Conscious Capitalism... Higher Purpose, Higher Performance
Conscious Capitalism is a movement that has evolved since the 1990's and is exploding since 2017 with local chapters established in US cities and 14 countries. Conscious Capitalists believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. With key tenets that focus on people, leadership, culture and all key stakeholders, it advocates for putting people-first and focusing on longer term decisions beyond quarterly shareholder results. Companies such as PepsiCo, Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Union Square Hospitality Group, Tata, Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks have followed conscious capitalist principles.
In this session, Peter Laughter, Founding Member, Conscious Capitalism--NYC Chapter & CEO, Spartoi Group, will lead a discussion with a panel of line leaders from companies that practice Conscious Capitalism. The panelists will share the ups and downs of executing and competing in the market place with a people-first focus. Raising the bar for a conscious business often involved potential partnerships with others working in the areas of corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, or aligning with B Corp principles.
HR leaders will have the opportunity to explore these and other questions with the panel:
- How is talent selected and developed in organizations that adhere to people-first principles?
- In what ways is the role of HR similar or different in companies that adhere to conscious business principles?
- what leadership skills are most important to run a successful conscious capitalistic enterprise?
Peter Laughter - Moderator
Founding Member, Conscious Capitalism - NYC Chapter
CEO, Spartoi Group
Peter Laughter is the CEO of Spartoi Group, a professional services firm serving managment consultancies, and a founding member of the New York City Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism is a new paradigm for operating corporations; one that recognizes the power of capitalism to improve the human condition and create enduring value for all stakeholders.
Peter is a graduate of Earlham College and has been selected to participate in a number of leadership training programs, including MIT's Entrepreneurial Master's Program, The School of the Spirit and The Gathering of Titans. He was a featured speaker at the 2015 TEDx Fulton Street where he introduced a concept he calls 'Radical Empathy.' Peter was also a speaker at the Earlham School of Religion's 2011 Leadership Conference, "Seeking the Core of Quaker Leadership," He is a former Trustee of Brooklyn Friends School. Peter's Quaker practice is a core pillar of his life, informing his actions and commitments.
Peter has finished the New York marathon, participated in several 70.3 triathlons and regularly tells stories at the Moth's Story Slams and Grand Slams. More than anything, he loves riding the Cyclone with his daughter, Eddy.
Amy Hall - Panelist
Vice President, Social Consciousness
As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, AmyHall supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.” Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, including co-leading the company’s Vision2020 work. She played an instrumental role in shepherding the company toward its highly-anticipated B Corporation Certification.
Amy came to EILEEN FISHER in 1993, following a fundraising career with Asian-American cultural, educational and social service organizations in New York City. Her educational background includes a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Teachers College-Columbia University, and a sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College. She currently chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the board of Made-By. Amy is a frequent guest speaker on CSR and Sustainability-related topics.
In 2011, Amy rode from New York City to Washington, DC, on her self-built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride. She also plays the bassoon in the Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Together with their two daughters, Amy and her husband Rob live in the Hudson Valley, where they enjoy adventures on land and water.
Michael Williamson - Panelist
Chief Compliance Officer/Senior Director, Compliance & Ethics
Pacific Dental Services
Michael Williamson builds and implements principles-based compliance and ethics programs designed to inspire individuals to self-govern through a commonly held set of values that align with a higher purpose. A Conscious Culture is integral to this effort. A close partnership with HR ensures that the experience of internal stakeholders is consistent with these ideals throughout their organizational journey.
Michael specializes in institutional representation in all areas of health care compliance. He has served as Chief Compliance Officer and VP, Risk Management for Smile Brands Inc; Chief Compliance Officer/Chief Privacy Officer for APS Healthcare, Inc In 2013, he was awarded "Change Agent of the Year". Earlier, Michael was Assistant General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. He is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), and certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP).
JP Laquer - Panelist
Throughout his career JP Laqueur has been creating understanding and connections between people and brands, buyers and sellers, companies and employees. At BrandFoundations he helps companies maximize valuation by strengthening their greatest intangible assets: brand and culture. This work is often done by creating organizational narratives that inspire customers for lasting competitive differentiation and energizing employees for higher performance and engagement. The insights are achieved through an agile 360-degree methodology that helps mid-market companies ($25-500M revenue, 100 – 1,000+ employees) generate authentic and lasting results.
JP Laqueur joined the Conscious Capitalism NYC chapter in 2015. He found it a natural community for the integrated brand-culture work that his firm BrandFoundations practices. In particular, his Purpose, Way Impact messaging model directly supports some of the pillars of Conscious Capitalism: A Higher Purpose and a Conscious Culture. JP is an articulate authority on culture and the many connections to higher performance.
JP holds a BA in Political Science from Hobart College, is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and can be found skiing, biking or hiking when not in the boardroom.
NYHRPS gratefully acknowledges Tribe Pictures for underwriting this program.
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