Upcoming Chicago Chapter Events

We offer a variety of events for our members as well as special gatherings for CEOs and our Senior Executive Members. Events explore the understanding and application of principles and practices of conscious business. Engage with your peer community on a monthly basis to learn, share and grow.

The Business of Art as a Force for Good

How does the arts economy support community development and cultural exchange?

We often think of the arts as a domain that is outside the realities of economics. It’s easy to relate to it as a space for philanthropy and appreciation, but not business. To challenge that view, join us on for a conversation with a panel of leaders in the arts economy highlighting the role of the arts as a force for innovation, expression and connection in business.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Where: Threadless, 406 N. Sangamon, Unit 300
When: 6:00-8:30pm

Featured Panelists

Clockwise from top left:
Sarah Bader, IIDA, LEED® AP
Managing Director & Principal, Gensler 
Jake Nickell
Founder & CEO, Threadless
Gregg Latterman
Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management 
Northwestern University
 and CEO, Aware Records
Janice Bond
Cultural Curator, Arts Advocate, and Artist

December Meet & Greet

**Our bi-monthly meet and greet starts at 5:30. Tickets usually sell out, register early.**

Join us for another opportunity to enjoy our Conscious Capitalism community at Farmhouse in Chicago (while, yes, Farmhouse does have a location in Evanston on Chicago, we will meet at the location in Chicago – on Chicago). Farmhouse is a midwestern craft tavern specializing in “farm-to-table” food and drink. They make all of our their own burgers, condiments and sodas from scratch. And with more than 28 craft beers on tap, we are sure you will be able to find a tasty beverage to enjoy.

Please feel free to bring a guest who might be interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism.

Where: Farmhouse,  228 W. Chicago Ave.,  (Near the Brown Line Chicago Stop)
When:  Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 5:30-8:00pm
Bring:  A guest! Let’s spread the word about Conscious Capitalism Chicago
Cost: Free admission, cash bar. First round of appetizers (including Farmhouse’s signature cheese curds) on us!

For more information on farmhouse visit http://farmhousechicago.com

Build your awareness as a conscious business leader in this hands-on workshop on Friday November 17, 2017. 

Learn what really drives our capacity as leaders to create meaningful and sustainable good in the world.  You’ll engage with other conscious leaders to invent and play with actionable ideas you can bring back to your organization. TODAY.

Whether you’re leading a multinational organization or working as a team leader in a local business, your impact is only as great as your internal, and organizational, capacity to create it.

In this half-day, highly interactive workshop you’ll explore the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism, focus on real-life application, and share learning experiences that foster greater connection within a growing community of conscious leaders.

In the workshop, you’ll:

  1. Tap into a larger purpose for “doing good through business,” your own and your organization’s.
  2. Cultivate the fundamentals of becoming a conscious leader.
  3. Use tools and practices to support internal change in the workplace culture.
  4. Engage with all stakeholders in search of elevating workplaces as sources of positive change in the world.

You’ll practice new ways of thinking and being with one another, against the backdrop of your larger business concerns, and be challenged to commit to up your game as a conscious, values-aligned leader.

Eventbrite – CC 101: Building Conscious Business from the Inside Out

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2016: YEAR IN EVENTS

JAN 19: A Conversation of What's Possible

Join us for a conversation for what’s possible for Chicagoland as we transform how we do business:

  • How will your products or services contribute to the community?
  • How will employees and leaders shift their results in all areas of their lives?
  • What does it look like for business to be an instrument for growth and transformation ?

We will facilitate small and large group conversations to listen, share and recognize how we each see the possibilities of our work together. This session will create the entry point to our year – exploring the impact that conscious business can have on our broader community. Take away new connections and energy for leading a more conscious business. We’ll enjoy networking as we gather from 5:30-6:00 and 7:30-8:00; program from 6:00-7:30. (Refreshments included in ticket price.) Register now! Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and receive $10 off this event! Join here.

