James Haddaway

Satori Alpha / XL Managing Partner & CIO

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Co-Founder and Managing Partner

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Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Nicole Lacues

Director of Business Development, Satori Alpha / XL

James Gorski

Senior Associate, Satori Alpha

Pedro Glaser

Analyst, Satori Alpha / XL


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Advisory Board

Investment Sourcing, Domain Expertise, Portfolio Company Advisors, Independent Board Members

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Patricia Aburdene

Author, Megatrends

Patricia Aburdene

Author, "Megatrends" books

Patricia Aburdene is one of the world's leading social forecasters. For 25 years she has been tracking how change impacts business. Through her books, talks and workshops, Ms. Aburdene has helped thousands of organizations and millions of people make the most of social change and transformation.

Ms. Aburdene is co-author of the number one New York Times bestseller Megatrends 2000 as well as Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, a blueprint of the social, economic and spiritual trends transforming free enterprise. As the tag line promises, the book describes seven new trends that will transform how you “Live, Work and Invest.”

Ms. Aburdene has lectured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Clients include Adecco, the Professional Coach and Mentor Association, the Management Institute of New Zealand and the Consciousness in Business conference in Santa Fe, N. Mex.

Ms. Aburdene’s lifelong career in business journalism began at Forbes in 1978. As a Policy Fellow at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass., from 1993 to 1996, she explored emerging leadership models.

Ms. Aburdene holds a B.A. in philosophy from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College), an M.S. in library science from Catholic University, and three honorary doctorates. In 1990, she was awarded the Medal of Italy for her interpretation of global trends. Ms. Aburdene lives in Telluride, Colo. and Cambridge, Mass.

Garrett Boone

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Container Store

Garrett Boone

Chairman Emeritus, The Container Store

Garrett Boone is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Container Store. His commitment to maintaining the company’s unique culture has played a vital role in The Container Store being selected by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” many years in a row. In 2006, along with Kip (now CEO) and Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer), Mr. Boone was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame. In his role as Chairman Emeritus at The Container Store, he attends all new store openings, major celebrations and cultural events as well as conducting "Selling with Garrett" seminars.

In 2006, Mr. Boone co-founded Texas Business for Clean Air in an effort to derail a fast track initiative to construct 11 coal-burning energy plants in North Texas using outdated air quality controls. Their efforts in promoting "clean air is good for business in Texas" have been heralded nationally and recently were the subject of a Robert Redford documentary Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. Texas Business for Clean Air was 2010 recipient of the CATEE Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year. In 2007 Mr. Boone was First runner-up for Texan of the Year awarded by The Dallas Morning News.

Mr. Boone is active on the boards of directors of the YMCA of the USA and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, where he led a successful $28 million capital campaign as chairman. Among others, he is on the boards of directors of The Woodall Rogers Park Foundation, Trinity Trust Foundation, Trinity Commons Foundation, The Boone Family Foundation, and TreeHouse, Inc. He is highly involved in the Trinity Paddling Trails and Bird Count Initiatives and is a member of the advisory boards for The Dallas Women’s Foundation and Teach for America. He is an advocate for public education and serves on the Dallas ISD Star Commission to share business best practices with DISD.

Rusty Butler

Former CFO, Bass Family Investment Arm

Rusty Butler

Former CFO, Bass Family Investment Arm

Rusty Butler has more than three decades of financial management experience. He served as chief financial officer of Handango. Prior to joining Handango, Mr. Butler served as vice president and chief administrative officer of the Fort Worth-based Bass family's primary investment entity, where he was responsible for all financial, accounting, and administrative activities. Previously, Mr. Butler served as an audit and tax partner at KPMG for 16 years, where he managed IPOs for many of his clients.

Matt Christensen

Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA

Matt Christensen

Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA

Matt Christensen joined AXA IM in 2011 and as Global Head of Responsible Investment is responsible for directing, implementing and overseeing the development of an impact investment programme and the integration of ESG criteria across asset classes and multi-asset solutions. Matt has been a leading voice in the field of responsible investment and was a member of the European commission's coordination committee to explore the future of sustainability policy and legislation in the EU, a position he held until joining AXA IM.

Prior to AXA IM, Mr. Christensen was a Founding Director at Eurosif, the leading European responsible investment think tank, where he worked for nine years. Before that, he was a Business Development Director at Motley Fool. Prior to that, Mr. Christensen was a Strategy Consultant at both Braxton Associates and Deloitte Consulting.

Mr. Christensen has held Board positions with impact funds in the alternatives arena, including a listed private equity fund on the London Stock Exchange, and as Vice President of one of the largest microfinance funds.

