Category: Conscious Leadership

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”

Conscious Leadership

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.

Conscious Leadership

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.

Conscious Leadership

Leadership in the Time of COVID-19: Focusing on “We” Vs. “Me”



Conscious Businesses do not exist without Conscious Leaders. But in a time when the focus is on personal and professional survival, how does the importance of “we” outweigh “me”? How can a business truly exemplify “we’re all in this together”?

Join part III of our Conscious Conversations virtual series to hear two more local business stories highlighting the importance of putting people first.

Ascension is fighting COVID-19 from the frontlines in its more than 200 hospitals and senior care facilities around the US. eimagine is experiencing COVID-19’s impact on technology in Indiana and around the globe. While these two organizations are very different in size and scope, they both know the results of putting people at the center of business. With honesty and humility, they share their stories and advice for creating more Conscious Businesses during and after COVID-19.

Heather Johll – Heather is Vice President of Operations at Ascension. Few companies have been affected more than those in the health care industry. She shares how Ascension has been transformed during this time of uncertainty.

Joel Russell – Joel is founder and CEO of eimagine, a full-service information technology consulting firm with a 20+ year history in Indianapolis. He shares his thoughts on the way the coronavirus has affected his company as well as others that depend on reliable technology to run their business.

Conscious Leadership

Leadership in the Time of COVID-19: Pivoting and Keeping Perspective




When the world turns upside down, survival depends on pivoting your business and keeping perspective.

Easier said than done. But, not impossible.

Learn from companies, with very different stories, on how they are doing just that.

In part II of our Conscious Conversations virtual series, two local leaders share their journeys, lessons learned, and advice for other businesses guiding companies through today’s challenges. Discover how these great companies are navigating uncertainty while maintaining their values as a conscious business – and how you can too.

Jeremy Brown – Jeremy is founder and CEO of Nameless Catering, one of many companies in the food service industry affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how he has pivoted his business in a time where catering big events is not an option.

Nick Smarrelli – Nick is CEO of GadellNet, a talent-rich IT consulting firm based in Carmel. He shares his perspective on the impact of the current crisis on professional service firms and how his company is managing through it.