Denver 2015

Employee Ownership Conference

Denver, CO :: April 21–23, 2015 (preconference on April 20)

This is where the employee ownership world meets. Join us there. Register Now

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 2015 conference in Denver will build on the sold-out success of our 2014 conference in Atlanta, where over 1,200 attendees joined us.

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Unparalleled educational opportunities for all levels in all fields.

In addition to general sessions featuring thought-provoking leaders in the field, you may select from more than 90 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.

Learn from leading experts. And your peers.

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.

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Sheraton Downtown

An outstanding location. Easy to reach.

The 2015 Employee Ownership Conference will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. The hotel features over 1,200 hotel rooms in two towers and plentiful meeting and exhibit space clustered together on two adjacent floors. The hotel is located on a mile-long pedestrian promenade of outdoor bistros, microbreweries, shopping and entertainment in the heart of Denver's financial and business district. Free, frequent shuttle busses take you where you want to go.

Learning Tracks Provide Focused Learning Opportunities

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.

ESOP Basics

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.

ESOPs: Beyond the Basics

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.

Compensation and Benefits

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.

Communications & Culture

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.

Leadership and Governance

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.

What People Say About Our Conference

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."

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