Co-Founder & Former CEO, Whole Foods Market
John Mackey is an entrepreneur and the co-founder and visionary of Whole Foods Market. In his 44 years of service as CEO, the natural and organic grocer grew from a single store in Austin, Texas, to 540 stores in the U.S., U.K., and Canada with annual sales exceeding $22 billion and more than 105,000 Team Members.
A pioneer of natural and organic foods and a passionate advocate for capitalism as a force for good, Mackey has focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. His vision inspired Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Total Health Immersion program to promote health and wellness with Whole Foods Market Team Members.
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 to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness. In his follow-up, Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity through Business, Mackey provides a roadmap for innovative, values-based leadership.
Mackey was inducted into the World Retail Congress Hall of Fame, which honors retail’s most influential representatives whose ideas have shaped retailing through the businesses and brands they have created, or by their skills in running the retail industry’s giants. He has been recognized as one of Fortune’s "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO,” while Whole Foods Market was named to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” list for 20 consecutive years.
A mission-driven entrepreneur, Mackey is deeply passionate about the connection between food and health. He is co-author of “The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity” (Grand Central Life & Style 2017) and “The Whole Foods Cookbook: 120 Delicious and Healthy Plant-Centered Recipes” (Grand Central Life & Style 2018). His next business venture, Love Life!, will unite the power of nourishing food, holistic medical care, and precision wellness therapies to make optimal, lasting health and vitality achievable. Mackey announced his new role as co-founder and CEO of the company following his retirement from Whole Foods Market in September 2022.
Mackey currently serves on the board of directors for Conscious Capitalism, The Motley Fool, The Institute for Cultural Evolution, and Students for Liberty. He is an avid backpacker and long-distance hiker and resides in Austin with his wife, Deborah.
John discusses how a company's higher purpose can effect stakeholder integration, leadership, and culture... all for the better.
How leaders can personally grow and evolve to, in turn, grow and engage employees and the company itself.
John discusses how to create or evolve an organization's culture to become both highly innovative and productive.
John tells the story of creating a company from scratch in 1978, and the following 40 years of interesting twists and turns that ultimately led to a merger with Amazon.
A detailed conversation about the healthy eating program that Whole Foods Market has implemented for its team members. This program reverses and cures obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and many auto-immune diseases. Over time this program will radically improve the health of a company’s team members, while significantly cutting the cost of corporate health care.
John discuss the 17 Leadership Principles that Whole Foods Market is built upon.
FANTASTIC! John was a hit with our audience and his speech was very engaging and he was SUPER nice and personable with everyone. Couldn’t have been better – the audience hung on his every word.