2020 Cooperative IMPACT Conference

Join us virtually in October!

2020 Co-op IMPACT Conference

October 5-9, 2020

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NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op IMPACT Conference is the only national, cross-sector event elevating the national conversation around a trusted, proven way to do business and build communities. The annual conference provides an unparalleled platform to reenergize the cooperative movement and galvanize its champions around building the next economy.


This year’s conference will amplify how cooperatives are addressing their obligations to create diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and boards, and how co-ops can better meet the needs of communities that have been excluded from economic participation and advancement. Register today to join hundreds of co-op developers, financers, community and city leaders, innovators, economists and policymakers in October!

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International Track (available free of charge!)

Once again, IMPACT 2020 will explore the intersection of domestic and international cooperative development, highlighting lessons and insights from practitioners and partners and amplifying examples of cooperative organizations that work globally to impact the lives of tens of millions of producers, consumers and workers. This year’s dedicated international programming is available for free to development practitioners. During registration, choose “International Sessions Only” on the Registration Type dropdown.

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Saint Mary’s University Pre-Conference Course

Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders alike from all co-op sectors, “Excellence in Member-Centric Governance and Management” is offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University and hosted in conjunction with IMPACT 2020. During this session, you’ll discuss and debate the many facets of the membership aspect of cooperatives, including: people-centered management, ownership and control, and network governance. You’ll also grapple with the unique challenges inherent in leading and managing cooperatives while including voice, representation, participation and engagement of people at the core.

This session will meet October 5 and 6 from 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm EDT.

Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute

The Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute (CLSI) is your opportunity to develop and engage young professionals (ages 18-35) and post-secondary students of any age with participation in a national cooperative conference and exposure to co-op industry and thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Attendees receive a full scholarship to attend IMPACT 2020, the virtual Cooperative Hall of Fame, virtual Co-op 5K, Saint Mary’s University Pre-Conference Course and exclusive programming. Learn more.


“Nowhere but NCBA and IMPACT conference do you get to make those cross-sectoral connections with people about how to live out that P6 cooperation among cooperatives principle, and work together to make this co-op economy really grow and thrive and get to scale.” –Camille Kerr, principle at Upside Down Consulting 


“We’ve got cooperative professionals here thinking about innovative legal models to support international platforms. We’ve got purchasing cooperatives here that have tremendous purchasing power, that have the ability to help scale up new enterprises and are really looking for the ways in which they can use technology to bring their businesses into a new generation. And then we have people who are working on international development, who are looking for ways that technology can help us address some of the most pressing challenges around the world. It’s really exciting!”–Nathan Schneider, professor at the University of Colorado


“In these divided times, it’s really important to think about how everybody who is participating in the economy can benefit from the economy and co-ops really are a great model to show the way.”–Maureen Conway, executive director of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute