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. Thanks to all who attended our 2017 conference in Denver, Colorado (April 4–6, with preconference sessions on April 3), where more than 1,700 people joined us. Our 2018 conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, (April 18–20, with preconference sessions on April 17). Registration will open on November 15. Speaking and sponsorship applications are now open.
In addition to general sessions featuring thought-provoking leaders in the field, you may select from more than 130 breakout sessions and five 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. For 2018, we've made the schedule a bit more flexible and added some "short takes on an great idea" sessions after lunch on Day Two.
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 2018 Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference location is the Marriott Marquis Hotel, downtown. In addition to traveling by car or taxis/ride share services, the MARTA light rail from the airport whisks you to a nearby stop, the Peachtree Center Station, in record time. In addition to a large block of sleeping rooms at the newly renovated Marriott Marquis, we also have rooms reserved at the Hilton Atlanta and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotels, which are located on either side of the Marriott, and connected by walkways. Hotel blocks will open up in November, and we urge you to reserve your hotel room early.
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 2017 conference photo gallery.
"This was my first year attending the conference, and it exceeded all of my expectations. Definitely worth the investment to go. A great learning experience."
"The conference was packed with great, useful information and one of the best I've attended. I already look forward to next year!"
"Fantastic job—extraordinary amount of brainpower present. We will never miss one of these, and we'll send at least 3 people from our company every year."
"A great conference; I learned a lot of information. I also had great networking opportunities and good ideas to take back to my company. Thanks!"
"Meeting other ESOPers and hearing their successes and struggles was amazing. I am so thankful for all the sharing and openness."