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Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference

Each year the OEOC’s Annual Conference features an eclectic and interesting mix of featured speakers, 20 breakout sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities - and more - for management and leaders of employee-owned companies, rank and file employee owners, business owners interested in selling to their employees, and anyone interested in employee ownership.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ
COVID-19, and the OEOC Annual Conference

34th Annual  Conference - Engaging Employees in Ownership - Has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 Outbreak - See statement above

Date Change - Thursday, August 20th, 2020

>> We will be providing updates on our programming on the conference page on our website as we reconfirm speaker availability for our new date. <<

Akron/Fairlawn Hilton - 3180 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333. Phone (330)-867-5000

Registration 7:30am, Conference 8:30-5:00pm

Conference Program

Preliminary conference schedule will be posted once finalized.

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Briggs, Gritt Business Coaching

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.

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The conference will also include 20 breakouts sessions on everything employee ownership, including:

- Legal and Technical issues;

- Governance and Leadership;

- Company Culture and Communications;

- a complete track of essential Employee Owner Education;

- a track for business owners exploring Employee Ownership Succession option; and more.

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Join us at Lunch for our Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Awards, including the John Logue Employee Ownership Award, ESOP Company Milestone Awards, and more.

Registration

You can register and pay online by following the directions below. If you would like to register using a paper form click here

Members of Ohio's Employee-Owned Network qualify for special discounted rates.

***To take advantage of these discounted rates please contact Kelly Fitts at kfitts@kent.edu or 330-672-0336

Individual Rates

Before April 6th - $150 / $95 (for network members)

April 7th-28th - $195

At the Door - $225

Group Rates

(5 or more) - $125 / $65 (for network members)

* Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee break, and closing reception

Regular Registration Rates

Professional Member Conference Sponsors

The Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference is supported in part by our professional members. If you are and professional member and are interested in becoming a conference sponsor please click here.

If you want to become part of our network of professional members click here.

About the Annual Conference

For the past 33 years the Ohio Employee Ownership Center has hosted a annual conference that convenes network members to chart the direction for Network projects and meet the changing needs of employee owned companies. The conference has numerous workshops and presentations that cover a wide range of issues relevant to employee owned companies and individuals interested in employee ownership more broadly. Whether you are an employee owner, part of management, a business owner interested in selling to your employees, a service provider, or an economic development practitioner the annual conference is a great opportunity to learn from your peers and build your network.

Check out the highlights from our 2019 conference below.

We are proud to say we had an excellent turnout of more 380 people for our 2019 Annual Conference. Thanks to all our speakers, sponsors, and attendees for making this year's conference a resounding success!

Watch the Opening Remarks for the 2019 Conference

Watch the Award Ceremony for the 2019 Conference

Watch the Keynote Speaker Rich Armstrong, President of The Great Game of Business

Download a copy of the Conference Program Book

The topics covered in 2019 included:

  • Employee Owner - Sessions for rank and file employee-owners and ESOP Participants
  • Technical - Sessions on legal, financial, fiduciary, and other technical ESOP topics
  • Culture - Sessions to help you maximize and grow the ownership culture in your company
  • Governance - Sessions to help you manage your employee-owned company
  • Selling Owner - Sessions for business owners (and their advisers) exploring a sale to employees.

Questions?

Call 330-672-3028 or email oeoc@kent.edu

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