. LeeAnn believes that lasting change starts in a leader’s physical body, and has ripple effects in the communities and organizations they serve.

LeeAnn now draws on over 10 years of leadership training and executive coaching experience, plus a lifetime of study in the areas dance, martial arts and somatics. She is a member of the teaching faculty at the Strozzi Institute school of Embodied Leadership, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program. She is also a Nia Technique and Dancing Freedom facilitator. Some organizations impacted by her work include Nasa, Capital One, M&T Bank, Mattel, Enpro Industries, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the US Naval Air Systems Command.

CEO, Morningstar

BIO:

Joe Mansueto founded Morningstar in 1984. He has served as chairman since the company’s inception and as chief executive officer from 1984 to 1996 and again from 2000 to present.
Under Mansueto’s leadership, Morningstar has been named twice to Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, in 2011 and 2012. The Chicago Tribune recognized Morningstar as one of the top 100 workplaces in the Chicago area in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Crain’s Chicago Business listed Morningstar in its Fast Fifty feature in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Morningstar won the 2010 AIGA Chicago Chapter Corporate Design Leadership Award, which recognizes forward-thinking organizations that have advanced design by promoting it as a meaningful business policy.
MutualFundWire.com recognized Mansueto as one of the 10 most influential individuals in the mutual fund industry in 2015, and he was the recipient of PLANSPONSOR’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. In 2010, Mansueto received the Tiburon CEO Summit award, MutualFundWire.com named him ninth on its list of the 100 Most Influential People of the year, and Chicago magazine listed Mansueto among its top 40 Chicago pioneers over the past four decades. In 2007, SmartMoney magazine recognized Mansueto in the “SmartMoney Power 30,” its annual list of the 30 most powerful forces in business and finance. He received the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2000.
Before founding Morningstar, Mansueto was a securities analyst at Harris Associates. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Alexander McCobin
Co-CEO, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.

Operational Excellence Leader, Ace Metal Crafts Company

BIO:

As Operational Excellence Leader, Katarina helps align the words and deeds of her company’s culture and values with the practical applications of Lean manufacturing/TPS (Toyota Production System). She understands and has seen a disconnect and a large gap between a company’s strategies and the realities of their business operations. That gap prevents many companies from improving, growing and connecting with their team members.

With her MS from Northwestern in Integrated Marketing Communications she began her career on the business and brand strategy side, helping companies articulate their direction, but quickly saw that the operations side wouldn’t let them deliver on any of the promises. Katarina pivoted mid-career to more operational role that allowed her to bridge the gap between strategy and how a company actually implements it in their operations. Katarina has built her brand on helping organizations link what they envision with what they can achieve by helping empower team member to bridge the gap.

Katarina is uniquely adept at this transformational alignment with her degrees in psychology and integrated marketing communications as well as being certified in Six-Sigma Black Belt and Lean Office Facilitation from University of Michigan – you might say she knows people and companies inside and out. Since joining Ace Metal Crafts in 2012, Katarina helps continue to build the company’s culture and realize the true operational value of its continuous improvement and Ace’s most valuable asset – their team members.

CEO, Jump Associates

BIO:

Dev Patnaik is the CEO of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Jump helps companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones. Jump works with some of the world’s most admired companies, including GE, Nike, Target and Virgin.
Jump has helped companies to define profitable growth platforms in highly ambiguous spaces, and build the systems, processes and metrics to make these platforms a reality. In recent years, Jump has become particularly well-known for its pioneering culture. Jump was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best places to work in America.
Dev is a frequent speaker at business forums and his articles have appeared in numerous publications, including BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Fast Company. He is also the author of the book Wired to Care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy. It was named one of the best books of the year by both Fast Company and Business Week. Noted author Malcolm Gladwell called Wired to Care “just what we need for the lean years ahead.”
His forthcoming book, Unleash, is a playbook for leaders trying to grow their businesses in times of extreme change.
When he’s not working at Jump, Dev is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he teaches a course called Needfinding. In the class, students draw upon methods from anthropology, design and business strategy to discover insights about ordinary people and create new products and services.
President, Brains on Fire