FEB 5: Meet-and-Greet at Farmhouse

**A bi-monthly meet and greet starts at 5:30. Tickets usually sell out, register early.**

Join us for another opportunity to enjoy our community at Farmhousein Chicago. For those of you that haven’t been there, you are in for a treat. Farmhouse is a midwestern craft tavern specializing in “farm-to-table” food and drink. They make all of our their own burgers, condiments and sodas from scratch. And with more than 28 craft beers on tap, we are sure you will be able to find a tasty beverage to enjoy. Please feel free to bring a guest who might be interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism. Where: Farmhouse,  228 W. Chicago Ave.,  (Near the Brown Line Chicago Stop) When:  Tuesday, February 2, 2016   5:30-8:00pm Bring:  A guest! Let’s spread the word about Conscious Capitalism Chicago Cost: Free admission, cash bar. First round of appetizers (including Farmhouse’s signature cheese curds) on us! For more information on farmhouse visithttp://farmhousechicago.com/

Eventbrite - Chicago Chapter Meet-and-Greet

MAR 10: Evening with CEO of Centro

How Conscious Leadership Built One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Chicago

Join us for an evening program with Shawn Riegsecker, CEO of Centro, a leading provider of digital solutions for the advertising industry. Centro has been voted Best Company to Work for in Chicago by Crain’s four years running and is one of the fastest growing companies in the city. Shawn attributes much of that success to the pursuit of conscious leadership. Come, hear his story and challenge yourself to be a more conscious leader. Take away new connections and practical ideas for leading a more conscious business. We’ll enjoy networking as we gather from 5:30-6:00 and 7:30-8:00; program from 6:00-7:30. (Refreshments included in ticket price.) About Centro: Centro has received accolades for its commitment to employees and workplace culture, including #1 on Crain’s Best Places to Work in Chicago in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; #1 on Advertising Age’s Best Place to Work in Media & Advertising in 2014; #9 on Fortune’s Best Medium-Sized Workplace in 2015 (and #8 in 2014); #6 on Crain’s Best Place to Work in New York in 2014; and #9 on Dallas Morning News’ Top Places to Work in 2015.

MAR 18: Executive Breakfast
Vertical Development for the CEO: A Platform for Conscious Leadership In 2010 over 1,500 CEOs worldwide identified the top two challenges facing their organizations as escalating complexity and building the creative capacity in leadership to deal with it. What is this creative capacity? How do you develop leaders like this in your organization? The key is vertical development. The process begins with you. Join us to explore, share, and gain new perspectives and tools with other like-minded peers. Where: The Ivy Room at Tree Studios When: 7:30-9:00 am on Friday, March 18, 2016 Cost: No charge, breakfast included.  **Quarterly Senior Executive breakfasts are limited to CEOs and presidents of organizations of at least $5mm in revenue who seek to lead businesses that are highly profitable and make a positive difference in the world.**
APR 5: Meet-and-Greet at Farmhouse

**A bi-monthly meet and greet starts at 5:30. Tickets usually sell out, register early.**

Join us for another opportunity to enjoy our community atFarmhouse in Chicago. For those of you that haven’t been there, you are in for a treat. Farmhouse is a midwestern craft tavern specializing in “farm-to-table” food and drink. They make all of our their own burgers, condiments and sodas from scratch. And with more than 28 craft beers on tap, we are sure you will be able to find a tasty beverage to enjoy. Please feel free to bring a guest who might be interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism. Where: Farmhouse,  228 W. Chicago Ave.,  (Near the Brown Line Chicago Stop) When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2016   5:30-8:00pm Bring:  A guest! Let’s spread the word about Conscious Capitalism Chicago Cost: Free admission, cash bar. First round of appetizers (including Farmhouse’s signature cheese curds) on us! For more information on farmhouse visithttp://farmhousechicago.com/
APR 12-14: 2016 National Conscious Capitalism Conference
Conscious Capitalism 2016 is designed for CEOs and their leadership teams, executives and entrepreneurs, the consultants and coaches who serve and support them, and anyone else interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism 2016 is designed to deepen your practical application of the principles of Conscious Capitalism with high potency keynotes, multiple tracks of hands on practicums and rich opportunities to connect with and learn from peers. WHEN: CC 2016 will begin at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 12th, and will conclude at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 14th. WHERE: Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018 In addition to high-potency keynotes and meaningful opportunities to connect with other participants, the major focus of the event is hands on practicums designed to deepen your practice of Conscious Capitalism. Come prepared to build and strengthen friendships and foster collaborative relationships. This event will energize and activate you and your team!
MAY 10: Corporate Structure: Taste the Difference Dinner

