2020 Cooperative IMPACT Conference

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2020 Impact Conference Track Schedule

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Monday

Date: 10/05/2020
2 Events
10:00 am 12:00 pm
Excellence in Member-Centric Governance and Management, Pt. 1

Register for this engaging course on Excellence in Member-centric Governance and Management. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of cooperative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. Offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University and hosted in conjunction with NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, this participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the membership aspect of cooperatives, including: people-centered management, ownership and control, and network governance. Grapple with the unique challenges inherent in leading and managing cooperatives while including voice, representation, participation and engagement of people at the core.

Location: Virtual
Speakers:
  • Karen Miner: Managing Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary's University
  • Sonja Novkovic: Professor of Economics and Academic Director, International Centre for Co-operative Development, Saint Mary's University
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Excellence in Member-Centric Governance Management, Pt. 2

Register for this engaging course on Excellence in Member-centric Governance and Management. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of cooperative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. Offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University and hosted in conjunction with NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, this participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the membership aspect of cooperatives, including: people-centered management, ownership and control, and network governance. Grapple with the unique challenges inherent in leading and managing cooperatives while including voice, representation, participation and engagement of people at the core.

Speakers:
  • Karen Miner: Managing Director, International Center for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
  • Sonja Novkovic: Professor of Economics and Academic Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University

Tuesday

Date: 10/06/2020
2 Events
10:00 am 12:00 pm
Excellence in Member-Centric Governance and Management, Pt. 3

Register for this engaging course on Excellence in Member-centric Governance and Management. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of cooperative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. Offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University and hosted in conjunction with NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, this participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the membership aspect of cooperatives, including: people-centered management, ownership and control, and network governance. Grapple with the unique challenges inherent in leading and managing cooperatives while including voice, representation, participation and engagement of people at the core.

Location: Virtual
Speakers:
  • Karen Miner: Managing Director, International Center for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
  • Sonja Novkovic: Professor of Economics and Academic Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
1:15 pm 3:00 pm
Excellence in Member-Centric Governance and Management, Pt. 4

Register for this engaging course on Excellence in Member-centric Governance and Management. Designed for seasoned decision-makers and emerging leaders from any sector or type of cooperative, all will benefit from this knowledge-rich course. Offered by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University and hosted in conjunction with NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, this participatory education experience focuses on enhancing your knowledge and building your network. Discuss and debate the many facets of the membership aspect of cooperatives, including: people-centered management, ownership and control, and network governance. Grapple with the unique challenges inherent in leading and managing cooperatives while including voice, representation, participation and engagement of people at the core.

Location: Virtual
Speakers:
  • Karen Miner: Managing Director, International Center for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
  • Sonja Novkovic: Professor of Economics and Academic Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University

Monday

Date: 10/05/2020
5 Events
12:00 pm 12:10 pm
Opening Keynote
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Description coming soon!

Speakers:
  • Doug O'Brien: President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA
  • Erbin Crowell: Executive Director, Neighboring Food Co-op Association
  • Carla Decker: President and CEO, DC Credit Union
  • Esteban Kelly: Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • Greg Starheim: Senior Vice President, Business and Industry Development, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
  • Karen Zimbelman: Senior Director, Membership and Cooperative Relations, National Co+op Grocers
12:10 pm 1:30 pm
State of the Co-op Economy: Cooperatives, COVID-19 and Key Opportunities to Build a Better World
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Join members of the Council of Cooperative Economists as they discuss how cooperatives across all sectors are working to respond to specific opportunities cooperatives have during the COVID-19 pandemic to make their communities more equitable, inclusive and generally just better places. This moderated panel will cover the experiences of diverse communities across the U.S. and beyond. Each researcher will present research to ground their analyses of the current solvable opportunities co-ops face, both generally and by specific sector. Our moderator, Tamela Blalock of NCBA CLUSA, will guide a group discussion of how we can harness co-ops to build a better, more equitable economy during the recovery from COVID-19. Finally, the panel will close with 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

Speakers:
  • Tamela Blalock: Vice President of Cooperative Relations, NCBA CLUSA
  • Camille Kerr: Founder and Principal, Upside Down Consulting
  • Samira Salem: Senior Policy Analyst, Credit Union National Association
  • Russell Tucker: Chief Economist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Federal, state and local policies enabled the formation and growth of cooperatives that turned the lights on in rural America, housed workers and their families in high cost urban areas and provided financing for agricultural producers and financial services for wage earners. This panel will look at what new policies could jump start cooperative development and expansion to address contemporary issues.

