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What Coops and ESOPs Can Learn From Each Other: Governance, Financing, and More

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This replay was recorded on September 16, 2014.

About This Meeting

Worker cooperatives and ESOPs share some of the same fundamental questions, such as tensions between employee involvement and agile decision-making, between individual and group benefit, and how to bring new workers into their cultures. They also face different financial, legal, and cultural challenges, and in response they have created different solutions to their business challenges. Those differences provide fertile ground for members of worker cooperatives and ESOPs to learn from each other.

You will learn:


Melissa Hoover

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The Democracy at Work Institute

Melissa is the executive director of the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), the think-and-do-tank affiliated with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives membership organization (USFWC). DAWI is focused on strategic growth for the worker cooperative community, providing technical assistance, developing tools and standards, and training cooperative developers. Before starting DAWI, Melissa worked as a cooperative developer with the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Loren Rodgers

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National Center for Employee Ownership

Loren joined the NCEO in 2005 and became its executive director in 2010. He writes extensively on employee ownership in professional and academic publications and has spoken at events around the world. Since he entered the field in 1995 as a consultant, he has worked with hundreds of companies. His expertise includes ESOPs, equity compensation, best practices for employee ownership companies, research, effective communications, employee motivation, corporate governance, ESOP transactions and operations, and business literacy.