Author: Lauren Howard

Conscious Culture

Conscious Capitalism 101: The Basics of Business as a Force for Good

 

New to Conscious Capitalism or just need a refresher? This video is for you! Conscious Capitalism 101 covers all the basics like:

  • Background of the Conscious Capitalism movement
  • Understanding the mission of “elevating humanity through business”
  • The four tenets of Conscious Capitalism – Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership, and Conscious Culture
  • Why and how Conscious Capitalism provides a better way to do business

This session sets the stage for embracing and embedding the tenets of Conscious Capitalism in your organization. Aspiring Conscious Capitalists and those searching for a higher purpose in business should watch this fun, interactive session that launches participants on the Conscious Capitalism journey.


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The Future of Conscious Capitalism After COVID

 

The Future of Conscious Capitalism After COVID

Ten years ago, Conscious Capitalism wasn’t taken seriously by mainstream businesses. Fast forward to one year ago and Conscious Capitalism was gaining traction with BlackRock, the Business Roundtable, and the World Economic Forum. Then COVID hit. The media called it an “acid test” for conscious business principles, predicting that companies would jettison them to survive. Instead, more businesses are joining the movement than ever before.

So, what does the future look like for Conscious Capitalism? 

Join Alexander McCobin, CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and Steve Hall, founder of driversselect, for a thought-provoking discussion about what’s ahead for businesses and capitalism in a changing world. These trailblazers of the movement provide on-the-ground examples of putting the four tenants of Conscious Capitalism to work for driving business results. Plus, they offer strategies for making meaningful progress on the journey of becoming a conscious company in a time when everyone is suffering from change fatigue.

This kickoff session combines the why’s and the how’s of making Conscious Capitalism a reality in your business.

About Alexander McCobin

Alexander McCobin is the CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a role he has served in since 2017.

In his youth, Alexander’s entrepreneurial drive led him to start and run several businesses, both for profit and nonprofit. During college he didn’t see business as a way to change the world, he thought the way to do that was through academia. So, he began a PhD program in Philosophy at Georgetown University. As he began to work on a dissertation regarding corporate moral responsibility, he attended the first Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in 2013, where he was inspired by business leaders dedicated to changing the world. Within a year, he left Georgetown without the PhD and dedicated himself to running one of the businesses he had started during undergrad. Before he joined CCI’s staff, he turned that organization into a multimillion-dollar operation.

About Steve Hall

Over the last two decades Steve Hall has served as a founder, CEO, and board member of automotive technology, finance, retail, and wholesale organizations ranging from startup to more than $2B in revenue. Hall is the founder and former CEO of driversselect, a national discount retailer which was sold in 2017 to the Sonic Automotive Group where he led the integration and rollout of the EchoPark business unit to over $1B in sales. The business model is based on the principles of Conscious Capitalism with a purpose of reimagining how people would experience the workplace and achieving sustainable profits well above the market through a culture focused on creating value for each stakeholder.

Today Hall serves as CEO of Generosity Ventures and works to expand the impact of The Make It Matter Foundation based in Dallas, Texas. Both organizations serve as a model for how generosity can create successful outcomes in both business and nonprofit endeavors.


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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.


Conscious Leadership

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.