The key to creating a world of beauty, prosperity and happiness in Chicago.

CEOs are the primary change agents

There’s one thing we know for sure – behind successful companies and great places to work – there is a leader at the top who is a pretty special person. The CEO is in a position to leverage his or her company’s efforts for good in the world to affect the lives of all stakeholders. At the same time, we know it’s not an easy job. Our friend Rand Stagen has said, “leaders get the organizations they deserve.” Conscious CEOs view their organizations as mirrors of their own strengths and weaknesses. They understand that culture – just like performance – isn’t something they can delegate.

No matter how talented and well-intended the efforts of other leaders in the organization are, ultimately the company won’t be able to rise beyond the awareness, abilities and limitations of the CEO. Our executive programs are designed to offer opportunities for you to learn and grow with other peers, share challenges and continue to push the envelope as you lead your organization into the future.

As a part of executive membership, we host quarterly breakfasts, periodic Conscious Capitalism@Work field trips to member facilities, and free attendance at regular programming on our events page. However, what we hear most is that it’s the relationships with each other that are the most meaningful.

Learn more about our CEO community. Shoot us a note.

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For years, I was running my business with an eye toward our larger purpose and working to address the cultural and emotional needs of our employees. This can be a rewarding, but sometimes lonely path. I had no idea that there was a community of other leaders dedicated to these ideas, so when I found out about Conscious Capitalism and that there was a chapter in Chicago, I was delighted to find a group of peers who speak the same language

Jean Pitzo

CEO, ACE Metal Crafts

Q2 CEO Breakfast: Biggest Mistakes

Yep, we’re going to talk about the really stupid things we’ve done and what we learned from them!

We know that agile leaders fail fast and learn quickly, and that a hallmark of conscious leaders is their vulnerability, so this should be a doozy!  Our new friend Mark Rickmeier of Table XI will be hosting and kicking us off, treating us to breakfast prepared by their house chef.

We have limited space so registration is open to members first for this great conversation – hold your spot now. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member – it’s time!

Where: Table XI, 328 S. Jefferson St., Ste 670 Chicago, IL 60661 (Jefferson & Canal)
When: 7:30- 10:00 am, Friday, June 23rd
Cost: Included with Executive Membership. Guests free. Breakfast included.

Learn more about Table XI

Do I have to feel like my organization is already a “conscious capitalist” business to come? Nope. We’re all at different places along the journey. Some are just beginning and some are further along. Just come willing to learn and engage.

This is a quarterly breakfast event open to CEOs and presidents of organizations of at least $5mm in revenue and greater. It is an opportunity to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other senior leaders who are committed to leading businesses that are highly profitable and make a positive difference in the world. 

Event open to CEOs and Presidents who are Members or first-time guests. If you haven’t joined us for a breakfast before, please come as our guest. Join as a Member for $1,200, and enjoy this event along with four quarterly breakfasts and all Chapter events for free.

Read from our Blog

Monthly, we write about our thinking, programs, events, and a community of inquiry and learning.

I’ve come to realize that building a great company is about more than just making money. Conscious Capitalism provides a useful framework and ideas for how to truly create a company that matters. And it is refreshing that it manages to do so in an inspirational way, without being judgmental, pretentious, or preachy.

Jay Goltz

CEO, The Goltz Group Companies

Interested in Membership?

We invite you to join us and help make capitalism an even greater force for good in Chicagoland and the Midwest through learning, collaboration and conscious practice.


I was one of the first CEO members of Conscious Capitalism Chicago. I joined because I want to help build the chapter and bring together like-minded people to change the way business makes an impact.

Mark Blackman

CEO, Gold Eagle Brands

Conscious Capitalism doesn’t mean your organization isn’t going to face, sometimes significant, challenges. Business is not a people OR profits argument; it’s a people AND profits premise. You can’t achieve lasting success with just one or the other. The leaders I’ve encountered in Conscious Capitalism get this.

Shawn Riegsecker

CEO, Centro

When people feel valued at work and feel that they are contributing, being listened to, and they feel fulfilled, it builds resilience. It becomes easier to deal with challenging things in an outside environment when you feel valued.  For myself, it’s having a sense of purpose and being able to come to these Conscious Capitalism  CEO meetings, helps me to be able to deal with some of the personal challenges I might be dealing with.  Being able to come to things like this becomes a sanctuary.

Rachel Bernier-Green

Owner, Laine's Bake Shop

All photos were captured by Bryan Knight, CTO of Colorjar, Chicago, IL and used with permission.

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