Moderator: Doug O'Brien: President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA

Speakers:
3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Actions Speaker Louder Than Words
Presented by FCC Services

During this session, Michele Padilla and Lisa Cavanaugh will explore what it means (and doesn’t mean) to have privilege and how privilege can be turned into allyship that moves us from intention to action regardless of the type of privilege experienced or discrimination faced. The session will include an activity on recognizing privilege without judgment and resources for those who wish to shift from observers to allies of targets of discrimination and unearned disadvantage.

Speakers:
  • Lisa Cavanaugh: Vice President of Leadership Development Experiences, FCC Services
  • Michele Padilla: Director & Senior Leadership Consultant, FCC Services
3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Promoting Enabling Environments
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is more important today than it has ever been for the cooperative movement in the United States and globally. Although many argue that DEI is inherent in the cooperative principles, cooperatives are working hard just like other businesses to be more inclusive and promote diversity and equity in their policies, practices, and work. And if we take a step back, this intrinsic potential in the cooperative business model begins with creating an enabling environment with favorable legal and regulatory frameworks for cooperative businesses to grow, thrive, and provide economic opportunities for all people. In the United States, cooperative development faces numerous legal and regulatory obstacles, whether it’s personal guarantee requirements hindering cooperative businesses from accessing Small Business Administration loans, other issues with accessing capital and insurance, and even the inability to create certain types of cooperatives. NCBA CLUSA, together with its members and cooperative partners, work hard to advance and protect cooperative enterprise through its advocacy and programs, one example being the Policy Roundtables hosted across the country in 2019. In many countries, local rules and the way they are enforced are some of the biggest barriers for people and communities to implement cooperative solutions. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) also recognizes that cooperatives can’t reach their full potential when they don’t operate on a level playing field with other forms of business and seeks to tackle this challenge abroad through the congressionally earmarked Cooperative Development Program (CDP). This panel of cooperative developers, policy-makers and CDP implementers will discuss some of the common legislative and policy barriers faced by cooperatives in the US and around the world and share strategies, tools and lessons learned for promoting inclusive engagement of all types of cooperative stakeholders in these discussions and ensuring that analyses and recommendations for improvements intentionally address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as a critical part of the enabling environment.

Moderator: Kate LaTour: Director of Government Relations, NCBA CLUSA

Speakers:
  • Terence Courtney: Director, Co-op Development and & Strategic Partnerships, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
  • Meegan Moriarty: Legal and Policy Analyst, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service
  • Olga Oyier: Policy & Legislative Affairs Specialist, Global Communities

Tuesday

Date: 10/06/2020
5 Events
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Keynote: How Coffee Farmers Built a Global Cooperative from Seed-to-Cup

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative is the first “direct-to-consumer” coffee roaster in North America wholly owned and governed by thousands of smallholder farmers in Africa and Latin America, connecting coffee producers directly to end-consumers. Twenty years ago, producer cooperatives in Latin America began organizing themselves on a global scale, with the goal of roasting, branding and brewing their best organic coffees for end-customers. This is their story.

Speaker: Thaleon Tremain: CEO, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Achieving Health Equity: Group Health Cooperative Plan
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Health equity is a major challenge and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC SCW) is working on a plan to address it using five steps identified by the Institute for Health Care Improvement “Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations.” Of particular significance is the GHC commitment to reduce the infant mortality rate among black women in Dane County, Wisconsin.

