NCEO 2020

Employee Ownership Conference

Minneapolis, MN :: April 21–23, 2020 (preconference on April 20)

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

As the nation's premier gathering on employee ownership, the NCEO's annual conference provides an ideal opportunity to learn, network, and share your knowledge with others. Our 2019 conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA (April 9–11, with preconference on April 8). With a record-breaking 1,900 registrants, the conference has sold out, and the waitlist has closed. Please consider our Fall ESOP Forum and other meetings.

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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 140 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.

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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David L. Lawrence Convention Center

An outstanding location. Easy to reach.

The 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference location is the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, which is located in the heart of the city, nestled between the cultural district, the historic strip district and the Allegheny River. This LEED Platinum-Certified convention center has unparalleled space and functionality and is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and shops. The NCEO's sleeping room blocks are in the closest hotels to the convention center and are offering excellent rates.

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. If you need help choosing, see our curriculum guide (PDF), which groups sessions by topic area and/or job focus.

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 and see our 2018 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."

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