John Mackey

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About John Mackey

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years.

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness. Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company and to answer the call to service that he feels in his heart.

Mackey is also the co-author of the new book, “The Whole Foods Diet” (Grand Central Life & Style 2017).

Why You Should Listen

It’s not every day that you get to hear from one of the most successful people in the food business and I can say with absolute certainty that you will walk away from this conversation with candid, and invaluable advice that’s sure to inform your journey as a consumer, entrepreneur, or simply someone who wants to have a positive impact on the world.

In this in-depth conversation, John and I touch on:

  • Why the Whole Foods Cookbook is different than your typical collection of recipes.

  • His philosophy of eating a primarily whole food, plant-based diet along with the compelling science that backs it up.

  • His thoughts on the food system and given his perspective as the CEO of a billion dollar food company.

  • How consumers can use their buying power to create change.

  • His take on the future of our food system and he offers some incredibly promising and positive advice for young entrepreneurs.

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