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Business Impact for Good (BIG)

The Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum

San Francisco, CA

New Impact Hub – Event Forum
1899 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

June 7 - 9, 2017

Where the conscious business movement comes to unite

It’s time to go BIG. Act big as a company. Be big as a leader. And coalesce the movement in a BIG and impactful way. At the intersection of sustainable business, conscious leadership, and social impact is YOU, the conscious business leader. The leader who cares about the planet, our fellow human beings, and the mindful awareness and compassion needed to lead in today’s world. Now, more than ever, we business leaders are being called to ACT and ADVOCATE in ways we never imagined.

What’s Happening at the Forum?

Nothing like you’ve ever seen. This forum is about the experience — an intimate, curated group of leaders discussing what matters most to each of their journeys, their companies, and the greater good of the world. Expect to see cause-based councils and coalitions form right in front of you — and maybe even make some friends for life.

We will learn together. We will share together. We will celebrate together. And we will explore ways to make ourselves, our workplaces, our communities, and our world better, together. The agenda includes:

  • Convening the leaders and key influencers of the conscious business movement to create common ground and shared impact
  • Best Practices and insights on creating cohesive company culture and attracting and retaining talent in the new economy
  • Shared learning and ideation with your fellow changemakers and peers through highly curated, facilitated, and intimate group experiences
  • Inspirational TED-style presentations and Q&A sessions with those doing the most innovative work in the space
  • Values-based leadership discussion forums to accelerate our own conscious leadership journeys
  • Action-oriented learning from thought-leaders and the collective wisdom of peers to generate fresh ideas and identify up-and-coming trends
  • Personal development workshops on managing the stress of work-life integration and finding more fulfillment in work
  • Peer group collaboration to collectively make a larger impact in cause areas such as environmental protection, human rights, and economic inclusion.

Together, as leaders, we will be working on the joint solutions to the big issues of today such as:

Environmental Sustainability

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental protection
  • Food and agriculture

Human Rights

  • Worker’s rights
  • Gender equality
  • Refugee and immigration policy

Economic Inclusion

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Socioeconomic divide and poverty

Who's Coming?

The biggest names and key influencers in conscious leadership, sustainable business, and social entrepreneurship —  driving BIG impact in the world today.

Conscious Company is curating the stories (& leaders) from leading brands & industry advocates like:

Sneak Peek at Leading Facilitators & Speakers


Rick Ridgeway

VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia


Suzanne DiBianca

EVP Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce


Adam Lowry

Co-founder, Method & Co-founder and Co-CEO, Ripple Foods


Kat Taylor

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank


Scott Shute

Chief Mindfulness Officer, LinkedIn


Chinwe Onyeagoro

President, Great Place to Work US


Akaya Windwood

President, Rockwood Leadership Institute


Neil Grimmer

Co-Founder and Chairman, Plum Organics & Founder and CEO, Habit Inc.


Mandy Cabot

Co-Founder and CEO, Dansko


Cory Smith

Co-founder and CEO, Wisdom Labs


Kim Rubey

Head of Global Communications and Strategic Engagement, Airbnb


Robert Egger

Founder and President, L.A. Kitchen


Marc Lesser

CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI)

Alfa Demmellash, Cheif Executive Officer of Rising Tide Capital headquartered in Jersey City.   Jersey City,NJ 10/10/0912:31:34 PM  Joe Epstein/For The Star-Ledger

Alfa Demmellash

Co-founder and CEO, Rising Tide Capital


Scott Kriens

Chairman of Juniper Networks and Founder 1440 Multiversity


Sheryl O'Loughlin

Co-founder, Plum Organics & CEO, REBBL


Doug Rauch

Former President, Trader Joe's & Founder and President, Daily Table


Rand Stagen

Managing Director of the Stagen Leadership Academy


Gerry Valentine

Founder, Vision Executive Coaching

Vince Siciliano

Vincent Siciliano

CEO, New Resource Bank


David Brodwin

Co-founder and Vice President, Media and Communications, ASBC


Shannon Di Donato

SVP, Human Resources, Clif Bar & Co


Ben Anderson

Chief B Keeper, B Lab

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Joey Bergstein

COO, Seventh Generation

2017 Conscious Company Leaders Awards

Accepting Nominations

The 2017 Conscious Company Leaders Awards recognize the year’s most innovative, influential, and dedicated values-based business leaders. Winners will be announced at the Conscious Company Leader’s Forum event in June, featured in the July/August print issue of CONSCIOUS COMPANY magazine, and highlighted on the Conscious Company website.