BIO:

Robbin Phillips gets out of bed each morning inspired by a single focus: to make a positive, meaningful change in the world.
As one of the founders and the Courageous President of Brains on Fire, Robbin has recruited a highly talented team of kindred spirits committed to the belief that marketing has the power to truly touch lives. Having begun her career as a graphic designer, Robbin remains involved in the creative development of client identities, while tapping into her keen business sense to facilitate strategy.
Inspired by the power of purpose, passion and people, Robbin and her team rally daily to deliver innovative, impactful solutions that elevate and celebrate a diverse range of clients including Love146, Foundations Recovery Network, Anytime Fitness, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, BMW, DeVry University, GreenDot Public Schools, Fiskars Brands, Perception Kayaks, Ryobi Tools, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Center for Families Learning and Best Buy.
During Robbin’s tenure, Brains on Fire has received numerous national awards including a GOLD EFFIE and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s WOMMY Award. She is co-author of the books Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, World of Mouth Movements and The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing. As a highly sought-after presenter, Robbin frequently hits the road to speak at conferences and private events around the country. She has shared insights on word of mouth marketing with groups big and small, including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and the Association of National Advertisers.
Managing Partner, ClearSpace, LLC

BIO:

Thea is a passionate advocate for the power of business to create a beautiful, prosperous and fulfilling world. She is the Managing Partner of ClearSpace, LLC; a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps leaders, teams and organizations grow and thrive. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. The Chicago Chapter has more than 1000 members and offers events for the public and senior executives 5-6 times per year.

Over the past 15 years, Thea has worked closely with business leaders and their teams to align themselves with Conscious Capitalism: particularly in the areas of conscious leadership, purpose and cascading values-driven cultures in rapidly growing organizations. Thea has also worked with many early stage entrepreneurs to help create businesses that are “great from the start”. She is on the Advisory Board of the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator for early stage companies in Maryland.

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.

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.
CEO & Founder, 120VC & The 120VC Foundation

BIO:

As a Parent, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and CEO, Jason Scott’s PURPOSE is to teach the world to build efficiently and cost effectively. To enable his clients to build the best products for their customers, create meaningful jobs that his employees love, and run a company for his shareholders’ that does more for the world than generate profits and dividends.
In 2000, at the age of 27, he founded 120VC. Jason has been responsible for the success of several hundred million in portfolio for 120VC clients. Developed the 120VC practice standards, and trained hundreds of Project Portfolio Management practitioners. Jason is the author of the “The Irreverent Guide to Project Management” and is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business and a highly sought public speaker.
In 2013, Jason launched the 120VC Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit focused on training transitioning armed forces members and under-employed Project Portfolio Management Practitioners in Project Management best practices. The Foundation volunteers train program participants, develop relationships with local business, and schedule interviews for Foundation Program graduates at no cost to the hiring organizations or the program participants.
Jason is grateful to the 120VC Foundation volunteers, his entire team, his clients and his shareholders, because they allow him to realize his PURPOSE every day
BIO:

For more than 55 years, The Second City has been creating powerful and compelling voices in the world of comedy. Combining the ideas behind the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism along with the four core skills of improvisation, we will expand the mindset of participants and provide a new perspective for ways to bring the core principles to life.  While playful, light and fun, witness how using the improv skill set can enhance inclusive leadership and strengthen an ensemble culture to help us all rise as a group and achieve our larger goals.

 

Mark Sutton has been performing and teaching improvisation for nearly 3 decades. In 16 years with The Second City, he has been a performer, director, and teacher in both Chicago and Toronto. For the past 8 years, Mark has traveled the world with Second City Communications bringing the joyful work of improvisation to the corporate and academic world as an actor, event host and facilitator.

 

His clients include Major League Baseball, GE Healthcare, Yahoo and McDonalds. In addition to The Second City, Mark is a founding member of Chicago’s acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and has taught and performed in comedy venues and festivals across North America.

