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 2016 conference in Minneapolis (April 12–14, with preconference sessions on April 11) will build on the sold-out success of our 2015 conference in Denver, where over 1,400 attendees joined us. Registration will open in November, and the 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 2015 Employee Ownership Conference took place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. The 2016 conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, close to which we have four official conference hotels with discounted room blocks. Most of the hotels are connected to the Convention Center by the Minneapolis indoor skyway system. The Convention Center has low-cost underground parking.
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:
"Networking opportunities were fantastic, especially the industry roundtables. And the energy of the group was palpable, positive, and infectious."
"I was a first-time attendee to this conference and loved it. I hope to talk my company into sending me to this every year, no matter what the location is."
"Overall, the NCEO puts on the best "industry" conference I have attending in 35 + years. The people from NCEO are helpful, service-oriented, and down-to-earth."
"For me, this was the most useful conference ever since I was able to find a breakout in each time slot that dealing with matters I face each business day."
"I was amazed at how well run, informative, and professional this conference was. The quality of most of the speakers was so high that the whole event just flew by."