10 Ways You Can Expect to Grow at the Forum

Cultivate your conscious and values-driven leadership skills
Discover best practices for being a more sustainable business and making the triple bottom line a reality
Collaborate on impacting issues such as climate change, clean energy, human rights, and sustainable food policy
Share authentically around the challenges of creating higher purpose and culture in the workplace
Explore what it means to be truly inclusive, diverse, and open as a company
Learn how to find grace and compassion amidst stress and adversity
Uncover insights for increased employee engagement and a thriving company culture
Make the leap from social entrepreneur to authentic leader
Work across generations, industries, and regions to harness innovative ideas
Determine how we can best collaborate and unite as a movement to effect greater impact and change for good in the world.


June 7

Thinking BIG

Opening Keynote

BIG Impact Starts with You

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Session 1

Surprise CEO Confidential. A candid and authentic conversation with a true global leader

1:00 pm - 1:35 pm

Shared Learning: Real Conversations About Cultivating Authentic Purpose and Impact

1:35 PM - 2:35 PM
Rand Stagen, Managing Director of the Stagen Leadership Academy



2:35 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 2

Keynote Leaders Discussion: How Purpose Drives Workplace Performance

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

More and more, the word “purpose” continues to come up in the context of business. But why is purpose in the workplace actually important? In this session, we will explore why purpose will be the foundation of the workplace of the future and how it’s creating significant benefit for those who already incorporate it. Hear from leading brands, like Clif Bar and Back to the Roots, as they explore the benefits of incorporating purpose at work, including:

  • Driving workplace performance
  • Attracting and retaining leading talent
  • Increasing employee engagement and innovation
  • Creating loyal brand advocates
  • Reigniting the power passion in our day to day work
Shannon Di Donato, SVP, Human Resources, Clif Bar & Co

Session 3

It’s Time for Business to Take a Stand:

How Leading Brands Are Standing Up For the Causes They Care About and How It’s Helping Their Brand and Bottom Line

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

We’re living in challenging times. The country feels divided and the causes that many of us care about — from environmental protection and human rights to climate change and economic inclusion — are under attack. In this session, we will examine what responsibility business leaders have to take a stand on the causes they care about and how leading brands and business leaders are already doing so. Hear firsthand how major brands like AirBNB and Beneficial State Bank are:

  • Building the corporate framework for advocating for causes they care about
  • Creating a platform to use their businesses to affect larger change
  • Taking Agency over their roles as leaders in society
  • Gaining loyal customers through business advocacy efforts
Kim Rubey, Head of Global Communications & Strategic Engagement, Airbnb
Kat Taylor, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Session 4

Learning from Patagonia: How to define your corporate values

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm
Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Affairs, Patagonia

Deep dive group conversation: Defining your corporate values

5:20 pm - 6:00 pm


Cocktail Reception

June 8

Taking Action

Opening Keynote

Being Conscious During Challenging Times

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Session 1

Values-based Leadership:

A candid discussion of what it means to bring your values to your leadership role

9:00 am - 9:45 am

In this session, we will explore the real-world benefits of incorporating conscious leadership principles and personal beliefs into your work and dive deep into the practical components of implementing values-based leadership in the workplace — the “how to” behind exploring conscious leadership and the tangible benefits that result from doing so.
Hear how leaders are tackling their biggest challenges using this approach by:

  • Incorporating mindfulness in a secular and easily accessible way
  • Creating corporation-wide conscious leadership programs
  • Cultivating a culture that encourages the work-life balance needed to maintain team member retention and quality of life for all.
  • Decreasing team member stress and anxiety while increasing productivity and day to day joy
  • Enhancing the customer experience through engaged happy employees (and you as leader)
Scott Schute, VP Global Customer Operations & Chief Mindfulness Officer, LinkedIn
Chinwe Onyeagoro, President, Great Place to Work
Corey Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Wisdom Labs

Shared Learning: Diving Deep Into Your Personal and Corporate Values

9:45 am - 10:25 am



10:25 pm - 10:45 pm

Session 2

What are our blind spots? Holding up the mirror as a conscious leader, business, and movement

10:45 am - 11:35 am

We all have blind spots — areas that need improvement that we may not even be aware of. In this raw session, we will have an honest conversation about many of the blind spots that we have as a leaders, as businesses, and as a conscious business movement.

Shared Learning: Addressing the gaps and our areas for improvement

11:35 am - 12:30 pm


Lunch and learn roundtables

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Session 3

Uniting the tribes: how we can work together to create greater change?

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this unique session, we will hear perspectives from the leaders of many of the key industry groups in the space on how we can affect greater change, together.