 

Tim Chidester hails from Troy, Michigan and moved to Chicago, IL when he was eighteen to study Theatre at Roosevelt University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre (with a minor in Business). He then immersed himself in studying improvisation under the legendary improv guru Del Close at the famed ImprovOlympic, with Mick Napier at Annoyance Theatre, at The Conservatory at The Second City, and also the wildly popular ComedySportz, where he also served as Artistic Director from 2000-2005. He has now performed improvisation in all 50 states and 1 federal district and is considered one of the most experienced and respected improvisers in Chicago.

 

As a member of SAG-AFTRA, Tim has performed in Chicago Fire and several regional and national commercials. Tim has steadily worked for Second City Works since 2004 as an actor in their corporate films and live shows, a writer for live shows, and as a lead workshop facilitator for such companies as Deloitte, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Reebok, Eli Lilly, and LinkedIn. He has traveled internationally performing and leading corporate sessions in innovation, communication, change management, leadership, and storytelling to such diverse countries as Hungary, Scotland, Austria, Bermuda, Greece, and Italy.

 

 

Robyn Scott received her degree in Addiction Studies from Texas Tech University and subsequently worked as a case manager until 2001 when she decided to change course and pursue an acting career.

 

Since graduating from the Conservatory at The Second City she has performed with several improv ensembles throughout Chicago and in many sketch comedy festivals. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild, Robyn has worked in TV and feature films. Credits include: The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Public Enemies and several national television commercials. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed at The Goodman Theatre, The American Theatre Company, and The Second City in their theatricals Twist Your Dickens and Date Me.

 

Robyn has freelanced as a commercial copywriter, worked as a voice over artist, and has written and produced a pilot and an award winning web series. Her work as a program designer and lead facilitator for Second City Works has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on NBC’s The Today Show, and on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. She also serves as a private executive presence coach and travels internationally leading corporate sessions in innovation, change management, leadership, and storytelling.

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27. Since that time, Julie has bolstered the company’s growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She was recently named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries” and “The Hunting Ground” and recently founded the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

CEO, The Rao Institute

BIO:

Dr. Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers.
He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Curriculum Associates

Rob Waldron joined Curriculum Associates in 2008, bringing leadership
experience from both for-profit and nonprofit education worlds. He runs the
company with a long-term focus, upholding the founding mission to improve
classrooms everywhere. Under his leadership, revenues have quintupled, making
Curriculum Associates the nation’s fastest-growing K–12 education
publishing company. Curriculum Associates now employs more than 700 staff and
has earned “Top Place to Work” status from both the Boston Business
Journal and The Boston Globe.

Prior to joining, Rob served as CEO of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit
preparing preschoolers from low-income backgrounds for success, and as CEO of
the K12 tutoring division of Kaplan Education. Rob also served as an
operating executive at private equity firm Berkshire Partners.

Winner of the EdTech Digest CEO of the Year and named a 2016 EY Entrepreneur
of the Year in New England, Rob’s mission-driven passion has earned him
recognition as a Fast Company Top 25 Social Entrepreneur and World Economic
Forum Young Global Leader. An Aspen Institute/Pahara Fellow, Rob served as a
Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is on the board of Van Pool, a
transportation provider for students with special needs. Rob received his
B.A. from Northwestern and M.B.A. from Harvard.

Co-Founder, We!

BIO:

Will Wise, M.Ed., is the co-founder of We! and author of Asking Powerful Questions. He is passionate about bringing out the best in people. He has over two decades of experience custom building leadership programs for corporate and nonprofit groups.
Hundreds of facilitators have been trained by Will to walk into a room full of strangers to talk about things they would normally be afraid to confront such as race, gender, and long-term conflicts. Tens of thousands of people have been empowered with positive communication skills after spending some time with Will and We! Amongst the organizations Will has worked with are: General Electric (GE), JetBlue, Penn State University, Mead, Newark Center for Creative Learning, World in Conversation, and many more.