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Bob Chapman

CEO, Barry-Wehmiller


About the interview

  • Learn how profoundly work culture affects many different aspects of peoples’s lives
  • Understand the importance of caring for people in business and the role of return on investment (ROI) in caring
  • Learn how to build a thriving business with a deeply caring culture
  • Why business models matter and the responsibilities of Corporate Boards of Directors
  • Recognize the importance and power of stakeholder fulfillment and the human revolution


About Bob

CEO, Barry-Wehmiller, Founder, Truly Human Leadership, Author, Speaker

  • Recently named the #3 CEO in the World by Inc. Magazine
  • CEO of the $3B equipment manufacturing company, Barry-Wehmiller
  • Through a series of profound epiphanies, he recognized that leadership is much different than management - and more like parenting
  • At Barry-Wehmiller, Bob has created a deeply caring culture where everyone, no matter their role, feels valued
  • He founded Truly Human Leadership and the Barry-Wehmiller Institire to teach people-sentric leadership
If you could invite 1 person to a dinner party – who would it be and why?

Arthur Brooks, former head of Aspen Institute, as he has a exceptional view of the world from a human perspective 

What motivates you? Makes you happy?

The opportunity to be in a position to make a positive difference in the world that will leave the world better than I found it 

What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?

Listen to others! 

If you could make 1 global change – what would it be?

Teach empathetic listening to the children of the world in a core education program 

What are your Top 3 achievements?

Transforming BW into a firm of global significance, being able to share a vision of a world where Everybody Matters and writing a book that will make a positive difference in the world beyond my time 

What does sustainability mean for you?

To live in harmony with the world 

What was the most important event/influence that changed your perspective?

Getting married! 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

My commitment is to show that business can be a powerful force for good in the world by simply caring about the people of the organization and sending them home each day knowing they matter! 

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