2017 Conference to be Held at the UVM Davis Center on June 2

Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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

The VEOC's 15th (!) Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference has been scheduled for Friday, June 2, and due to excellent attendence last year, we will be moving to a larger venue: the UVM Davis Center!

Keynote: Marjorie Kelly of the Democracy Collaborative

Marjorie KellyWhile our volunteer Education Committee is hard at work developing the program of workshops, we're pleased to announce that Marjorie Kelly has agreed to deliver a keynote on the topic of "Who Owns America"! Ms. Kelly is currently Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President at The Democracy Collaborative, and cofounder of the "50 by 50" initiative, which aims to lay the groundwork for there to be 50 million employee owners in the United States by 2050. She is author of two books (Divine Right of Capital and Owning Our Future), is from a business family (her father started his own business, and her grandfather founded Anderson Tool & Die in Chicago), and founded and was President of Business Ethics Magazine for 20 years. She's been a fan of employee ownership for decades, and is puzzled why everyone else isn’t!

Conference Schedule:

7:30-8:30a - Registration, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30a - Welcome and Keynote by Marjorie Kelly
9:45-11:00a - Workshops Session 1

  • Bringing Employee Ownership to Your Company: An Introduction
  • Hot Topics for Established Co-ops
  • How an ESOP Works: An Introduction for Employee Owners
  • Starting or Rejuvinating an ESOP Committee
  • Hot Topics for Established ESOPS

11:15a-12:30p - Workshops Session 2

  • ESOP Nuts and Bolts
  • Co-op Conversion: Emerging Best Practices & Stories from the Field
  • Marketing Employee Ownership
  • Strength in Numbers: The Power of Multiple Committees
  • What's Taking So Long? Annual ESOP Responsibilities & Timelines

12:30-1:30p - Networking Lunch
1:30-2:45p - Workshops Session 3

  • Getting an ESOP Off to a Good Start: Advice from the Experienced
  • Compensation & Benefit Considerations in Worker Co-ops
  • The "ESOPerative": How Cooperative Governance can Make an ESOP Stronger
  • "Nifty Fifty" Ideas for ESOP Communications
  • Engaging Owners on the Front Lines: Using Continuous Improvement to Strengthen Your Ownership Culture

3:00-4:15p - Workshops Session 4

  • Transitioning to Employee Ownership: Leadership & Governance
  • The Cost of Belonging: How to Encourage Participation in a Co-op
  • Introduction to Business Literacy & Open Book Management
  • Spreading Employee Ownership: A Strategic Conversation

4:15-5:00p - Closing Ice Cream Social