Speakers:
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Building an Equitable and Inclusive Local Co-op Ecosystem in Washington, DC
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Washington, DC (like many other urban geographies) faces multiple issues including gentrification, displacement, the closure of small businesses, food access, lack of affordable housing and ongoing geographic segregation. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating many of these trends, as small businesses rapidly close and potential evictions loom. Historically marginalized communities—particularly Black communities in Wards 7 and 8—have been disproportionately and negatively impacted. The District has a long history of food, worker and housing cooperatives. It is from these that public officials, NGOs, activists and funders are increasingly looking for lessons, solutions and inspiration. They aim to build an integrated co-op ecosystem centered on social justice and racial equity. They are reviving the co-op movement in the District to help meet pressing needs for employment, services, food and housing. These diverse actors are also building on the recent momentum generated by local advocates of limited equity housing and the recent growth of area purchasing co-ops. Accordingly, panelists will highlight the progress of the DC Limited Equity Housing Task Force, multiple initiatives and grants that promote common goals of building food and worker cooperative ecosystems, and finally they will lift up purchasing cooperatives and detail how these co-ops are helping black-owned businesses grow. Finally, panelists will raise co-op conversion as an effective strategy to preserve existing minority-owned businesses that service long-term residents and are part of the social fabric of their neighborhoods.

Moderator: Alison Powers: Manager, Cooperative and Community Development, Capital Impact Partners

Speakers:
  • Jennifer Bryant: Program Manager for Community Wealth Building Initiatives, Washington Area Community Investment Fund
  • Paul Hazen: Executive Director, Overseas Cooperative Development Council
  • Dominic Hosack: Worker-Owner, Earthbound Building Cooperative
3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Educating in Diverse Ways with Common Standards for Cooperative Management
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Education for all those involved in cooperative enterprises happens in many different environments. From on-the-job training to workforce development to the university and everything in between. We want cooperative owners to be smart and effective at all they aim to do. While our economy is changing so fast, lifelong learning will forever be a truism for managing change in our cooperatives and the world of work. This interactive workshop will feature a range of educators describing what they deliver and how. We will explore the common standards and values we promote through each venue. We will reference principles of adult education and professional development for how they apply in our learning environments using both face-to-face instruction and web-based styles. We will reveal what lessons are being put forth at the university level, in business schools as part of executive training, and in communities where styles of popular education are used for workforce education and through joint labor-management initiatives. We will aim to solicit from one another what works when attempting to reach a diverse workforce, what can be enhanced and what there is to share, replicate and expound. Participants should leave with a sense of the possible for the different points of access for worker-owner education with some clear, common and declared standards we can all uphold and celebrate.

Moderator: Rebecca Lurie: Community and Worker Ownership Project Coordinator, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Speakers:
  • Rebecca Bauen: Program Director, Democracy at Work Institute
  • Félix E. Gardón: The Training Collective, NYCNoWC and Caracol Language Co-op
  • Omar Freilla: Founder, Green Worker Cooperatives
  • Erin Hancock: Program Manager, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
  • Neil Gladstein: Former Director of Strategic Resources, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
  • Stacey Sutton: Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Emerging Credit Union Leaders Creating Impact
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Featuring some of the most compelling young credit union leaders and CUDE™ Program graduates, this panel will discuss how their credit unions are providing young people pathways to create impact. Panelists will explore the credit union commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how the cooperative business model is central to the work of creating an inclusive economy. Finally, this session will explore how credit unions are serving their members and addressing development issues in their communities, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified that role.

Speakers:
  • Sedric Brinson: Assistant Vice President of Member Solutions and Brand Ambassador, Statewide Federal Credit Union
  • Jazmine Kilpatrick: Membership Development Manager, Local Government Federal Credit Union
  • Hazelmae Overturf: Senior Manager of Learning and Development HR, BECU
  • Mario Vega: Risk and Audit Manager, Guadalupe Credit Union

Wednesday

Date: 10/07/2020
4 Events
10:00 am 11:30 am
State and Local Ecosystems
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

COVID-19 has reduced tax revenues and tightened the already challenging financial constraints of city and state budgets. Last Co-op IMPACT, we heard from elected officials supporting cooperative development investments in their communities. This panel will discuss what strategies co-op developers are using to strengthen their communities and discuss how these critical investments promote social and economic mobility through sustainable development.

Moderator: Kate LaTour: Director of Government Relations, NCBA CLUSA

Speakers:
  • Jamila Medley: Executive Director, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
  • Tracy McIntyre: Executive Director, Montana Cooperative Development Center
  • Charity Schmidt: Cooperative Development Specialist, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
  • Zen Trenholm: Program Manager, Democracy at Work Institute
10:00 am 11:30 am
Advancing DEI in the Global Cooperative Movement through International Volunteering
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Members of the U.S. cooperative sector are invited to learn about the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program and its mission-driven volunteers dedicated to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion among cooperatives globally.