Mr. Christensen holds an MBA and an MA in international political economy from the University of Pennsylvania -- Wharton.

Faith Geiger

Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

Faith Geiger


Faith Geiger co-designed Satori's Optimal Living initiative, which includes programming and resources thoughtfully curated to promote holistic well-being for all team members.

Prior to her advisory role, Ms. Geiger served as Satori's stakeholder engagement manager and worked closely with co-founder Randy Eisenman as his personal and executive assistant. Before joining Satori, Ms. Geiger spent more than ten years in retail management for major brands including Neiman Marcus and lululemon Athletica. She is a certified integral coach and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She wholeheartedly believes people are the most important fuel in any business, and she partners with leadership teams to help design long-term employee engagement programs. Ms. Geiger enjoys supporting people, individually and collectively, in becoming the highest and best version of themselves.

Outside of the workplace, Ms. Geiger is a member of the board of directors for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County and co-chairs the Walking and Moai Committee for Blue Zones Fort Worth.

Jody Grant

Founder, Texas Capital Bank

Jody Grant

Founder & Chairman, Texas Capital Bank

Jody Grant is the outgoing chairman and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares, a $4.3 billion bank holding company that he founded in 1998. Mr. Grant assumes the role of chairman emeritus and remains a member of the board of directors of Texas Capital.

Except for his role as EVP, CFO, and member of the Board of Directors of EDS Corporation from 1990 to 1998, (where he co-led the company's successful spin-off from its parent General Motors), Mr. Grant has spent the preponderance of his career in commercial banking. He was formerly chairman and CEO of Texas American Bancshares, at the time one of the largest bank holding companies in Texas. While senior vice president and economist of Texas Commerce Bank Houston, he led the effort that formed Texas Commerce Bancshares, which is now part of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. He was the architect of the bank's expansion strategy and a key member of the team that made the company's first 35 acquisitions. A native of San Antonio, Tex., Mr. Grant began his banking career at Citibank in New York City. He is the author of two acclaimed books on the banking industry.

Mr. Grant has an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was an All-American swimmer, and he received his doctorate and masters degrees from the University of Texas.

In 2001, Mr. Grant received the American Banker "Community Banker of the Year" award. He is a member of World Presidents Organization and Chief Executive Organization and a former international president of Young Presidents Organization. He serves on the boards of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, MD Anderson, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas Citizens Council, KERA, and Dallas County Community College Foundation.


John Mackey

Founder and CEO, Whole Foods

John Mackey

Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market

John Mackey is co-founder and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, Inc., based in Austin, Texas. He is widely credited with helping fuel the rise of organic and natural food in the United States.

Mr. Mackey found his passion for organic foods in an unusual manner. In his early 20s, he joined a vegetarian cooperative even though he wasn't vegetarian. He thought living in a co-op would be a great way to meet women. And he was right. He met his girlfriend and eventual business partner Renee Lawson, and he also experienced what he called a "food awakening." In 1978, that epiphany led him and Lawson to open a natural foods grocery store called Safer Way, a counterculture alternative to conventional grocery chain Safeway. Mr. Mackey didn't have an M.B.A., but he claims to have gotten the perfect education for launching a retail store by studying philosophy. Safer Way struggled during its first two years, and he and Lawson eventually teamed up with two competitors to form Whole Foods Market, Inc.

Mr. Mackey attributes the success of Whole Foods to his application of libertarian philosophies and free-market principles. He says he runs the company "with a conscience." Whole Foods is considered the first major grocery chain to adopt humane treatment standards for animals. Mr. Mackey says he gets "a sense of deep meaning and purpose" by helping others improve their quality of life with natural food.

Prior to launching Safer Way, Mr. Mackey tried his hand at being a college student. He attended two universities, but dropped out six times. Still, he says he notched 130 credit hours in electives, mostly in religion and philosophy.

Today, Mr. Mackey lives on a 720-acre ranch west of Austin with his wife, Deborah. They practice yoga and meditation. Mr. Mackey has two books in the works: The Whole Story, which talks about the company's birth and his business philosophies, and The FLOW Papers, a collection of essays about a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2003.

Mr. Mackey loves to read, debate politics, and engage fans and critics on his blog.


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XL Partners Retreat 2018

XL Partners Retreat 2018

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Marshall on a camel

"Satori Sweats" at Cyclebar

"Satori Sweats" at Cyclebar

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Nice catch, Ellen!

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Able closing celebration

2018 Gratitude Dinner

2018 Gratitude Dinner

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Coach on a Lovesac

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"Satori Sweats" at City Surf

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Jon skydiving

Texas Wall Street Women Event 2018

Texas Wall Street Women Event 2018