34th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference update

Conference Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address

"Is Employee Ownership the Ultimate Tool for Operating a Business?"

Employee-owned companies out perform their counterparts in good times and display resiliency when the chips are down. Jennifer Briggs will highlight inspiring performance examples of employee-owned companies in a range of economic circumstances. She will also discuss what is happening around the country to make sure that more businesses can add this incredible tool to their kit.

Delivered By Jennifer Briggs

Jennifer Briggs brings over two decades of practice in human resources, organizational development, and executive leadership from a variety of industries. She served as VP of Human Resources with New Belgium Brewing for 12 years creating a winning ‘best of’ workplace and now serves as an educator and advisor to companies who want to redefine value in a more holistic manner. Building healthy, profitable, democratically managed companies with shared capital ownership is her passion. A mentor once taught her to never let a rule get in the way of making a good decision and she strives to make critical thinking, intention and agile action guiding principles. She brings a non-traditional HR viewpoint of relying primarily on values, communication, and community.

She is an advisor with the Beyster Institute with the University of California San Diego and serves on corporate boards for PFSbrands, GISinc., and Engineering Economics, Inc. She is on the advisory boards for The Moxie Exchange and Organically Grown and participates with the Democracy at Work Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, graduate studies in Enterprise Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. She is currently a fellow with the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing with Rutgers University.