John P. Mackey, co-founder of the Company, has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1980. Mr. Mackey also served as President from June 2001 to October 2004, and as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to December 2009. As the company's visionary, he has led the development of many innovative programs such as the $10 million in low-interest loans to local farmers and food producers to help them expand their businesses, the Whole Planet Foundation whose mission is to help end poverty in developing nations with micro credit, a welfare rating system that improves the welfare of food animals, and a labeling system that creates transparency of seafood sustainability. Mr. Mackey's most recent focus is re-invigorating Whole Foods Market's emphasis on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. An active promoter of a new business paradigm termed "Conscious Capitalism," he is also co-founder of a non-profit organization of that name.
In John's next book, Conscious Capitalism (Harvard Business Review Press), he and co-author professor Raj Sisodia show how companies are creating a movement that's transforming business. They present the fundamental principles and practices of their bold new vision of conscious capitalism: businesses operating from a sense of higher purpose and prospering financially while also generating other critical forms of value-emotional, social, intellectual, ecological, financial, and spiritual. These are businesses built on love and care instead of fear and stress. Conscious Capitalism hits shelves in January of 2013.
From the lectern, audiences will hear about John's revolutionary, mission-driven business model that unifies profitability with integrity, compassion, and global responsibility. John will explore the stakeholder philosophy, how a company can benefit shareholders, employees, vendors, customers, and the environment without compromising its financial viability. He tackles the most controversial questions about his principles: finding a place for philanthropy, passion, idealism, and compassion in a competitive economy. With vision and purpose, the architect of one of the most inspiring stories in modern business invites listeners to join him in reclaiming capitalism to change it from a system of avarice to a force for good.
All of John's talks are thought provocative and inspiring. His speaking style involves openness, honesty, humor, and challenge to the audience.
Conscious Capitalism: higher purpose, stakeholder integration, leadership, and culture. Free enterprise capitalism has raised global prosperity, ended poverty for billions of people, greatly extended our lifespan, and in general has increased our standard of living immeasurably compared to all other historical economic systems.
Conscious Leadership: how leaders can personally grow and evolve.
Conscious Culture: creating or evolving an organizational culture to become both highly innovative and productive.
The Whole Foods Market Healthy Revolution: a detailed conversation about the program that Whole Foods Market has implemented for its team members. This program reverses and cures obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and many auto-immune diseases. Over time this program will radically improve the health of a company's team members, while significantly cutting the cost of corporate health care.