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Conscious Capitalism 2018

Meagan Thompson // May 9, 2018
Conference

Over the past seven years, Conscious Capitalism has become a huge part of Improving's identity. We have Conscious Capitalism Chapters near three of our offices - Dallas, Columbus and Houston - and are working to start another in Minneapolis. And this February, our CEO, Curtis Hite, was appointed to the Board of Directors for Conscious Capitalism International.

So you can imagine our excitement when it was announced that the Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference was going to be hosted in our backyard for 2018. The conference was held April 30 through May 2 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.

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Improvers and Stakeholder at Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference.

The primary purpose of the annual conference is to bring together current practitioners of Conscious Capitalism and those who are interested in learning more about "elevating humanity through business."

"Conscious Capitalism 2018 was an amazing event. Dallas has such a vibrant, thriving group of businesses supporting this movement, and that was evident by how many companies from our own city were represented at the conference," shares Bethany Hilton. Bethany is an Account Manager at Improving and serves as Co-Chair of Programming on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. "It was a great turnout and I'm proud to see Dallas embracing and promoting the movement in such a big way."

Curtis had the chance to share his knowledge at a practicum session during the conference, and his talk touched on what he's learned from implementing Conscious Capitalism at Improving. He shared tips on how to increase engagement and infuse the values of Conscious Capitalism into a company culture.

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Conscious Capitalism Summit 2018 was filled with insightful talks by thought leaders from conscious businesses including a keynote from Jeff Sinelli, Founder and Chief Vibe Officer of Which Wich. Following his talk, Jeff invited the conference attendees to join him at his practicum for Project PB&J, an initiative from The Which Wich Cares Foundation. This nonprofit aims to give PB&J sandwiches to those who need it, from local organizations to communities affected by natural disasters.

Conference attendees split into teams and formed assembly lines to crank out those sandwiches. We had several Improvers join the practicum to help make 6,831 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to give to Dallas organizations.

In addition to this, there were talks given by the CEO's and Founders from Whole Foods, Poo-Pourri, Love Sac, and more. Their inspiring presentations gave an energy to the room and many of the audience took valuable life and business lessons from what was said.

"Dallas has such a vibrant, thriving group of businesses supporting this movement.... I'm proud to see Dallas embracing and promoting the movement in such a big way." -- Bethany Hilton

Having the annual conference so close to one of our enterprises gave us the opportunity to connect with the stakeholders from our different locations. We were joined by 35 Improving stakeholders from our Cleveland, Columbus, Houston and Dallas offices.

We wanted to show our out-of-state attendees an authentic Texas experience. What better way to do that than with some barbecue and live country music?

"This conference is the only one I look forward to every year; the people, the energy, the discussions - they fuel me to be and do better. It’s great to exchange ideas with other companies and to see what is working and how we might approach implementing some of the tenets." -- David O'Hara, President of Improving - Dallas

We took our guests on a Trolley Tour of some iconic Dallas spots and ended the night at Texas Ale Project Brewery for some craft beer and barbecue from Ferris Wheelers. In typical fashion, Curtis led the dance floor initiative and taught some of our northern friends how to two-step.

Thank you to our stakeholders for taking the time to attend the conference. We enjoyed spending time with you and showing you around Dallas! We had a great time at the annual Conscious Capitalism conference learning from leaders who share our belief that business can, and should be, used as a force for good.

To learn more about the Conscious Capitalism movement, click here.

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