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   The Conscious Business Network and Partners:

Chicago: Reimagining Business Success!

“Conscious,” “Values-driven,” “Triple Bottom Line,” “Sustainable,” “Social Impact,” “Social Innovation”– How do you define successful business in the new economy?

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.

Panelist Speakers:

Theresa Salus: Outdoor Program & Outreach Manager – Chicago Market, REI Co-Op

Mission: REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. We offer our own line of high-quality award-winning gear and apparel, in addition to products from the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel.

Conscious Commitment: REI is passionate about the outdoors and committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions. Among other awards, REI has been recognized by the Financial Times and JustMeans for its comprehensive stewardship efforts.

About Theresa: Responsible for driving participation and program growth for REI Outdoor School, managing and training instructional and outreach staff, leading corporate initiatives at a market level, main point of contact for Chicago community engagement, outdoor program risk management, land agencies, and retail management.

Sarah Hutcheson: Member Services Executive, ContextMedia Health

Mission: ContextMedia:Health is a mission-driven patient education company – founded in 2006 and based in Chicago – that partners with healthcare professionals to educate patients on how to manage their condition through lifestyle changes.

Conscious Commitment: The founders of the company were inspired by their personal experiences as caregivers to family members living with diabetes and decided to partner with healthcare professionals to turn patient wait-time into an educational opportunity by bringing engaging videos on lifestyle information to the practice waiting-room. ContextMedia:Health is independently owned and operated without influence from pharmaceutical or insurance companies. This independence ensures that we provide our member practices with programming that is unbiased, accurate and relevant for their patients.

ContextMedia was recognized as 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work For and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Crain’s Business, MedAd News, HealthCare TechDecisions and MDNG Endocrinology.

About Sarah:  Sarah has been working as a Member Solutions Executive at ContextMedia Health now for almost a year. Her role requires her to be involved in every aspect of our business: sponsorship, media, technology, and membership growth and satisfaction. Sarah is responsible for owning 550-600 relationships with members that are either private practices or practices affiliated with a hospital or health system. As a high growth company, Sarah has to remain flexible and open minded to changes while also having the freedom to suggest scalable processes to improve efficiency. She is held to a number of key performance indicators (metrics) based on up-selling/fully integrating our newest patient education devices, leveraging my relationships, completed activities, and percentage of members she has talked to in the past 6 months. 

Brady Gott: Managing Director, Cleanslate Chicago

Mission: Cleanslate, a social enterprise of Cara, provides paid transitional jobs in exterior maintenance which have a dual purpose – invigorating our communities and providing the platform to help individuals build the skills to secure lasting careers.

Conscious Commitment: In addition to helping individuals secure transitional employment and valuable job skills so they may reenter the workforce, Cleanslate also serves as a catalyst for true community renewal in many Chicago neighborhoods. Cleanslate contributes directly to each community’s revitalization strategy by concentrating its neighborhood beautification efforts along high-traffic corridors, and by establishing itself as a neighborhood presence that helps to restore community pride.

About Brady: Brady oversees Cleanslate Chicago, a social enterprise that creates more than 250 jobs annually for Chicagoans affected by homelessness and poverty. For nine years, Brady has overseen business operations, personnel management, budgeting, quality control, and business expansion consistent with the strategic plan of Cara, Cleanslate’s parent nonprofit. Brady earned a BA in Urban Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and an MBA at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. Brady is a 2016 Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy.

Jimmy Lee: President/CEO, Goodcity

Mission: The mission of Goodcity is to identify and then support high potential community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency, hope and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities in Chicago.

Conscious Commitment: Goodcity is committed to identifying, starting and growing social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in under-resourced communities in the Chicago area. We work with both nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations who promote self-sufficiency, hope and purpose in the communities they are a part of.

About Jimmy:  Jimmy has vast experience in government and nonprofit sectors both locally and globally. In 2009, he was named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 following his bid for the United States Congress in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Along with many other recognitions and accolades, Jimmy brings his energetic personality and creative approach to ensure that Goodcity is on the forefront of innovation when it comes to developing businesses throughout Chicago.

Moderator: Therese Rowley, Ph.D.,Founder and CEO, The Conscious Business Network/Accelerated Alignment

Mission: Dr. Rowley founded The Conscious Business Network (CBN) in 2008 to engage thought leaders and conscious business colleagues in heartfelt dialogue to make meaning out of new models and emerging paradigms that shape a more conscious global marketplace. Her company, Accelerated Alignment, is a unique collaborator with conscious leaders, resolving intractable business, leadership or life challenges to achieve powerful clarity, aligned purpose and meaningful engagement. Accelerated Alignment supports organizational leaders to operate in full power, high energy and strong focus through mergers, acquisition or organizational realignment. Through a combination of strategic intuitive consulting and coaching, educational workshops and personal insight sessions, Accelerated Alignment facilitates conscious leadership and cultures.

Conscious Commitment: Therese is inspired by the power of business to shape a thriving planet and is committed to supporting its leaders and organizations in their evolution and expansion.

About Therese: Therese is a renown intuitive, business consultant and energy healer. Her book Mapping a New Reality: Discovering Intuitive Intelligence and videos on Intuition as an Intelligence offer a conceptual landscape for furthering consciousness and intuitive development – both personally and at work. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Master’s program in OD/HR at the University of San Francisco and Instructor on leadership, strategy and transformation at the University of Chicago’s Booth School LEAD Institute and The Graham School as well as at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies.