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Sunday, July 10 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Employee Ownership: Policy Levers to Build Community Wealth

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A baby boom generation is retiring. As many as 150,000 businesses could be candidates for employee ownership in the next 10-20 years. In this workshop, we will explore policy options to promote the use of worker cooperatives and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), both as start-ups and conversions. We will discuss both policy levers and campaign mechanics. Participants will walk away with tools and strategies that can be employed to promote more equitable ownership of business assets and empower employees to become owners in your cities.


Chris Cooper, Program Coordinator, Ohio Employee Ownership Center

Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, Democracy Collaborative

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, Policy Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center

Camille Kerr, Associate Director, ICA Group



Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper is a Program Coordinator at the OEOC and is primarily involved with the Center's Business Succession Planning Program at Kent State University. Chris is also active in various Center training programs on employee ownership, including annual Employee Owner Retreats and the annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference. Prior to joining the Center, Chris spent over 15 years working in small business. Chris is also a Kent State graduate and... Read More →
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Steve Dubb

Director of Special Projects, Democracy Colloborative
Based in Washington, D.C., Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President at The Democracy Collaborative. Steve has been with the Collaborative since 2004. In 2005, Steve was lead author of Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, published by The Aspen Institute. Steve is also a co-author (with Rita Axelroth Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a... Read More →

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar

Policy Director, Sustainable Ecomomies Law Center
Yassi Eskandari-Qajar leads SELC's city and regional policy work, identifying municipal-level barriers to our vision and producing policy solutions that cultivate community resilience and economic empowerment. Yassi's primary areas of interest at SELC are cooperatives, energy, transportation, housing, and food. Among other campaigns, Yassi has supported worker co-op policy campaigns in Oakland and Berkeley, California.

Camille Kerr

Camille Kerr co-directs the Democracy at Work Institute's Workers to Owners project, Previously she worked as the Director of Research at the National Center for Employee Ownership, launching the organization's outreach initiative and managing its various research projects. Camille speaks frequently about employee ownership and has written on many topics related to alternative ownership structures. Camille also chairs the board of directors for... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016

Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center West

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