2018 Annual Conference to be held June 8th at the UVM Davis Center

Date: Friday, June 8th, 2018
Location: UVM Davis Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT

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The VEOC's 16th annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will be held on Friday, June 8th 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.

For those arriving the night before, or who are in town and would like to connect with speakers informally, there will be a pre-conference dinner at August First Bakery on Thursday night from 5:30-8:30pm. Space is limited to 50 attendees, so, if you are interested in attending, purchase your ticket ASAP here.

Agenda for the Day:

7:30-8:30: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30: Morning Plenary - Dave Fitz-Gerald, Chair of The ESOP Association and CFO of Carris Reels.

"Owning something together is a lot different than owning something by yourself. Dave will talk about sharing ownership, at one company, between companies, and across North America."

9:45-11:00: Workshops, Session A
1. Bringing Empolyee Ownership to Your Company: An Introduction
2. Hot Topics for Established Worker Co-ops
3. Your ESOP: Who Does What?
4. ESOP Committees
5. Hot Topics for Established ESOP Companies

11:15-12:30: Workshops, Session B
6. ESOP Transaction Basics and the Story of VHV Company's New ESOP
7. Becoming a Worker Cooperative
8. On-boarding: From Employees to Owners
9. Working Together From Apart: Building a Strong Culture with a Dispersed Workforce
10. Leadership Competencies in Employee Owned Companies

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:45: Workshops, Session C
11. Is an ESOP Feasible for My Company?
12. Governance and Management in Worker Co-ops
13. Addressing Class Dynamics in Participatory Workplaces
14. The Case for Employee Ownership: A Conversation the Latest Research
15. ESOP Corporate Governance: Who's Gonna Be in Charge?

3:00-4:15: Workshops, Session D
16. If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP
17. Transitioning to Participatory Employee Ownership: Navigating Founder's Syndrome, Management Succession, and Other Ownership Transition Challenges
18. Creating Engaging Financial Reports
19. Community Service in EO Companies: Engaging Owners While Strengthening Communities

4:15-5:00: Closing Reception