A night so good, you can taste it!
Critically acclaimed pop-up restaurant, Rogue Philanthropy, will be reserved for Conscious Capitalism Chicago members only to dine and discuss the difference-making power of corporate structure. Legal expert, Steve Thorn will host the night's topic while the talented chef's serve some of the best cuisine found in Chicago. More savory details to come.
When: Tuesday, May 10, 6-9PM,
Where: Rogue Philanthropy, 2842 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Who: Members only Not a member? Click to join Conscious Capitalism Chicago Chapter.

Register at the top of this page or follow this link.

MAY 17: Bringing Ideas to Life - #SpringCC2016 Conference Recap

Missed the April Conscious Capitalism 2016 Conference?

Join us to connect and hear highlights and key takeaways from CC2016 keynotes like KIND's Daniel Lubetsky, Lifeway's Julie Smolyansky and selected practicums - all designed to deepen your ability to lead highly profitable, purpose-driven businesses.

If you did attend the April Conscious Capitalism 2016 Conference, this is an opportunity to review some of your most inspirational moments, pull out your notes, and consider how to put the ideas into practice. Bring your notes and come for a great practical discussion!

After networking and refreshments, we'll start with an overview of the themes and then break into small group facilitated discussions.

Register at the top of this page or by following this link. Refreshments included in ticket price. Members receive $10 off this event! For more information go to http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org/join

JUN 7 - Meet-and-Greet at Farmhouse

**Our bi-monthly meet and greet starts at 5:30. Tickets usually sell out, register early.**

Join us for another opportunity to enjoy our community at Farmhouse in Chicago. For those of you that haven’t been there, you are in for a treat. Farmhouse is a midwestern craft tavern specializing in “farm-to-table” food and drink. They make all of our their own burgers, condiments and sodas from scratch. And with more than 28 craft beers on tap, we are sure you will be able to find a tasty beverage to enjoy.
 
Please feel free to bring a guest who might be interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism.
Where: Farmhouse,  228 W. Chicago Ave.,  (Near the Brown Line Chicago Stop)
When:  Tuesday, June 7, 2016  5:30-8:00pm
Bring:  A guest! Let’s spread the word about Conscious Capitalism Chicago
Cost: Free admission, cash bar. First round of appetizers (including Farmhouse’s signature cheese curds) on us! For more information on farmhouse visithttp://farmhousechicago.com/
JUN 24: Q2 Executive Breakfast

A Platform for Conscious Leadership

Senior executive members gather on a quarterly basis for breakfast sessions to share experiences with peer leaders, expand their network of like-minded leaders and take away learning to fuel their own efforts in conscious business.

The process begins with you. Join us to explore, share, and gain new perspectives and tools.

Where: Ace Metal Crafts, 484 Thomas Dr, Bensenville, IL 60106
When: 7:30-9:00 am on Friday, June 24, 2016
Cost: No charge, breakfast included.

RSVP by following this link.
Senior executive gatherings are open to Executive Members and guest CEOs or Presidents of organizations of qualifying revenue of $5MM. If you haven't joined us for a quarterly breakfast before, please come as our guest. If you have joined us in the past we hope you'll choose to become an Executive Member of the Chicago Chapter.

JUL 21: Transforming the Flavor of Chicago

When it comes right down to it, we're about food in Chicago.

From growing and producing to distribution, service and consumption (yum!), Chicago has always played a prominent role in the food industry in America. Join us to hear from a powerful panel of leaders representing a spectrum of sectors across the industry:

  • Mike Hamra, President and CEO, Hamra Enterprises, franchise owner of many Wendy's, Panera's and Noodles & Company operations
  • Kim Ostler-Holstein, Founder and Chief Chocolate Officer of The Crave Bar; Co-Founder and CEO of Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels and The Crave Bar
  • Andrew Lutsey, Founder and CEO of Local Foods
  • Bobby Turner, VP of the Midwest Region for Whole Foods

How is conscious capitalism alive and well in their businesses? What practical lessons have they learned about purpose, leadership, culture and stakeholder value?

