Whole Foods Market CEO to discuss ‘Conscious Capitalism’ Feb. 24 for Moore School’s Wachovia Speakers Series

February 10, 2009

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, will give a public lecture on “Conscious Capitalism” Feb. 24 for the Moore School of Business’ Wachovia Speakers Series.

Mackey will speak at 8 a.m. in the Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Moore School. In his talk, he will share his philosophy that businesses should be concerned with more than profit; they should also create value for all of their stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, community and the environment.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mackey started his first natural-foods grocery store, Safer Way, in 1978, with partner Renee Lawson. The company later merged with two competitors to form Whole Foods, Inc. and has grown to become the largest natural-food store chain in the world. The Austin, Texas-based food chain successfully bought out one of its top competitors, Wild Oats Markets, after a lengthy antitrust suit in 2007.

Widely noted for paying himself only $1 per year as chairman and CEO of Whole Foods, Mackey attributes the success of his business to his application of libertarian philosophies and free-market principles.

Through its Wachovia Speaker Series, the Moore School brings in top executives from around the world to share their knowledge and experience with students, business leaders and the public.

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