Film, conference on conscious capitalism
Inspirational messages from two prominent business leaders will be presented Monday at Grand Canyon University.
Both align with GCU’s goal of educating students to pursue their careers not just with money in mind, but with a focus on integrity and the common good.
Bob ChapmanCEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $3.5 billion manufacturing technology and consulting firm, will speak at 4 p.m. in Sunset Auditorium about how he changed his company’s culture by putting the needs of employees on an equal footing with the shareholders.
After a networking event at 5:30 p.m. in the GCU Arena with food and refreshments, the documentary “Beyond Zero” will be screened at 6:45 p.m. by Ray Anderson desire to transform his company by putting the needs of the planet on an equal footing with the shareholders.
Interface Inc., a $1.2 billion commercial flooring company, has become a leader in sustainability. Last year, it reported that all of its products were carbon neutral throughout their life cycle, while it implemented workplace strategies to support the health and wellbeing of workers. employees.
“Bob’s message is to love your people. Ray was too,” GCU Provost said. Dr. Randy Gibb.
Gibb, former dean of the Colangelo College of Business, has championed their messages in GCU business courses for years under the credo of “conscious capitalism.”
“What if every company was a healing organization?” He asked. “It fits perfectly with who we are: that business is a form of ministry. Business can uplift humanity.
Gibb touts Chapman’s book, “Everybody Matters,” a simple title with a profound message to a company’s employees.
“Bob’s message is that everyone is a precious child. How would you like your child to be treated? said Gibb.
And Anderson’s message to business leaders is that “one of the stakeholders should be the land.”
How to build a sustainable business and stay competitive is the billion dollar question.
“They did it because as a publicly traded company they generated revenue and created abundance,” Gibb said. “This abundance allowed them to reinvest in technology. This is an incredible story of Ray Anderson and his servant leadership.
The event is free for GCU students, faculty and staff by registering here for tickets.
“Free movie, free popcorn, why don’t you go?” asked the GCU student Nicole Campillo. “It’s more than about sustainability, it’s a film that impacts students, showing that it’s possible to choose change – a business that becomes fully sustainable because it cares about resources natural resources and human resources.
Campillo is closely linked to the subject as the Director of Sustainability for GCU’s Associate Students. She says there is too much unnecessary stigma on sustainability.
“I don’t think it should be just for crunchy, crunchy granola,” she said. “It should be more inclusive because everyone should care about the planet. In a Christian mission, we are called to manage the earth. So I don’t think business and sustainability should be mutually exclusive.
She hopes the film is another way to show students that they should care and that it’s not about political left or right.
Attention is the key word for Monday night’s event.
In 2017, Chapman was named one of Inc. magazine’s top CEOs for taking Barry-Wehmiller’s outdated technology and weak financial position to new heights. He executed dozens of acquisitions while changing his management style to put people first, making team members feel valued and supported. He speaks widely on the subject and shares it on his blog.
Anderson’s vision has led to new conversations about environmentalism and businesses that reduce impact on the planet, featured in the film directed by Nathan Haveyformer TEDx GCU emcee.
Anderson built Interface on the innovative concept of modular flooring before having an epiphany in the mid-1990s about the role of business and sustainability. It has set ambitious goals to achieve zero waste to landfill, zero fossil fuel and water consumption and zero greenhouse gas emissions. Twenty-five years later, the goal is beyond zero for products that actually store carbon.
The examples can inspire students in their career search.
“Students want to work for a company that treats people that way,” Gibb said. “They want to work for a company that has a purpose, that helps the community.”
Grand Canyon University lead writer Mike Kilen can be reached at [email protected] or at 602-639-6764.
4:00 p.m. – Lecture by Bob Chapman, Sunset Auditorium.
5:45 PM – Networking in the arena and VIP event at the Colangelo Museum with tacos, Pepsi drinks and popcorn.
6:45 p.m. – “Beyond Zero” documentary in GCU Arena, followed by a discussion with film producer Nathan Havey, Joey Shay and Bob Chapman of Interface.
Get free tickets here.