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The founder of coffee roaster La Colombe embraces CEO activism. Todd Carmichael is part of a new class of business leaders like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Patagonia’s Rose Marcario, who are speaking up about inequality in America and broadcasting their progressive stances on a variety of economic, environmental, and social issues.

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  • As leaders, we have an obligation to stand up for what's right and for the communities we represent. We have a platform and we can't afford to take it for granted. To create cultural change, we have to be a part of it and say our piece. I'm always pleased when I see CEOs and leaders taking responsibility

    As leaders, we have an obligation to stand up for what's right and for the communities we represent. We have a platform and we can't afford to take it for granted. To create cultural change, we have to be a part of it and say our piece. I'm always pleased when I see CEOs and leaders taking responsibility and speaking out for what's right.

  • If we want Gen Z to embrace capitalism, it's going to have to be with CEOs like Carmichael who are willing to use their power and finances to make a stand to improve lives for others.

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  • Nothing meaningful comes without sacrifice, and it's good to see more business leaders doing things against their financial interests. As Anand Giridharadas has shown, the idea of win-win is a cover story. The truth is less convenient for the powerful in our society. I'm also very hopeful that journalists

    Nothing meaningful comes without sacrifice, and it's good to see more business leaders doing things against their financial interests. As Anand Giridharadas has shown, the idea of win-win is a cover story. The truth is less convenient for the powerful in our society. I'm also very hopeful that journalists will be skeptical but always honest as they tell these CEO activism stories. Anytime someone does something so seemingly against their interests, that's the cue to dig hard. If you find pure intent, report that too! But if you find solid PR and flimsy impact, that has to be part of the story. Good article, thank you.