Preconference sessions are a valuable enhancement to your NCEO Annual Conference experience. These three-hour-long sessions are designed be interactive and engaging. You'll walk away with a toolbox full of new skills and techniques that you can immediately employ at your business.
A preconference pass allows you access to one am session and one pm session. Register Now
Employee ownership often changes the goals around which companies make their plans, but it also gives them tools to achieve more than companies without employee ownership. A strong high-involvement planning (HIP) process takes planning out of the boardroom and gives it to the employee owners who must make it happen. Learn how involving everyone in the strategic planning process makes their individual tasks become better aligned with the overarching company goals and that synergy drives success.
Rich Armstrong, Great Game of Business
Steve Baker, Great Game of Business
This session is designed for companies that are seeking greater value from their boards. From the nuts and bolts of how an effective board operates to the principles that drive what the board should and should not do, this preconference session will draw on members of boards, outside experts, and NCEO data to cover what it takes to have boards that make companies stronger. This session will help you cover the basics, from legal requirements to valuation basics considering what board members should be aware of in this changing environment, and issues unique to ESOPs. It will also dig into core structure questions such as committees and the role of the board chair. You will leave with a path toward finding and onboarding independent directors and a framework for strategic planning that includes a productive role for the board.
Steve Ryan, Great Banc Trust Company
Mitch Miller, Great Banc Trust Company
At every stage of the ESOP lifecycle, there are critical decisions that your organization will face impacting the growth and sustainability of your company. In this interactive session, we will walk through each stage of the ESOP lifecycle and discuss best practices and how proactive planning can help a company achieve its long-term objectives. Our panel, which includes the CEO of a successful, 100% ESOP-owned company, will share perspectives on a range of interrelated and dynamic topics, including compensation and ownership philosophies, governance, employee communication, handling repurchase obligations, executive compensation, and ongoing growth strategies. Throughout the discussion, we will promote a holistic view of the evolving roadmap to long-term success, as well as the importance of thinking beyond the traditional view of ESOP sustainability.
Tina Langlois, Chartwell
Katie Lind, Chartwell
Allison Wilkerson, JD, McDermott Will & Emery
Justin L. Jordan, Essential Ingredients, Inc.
Business and financial literacy is at an all-time low in the United States; nearly 70% of Americans would fail a basic financial literacy assessment. As employee-owners, it is imperative for us to have a basic understanding of how the companies "we own" perform financially. When we understand these basic principles, we can impact profitability and drive value to all of our fellow employee-owners.
Break out of the boring rhythm of classroom style learning and into an interactive, fun experience! Experts have brought this business and financial literacy simulation to over a half million people worldwide. In this session you will dispel the myth that business financials are complicated and find that learning about numbers really can be fun!
Patrick Carpenter, GRITT Business Coaching
Michael Northrup, GRITT Business Coaching