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  • June 16, 2020 3:11 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    This month’s newsletter shares our announcement and welcome to our newest board member, Kent Gregoire. Then we relay some highlights from our recent online panel discussion. We are each finding a path through daily challenges, navigating the current economic disruption, marches for social justice and other personal changes all while reacting to an extraordinary global pandemic. 

    CCB is a growing community and here to help each other to find the combination of purpose, profit, change and support that fits your situation. Please reach out with any questions, or connections, that you need. We’ll keep trying to provide resources that move us all forward.

    How the Covid-19 Pandemic is Affecting Stakeholders, Avoiding Balance or Trade-Offs

    Engagement helps you find the right business mix

    One key theme in a May 28th panel discussion was the need to “have it all” in today’s business climate – profits and purpose, ethics and fierce competition – and moving quickly enough to make key decisions while serving multiple goals. The pressure of maintaining a company amidst  severe community needs have ramped up demands on management teams and executives.

    More than 70 people joined an online discussion to address that balance with Ed Freeman, author of “The Power of And” is a professor at the University of Virginia/Darden School of Business. He was joined by Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, and Ralph Carlton, co-CEO of King Arthur Flour. A recording of the discussion is available here.

    Freeman noted there are dozens of new phrases describing impact investment, inclusive capitalism etc. because the old models are failing to account for all stakeholders. While companies are operating in survival mode, it can be a difficult time to maintain a social mission. But explaining the situation to community and workers is important to give full context and intentions, reducing the risk of being misunderstood.

    “Doing the right thing is very, very clear to us,” Carlton said, describing how employee-owned King Arthur company raised its minimum wage to ensure a living wage. “We have monthly open-book meetings with employees to explain financial results.”

    Please welcome CCB board member Kent Gregoire

    Entrepreneur, community builder and team leader

    Consultant and business builder Kent Gregoire has been part of the CCB member community since 2018. He joins the board this summer, with a focus on membership. He’s been an advisor to start-ups and operating company CEOs for years and active in his local area, whether that was in Naples, FL. or Burlington, VT. 

    In his work life, he focuses on responsibility centered leadership and selling at the executive level, conscious capitalism education. His non-profit roles have included Girls Inc. career training programs and other progressive causes.

    Small Bits Worth Noting

    Lowell-based Kronos Inc. is marking Juneteenth holiday, making June 19th a paid holiday for its workforce, noting via its social channels that this is another step in the work to be done in social justice and equity. The date marks the emancipation of the last U.S. slaves, freed in 1865 in Texas.

    Webinars on business restart/growth, transition planning and the importance of analytics are available from the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University’s business school. Details are here.

    Upcoming Events

    Giving access to some doesn't mean taking it away from others. We must ensure Black and Latinx entrepreneurs get the support they need. Join us for good on June 22, an evening Zoom discussion on closing the Boston region's racial wealth gap.

  • May 18, 2020 10:16 AM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)


    Resetting business and new plans are part of a work-from-home agenda

    The local advisories and daily changes in work, school and other activities have all disrupted our usual routine during the coronavirus outbreak. Several Conscious Capitalism/Boston events went “virtual” and local members have found ways to maintain their focus, service, mission and even try new ideas out (let’s call it “innovation” to impress the neighbors, since we’re working from home.)

    At Boloco, the burrito and bowl restaurants quickly shifted to serving frontline hospital workers and first responders. Sales weren’t enough to keep the doors open and, eventually, stores were closed with the hope of reopening in May. CEO John Pepper reported that the company was selected for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, using the proceeds to add $2-per-hour in “hazard pay” for every worker who stayed on after March 16th.


    Budget questions and stock market strategies led to a new discussion group for Newton-based investment advisor Financial Planning Solutions. CCB Board member Lyman Jackson has been working from his dining table but his four-person company calls the open conversation “Water Cooler” and everyone is invited. The Wednesday gathering is open to clients and the public, to talk about stock market or some other concern, such as whether to refinance a mortgage.

    “For example, clients with kids in high school, getting ready for college, typically invest conservatively, because you don’t want to lose 30 percent right before having to write tuition checks,” Jackson said. “We spread the word via LinkedIN and put it together in about a week. We send out an email invitation on Mondays, then share the questions and advice from the Water Cooler. There was a great conversation in April about applying to the Paycheck Protection Program because people wanted to talk about it.”

    In late April, Teak Media helped client Project Bread to get the word out about food insecurity. This year’s 52ndannual Walk for Hunger was remade as a virtual fundraiser when local food pantry donations and volunteer resources were stretched thin. 

    Erin McAleer, president of Project Bread, explained the issue. “We are also acutely aware that the 1 in 11 households and 1 in 9 children experiencing food insecurity in Massachusetts right now, are disproportionately impacted by the negative consequences of quarantines, unpaid sick leave, lost wages and school closings.”

    She encouraged people in need to seek SNAP benefits, which provides meals on a scale suited to the crisis. Also, we at CCB support donating money – not groceries -- to your town’s food pantry or the Greater Boston Food Bank.

