Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)'s purpose is to help entrepreneurs achieve their full potential by enabling life-enhancing connections, designing shared experiences, and providing collaborative learning. The organization brought 600 registered attendees together for Impact Day, a platform for interested members to learn more about EO's sustainability agenda, explore how they can create impact through their business, and connect with fellow members. The next quarterly Impact Day will be December 9, 2020.
Entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to transform our world. Since pledging to support the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals during a UN special session in 2017, EO and its members have focused on promoting sustainable business practices with a goal of creating a net-positive impact on the world by 2030.
"As we look to transform, refocus, and recover better from Covid-19, we have important decisions to make: Do we want to go back to the world we know or deal decisively with the issues that make us all vulnerable to future crises?" asked Marsha Ralls, EO DC member and founder of Phoenix Wellness Retreat. "Entrepreneurs around the world have a unique window of opportunity to develop post-pandemic business strategies that fully integrate with purpose, clarity of intent, and help build more inclusive and sustainable societies."
To help EO members on their journeys toward designing a future where they focus on purpose-driven clarity of vision and certainty of intent, the organization recently hosted its first in a series of Impact Day webinars to inspire action.
Here are nine insights from the event's speakers to inspire you to transform your company for good:
"As entrepreneurs, we are leaders. We have to be engaged. Much work is yet to be done. We're the change-makers. And as leaders, we need to create other change-makers. Having others join us in our good efforts is critically important." ? Warren Rustand, co-founder and Dean of Faculty at EO's Leadership Academy
"We build on foundations we did not lay. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. We profit from persons we did not know. This is as it should be. Together we are more than any one person could be. Together we can build across the generations." ? Poem by the Rev. Peter Raible, read by Warren Rustand
"As for why women make better business leaders: If communication is leadership, guess who tends to communicate better?" ? Kip Tindell, co-founder of the Container Store and co-chair of Conscious Capitalism
"Adopting a model of sustainability empowers people to foster innovation while mitigating both environmental and social risk. Sustainability can't be done in isolation. We'll all need to work together to make it a reality." ? Nikhil Hirdaramani, EO Sri Lanka
"The challenge of life is not to be the best. It's to give our best. How we walk with the broken says more about us than how we sit with the great." ? Warren Rustand
"The most efficient way to get from where we are to where we want to be as a global society is by fixing, tinkering with, and improving--not revamping--the world of business. The capitalist system that is working well in many ways is also working poorly in many ways. It's imminently doable by using methodologies such as Conscious Capitalism. We're already making progress." ? Kip Tindell
"As leaders, we see the problems and difficulties and must determine what we're going to do. We've created a global community of good. We're gaining momentum. By focusing on impact, we will create even more momentum as we engage in society as never before." ? Warren Rustand
"In Conscious Capitalism, we focus on stakeholders, not shareholders. We focus on the employee and the customer first. Employees must love your business before your customers can." ? Kip Tindell
"More so now than ever, this is a time when our communities need us (the leaders of companies). This is the time when we can make an impact by doing small things. What is our new normal; how can we be better? As we start our transformational new journeys, let's commit to doing good." ? Bob Tassone, EO Global Chair