John Mackey- CEO of Whole Foods- A Whole-istic Approach to Capitalism

  • Tue, Jan[masked] - 6:30pm
    John Mackey: A Whole-istic Approach to Capitalism

    John Mackey, CEO, Co-founder, Whole Foods Market; Co-author, Conscious Capitalism

    Iconic CEO and co-founder Mackey is known for his all-natural approach to a mega chain of grocery stores, Whole Foods. His stores are, in part, credited with a boom in the healthy food movement whereby terms like organic, local, wild and hormone free becoming rote for more than just the Birkenstock crowd. He’s also taken the formula for conscious capitalism and corporate social responsibility to a whole new level, and other businesses are following suit. In his new book, Conscious Capitalism, co-authored with Professor Raj Sisodia, Mackey discusses the transformative business movement wherein value rests on something more than just finances. For Mackey, it’s about the emotional, ecological and even spiritual purposes of business. The market for competitive advantage is changing, and the world’s best companies are catching on to the holistic equation. Find out more about the Whole Foods story from the man himself.


    Location: SF Club Office 
    Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. reception and book signing
    Cost: Regular: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students. Premium (book, reserved seating and premium reception. Limited to 65 guests): $50 standard, $35 members
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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm curious to know how the talk was. I'm still thinking about tomorrow's palo alto one.

    January 22, 2013


    If anyone is looking for a ticket to tonight's event, let me know by 5:00 EST. I'm stranded on the East Coast and unable to attend. Reserved seating, $50. Email me at [masked]

    January 22, 2013

  • Amber

    Hey Everyone! I will be teaching all night and unable to attend this awesome lecture. Please enjoy and ask all of your burning questions. I can't wait to hear about it. Let me know your thoughts!

    January 22, 2013

  • Justin R.

    While Mr. Mackey is surely more conscious than executives at Safeway or other such chains, I question why he is selling GMO's in his stores.

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • bernardo

    Considering that he seems to have a blase attitude towards climate change, stating that, "climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad", I almost wonder whether he should be protested rather listened to at a cost of $20. Note these two articles about Mackey and his new book and this third one about the Amazon beginning to show degradation from climate change according to NASA. and

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • bernardo

    Related to food issues and at lower cost and probably with a more activist orientation will be the book talk on Wed. Jan 23 in Berkeley by Wenonah Hauter, founder of Food and Water Watch, regarding her new book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food & Farming in America --

    2 · January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI, he gives his talk in SF on Jan 22, and in Palo Alto on 23.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Michael

    I'm not able to attend, but if I could attend, I'd love to ask why Whole Foods doesn't do more to support GMO labeling (e.g. provide financial support). Would GMO labeling hurt their business? Probably in the short term like it would all grocers. But would it also disrupt the industry and potentially lead to healthier food options? Most likely! Also, some stores like Good Earth in Fairfax offer only organic produce. I'd be interested to hear his explanations about the merits of flying conventional (and some organic) produce in from overseas and why they've chosen to continue to sell conventional produce.

    3 · January 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hopefully someone will ask, or I will if I get the chance. I will keep you posted!

      2 · January 9, 2013

    • Michael

      That'd be awesome, thanks!

      1 · January 9, 2013

  • rawgirl A.

    why isnt' this event free? where does the money go to? is it being donated to a local group?

    1 · January 8, 2013

    • Amber

      I think there is a fee because of the production and venue costs involved. He is speaking at all of the Common Wealth clubs in the Bay Area. I did not organize this event. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew it was happening :D

      2 · January 9, 2013

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