We'll be meeting at Local Foods' facility to get a real "flavor" of the business. After networking and refreshments, we'll hear brief sharing from each panel member, followed by questions and interactive discussion. There will also be a tour of the facility for those who are interested.

This event is limited to 45 attendees, so register soon!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transforming-the-flavor-of-chicago-tickets-26162510774

Canceled - AUG 2: Meet-and-Greet at Farmhouse
As we enjoy the warmth and relaxation of summer, we’ve decided to cancel our scheduled Meet & Greet at Farmhouse on August 2. Vacations are looming, and we’re all looking to get the most we can out of summer – see you in September!
SEP 8: Boot Camp & Pitch Competition

A Global Innovation Workshop and Pitch Competition on the Tenets of Conscious Capitalism!
The Boot Camp  is an intense day-long workshop for executive teams of 3-5 on the tenets of Conscious Capitalism! You will work with the staff and partners of the Conscious Venture Lab and discover new tools to take you company to deeper impact and higher profitability! At the end each company in the Boot Camp will have the chance to show a panel of investors what you’ve learned when you “Pitch Chicago” for a $10,000 prize!

SEP 14: Pump Your Heart Into It

What does a heart-centered business look like?
Join us for an immersion experience at the Tuthill Corporation in Burr Ridge on September 14. Tuthill is a manufacturing company with operations throughout the Midwest and in China and the UK. Its owner, Jay Tuthill, fourth generation, is committed to a conscious culture that celebrates the human spirit. Learn more about Tuthill’s culture at: http://www.tuthill.com/index.cfm/our-story/ (Be sure to take a few minutes to watch the short video!)

The evening will include networking, refreshments and tours of Tuthill’s remarkable facility between 5:00 and 6:00, followed by a presentation and facilitated interaction with CEO Tom Carmazzi and Director of Vision Cultivation, Don Mack. Tom and Don will share Tuthill’s cultural journey and engage us using a technique from Tuthill’s actual practices. As always, this event will offer rich opportunities to connect with our community, learn and grow, and take away practical challenges for you as a conscious leader.

(Refreshments are included in ticket price. Tuthill is located just east of IL-83 and south of I-55. It can be reached from the city via I-55, from the northern suburbs via IL-83, or it is a 15-minute cab ride from the Metra BSNF Line Hinsdale station.)

Members receive $10 off this event! 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE: Tuthill Corporate Offices – 8500 S. Madison Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
SEPT 29: Conscious Business Palooza

Hosted by The Conscious Business Network; Join with colleagues and speakers at the Conscious Business Palooza to shape the conversation about Chicago’s place in the conscious business movement. Develop new friendships, business relationships, and community at this unique event!

Our evening includes heartfelt networking, person-on-the-street video about Chicago’s conscious business, and diverse views from award winning companies who are practicing conscious business.

OCT 25: Whole Foods Tour

Join us on Tuesday, October 25th to experience the inspiring new Whole Foods in Englewood. Trust us - it's much more than a grocery store: it's a great example of what it looks like to make a deliberate contribution to a community that has ripple effects far beyond the store itself.

We'll gather at the store 10:00 am for the tour and then enjoy lunch afterwards.

This event is open to Individual and Executive Members of the Chicago Chapter. If you haven't yet joined the Chapter as a member, please select Membership + Ticket as your option. 

 

NOV 2: Thriving in the Workplace

Can the workplace be a source of learning and growth?

Too often, business occurs as a place of apathy and cynicsm - we've all heard that 70% of American workers are not fully engaged. Can the workplace actually be a space of safety, contribution and personal growth? Join us for a dialogue from two perspectives: research and practical leadership.

Andrew Faas will share insights from his groundbreaking study with Yale University, Emotion Revolution in the Workplace, which seeks to understand how employees feel about their work and why they feel the ways they do. He’s also the author of the newly released book, From Bully to Bull’s-Eye, set to release soon.

