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Rose Marcario, President & CEO, Patagonia

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The video features Rose's journey from private equity to aligning her values with her career at Patagonia, emphasizing environmental activism and sustainability. Patagonia's business model prioritizes environmental issues, sustainable practices, and corporate social responsibility. The company aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025 and promotes sustainable consumption while supporting employee well-being and gender equality. Patagonia's activism includes opposing Trump administration policies and investing in grassroots organizations. The speaker advocates for a more holistic approach in capitalism, focusing on collaboration, innovation, and long-term sustainability to address global challenges like the climate crisis and income inequality.

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Rose's journey from professional success in private equity and tech to leaving it all behind due to a disconnect between work life, personal life, and values.
02:18
Feeling that private equity did not align with her beliefs, Rose took a break, cared for her mom, and considered working for an NGO.
This experience prompted Rose to seek a more meaningful and fulfilling path in her career.
Rose emphasizes the importance of aligning personal values with professional pursuits.
Speaker's journey from successful career to prioritizing environmentalism.
05:18
Despite warnings, the speaker left her successful career to pursue a path aligned with her values.
Nature holds spiritual significance for the speaker, leading her to focus on environmentalism.
Joining Patagonia allowed the speaker to explore a holistic business model prioritizing the environment, employees, and community.
Under her leadership, Patagonia's mission expanded to saving the planet driven by the urgency of the climate crisis and extinction.
Patagonia's commitment to environmental activism and sustainability drives their business decisions.
07:32
The company donates Black Friday sales and refuses to sell to companies that do not share their values, prioritizing growth and values.
Patagonia engages customers in funding grassroots activists, showcasing successful corporate social responsibility.
The company sets an example for business leaders to prioritize ethical practices over profits by focusing on environmental and social justice issues.
Patagonia's focus on sustainable business models and innovation to address environmental issues and reduce consumption rates.
14:28
The company pioneers organic cotton supply chains and advocates for regenerative organic agriculture to combat the harmful effects of chemical agriculture.
Patagonia promotes solutions like regenerative farming techniques and chemical-free agriculture to shift away from the current unsustainable agriculture model.
The urgency of the situation is highlighted by the limited number of harvests left, motivating a call for change and transition towards a regenerative economy.
Patagonia's focus on sustainability and carbon neutrality.
15:20
Patagonia aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 through sequestering carbon in the ground with farming techniques.
The company leads in innovative approaches and collaboration, openly sharing best practices with competitors.
Patagonia promotes sustainable consumption by advocating for ethically made products and repairing items to extend their lifespan.
Customers are encouraged to keep and use products longer for a positive environmental impact.
Patagonia's investment in corporate culture includes on-site childcare to support employees and promote gender balance.
21:06
This initiative has resulted in lower turnover rates among female executives and managers.
Total gender parity in management has been achieved at Patagonia.
Providing childcare helps women continue their careers after having children, leading to better decision-making and overall company success.
Supporting working parents can have a positive impact on employee retention and gender equality in the workplace.
Patagonia's business model integrates activism and political engagement, particularly in opposing Trump administration policies on public lands.
23:11
The company has taken legal action against the administration for environmental concerns, such as the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.
Patagonia's core belief is in safeguarding natural habitats and fighting against environmental threats.
The CEO stresses the significance of acting on convictions and collaborating with others who share the same values in preserving wilderness for future generations.
Critique of wealthy tech leaders for neglecting global issues and advocating for a more holistic approach in capitalism.
27:49
Wealth concentration and short-term thinking in capitalism are criticized for exacerbating income inequality, populism, fascism, and the climate crisis.
The speaker emphasizes the need for capitalism to evolve and prioritize collaboration, innovation, and long-term sustainability.
A call to address social and environmental factors beyond financial gains is made to create a more balanced and impactful economic system.
Urgent need for action in addressing the climate crisis.
31:06
Lack of significant action and investment in combating the crisis despite escalating impact on individuals and communities.
Leadership lessons learned from working with a fearless and quality-focused individual.
Importance of self-examination and curiosity in personal growth and decision-making.
Role of inner values, meditation, and self-reflection in leadership and decision-making, emphasizing managing stress and making conscious decisions.
Transition from private equity to Patagonia and the importance of aligning work with personal values.
37:40
Incorporating life experiences into new endeavors is key to success.
Patagonia's efforts in the environmental movement include increasing diversity and inclusion by supporting grassroots organizations.
By forming relationships with community groups, Patagonia has expanded its impact.
Making connections and working together is crucial for collective progress.
Patagonia's focus on absolute reductions in carbon emissions through renewable energy solutions and conservation efforts.
40:08
Prioritizing grassroots organizations and community building in regions outside the US over expanding their global footprint.
Utilizing tools like Patagonia Action Works to connect customers with causes and facilitate donations of time and money to NGOs.
Aligning their approach with their mission of saving the planet and holding themselves accountable by asking deep questions about their impact and goals.
Importance of collaboration in addressing environmental challenges.
44:00
Hybrid approach involving NGOs, government, and venture fund money is crucial.
Understanding broader consequences of policies on the environment is essential.
Patagonia's environmental initiatives include a 1% tax on sales and supporting environmental groups.
Businesses should view the planet as a stakeholder and promote sustainable practices.
Challenges faced as an openly queer business leader.
47:27
Speaker recounts a time when they chose to be authentic in a public role despite initial concerns.
Encountered discrimination, including being asked not to act 'gay' in meetings by a former boss.
Despite challenges, speaker reflects on evolving and adapting, with their identity now being a natural part of who they are.
Patagonia's progressive policies prioritize environmental and social responsibility.
50:22
Patagonia pays for nursing mothers to bring a baby and nanny on business trips.
The company subsidizes solar panel installation in employees' homes.
Patagonia posts bail for employees arrested for environmental protests.
Patagonia rotates annual retreats through US National Parks.