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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... 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... Read More →

Yassi Eskandari-Qajar

Policy Director, Sustainable Economies 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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

Manager for Higher Education Engagement, The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016

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