CEO Roundtable: Covid-19 Insights – May 7th 2020
How has COVID-19 affected the way your organization is run? In this special episode, conscious leaders discuss how their organization has been affected by COVID-19 and the decisions they’ve made as a result. We discuss the need to preserve cash, concerns about organization culture following staff reductions and concerns resulting from COVID-19. CEO’s Bob Chapman, Cory Smith, Sarah Mehler, and Karen Short each share the decisions they’ve made, the impact it is having on their organization, and how they as a leader have been challenged.
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Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B capital equipment firm that he’s led since 1975, applying a unique blend of strategy and culture to build a global organization of more than 100 acquisitions and 12,000+ team members. Over two decades, a series of realizations led Chapman away from traditional management to the concept of Truly Human Leadership, a transformation that inspired his best-seller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. Named Inc.’s No. 3 CEO, Chapman shares his message about business’s opportunity to become the world’s most positive societal influence to audiences including Conscious Capitalism, Fortune Scale Up Summit, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Danforth’s Seeds of Change, US Congressional Retreat, WorldBlu, and CEO Global Leaders Forum. Inspired by Chapman’s work, the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute was founded in 2015 to partner with other organizations looking to improve their cultures, develop outstanding leaders and inspire their people.
Cory Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Wisdom Labs, a company that provides science-based learning and practices to help improve mental, emotional, and social wellbeing at work. Wisdom Lab’s scalable suite of digital products are being used by companies such as Salesforce, GoPro, Merck, Kauffman Foundation, and LinkedIn. Previously, Cory was CEO of Impact Hub San Francisco, CEO of the Social Capital Markets Conference, the first Innovation Fellow for the City of San Francisco, CEO of Webcast Solutions (acquired by StarMedia/France Telecom) and co-founder of MediaCast, the first on-location webcast company.
For 25+ years, I have served in B2B and B2C marketing and sales positions. As an entrepreneurial leader specializing in innovative and transformative marketing and sales, I have successfully executed aggressive growth strategies ranging from market-driven and sales-focused organizations to growth through mergers and acquisitions across multiple industries. I build brands with a focus on quality, reliability, distinction and thought leadership positioning.
Sarah Mehler is Founder and CEO of Left Field Labs, a creative agency dedicated to humanity’s profound relationship with technology. She leads a team of 100+ designers, developers, and strategists that have launched hundreds of digital products and experiences — from VR and websites, to apps and experiential installations — for clients such as Google, Discovery, Android, Estée Lauder, Uber, and Disney.
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