Preconference Sessions

Employee Ownership Conference

Atlanta, GA :: April 18–20, 2018 (preconference on April 17)

Preconference session

On Tuesday, April 17, we will conduct the five in-depth preconference sessions listed below. These sessions require separate registration (they are not included in registration for the main conference, and you need not register for the main conference to attend one). There is limited seating available for these sessions. The sets of two morning sessions and three afternoon sessions each take place at the same time, so each individual who wishes to attend must choose only one morning preconference session and/or one afternoon preconference session. After these sessions, there will be an informal meet and greet for all conference attendees.

Preconference Morning Sessions: Tuesday, April 17
Two of the five offered preconference sessions will take place in the morning. Each intensive session is 4 hours long, with a mid-morning break.
8:30–12:30
Communication Tips and Tools for ESOP Companies

This in-depth half-day interactive session will provide specific, take-home tips and tools to assist you in communicating the details about our ESOP to all your employees. Effective ways to discuss the concept (and the misconceptions) with employees, what information you must provide, and how often and in what ways you should repeat your efforts are just some of the topics that will be covered.
Sponsored by Polsinelli
This session is sold out as of March 21, 2018.

10:30–10:45
Morning Break
12:00–12:30
8:30–12:30
Compensation Issues for Privately Held Companies

This half-day session will provide an overview of issues, examples of best practices, and decision-making strategies for executive and staff compensation. Learn about different forms of compensation as well as what kinds of incentives work well.
Sponsored by Chartwell

10:30–10:45
Morning Break
Preconference Afternoon Sessions: Tuesday, April 17
Three of the five offered preconference sessions will take place in the afternoon. Each intensive session is 4 hours long, with a mid-afternoon break.
1:00–5:00
Corporate Governance at an ESOP Company

This half-day session explores the collaboration between board, fiduciaries, and management that is the foundation of ESOP corporate governance. Through interactive presentations and audience participation, this session provides a comprehensive overview of the roles, responsibilities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of each member of the governance team.
Sponsored by Beyster Institute
This session is sold out as of March 19, 2018.

3:00–3:15
Afternoon Break
4:45–5:00
1:00–5:00
Is an ESOP Right for You?

If your company is considering an ESOP, this session will give you what you need to know to determine not only if an ESOP will work for you, but also the answers to some basic questions, such as how to decide how much stock to buy, what key plan features to adopt, and how to finance the purchase.
Sponsored by Drinker Biddle
This session is sold out as of March 30, 2018.

1:05–1:30
3:00–3:15
Afternoon Break
4:15–4:45
1:00–5:00
Engaging Employee Owners to Get the Most Out of An ESOP

This highly interactive half-day session will give participants the skill set and confidence they need to engage employee owners and make employee ownership truly work at your company. Included will be sessions on how to generate more employee ideas and how to keep the culture strong in order to set your company up for sustainable success.
Sponsored by The Great Game of Business
This session is sold out as of March 19, 2018.

1:00–1:15
3:00–3:15
Afternoon Break
Evening: Tuesday, April 17
4:30–7:30
Main Conference Pre-Events

This will include early registration and an informal meet and greet event, sponsored by MB Financial Bank

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