This moderated panel will present on four case studies that will take you to Moldova, Georgia, Ecuador and Guatemala, where you will learn about the challenges cooperatives encounter abroad—many of which may resonate with U.S. cooperators—and the actions taken to strengthen cooperatives and, in turn, the communities they employ and support. There will be opportunities for Q&A to learn about the Farmer-to-Farmer program and how you can volunteer to support the global cooperative movement.

Moderator:
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Program Analyst, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Program Director, NCBA CLUSA
Speakers:
  • Francisco Donoso: Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director, Ecuador, NCBA CLUSA
  • Nadejda Mocanu: Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director, Moldova, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture
  • Kellen Parrish: Senior Program Officer, Economic Development and Health Unit, Partners of the Americas
  • Thelonious Trimmell: Program Director and Agribusiness Advisor, ACDI/VOCA
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Cooperatives Can Advance DEI: Lessons, Issues and Ways Forward
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Leaders from multiple cooperative sectors gather to discuss the state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our country and in our cooperative movement. This panel will follow an IMPACT DEI town hall session, during which conference attendees will engage through an interactive platform to share their own thoughts and experiences on the following: “Why is it so hard to talk about race, racism and racial justice in this country today?” “What barriers to DEI have they or their organizations encountered?” and “What steps should NCBA CLUSA and the co-op community take to advance DEI?” Panelist will discuss how they advance DEI within their sectors and how they raise awareness, stimulate conversations and forge actionable practices. What panelists share ultimately will paint a vivid picture of the concrete steps needed to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our cooperative movement.

Moderator:
  • Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, National Cooperative Bank
  • President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA
Speakers:
  • Monica Davy: Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, National Credit Union Administration
  • Maurice R. Smith: CEO, Local Government Federal Credit Union
5:30 pm 6:30 pm
Creating an Intentionally Inclusive Economy for All Women Cooperators
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

The U.S. is about to become a minority-majority nation. And yet, representation of this change among our female thought leaders across the country does not reflect the transforming demographics of our nation. In August 2020 we celebrated the centennial of passing the 19th Amendment, and the stories of suffragettes of color are being told for the first time.

The 7 Cooperative Principles drive an expectation of inclusivity, yet the action plan on how to increase organizational diversity has not been discovered. We need a new approach to connect our present and future to our history.

In this session, we will discuss the inclusive history of women in the cooperative movement and how to connect their untold (or under-told) legacy and leadership excellence to how we can shape our conception of the cooperators of the future. We change the story, we change the definition, we change the norms, we change the world. That’s how we make an equitable and inclusive economy for all women cooperators.

Speakers:

Thursday

Date: 10/08/2020
6 Events
10:00 am 11:30 am
Beneficial Electrification: Help America, Protect the Climate and Grow Economic Opportunities
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Beneficial electrification means replacing direct fossil fuel use (gasoline, propane, etc.) in homes with electricity in a way that both reduces emissions and cuts costs for the homeowner. This panel brings together leaders in beneficial electrification and will highlight how electric cooperatives have pioneered this work. Panelists will describe how beneficial electrification works, how they incorporate equity into its financing, and the empowerment it brings to those facing the highest financial burdens and highest barriers to opportunity. Low and moderate-income communities, communities of color and rural Americans are leading and benefitting from this work; panelists will describe how they and their partners will make further progress. Growing interest in social justice and financial risks from the COVID-19 pandemic make the case for beneficial electrification even stronger. This work will help us build the more energy efficient, climate friendly, opportunity-generating and just economy we need.

Moderator: Kate LaTour: Director of Government Relations, NCBA CLUSA

Speaker: John-Michael Cross: On-Bill Financing Project Manager, Environmental and Energy Study Institute

