Hillary owns Transforming Ventures and is dedicated to transforming how we do business so that each and every one of us can move towards economic thriving and more joy and peace in our work and workplaces.
My work life started out conventionally, with a shiny MBA (Entrepreneurship) and an exciting job at an e-commerce company. To this day much of my consulting work is rooted in left-brain, masculine energy of wrangling spreadsheets, auditing processes, and crafting business plans.
Yet even with this conventional orientation, my work with social venture clients, including working with women- and Indigenous-led organizations, led me to be committed to business as a force of good. But it wasn’t until three years ago that I more fully understood that the fundamental architecture of work and our economic system needs to be reimagined and recreated so that work can be a not only a place of social and economic impact, but also a powerful ecosystem of healing and equity. Companies that do not embrace this change are going to be left behind as the new economy emerges and people (i.e., employees) demand a body, mind and spirit integrated approach to their lives and work.
My own work has led me to believe that one of the strongest ways to create this new economic architecture is to infuse our organizations with sacred teachings and wisdom common across cultures and belief systems.
One of these powerful teachings is that we are all one. Whether you are a student of spiritual intelligence or quantum physics, it is becoming impossible to deny that it is simply an illusion that I stop in one place, and you start in another place. What this means for work is that every action you take affects everyone and everything else. On a practical level it means that, for your organization to fully realize its potential, you will achieve the maximum impact and success if your purpose is infused into every area and system of your organization.
For example, if you are in the health and wellness industry and your company’s purpose is to support the health of your customers or clients, your most important role is to discover where health and wellness can be improved within your organization. How does wellness show up in how you treat employees, in your hiring practices, in the supply chain, in communications with customers, in your approach to competition, in environmental stewardship? Because your business is one integrated entity that is part of the larger whole, infusing the purpose of the business into the core architecture of the company and into everything you do will create organizational strength that leads to both success and sustainability over time.
The time has come in our collective journey to return to what we know to be true as taught over the ages and across cultures. Learning to use these sacred teachings will transform our work, our companies, our community, and our planet in the most powerful and fundamental and beautiful ways.