Jean Pitzo is CEO of Ace Metal Crafts in Bensenville. Ace is the 2015 winner of the Illinois Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. Jean will provide counterpoint to Andrew's perspective, sharing Ace's culture and practices that produce engaged employees and successful business results.

Join us to hear our speakers and engage with them in this important conversation.

What/When:

  • 5:30-6:00 Gathering and networking 
  • 6:00-7:30 Presentation and facilitated interaction with Andrew Faas and Jean Pitzo
  • 7:30-8:00 Wrap up and final connections

Tickets include refreshments

Become a member and receive $10 off this event!  http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org/join

 

FEB 21: Meet-and-Greet at Farmhouse

**Our bi-monthly meet and greet starts at 5:30. Tickets usually sell out, register early.**

Join us for another opportunity to enjoy our community at Farmhouse in Chicago. For those of you that haven’t been there, you are in for a treat. Farmhouse is a midwestern craft tavern specializing in “farm-to-table” food and drink. They make all of our their own burgers, condiments and sodas from scratch. And with more than 28 craft beers on tap, we are sure you will be able to find a tasty beverage to enjoy.
 
Please feel free to bring a guest who might be interested in learning more about Conscious Capitalism.
 
Where: Farmhouse,  228 W. Chicago Ave.,  (Near the Brown Line Chicago Stop)
When:  Tuesday, February 21, 2016  5:30-8:00pm
Bring:  A guest! Let’s spread the word about Conscious Capitalism Chicago
Cost: Free admission, cash bar. First round of appetizers (including Farmhouse’s signature cheese curds) on us!
For more information on farmhouse visit http://farmhousechicago.com/

 

DEC 2: CEO Breakfast
Senior executive members gather on a quarterly basis for breakfast sessions to share experiences with peer leaders, expand their network of like-minded leaders and take away learning to fuel their own efforts in conscious business.

Quarterly Senior Executive Events

CEOs are the primary change agents. These exclusive events explore the understanding and application of principles and practices of conscious business. Register for the next Executive BreakfastVisit our CEO page
Senior executive members gather on a quarterly basis for breakfast sessions to share experiences with peer leaders, expand their network of like-minded leaders and take away learning to fuel their own efforts in conscious business.

Interested in Executive 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.
INITIATE CHANGE

2014 & 2015 Event Highlights

Sum+Substance | Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Five storytellers will share their personal journey to find fulfilling work and each will leave you with a challenge. These challenges will spark new ideas, partnerships and opportunities. The IIT Institute of Design is a launch pad for purpose-driven ventures and the perfect spot for an evening of connecting and idea share. Five unique stories about the path to fulfilling work from: Jennifer Alexander, Co-Founder – Chapín Coffee Vijay Kumar, Professor – Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology Mats Lederhausen, Founder – BE-CAUSE Greta de Parry, Founder – Greta de Parry Design Meal Sales-Griffin, Co-Founder – The Starter League

Come with us!

“How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.” We can build a better world, but we’ll need to find something important to work on. Join the effort by joining us at this powerful event by Sum+Substance.
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Not a member? Join the Chicago chapter as an Individual or Executive Member. Questions? write tpolancic@consciouscapchicago.org

PURPOSE: Walking the Talk | Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Join us for networking and learning as we close our year-long inquiry into purpose with a powerful message from Bob Knott, a pre-eminent authority in reputation and issues management, organizational positioning, public affairs and corporate social responsibility. Bob will propose that purpose needs to be embedded into all aspects of the business – not just as what you communicate, but as a reflection of who you are and what you do as a business. He will share:

  • How we can integrate purpose through our stories, dialogue and behavior
  • Examples of where it is working – and where it’s not
  • The importance of integrating purpose internally prior to “going public”

Take away new connections and practical ideas for leading a more conscious business. We’ll enjoy networking as we gather from 5:30-6:00 and 7:30-8:00; program from 6:00-7:30. (Refreshments included in ticket price.) Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and receive $10 off this event! Join the Chicago chapter as an Individual or Executive Member. Questions? write tpolancic@consciouscapchicago.org

