From October 9–12, Conscious Capitalism will gather founders, CEOs, and presidents of impact-focused companies at its Eleventh Annual CEO Summit in Austin, Texas. Conscious Capitalism asserts 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. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had.” Their convening of industry leaders provides a much-needed forum for both formal and informal collaboration and idea exchange. This year’s speakers include the founders and CEOs of The Motley Fool, Whole Foods, Thrive, and Panera Bread, among many others.
Jess Bissey of MoFo Impact will join Matt O’Hayer (CEO and founder of Vital Farms), Blair Kellison (CEO of Traditional Medicinals), Diana Propper (managing director of Cranemere Inc.), and moderator Michael Whelchel, managing partner of Big Path Capital, in a session highlighting exit, liquidity, and capital-raising options for impact-driven CEOs with a special focus on how to preserve mission through a company’s most important financial transactions.
The introduction of outside capital, whether a minority or majority liquidity, represents a crucial decision point that can have permanent effects on the mission, future, and legacy of a company. A practicum, entitled “Values-Aligned Capital for Conscious Companies – From Growth to Liquidity,” will engage founders and CEOs of sustainable and impact companies in search of capital and liquidity options that don’t jeopardize their company’s core purpose.