2012 Annual Employee Ownership Conference

by Hilde Stephan

The Beyster Institute Rady School of Management and the National Center for Employee Ownership welcome attendees to be a part of the upcoming annual employee ownership conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., April 25-27, 2012, with a pre-conference on April 24. The conference offers strategic and valuable insight throughout the four days, with in-depth information to equip participants to positively affect or advance their employee-owned culture. Additionally, the conference also provides the ideal opportunity to meet colleagues and like-minded leaders to discuss experiences and ideas for the further development of a dynamic and innovative employee-owned structure.

Based on the success of last year's pre-conference session, a special dynamic session again will be offered on April 24. This optional pre-conference session aims to provide informative and stimulating topic sessions the early attendees will find beneficial. The sessions will focus on specific issues such as "HR Practices in Employee-Owned Companies" and "Compensation Issues for Privately Held Companies."

There are more than 65 breakout sessions in which participants will be able to immerse themselves. These sessions are designed to motivate and promote new and insightful ideas including foundational information needed for their company or organization. From practical case studies to knowledge sharing, participants can create a schedule that is right for them, choosing within the five learning tracks offered:

  • ESOP Basics
  • ESOPs: Beyond the Basics
  • Equity Compensation
  • Communications and Culture
  • Leadership and Governance
  • From these solutions-focused breakout sessions, leading speakers in their field will take a deeper dive into current topics affecting the world of employee ownership today and discuss emerging trends and solutions to challenges organizations may face.

    Conference participants are further given an opportunity to gain one-on-one sessions with experts to answer specific questions they would like to target in their new or established company. Roundtable discussions organized during the luncheon on the second day also will provide attendees a multitude of focus areas to learn and share challenges and experiences in the development and management of leading a successful employee-owned company.


    During your stay, explore the cosmopolitan twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The cities offer a multitude of activities and cultural experiences that will be of interest to everyone. Arts and culture abound in the city of Minneapolis. Participants are encouraged to visit the beautiful Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a fine art museum which features renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Delacroix, Van Gogh and Courbet. Minneapolis also is known to produce the third largest live theater market in the nation, with live music from classical to folk offered in historic halls. Other attractions include the Mall of America, which consists of 400 retail stores, a megaplex movie theater, an indoor amusement park, and an underground aquarium. In addition to attending breakout sessions and planned events, the city can keep each participant's schedule enjoyable beyond the conference halls.

    Online registration for the 2012 Annual Employee Ownership Conference will begin on December 23 with detailed information that can be found by visiting www.rady.ucsd.edu/beyster.

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