David Brodwin, Co-founder and Vice President, Media and Communications, ASBC
Ben Anderson, Chief B Keeper, B Lab
Doug Rauch, Former President, Trader Joes; Founder, The Daily Table; Board Member, Conscious Capitalism

Session 4

Making an Impact: The "How to" Behind Using Your Company as Tool for Good

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Business, when designed to do so, can be the largest driver of positive change that the world has ever seen. In this session, we will hear from some of the most innovative brands in the space — from Ripple Foods to AirBNB — on a wide-range of topics including:

  • How they are intentionally using their companies for good
  • What it takes to create a product that “IS” good
  • How doing good has affected their bottom line
  • What wisdom they’ve gained along their respective journeys
Alfa Demmellash, Cheif Executive Officer of Rising Tide Capital headquartered in Jersey City.   Jersey City,NJ 10/10/0912:31:34 PM  Joe Epstein/For The Star-Ledger
Alfa Demelash, Co-founder and CEO, Rising Tide Capital
Adam Lowry, Co-founder, Method & Co-founder and Co-CEO, Ripple Foods
Suzanne DiBianca, EVP Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce
Robert Egger, Founder and President, L.A. Kitchen

Deep dive conversations: corporate advocacy and making a greater impact on the causes we care about

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 5

Keynote CEO Interview

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Celebrate the movement coming together for the first time

June 9

Coalition Building

Opening Keynote

Creating a Movement Through Community

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Session 1

Building Your Own Community of Leaders: Addressing Loneliness at the Top

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Being a leader can be a lonely endeavor — from making the tough call to finding balance with the demands on your time. In this session, conscious leadership experts will dive deep into key insights for creating a community of peers around you who can support you on your journey.
You’ll hear the raw stories and insights from those that have crossed the lonely leader desert and how they broke the vicious cycle of leadership demands like:

  • Unravelling past beliefs of what it means to be a leader and entrepreneur to regain happiness and balance
  • Understanding the true strength in being vulnerable and receiving feedback
  • Discovering the powerful forces of having a support system and routine to nourish your soul
  • Prioritizing the human connection and creating meaningful relationships versus distance from others.
Akaya Windwood, President, Rockwood Leadership Institute
Marc Lesser, CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Session 2

Best Practices for True Wellness Work

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Traditionally, when we think about wellness, we think about HR programs that give our team members massage, time off, and old-school team building outings.  But is that “wellness” or just temporary relief of the stress and isolation seen commonly at work?
In this eye opening discussion, we’ll go into the real definition of wellness and what world-class wellness oriented organizations are doing to create an environment that is human first. Hear the experts and in-house champions tell the tale of what it took to:

  • Build the executive level buy-in to transform the way wellness was addressed
  • Leverage existing research to create a case for the importance of working less for better results.
  • Create work-life balance programs that make every employee feel cared for and able to be at one with the challenges of modern life
Neil Grimmer, Co-Founder and Chairman, Plum Organics & Founder and CEO, Habit Inc.
Sheryl O'Loughlin, Co-founder, Plum Organics & CEO, REBBL

Session 3

Creating the world we want to live in

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Post-Event Workshop

Five Steps to a Great Corporate Purpose

1:30 pm - 4:40 pm
You’ve experienced the inspiring stories of purpose in a company and the next level business results they can produce, but how to you craft a purpose for a company that wasn’t born with one? Conscious Company Media is pleased to offer a special post-event workshop on creating a corporate purpose. Attendees will learn a cutting edge, five step process to create a unique and powerful higher purpose that will help your company:
  • Unite and engage your team,
  • Stand out in a crowded marketplace,
  • Garner earned media and word-of-mouth buzz
  • Deepen the satisfaction and fulfillment you experience at work
Nathan Havey, Founder & CEO, Thrive Consulting Group

Cory Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Wisdom Labs

Michael Saul
Founding Partner, Possibilities Consulting

Corey Blake
Founder, Round Table Companies

Anna Tansi
President, Counterbalance Consulting

Jared Levy
Owner, Guru Media Solutions

Marian Baker
Chief Inspiration Officer, Wake Up Inspired

Flip Brown
CEO, Business Culture Consultants

Kate Byrne
VP Business Development, Watermark

Catherine Bell
Author, The Awakened Company

Michael Whelchel
Co-founder, Big Path Capital

Zeb Severson
Co-founder, Lead with the Lights On

Katy Bray
Co-founder, Lead with the Lights On

Conscious Company Leaders Forum Supporters

Interested in joining these incredible brands as a supporter of the Forum? Email Forum@ConsciousCoMag.com

Anna Tansi
President, Counter Balance Consulting

Whitney Smith
CEO & Founder, Whit & Wisdom

Mike Normant
Trainer & Coach, Unlimited Group

Cindy Wilson
President, Wilson West

Suzanne Levy
President, Bolder Leadership

The Business Impact for Good (BIG) Forum is by invitation only.

If you are a leader in the emerging space of conscious business,  please apply.

Feel free to email Forum@consciouscomag.com with any questions.