About our Speaker Bob Knott: For nearly 20 years—13 of which have been with Edelman—Bob Knott has served in senior leadership positions for global communications firms honing his expertise in reputation and issues management, organizational positioning, public affairs and corporate social responsibility. He has developed and executed some of the most celebrated CSR-centered communications campaigns in recent memory. He managed the global launch of GE’s ecomagination—a milestone The Washington Post characterized as marking “a company’s obligations to a range of stakeholders and interests including the global environment”—overseeing multi-stakeholder, Pan-European research, messaging, media relations and digital communications. In addition, Bob re-positioned several Fortune 200 companies—DuPont, Monsanto and Waste Management—based largely on their individual efforts to address pressing human and environmental needs. He also led an account team that helped Walmart define and promote its commitment to environmental sustainability efforts. Bob has earned most of the industry’s top honors, including the PRWeek Award, Golden Sabre, Bronze Anvil and Communicator Award, while twice receiving Edelman’s Chairman’s Award for Client Service, as well as FTI Consulting’s Excellence Award, the single honor awarded for outstanding account work in the Americas.

Tour: METHOD's New North American Headquarters | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Join us on September 16th to find out what’s inside our friends at METHOD’s new North American manufacturing headquarters and soap factory! We’ll tour their ground-breaking LEED-platinum certified plant and learn about how they’re combining renewable energy, hydroponic farming and green manufacturing – and revitalizing Chicago’s Pullman Park neighborhood. Following the tour, we’ll enjoy for a casual lunch and gathering. This event is free to Conscious Capitalism members. Click here to register for the METHOD tour. Not currently a member? Join the Chicago chapter as an Individual or Executive Member and register for this free event! Questions? write tpolancic@consciouscapchicago.org

Friday, June 26, 2015: Q2 CEO Breakfast

Quarterly Senior Executive breakfasts are open to CEOs and presidents of organizations of $5mm in revenue and greater. This is an opportunity to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other senior leaders who are committed to integrating the pillars of Conscious Capitalism into their businesses.

We are thrilled to have Rand Stagen, CEO of Stagen and board member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. joining us for our Q2 CEO Breakfast.

A founding board member of the Conscious Capitalism national movement, Rand is a globally recognized speaker and thought leader on what it takes to build and lead highly profitable, purpose-driven businesses. Rand has been a featured speaker at the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit, and YPO and WPO events worldwide. Join us to uncover new awareness about your own leadership “gap” and how to unlock your organization’s ability to grow and excel as a conscious business.

Save June 26th from 7:30-9:00 AM and stay tuned for registration details!

Participation in senior executive gatherings is limited to Executive Members and first time guests. If you haven’t joined us for a quarterly breakfast before, please come as our guest. If you have joined us in the past we hope you’ll choose to become an Executive Member of the Chicago Chapter.

Monday, April 6, 2015: A Taste of Trust - An Intimate Conversation

We’re bringing together 100 leaders from all over the world to connect and talk about trust. We’ll hear from Jay Porter, President of Edelman in Chicago, about the 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Survey. We’ll hear from local CEOs about their trust tales. And you will get a chance to network with other leaders to tell your own story. Great if you’re attending the following two days of the Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference, or if you’re just joining us for this evening. We’ll be welcoming guests from other chapters across the US and around the world. Come join us and get a taste of what Conscious Capitalism is all about. Where: Federal Reserve Bank Conference Center, 230 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL When: 5:30-8:00 pm, Monday, April 6th Cost: $75 Non-members | $50 Members

February 18 Event: The Power of Purpose: The Story of Tasty Catering

“Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves…” ~ Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” How can we bring forward the full energy and capabilities of our employees to create more value? How does understanding our purpose drive success for our organizational engagement and effectiveness? Join the community and our speaker as we explore the answers. Kevin Walter is an owner of Tasty Catering, a unique caterer located in Elk Grove Village and serving the Chicagoland community. He and his brothers have created a purpose-driven business. Their success depends on the strength of the culture. Kevin will share the story behind Tasty Catering, translating concept into real practices. Thanks for joining the discussion!

Thursday, August 27, 2015: Purpose - Making It Stick!

