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Business as a Platform for Change

The Fortune CEO Initiative is going virtual: our planned October 26 CEO Initiative Annual Meeting will now occur online only.

The FORTUNE CEO Initiative is a forum for corporate leaders who are committed to addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategies. The Initiative grew out of an historic meeting of 100 CEOs with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2016, and is based on a belief that infusing broader purpose into corporate strategies has become increasingly important in attracting and motivating talent, deepening bonds with consumers, steadying corporate reputation in an era of declining trust, and preserving a well-functioning society in a time of political tumult.


Through annual gatherings and participation in action work streams, CEO Initiative members exchange best practices and leadership techniques for addressing key issues, and work to identify opportunities for collective action. Participation is by invitation only, and benefits of membership in the CEO Initiative extend beyond the annual meeting, and includes frequent virtual conversations. 

This year, the Fortune CEO Initiative meeting will convene virtually beginning with a series of monthly working group sessions followed by a full membership meeting on October 26 from 11am-1pm ET.

The connected crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and explosive social upheaval in the United States presents a generational opportunity for bold business leaders possessing strength and imagination to step up and play a central role in addressing the urgent challenges facing our world. As we witness an accelerated expansion of stakeholder capitalism, we at Fortune are reimagining our CEOI journey and we ask our members to consider the questions: ‘’How will you as a leader seize this moment, and what kind of company do you want to become?” 

Working group topics this year include: Equity & Opportunity; Workforce Redesign; Tech for Good; Climate-Centric Strategies; and Innovative Collaborations (via Public-Private Partnerships). 

Membership Benefits

The benefits of membership in the FORTUNE CEO Initiative include:

Participation in ongoing virtual leadership discussions with your fellow CEO Initiative members, and virtual annual meeting October 26.

Action Work Streams. Participation for you or an appropriate executive in Action Work Streams, including four working group meetings, and a final report. Current areas include: diversity, climate, workforce development, health and well-being, economic inclusion, public–private partnerships.

Complimentary invitations and special opportunities to attend select FORTUNE events, including the FORTUNE Global Forum Virtual (to be held October 26-27) for you and executives from your company.

Recognition in FORTUNE Magazine. Fortune will run an editorial report following the conclusion of the CEO Initiative annual meeting which will include a listing of all Members.

Video Interview. The Member will be offered an opportunity to participate in a video interview series by a Fortune staffer, highlighting business with purpose, published on

Member Blog: Opportunity to contribute to a new member voices blog on the member portal 

Premium-level access across all FORTUNE media platforms. In addition, your membership will include complimentary access to FORTUNE’s new platforms and products including subscriber-only journalism online and in print; an immersive video portal including FORTUNE conferences via live stream or on demand; proprietary research each week; and subscriber-only calls.

Contact Us

The CEO Initiative is developed with the guidance of FORTUNE editors, and the program is tailored with themes and speakers carefully selected to deliver maximum value to participants.

For Speaker Suggestions:

To suggest a speaker for the FORTUNE CEO Initiative, please send a short biography and a few paragraphs about their expertise to the email above. There are no exact deadlines for speaker submissions.

For Participation:

Membership in the FORTUNE CEO Initiative is by invitation only, and subject to approval. Registration is non-transferable. The annual membership fee of US $15,000 includes all member benefits. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel charges for all events. The staff for the event will provide more information about accommodations.
Diana Connors
Tel: 1-866-661-3840

For Sponsorship Opportunities:

A limited number of corporate sponsors opportunities are available for 2020. Please contact us for more information.
Elizabeth Parks
Monica Sembler

For Press Inquiries:

Alison Klooster
Senior Manager of Brand Communications, FORTUNE
Tel: 646-437-6613