As the nation's premiere gathering on employee ownership, the NCEO's annual conference provides an ideal opportunity to learn, network, and share your knowledge with others. Our 2017 conference will take place in Denver, Colorado (April 4–6, with preconference sessions on April 3) and will build on the sold-out success of our 2016 conference in Minneapolis, where over 1,660 attendees joined us. Registration for 2017 is now open. The complete program will be posted in December.
In addition to general sessions featuring thought-provoking leaders in the field, you may select from more than 100 breakout sessions and three half-day intensive preconference sessions that explore a variety of critical issues and discuss emerging trends. From practical case studies, communication strategies and management tips to technical, financial, and legal topics, you create the curriculum that's right for you.
The conference features interactive presentations and lectures from hundreds of top employee ownership experts and experienced leaders from successful employee-owned companies. Get your questions answered and gather new ideas that will work for you. Ample structured and unstructured networking opportunities will connect you to your peers. Both the conference and the preconference offer continuing education credit.
The 2017 Employee Ownership Conference will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. With the opening of a light rail system (RTD) from the Denver Airport, downtown Denver is now quicker and easier to reach. In addition to a large block of rooms at the Sheraton, we'll reserve additional blocks of rooms at nearby hotels. We urge you to reserve your hotel room early; see our hotel and travel information page.
From hands-on, how-to communication sessions, to practical case studies and management tips to technical, financial, and legal topics, you create the curriculum that's right for you.
These introductory sessions cover the basics of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Attendees gain basic knowledge of topics such as ESOP feasibility, stock valuation, legal issues, taxation, financing strategies, plan design, and more. Participants will leave the conference with a clearer sense of the next steps to take.
For those who already know the basics of ESOPs, these sessions address finer points and emerging issues. Attendees learn about administrative challenges, repurchase obligation, accounting, legislative and regulatory updates, innovative transaction structures, and more. A session on legal and regulatory updates from the past year is offered.
Employee ownership changes the context for compensation and benefits in terms of managing benefit levels, maximizing motivational impact, and addressing trade-offs between personnel expenses and profitability. This track also includes sessions on executive compensation, and looks at equity compensation in non-ESOP companies as well as ESOP companies who have international divisions.
In these sessions, many of which are hands-on and interactive, learn how dynamic companies involve and engage their employees. Find out more about how to clue in employees about the complexities of business. Learn to help employee-owners understand how their employee ownership plans and their companies work.
These sessions are designed to give leaders strategic insight into the unique challenges and opportunities involved in managing an employee-owned company. Attendees gain a better understanding of how to use the power of employee ownership to achieve business goals.
This conference is designed for anyone interested or involved in equity sharing as an effective business strategy, including company presidents, employee-owners, CEOs, executives, directors, managers, investors, and professional service providers. Read what past attendees say and see our 2016 conference photo gallery.
"We will continue to go to the NCEO conference as we always come away with ideas to implement at our company, and we see the conference as a great team-building experience to get different employee-owners together from our dispersed locations."
"The NCEO has routinely provided a great foundation for education about ESOPs. We have representatives attend every year and feel it to be an exceptional conference."
"We are not yet an ESOP, and the event did exactly what we wanted it to do...make us feel comfortable taking the next step to become an employee-owned company!"
"As leader of a group of first-timers, we were all VERY THANKFUL for the full breadth of topics and sessions. This was a fantastic conference for us to cut our ESOP teeth on!"
"The NCEO community is encouraging, inspiring, and helpful. The sense of camaraderie at this event is wonderful."