    Even co-working spaces such as Workbar and ImpactHub have been building community from a distance, hosting webinars or offering support. Calls and online events to match local people with needed services and supplies are among the ways that office culture is changing. Workbar CEO Sarah Travers wrote to network members saying desks may be farther apart and with partitions, or limited hours, when facilities reopen.


    Thanks to all of you who participated in the online virtual conference events. If you joined the Zoom discussions, webinars or the Slack channel, please note these important updates.

    Conscious Capitalism International messages on Slack that were part of the open, free annual conference were discontinued as of May 15th. If you are missing contacts or information from that software, please let us know via email. You can also ask about contacts, or other details, once the Slack channel goes dark.

    The national organization also created an opt-in community for anyone looking to learn about Conscious Capitalism or engage with other individuals. That link is:

    Please also keep in mind that local New England members can message each other directly from our local site by clicking Members tab and scrolling/clicking any name. We encourage people to suggest event topics, new member introductions and other ways to spread the word about Conscious Capitalism throughout New England.


    Stakeholder Management During the Pandemic on May 28 at 2:00 EST 

  • April 13, 2020 2:14 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    Usually, this annual gathering brings hundreds of people together to share ideas and hear from inspiring Conscious Capitalism leaders. Instead, registration is now free, and sessions are shifted to web-based conferences – all at no charge through May 1. Register and learn more here for sessions.  

    Leading with purpose and mission is a key element of this year’s Conscious Capitalism annual conference, and responses to the pandemic and its effects on commerce clearly are a priority for people and companies of all sizes. This is a rare chance to learn from each other and meet both local contacts and chapter members from around the world. Many speaker presentations and slide decks from this year – and previous conferences – are available at the YouTube channel and via links from the conference website.

    Sessions on Monday-Thursday are open to join your fellow Conscious Capitalists and share, and learn together to find creative, stakeholder-oriented solutions to current challenges.

    On Fridays, CCI staff help you to develop leadership and interactions to best serve your team and community, in an extended discussion format across a wide spectrum of locations and industries.

    For instance, Kip Tindell, founder and former CEO of the Container Store, spent an hour detailing how he sees the world’s movement toward sustainability, economic fairness and other benefits all coming together in a way that resembles the critical mass of earlier eras, including the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement. He wrote about leading a company with passion in his book, Uncontainable.

    A mastermind session with Ron Shaich, a co-founder of Panera Bread and Au Bon Pain, and longtime supporter of stakeholder capitalism is already posted. Nationally-known CEOs and strategists are available to help answer questions, and the community is gathering - while remaining safely at a distance and not traveling.

  • September 10, 2019 2:51 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    Do you know your purpose in life? How would you even begin to define, live and lead a purpose-driven life? Author Miracle Olatunji, Purpose: How to Live and Lead with Impact, takes readers on the journey of her miraculous life story to growing up and learning pivotal life lessons about meaning and purpose. Inside the book, you'll learn:

    * How to uncover your talents and unique gifts

    * Systems for developing essential skills for purposeful, effective leadership

    * Ways to build meaningful connections in a fast-paced, digital world

    * Stories of impactful leaders in various industries

    * We have unlimited potential and purpose enables us to tap into it.

    We have the power to create. We can give life to ideas that become breathtaking art pieces, thought-provocative books, world-changing organizations, powerful movements, life-saving inventions, and more.This book is an indispensable guide to conscious capitalists seeking to make an impact on their organizations, communities and the world. It starts within FIRST and then moves on from there. Make change based on your heart and what your individual purpose and calling is.

    Purpose: How to Live and Lead with Impact is now available for purchase. Happy reading!  

    About the Author: 

    Miracle Olatunji is an entrepreneur, international speaker, student, and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact. With a passion for empowering the next generation of leaders and global citizens, she founded OpportuniMe, an organization that connects youth with personal and professional development opportunities. 

    Miracle has been honored as a Young Global Leadership Scholar, Youth Entrepreneur Of The Year, and was the grand prize winner of the World Series of Entrepreneurship. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global,, and The CEO Library. 

    She enjoys traveling and inspiring people worldwide to leverage the power of purpose in their personal and professional lives and organizations.

  • August 27, 2019 3:04 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    The Business Roundtable recently made huge waves in the business community - and brought true excitement to the Conscious Capitalism movement. If you haven't heard, on August 19th released its "Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation" stating:

    While each of our own individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all our stakeholders. 

    This statement was signed by 181(!) CEOs including some of the largest companies in the world. 

    The collective response of the Conscious Capitalism movement has been, "Yes! Our message is being heard and spread." Our work is paying off and changes are coming. 

    We acknowledge this isn't the end of our road. So far, while statements are a first step, we want to see more action by companies to support ALL stakeholders in their ecosystem. We look forward to helping more and more companies along in this journey.  

