2019 Annual Conference to be Held June 12 at UVM

The 17th Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference!

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Location: UVM Davis Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT


The VEOC's 17th annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at the UVM Davis Center! Featuring 19 workshops, the one-day conference is the largest annual gathering of Vermont's employee-ownership community, and is a great opportunity for newcomers to get oriented and old hands to deepen their knowledge.

Discounts Available: we offer a variety of discounted tickets for students, academics, first-time attendees exploring employee ownership, and economic development professionals. If you're interested in learning more, please email info@veoc.org.


Tuesday, June 11:

6-8:30pm: Pre-Conference Dinner at Halvorson's. Details and registration info to come.

Wednesday, June 12:

7:30-8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

Photo of Janet Edmunson

8:30-9:30am: Morning Plenary - Welcome from the VEOC staff and board, followed by a keynote from Janet M. Edmunson, M. Ed.: "Enhance Your Employee Ownership Culture—Lessons from Charles Edmunson".

Keynote Description: "Just having the financial and legal mechanism for an employee-owned company doesn’t guarantee that a rich culture will spring forth. It takes focus and effort. The strength of employee-owned companies springs from the strength of the relationships within the company.  In this keynote, we’ll explore the many ways that the late Charles Edmunson enhanced the ownership culture in his company as well as within the employee-ownership community at large. Through his example, we’ll see how to encourage people to be their better selves and grow to their best potential."

9:45-11:00am: Session Block A

1. An Introduction to Employee Ownership
2. Troubleshooting Together: Hot Topics for Worker Co-ops
3. Enhance Your Employee Ownership Culture with Positivity
4. ESOP Committee Roundtable
5. Hot Topics for ESOPs

11:00-11:30am: Networking Break

11:30-12:45pm: Session Block B

6. Is an ESOP Feasible for My Company?
7. Ownership Transitions: Laying the Groundwork for Becoming a Worker-Owned Co-op
8. Communicating the Results: Effective Financial Information Sharing in Employee-Owned Companies
9. Nifty Fifty: Best Ideas for Communications in Employee-Owned Companies
10. Issues for Maturing ESOPs

12:45-1:45pm: Lunch

1:45-3:00pm: Session Block C

11. Ready, Set, ESOP: Getting an ESOP Off to a Good Start
12. An Introduction to Sociocracy
13. Cross Class Conversation in Participatory Workplaces: Why and How
14. Strengthening Ownership Culture through Continuous Improvement
15. Cultivating Leaders from Within

3:15-4:30pm: Session Block D

16. Employee Ownership Alternatives: EO Trusts and Other Ways to Broaden Ownership
17. Strategies for Building the Worker Co-op Movement
18. Telling the World You're EO! Marketing Your Employee Ownership for Recruitment and Revenue
19. The Best Way to Engage Employee-Owners: Tell a Story

4:30-5:00pm: Closing Networking Reception