Join us for networking and learning as we close the summer with our friends at Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education. On the journey toward more conscious business, how can we ensure our organization’s purpose will take hold and drive the culture – how can we make it stick? Notre Dame Executive Education program faculty Mel Dowdy will share with us:

  • How do competing commitments derail our best intentions for the organization?
  • What is “immunity to change” and how do we impact it?
  • What can we do to as leaders to help?

Take away new connections and a practical approach to leading a more conscious business. We’ll enjoy networking as we gather from 5:30-6:00 and 7:30-8:00; program from 6:00-7:30. Where: University of Notre Dame – Stayer Center for Executive Education, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 220, Chicago, IL When: 5:30-8:00 pm, Thursday, August 27 Cost: $25 Members | $35 Non-members | $0 Executive Members & Sponsors (Refreshments included in ticket price) Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and receive $10 off this event! For more information go to http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org/join Register Now

Wednesday, June 17, 2015: Bringing Ideas to Life

 Missed the April Conscious Capitalism 2015 Conference?

This is your opportunity to hear highlights and key takeaways about the importance of purpose in organizational – and human – effectiveness. We’ll share important themes from keynote speakers Bob Chapman, Simon Sinek and Melissa Reiff.
If you did attend the April Conscious Capitalism 2015 Conference, this is an opportunity to review some of your most inspirational moments, pull out your notes, and consider how to put the ideas into practice. Bring your notes and come for a great practical discussion! We’ll start with an overview of the themes and then we’ll break out into small group discussions led by local strategic facilitators.
Where: Edelman Chicago Offices – 200 E. Randolph St., 63rd Floor, Chicago, IL
When: 5:30-8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 17
Cost: $25 Members. $35 Non-members. $0 Executive Members.
(Refreshments included in ticket price)
Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and receive $10 off this event! For more information go to http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org/join

Friday, March 20, 2015: Q1 Senior Executive Breakfast - Engaging Your Customers in Your Purpose

Quarterly Senior Executive breakfasts are open to CEOs and presidents of organizations of $5mm in revenue and greater. This is an opportunity to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other senior leaders who are committed to integrating the pillars of Conscious Capitalism into their businesses.

Engaging Your Customers in Your Purpose Join us to connect, make new relationships and learn together.

Continuing our theme of the Power of Purpose, our first quarterly breakfast of 2015 challenges us to engage our customers in our purpose.

  • How do we engage our customers in our purpose?
  • Why should they care?
  • What if they don’t?

Does this mean my company has to have to have a social purpose? No! – when we say “purpose” it’s your greater reason for being, the difference your company exists to make in the world. Why does my company need a higher purpose/a non-financial reason for being? Key stakeholders – especially your employees and and your customers – aren’t motivated by your bottom line. You have to have another reason for being that engages and inspires your stakeholders. Do I have to know our purpose 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. Where: NoMi, Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 When: 7:30-9:00 am, Friday, March 20th Cost: No charge. Breakfast included. Participation in senior executive gatherings is limited to Executive Members and first time guests. If you haven’t joined us for a quarterly breakfast before, please come as our guest. If you have joined us in the past we hope you’ll choose to become an Executive Member of the Chicago Chapter.

Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

How does being a values-driven company make you more innovative? In April of this past year, Dave Ziegler, former Chairman of the Board of Ace Hardware and CEO of Ziegler’s Ace and Olympic medalist and innovation expert John Coyle joined us to explore that question. Our friends at The Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University co-sponsored this half-day workshop of 150 leaders at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Here are Dave and John sharing their perspectives with us.

Women’s Leadership and the Future of Conscious Business

In October we had a wonderful panel of Chicago leaders who discussed the intersection of the women’s leadership evolution with the Conscious Capitalism movement in partnership with Tiara International, LLC. Our panelists were Dr. Valencia Ray, Linda Torakis, President and majority owner of MVC USA; Robb Webb, CHRO of Hyatt Corporation; and Tom Yorton, CEO of The Second City Communications. More than 80 leaders joined us for the conversation, generously hosted by West Monroe Partners. The conversation was vigorous and provocative.
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