John Mackey
Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market
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John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 88,000 team members across the U.S., Canada and U.K. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years and ranked first in the food and drug store industry as part of the magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” list in 2014.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.

Mackey has been recognized as one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness. Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company and to answer the call to service that he feels in his heart.

Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart.

Speech Topics

  • Conscious Capitalism
    John discusses how a company's higher purpose can effect stakeholder integration, leadership, and culture... all for the better.
  • Conscious Leadership
    How leaders can personally grow and evolve to, in turn, grow and engage employees and the company itself.
  • Conscious Culture
    John discusses how to create or evolve an organization's culture to become both highly innovative and productive.
  • The Whole Foods Market Healthy Revolution
    A detailed conversation about the healthy eating 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.
  • Whole Foods Market’s Leadership Principles
    John discuss the 17 Leadership Principles that Whole Foods Market is built upon.
  • The Story of Whole Foods Market
    John tells the story of creating a company from scratch in 1978, and the following 40 years of interesting twists and turns that ultimately led to a merger with Amazon.
Official Site: Whole Foods
Conscious Capitalism
Article: The Conscious Capitalist
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