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“Conscious Cultures: Building a Flourishing Business on Love and Care” Bentley University Hosts Fourth Annual International Conference on Conscious Capitalism, May 22 to 23, 2012

Contact: Helen Henrichs, 781-891-2277,

May 16, 2012

Corporate leaders, academics and thought leaders will come together at Bentley University to explore what it means to be a conscious business in the 21st century. The fourth annual Conscious Capitalism research conference, held at Bentley May 22 and 23, 2012, will focus on the theme “Conscious Cultures: Building a Flourishing Business on Love and Care.”

“Conscious businesses have distinctive cultures that help to sustain their adherence to their higher purpose and their orientation towards maintaining a harmony of interests across stakeholders,” says Rajendra Sisodia, professor of marketing at Bentley and co-founder and chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute. “Conscious cultures are self-sustaining, self-healing, evolutionary, and resilient (though not impervious) to changes in leadership or external context.”

The conference will explore what a truly conscious culture looks like, and how it differs from a “great place to work.” Participants will hear from the leaders of companies who have built and sustained such cultures, and look at what the journey toward creating a conscious culture entails.

Ten interactive workshops will focus on a number of themes, including cultural assessment and measurement, cultural transformation, becoming more emotionally intelligent and fostering organizational creativity.

Among the featured speakers are: 

  • John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
  • Doug Rauch, Former President, Trader Joe’s
  • Albilio Diniz, CEO, Groupo Pão de Açúcar (Brazil)
  • Kip Tindell, CEO and Chairman, The Container Store
  • Chip Conley, Founder, Joie de Vivre
  • Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer/Managing Partner, Guggenheim Partners, LLC
  • Ron Shaich, Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Panera Bread
  • Richard Barrett, Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre
  • James Heskett, Baker Foundation Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
  • Robert Quinn, Margaret Elliot Tracey Professor at the University of Michigan
  • R. Edward Freeman, Professor, University of Virginia
  • Raj Sisodia, Professor of Marketing, Bentley University, co-founder and Chairman, Conscious Capitalism Institute

Corporate leaders include: Jenne Britell, Chairman of the Board, United Rentals; Michael Gelb,  leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development; Ricardo Gil, Chief Culture Officer, Axialent; Timothy Henry, Managing Partner, Arete Management LLC; Julia Kirby, Editor at Large, Harvard Business Review; Alexandra LaJoux, Chief Knowledge Officer, National Association of Corporate Directors; Chris Meyer, Founder, Monitor Talent; ; Jay Ogilvy, Co-founder, Global Business Network; Shubhro Sen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conscious Capitalism Institute; and Bud Sorenson, Board Director, Whole Foods Market, President Emeritus, Babson College.

Academic presenters include: Ellen Auster; Professor of Strategic Management/Founding Director, Schulich Center for Teaching Excellence, York University; Andy Aylesworth, Associate Professor of Marketing, Bentley University; Marya Besharov, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University; Ernie Cadotte, John W. Fisher Professor, Learning Innovation at the University of Tennessee; Betsy Myers, Founding Director, Bentley’s Center for Women and Business; Srinivisan Pillay, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Michael Pratt, O’Connor Family Professor, Boston College; ; Anjan Thakor, John E. Simon Professor of Finance ,Olin School of Business, Washington University; and Maurizio Zollo, Dean’s Chaired Professor in Corporate Strategy and Sustainability, Bocconi University.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Conscious Capitalism Institute. For more information on cost, registration, detailed agenda and speakers, please go to:

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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