Raj Sisodia introduces Walter Robb, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Cheryl Rosner, CEO, Stayful, and Illumination/Story: Eric Ryan in a discussion about a conscious culture of ethical business.
Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 operating the Mill Valley, CA store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993 where he grew the region from two to 17 stores. He became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. In 2010, Robb was named Co-CEO along with John Mackey and joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors at that time. An avid organic advocate, Robb is on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is also on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific. Robb is on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Whole Kids Foundation.
Cheryl Rosner recently founded Stayful.com serving the Boutique and Independent Hotel community.
Prior to Stayful, Rosner was a Strategic Coach for Startup Founders and CEO’s and Strategic Advisor to BuyWithMe. Prior, Rosner served at President and CEO of TicketsNow, the world’s largest independent online marketplace for premium event tickets. Rosner led the Company to the successful sale to Ticketmaster in 2008.
Before joining TicketsNow, Cheryl was President of Expedia Corporate Travel and from 1999 to 2005, Rosner led Hotels.com to success in various roles becoming President in 2003, including achievements such as participating in the successful IPO in 2000 and creating and launching the popular Hotels.com brand.
In 2004, Business Travel News named Rosner one of the “25 Most Influential People in Travel”. Prior to 1999 Rosner held various positions in the hotel industry with companies such as Kimpton Group, Ian Schrager Hotels and Four Seasons.
A deep love of travel and hotels inspired Stayful.com.
Eric Ryan makes soap. Really nice smelling soap that’s non-toxic and good for the planet. It’s really beautiful, too. He and his high school buddy Adam started method in 2001 and have since built it into a global industry leader— a brand that was ranked the 7th fastest growing company in America by Inc. Magazine in 2006 and received the 2011 AIGA Corporate Leadership Award. Today, method has over 100 planet-friendly cleaning products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Eric has been named an eco-leader by Vanity Fair, a Food & Wine Tastemaker, an eco-revolutionary by Time Magazine, PETA’s Person of the Year, and one of People Magazine’s Sexiest People Alive. Okay, that last one’s not really true, but the others are. Eric lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Ingrid and three children Anya, Matias and Anders, all of whom think he is a rock star on Guitar Hero.
Dr. Raj Sisodia is one of the thought leaders of the Conscious Capitalism movement globally. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose is considered a foundational work in explaining the precepts and performance implications of pursuing a conscious approach to business. It was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Raj has an MBA in Marketing from the Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumba, India, and a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University. In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. He was recently chosen as one of ten “Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of 2010’s “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America.
Dr. Sisodia has published seven books and over 100 academic articles. His book The Rule of Three: How Competition Shapes Markets was a finalist for the 2004 Best Marketing Book Award from the American Marketing Association. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNBC and numerous other media outlets worldwide. Dr. Sisodia was Chairman and Co-Founder of adAlive, Inc., a VC-financed company in Waltham, MA. He has consulted and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, Walmart, POSCO, McDonalds, Ericsson, Siemens, Sprint, Tata, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Volvo, KPMG, IBM, Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young, and Southern California Edison. A frequent and popular keynote speaker, Dr. Sisodia has made nearly 300 presentations on Conscious Capitalism at leading universities, corporations, non-profits and other organizations around the world. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Mastek, a publicly traded IT services company based in Mumbai, India.