Author: Lauren Howard

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Celebrating 2020! A Year Like No Other!

 

While most want to toast 2020 being over, we’d like to celebrate something different. Let’s step back and consider all the good things coming from this challenging year. With a little reflection, 2020 likely made us better people, better professionals, and better leaders ready to take on 2021.

Join Conscious Capitalism – Indianapolis for some virtual small-group networking around the high points of 2020. Then we’ll have some “spirited” fun with our special guest Jim Schleckser. Jim is a Certified Sommelier. He’ll provide some handy tips for “Professional Drinking,” the title of his fun new book—just in time for the holidays.

About Jim Schleckser: 

Jim is the author of “Great CEOs are Lazy,” detailing the behaviors that make the difference in CEO performance. He is a popular columnist on Inc.com, writing on issues affecting CEOs and entrepreneurs. His insight is sought by dozens of CEOs of growth companies around the country. Among his many talents, Jim also is a Certified Sommelier and writes on topics of relevance to professional drinkers. “Professional Drinking: A Spirited Guide to Wine, Cocktails and Confident Business Entertaining” was released in August 2020. When Jim isn’t coaching, writing, or drinking, you can find him playing soccer and climbing Kilimanjaro.


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The Way of the J.E.D.I. in Conscious Companies

 

The Jedi have a proverb: A plan is only as good as those who see it through.

That also applies to J.E.D.I.: justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The events of 2020 have conscious companies wanting to do better when it comes to social justice issues. Yet knowing where to begin in solving this sensitive topic is tough. What can companies do to support the movement, rather than simply addressing the moment?

This is a discussion on J.E.D.I. with Indiana business leaders at the forefront of this work. Learn why J.E.D.I. is a business issue affecting both stakeholders and the bottom line. Discover the actions these leaders are taking within their companies and the lessons learned along the way. Walk away with strategies for progress any size business can use.

Additional Resources: 

Dialogue Project – A global study of how business can improve civil discourse and reduce polarization in our society.

Bias Interrupters – Tools for helping companies interrupt and correct implicit bias in the workplace

Google re:Work Unbiasing – Guides for redesigning talent systems and creating inclusive workplaces

Uncomfortable Conversations with Kris & Gabby – Podcast focused on normalizing the uncomfortable conversation about race

Managing a Team with Conflicting Political Views – Strategies for creating an inclusive work environment where people feel safe to contribute their ideas and experiences

Textio – Analyzes writing to provide language insights into hiring and employer content

The difference between “equality” and “equity” and why DEI efforts should include “justice”

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It’s About TIME: How Businesses Can Save the World (One Worker at a Time) with Safwan Shah

 

Is “business as usual” hurting more than 90 million Americans?

Safwan Shah, author of It’s About Time and founder/CEO of PayActiv, offers a head-slapping understanding of how we came to pay American workers and the predatory practices positioned as “help” that create financial stress and reduce productivity. Shah details the role time plays in our society and why “it’s about time” for company leaders to right this wrong.

Walk away ready to reconsider “the way we’ve always done it” as a business strategy for fighting poverty and economic injustice—for your workforce, community, and country.

About the Presenter:

An engineer by training and entrepreneur by accident, Safwan is the founder and CEO of PayActiv. After selling a previous company and committing to his golf game, Safwan pulled himself out of retirement to launch PayActiv and level the playing field for the financially vulnerable. Safwan’s work connects the dots between math, economics, history, and music. His first book, It’s About TIME: How Businesses Can Save the World (One Worker at a Time), turns conventional wisdom on its head and calls for businesses to embrace the mantle of saving the world.


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Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

 

 

Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, featuring Kim Graham Lee

“We all have unconscious bias; it doesn’t make us bad, it makes us human.”

We all develop and carry some level of bias that stems from mental shortcuts but ends up affecting the way we see the world around us. Inside the workplace unconscious bias influences our hiring and promotion practices, colors employee experiences, and impacts overall business performance. Instead of shying away from our biases, we must face them head-on, looking introspectively to recognize where they come from so that we can overcome these barriers to progress in business.


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The Healing Organization with Raj Sisodia

 

2020 has been a year of change and uncertainty loaded with challenges we never could have anticipated or imagined. Rather than focusing on the difficulties, we’re offering a different perspective: Healing. Let’s consider how the lessons of 2020 can make us and our organizations stronger. This focus on healing provides new opportunities to show the heart of business—one that performs better, cares more, and offers a new sense of hope for the future of capitalism.

Conscious Capitalism – Indianapolis’s “The Heart of Business” virtual series looks at the best of 2020 in preparation to make the most of 2021.

The Healing Organization, featuring Raj Sisodia

Conscious Capitalism co-founder and author kicks off our series with an enlightening presentation inspired by his latest book, The Healing Organization. Learn the history of the “profits over people” model of American capitalism and discover stories from across the world of businesses operating differently. These businesses are healing society’s ills by putting their stakeholders first—employees, customers, investors, communities, and the environment. The book provides valuable insights for creating a more enlightened world based on profitable businesses with sustainable and caring values. Learn how to create wealth without compromising values and start on the path of making a positive difference in the world.