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Container Store CEO to speak Feb. 4

Kip TindellCompanies that practice “conscious capitalism” have strong corporate cultures, often paying their employees with higher-than-average salaries, and superior customer service. These companies consider the needs of all stakeholders — employees, suppliers, customers, investors and the community — with the need to achieve profits.

Kip Tindell, right, chairman and chief executive officer of Dallas-based The Container Store, will discuss how his company has achieved success through conscious capitalism during the Executive + Scholar Lecture Series at the University of North Texas Feb. 4.

“Operating this way is the most joyful and fulfilling way to run a business — and, ironically, it’s also the most profitable,” Tindell said.

  • What: Executive + Scholar Lecture Series
  • Who: Kip Tindell, chairman and CEO of The Container Store
  • When: 10 a.m. Feb. 4
  • Where: Gateway Center ballroom
  • Tickets: $50 for the general public and $25 for non-UNT university and college students. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 30 by contacting Lisa Wallace at 940-369-7051.

The Executive + Scholar Lecture Series is sponsored by the Global Digital Retailing Research Center in UNT’s College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. The lectures enable UNT students and others to hear from an industry leader with a particular passion. One or more scholars who have conducted research in the same area of passion also speak at each lecture.

Vineeta Salvi will conduct the question-and-answer discussion with Tindell. Salvi spent two decades in an international banking career, holding management positions with Wells Fargo Bank, National Bank of Kuwait and Australia and New Zealand Bank, among others. She now has a consultancy practice, Vidya Solutions, which focuses on the integration of wisdom from various spiritual traditions to enhance contemporary business practices and performance, and to promote professional effectiveness through individuals’ personal wellness. She has taught conscious capitalism at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Executive + Scholar Lecture Series will close with Tindell signing copies of his book, Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives. The UNT Bookstore will sell copies outside of the Gateway Center ballroom.

The Container Store started in July 1978 in a 1,600-square-foot space in Dallas as the first-ever store devoted solely to storage and organization products. Today, the chain has 69 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia, and will open 10 additional stores in 2015.

Since 2000, The Container Store has been included on Fortune magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” In 2010, Tindell received the National Retail Federation’s Gold Medal Award, which is given to individuals who have served the retail industry with distinction, achieved a national reputation for excellence and displayed inspirational leadership. He is currently chairman of the National Retail Federation Board of Directors. Tindell also serves on the boards of Conscious Capitalism Inc., and Whole Foods Market, another “conscious capitalism” company that was co-founded by Tindell’s college roommate, John Mackey.

Tindell’s service to Dallas includes participating in the CEO Advisory Council for the Dallas Arboretum and being a member of the Salesmanship Club, which provides financial support to the Momentous Institute. The institute offers therapeutic programs for children from low-income families who are struggling with trauma, abuse, depression and other mental health issues.

—Nancy Kolsti, news promotions

Posted on: Tue 20 January 2015

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