  • January 30, 2018 1:59 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    Since Leadership is one of the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism, this quote from Jeff Weiner, CEO LinkedIn is a great starting place for defining the Conscious Leadership:  

    “We need to expand the world’s collective wisdom; share and bind humanity (The Art of Happiness) now we need to take it to the next level. How do we teach compassion in our business schools as a potential starter?" - Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn

     For a much more in-depth look at this the topic, watch the complete video here.  

  • January 17, 2018 11:28 AM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

    Movement is afoot between Wall Street and the business community. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have spawned a whole new sense of business renewal and focus on taking responsibility for our global issues as a society is creating a new ecosystem between businesses, society and Wall Street. As Mr. Fink so eloquently articulates, "If a company doesn't engage with the community and have a sense of purpose it will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders." 

    Mr. Fink's complete letter to CEOs can be found here.  

    At Conscious Capitalism, we focus on purpose and stakeholders as two of the four key elements for success.  Join our cause and mission!

  • September 18, 2017 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Culture is at the heart of many great companies. It’s more enduring than strategy, and often makes the difference between a strategy’s success or failure.

    But what if culture is the strategy, rather than separate from it? As strategy+business wrote, “Confining culture to the narrow role of ‘enabling’ strategy prevents it from strengthening strategy by being part of it. It also weakens the power of strategy to turn your company’s cultural strengths into a source of enduring advantage.”

    That message was reinforced by the two speakers at our most recent Conscious Conversation, Managing Culture Intentionally, on September 12, 2017, held in conjunction with our great partner, ImpactHub Boston. Greg Kunkel, SVP and Co-Founder of Next Jump, and John Pepper, Founder and CEO of Boloco, both told stories of how they came to discover that culture is the most important determinant of their companies’ success. Through a discussion moderated by Colleen Brisport, independent business and human rights advisor, we learned that crafting culture is a long and arduous process of communication and empowerment.

    The 50 participants each had something to say, as well. We broke into four groups and let the conversation flow. Ideas surfaced for influencing culture, but so did frustrations. Communications is important, for example, but are people listening? Giving feedback is empowering, but how it’s delivered and received makes a big difference. Leaders stress culture but they must walk the talk. 

    There are no easy answers to addressing culture, but the imperative to try new things came across strongly. Indeed, a strong validation came from several participants who told us they heard new ideas that they would try to implement. That’s what our conscious conversations are all about. 

  • September 11, 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    Conscious Capitalism Boston is launching a new monthly roundtable program with community-led discussions of topics related to Conscious Capitalism. 

    The Roundtables will be small, informal gatherings of community members to learn about and discuss a specific topic. We can provide a conference room in Boston or Cambridge for the Roundtable although we are open to alternate venues.

    Each Roundtable will have a leader who shares a brief (< 15 minute) presentation then leads a discussion (<30 minutes) among attendees. Participants will be encouraged to continue the conversation following the formal program at a local restaurant or bar. Anyone can submit an application. Preference will be given to CCB members.

    We'll get back to you within one month as we plan out our calendar. Any questions, please contact Mary Adams, 781-729-9650.

    Submit a proposal here

  • July 27, 2017 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Post by Darby Hobbs


    Business leaders face tough choices, make mistakes, and have transformative realizations that shape their approach to leading their companies. To get some insights on what it takes to be an effective conscious leader, members of the Boston chapter of Conscious Capitalism gathered at ImpactHub Boston on June 22 to discuss the topic as part of our Conscious Conversations series. Panelists included:

    • Bob Scoville, President of Performance Talks, Inc.
    •  Megan Driscoll, CEO and Founder at PharmaLogics Recruiting
    • Andy Atkins, Vice President, Client Experience at Bates Communications
    • Angela Cavallaro, Director, HR and Employee Engagement Programs at Next Jump 

    The speakers provided great insights on leadership based on their own experiences, particularly the importance of trust and engagement with key stakeholders. Those stakeholders can include employees, customers, investors, vendors, the community, and the environment. 

    A very interesting line of conversation was around the important distinction between “transactional trust,” which is necessary for every relationship, and “relational trust,” which is desirable for productive relationships.  As Andy Atkins explained, trust is foundational to a leader's ability to influence stakeholders, and highly-trusted leaders outperform untrusted ones.

    When talking about employees, Megan Driscoll noted the importance of evaluating potential hires on more than just their qualifications for the role. Think about whether you would have a beer and burger with them, because you are entering a committed relationship – from on-boarding to off-boarding. Hire likeminded people that you want to work with, because the more you invest in your relationship with them, the more it will pay off for your business. Angela Cavallaro echoed this perspective, noting the character is a key component of a good employee relationship and hiring just for skills will not build a high trust organization.

    The panelists’ stories served as food for thought to stimulate small group conversations about leadership challenges for conscious businesses. Within these focused discussions, participants shared personal experiences, coaching one another on approaches and solutions. 

    What do you think are the components of an effective conscious leader? Did you gain new insights by participating in the June 22 event? Let us know if you were inspired to drive change in yourself or your organization by continuing the conversation in our community forum.


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