Cover image of John Mackey

John Mackey

55 Podcast Episodes

Latest 18 Sep 2021 | Updated Daily

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Episode artwork

Whole Foods Founder & CEO John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism and Repairing America‘s Division | Season 1 | Ep 15

Joe Lonsdale: American Optimist

   In 1978, John Mackey co-founded his first natural foods store in Austin, Texas with only $45,000. Two years later, he and his business partners launched the first Whole Foods Market, which quickly became the nation's fastest-growing organic grocery store. In 2017, Amazon acquired the company for over $13 billion.    In this episode, the Whole Foods Founder and CEO discusses his journey from democratic socialism to "Conscious Capitalism" -- the title of his book in defense of free markets and how business, conducted properly, can elevate humanity. He also explains the cultural divide in America today as a clash of three worldviews - traditional, modern, and progressive - and describes how we can pull the best wisdom from each to bridge division and continue to move our society forward.


15 Sep 2021

Episode artwork

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on the ‘Siren Call’ of Socialism and Why Businesses Should Stay Apolitical

American Thought Leaders

“Socialism has been tried 41 times in the last 100 years … and there are exactly 41 failures,” says Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, author of “Conscious Capitalism.” In this interview, filmed at the FreedomFest in South Dakota, I sat down with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey to discuss the deceiving allure of socialism, his philosophy of “conscious capitalism,” and why Nordic countries are actually not socialist, contrary to what many may claim. #JohnMackey #WholeFoods #Socialism


7 Aug 2021

Similar People

Episode artwork

194. John Mackey (Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market) on Conscious Capitalism & Conscious Leadership

The Michael Shermer Show

John Mackey says the treatment for the cancer of crony capitalism is conscious capitalism, grounded “in an ethical system based on value creation for all stakeholders,” which includes not just owners, but employees, customers, the community, the environment, and even competitors, activists, critics, unions, and the media. Mackey cites Google and Southwest Airlines as role models, and pharmaceutical companies and financial corporations as anti-role models. In a surprise pivot, Mackey lays the blame for the myth of the profit motive as the only measure of value at the feet of capitalists themselves. Mackey’s goal is to write a new narrative for capitalism that asks us to care about customers and human beings instead of data points on a spreadsheet.

1hr 47mins

21 Jul 2021

Episode artwork

The Atlas Society Asks John Mackey

The Atlas Society Presents - The Atlas Society Asks

John Mackey is the co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Devoted to promoting health and wellness and to reducing global poverty, Mackey wrote Conscious Capitalism and co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement. Tune in to hear him discuss his most recent book, Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business, which challenges readers to rethink conventional business wisdom.


2 Jun 2021

Most Popular

Episode artwork

BRP 48 | John Mackey

Band Room Podcast

We welcome composer, John Mackey to The Band Room! We spoke about his musical upbringing, working with fear as an artist, writing for band, promoting diversity at the Midwest Clinic, mental/physical well-being, cats and more!Help support the Band Room Podcast by becoming a patron through Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/bandroompodHelp support the Band Room Podcast by getting your merch at the BRP Storehttp://www.bandroompod.com/storeMusic used in this episodeBRP Theme Music: Skyline by EKR HammellPerforming Ensemble: University of Toronto Wind EnsembleDr. Gillian MacKay – ConductorEpisode LinksJohn Mackey's Websitehttps://www.johnmackey.com/Place We Can No Longer Gohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAeLHj5w6vM&t=635sJohn's Early 8-Bit Musichttps://www.johnmackey.com/blog/page/2Canadian Band Association https://www.canadianband.org/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bandroompod)

1hr 43mins

19 May 2021

Episode artwork

John Mackey on conscious leadership

Acton Line

In this episode, Acton Institute president and co-founder Rev. Robert Sirico joins John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, to discuss Mackey’s new book, “Conscious Leadership.” This conversation was part of Acton Institute’s Business Matters online conference. Leading experts and CEOs discussed the current challenges, and ethical principles needed for businesses to thrive in the midst of COVID-19, civil unrest, and political turmoil.A conscious leader, as Mackey defines it, is one who’s more conscious of their purpose, emotions, and what motivates them to move forward in a successful direction with their business. He says that “business people create the most value in the world more so than any government in history.”A conscious leader creates value for their customers, employees, suppliers, investors, and communities. He furthers his point by saying that “there should be no contradiction between purpose and profit, as they belong together.”Mackey, also the author of “Conscious Capitalism”, explains the benefits provided to society by entrepreneurs and the free market, while also discussing engaging topics like the effects of raising the federal minimum wage, Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, and more.Business Matters 2021 playlistConscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business Conscious Capitalism and the Higher Purpose of Business Subscribe to Acton Institute Events podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


17 Mar 2021

Episode artwork

Should Businesses Focus Solely on Profits? Whole Foods' John Mackey vs. Ayn Rand Institute's Yaron Brook

Reason Video

At each of Whole Foods Market's more than 500 American stores, managers ask every team member—from the meat clerks to the baristas to the janitorial staff—to orient their work around a shared purpose, which is to make natural and healthy food widely available. This goal, according to Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey, is in no way inconsistent with maximizing shareholder value, often seen as the essential purpose of a corporation. As Mackey writes in his new book about leadership, "At the heart of Conscious Capitalism is a radical refutation of the negative perceptions of business, and a rejection of the split between purpose and profit." Mackey believes that this is the key to defending capitalism against those who condemn it for having no inspiring ideals. At a Reason-sponsored Soho Forum debate held on February 18, 2020, Ayn Rand Institute Chairman of the Board Yaron Brook challenged this view. He believes that maximizing profit should always be the primary goal of companies, and it's that focus which explains why capitalism has lifted the broad masses out of poverty. That's the message businesses should be emphasizing, he said, and it's inspiring enough.The debate, which played out in front of 200 people in The Villages, Florida, was moderated by Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein. It was an Oxford-style debate, meaning the winner is the person who moves the most people in his direction.Narrated by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Ian Keyser and John Osterhoudt. Camera by FeatherDot Productions.Photo: Whole Foods Market; Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/Newscom; Event photos, Brett Raney

1hr 26mins

8 Mar 2021

Episode artwork

Elevating Humanity Through Business with John Mackey

The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show

You all know my mission for this show is to help you live your dreams through career, hobby and life and that’s why I’m excited to have John Mackey on the show. He is the cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market and cofounder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism. He is the coauthor of the Conscious Capitalism book, and most recently Conscious Leadership, Elevating Humanity through Business. You may recall in the past, that Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon for 13.7 billion dollars. But this episode isn’t about money or acquisitions. It’s about how to connect, inspire, and look within for the things that actually matter to you. It’s about how you go to work every day with purpose and conviction around a passion or a way of being of what you want to see more in the world. Of course we re-trace John’s past, from founding Whole Foods from one of the first organic grocery stores to arrive on the scene to a Fortune 500 company with something like 500 stores, almost 90,000 team members, across 3 countries. Yet what we really get into is the pursuit of your one precious life plus: Leading with love. Acting with integrity Finding Win Win Win solutions in every challenge and so much more Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts -- Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times best selling authors and the best entrepreneurs of our times.

1hr 18mins

13 Jan 2021

Episode artwork

#197: John Mackey – Conscious Leadership

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson

In this episode, we are joined by John Mackey. In 1980 he co-founded small supermarket in Austin, Texas. Over the years the company has grown a bit. It now has more than 500 stores in North America and seven in the United Kingdom. You may have heard of it. It’s called Whole Foods. In 2017, the company was acquired by Amazon for $13.7 billion. We discuss what it means to be a conscious leader and how this shows up in everyday leadership. John and I explore how outside events can push us to a new s curve and how those unexpected moments can actually help us grow and mature. John shares how his marriage has made him the man he is today and offers advice to others trying to practice conscious leadership. For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: http://www.whitneyjohnson.com/john-mackey/


5 Jan 2021

Episode artwork

#6: John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism: How to Liberate the Heroic Spirit of Business & Elevate Humanity Through Business

The IVY Podcast

We are proud to connect you with John Mackey, legendary co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods and co-founder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism. This will be a deeply inspiring conversation that will challenge us to look past conventional business wisdom, and imagine a bright future with a thriving, purpose-driven, sustainable economy. Mackey started a movement when he founded Whole Foods, bringing natural, organic food to the masses, leading his company to become a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries. Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods because of his passion for seeing the company exemplify a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness. In an exclusive conversation moderated by IVY CEO and YPO New York Metro Chapter Chair Beri Meric, we’ll learn the critical takeaways from Mackey’s leadership journey, and his vision for a more innovative, value-based leadership—in business and in society. We’ll also distill the key lessons from his new book Conscious Leadership, and break down the strategies that have helped Mackey shepherd Whole Foods through four decades of incredible growth and innovation and become internationally renowned as one of the most inspiring business leaders of our time. This conversation will be an empowering call to action for entrepreneurs and trailblazers to step up as leaders who see beyond the bottom line.


25 Nov 2020