10:00 am 11:30 am
Origins, Consequences and Healing: Changing the Co-op Leadership Lens
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Communities of color have always understood the significance and impact of cooperation for both survival and success. Still, oppression continues to negatively impact these communities, even within cooperative spaces. If you want to welcome those who’ve been historically marginalized or underrepresented, if you want to reach beyond your usual audience, and if you’re ready move from “intention to action,” this workshop is where you begin, where you practice and where you decide to shift. The lens we use to choose, decide, judge, evaluate, etc. is the same lens our Founding Fathers used to “design” America to benefit a specific subgroup of the population. We’ve been using that lens ever since despite its failure to firmly grasp and tell the story of our democracy. The cooperative democratic process, with our principles and values, offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate what is possible for all of America’s citizens when that shift is made. Participants in this interactive workshop will focus on how America’s founders created and shaped the current lens, what has happened as a result, and how we can all heal by shifting the lens through which we perceive “right,” “appropriate,” “just,” “fair,” etc. In looking at our co-op industry we will examine how—despite our principles and values—we’ve allowed ourselves to become a mere microcosm of the many American ills including biases, exclusion and inequity. When sincerely practiced, cooperative principles and values accept that difference is beneficial to the whole, and that equity and inclusion from boards to staff, membership and communities feeds and fills the needs of our nation. We will begin with a multimedia presentation designed to take us from the beginning to today through the current lens being used, and then engage in role play to demonstrate shifting the lens of leadership. After our role play exercise, attendees will break out into groups for a discussion on ways to approach shifting the lens to incorporate “walking the talk” of equity and inclusion in leadership development. Finally, we’ll report out on our findings and discuss tools for implementing what we’ve learned when we return home.

Speaker: Patrice Lockert Anthony: Founder and Principal Consultant, BLACK LABEL Consulting and Coaching

12:00 pm 12:30 pm
Co-op IMPACT Champion Award Presentation & Conversation
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Description coming soon!

1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Decolonizing the U.S. Co-op Movement: Lessons Learned From the African American Cooperative Movement
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

People of African descent in the U.S. have a long and vibrant but largely hidden experience of cooperative ownership since at least the 1700s and have had a quiet presence at times in the U.S. mainstream cooperative movement. What can we learn from this history and these experiences especially for diversity, equity and inclusion in the U.S. cooperative movement? This workshop will highlight examples of both white supremacist sabotage against Black co-ops, and white micro-aggressions and institutional racism that have limited and discouraged Black and Brown participation in U.S. cooperatives and the cooperative movement. On the flip side, we will also examine how African American cooperators and their co-ops continued to survive and prevail; and the pivotal role of African American women in this movement. We will explore understanding how subaltern populations use cooperative and solidarity economics to address marginalization, discrimination and poverty; the importance of solidarity and trust in the sustainability of co-ops and how cultural, racial and ethnic sensitivities or insensitivities build or destroy trust; and the importance of organizational leadership and support at the local and national levels. African American cooperatives continue to struggle against racism, patriarchy, classism, cultural misunderstandings and the racist micro-aggressions of fellow cooperators, so-called allies, and funders and policymakers. We will examine existing and develop new strategies to mitigate and reduce, if not eliminate, these aggressions and barriers with the goal of building true equity and inclusion.

Moderator: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard: Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Speaker: Renee Hatcher: Assistant Professor of Law, UIC John Marshall School of Law

Friday

Date: 10/09/2020
4 Events
10:00 am 11:30 am
Analyzing, Naming and Shifting the Power Dynamics on Your Team
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Often, our cooperatives are formed as a response or alternative to the destructive power dynamics in the mainstream hyper-capitalist and oppressive systems. However, it often takes some unlearning and new structures to help us create the workspaces that we dream of. Sometimes, we even experience harmful power dynamics and uncomfortable situations in our teams that we’re trying to replace. Through presentation and simulation, you’ll learn how to analyze the power (harmful and generative) dynamics in your team. There will be time for cooperative leaders and employees to dive into the dynamics that they’ve experienced and how to make sense of it and make changes. Participants will learn some simple, yet powerful tools and frameworks for making incremental change in their coops as well as strengthening their democratic decision-making and communication processes. In sum, we’ll share our organizational analysis of power (the Power Matrix), discuss how power affects every facet of our work lives and, most importantly, consider what we can concretely do every day to use collaborative power through comprehensive communications and democratic decision-making practices.

Moderator: Rebecca Fisher-McGinty: Communications Wizard, Round Sky Solutions

Speaker: Daniel Little: Co-Founder and Leadership Coach, Round Sky Solutions

10:00 am 11:30 am
Bringing the Cooperative Model to Equitable Scale
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

If this last year has taught us anything, it is that we are stronger together. Our systems are broken and inequality has seeped into all of them. As a result, our systems are failing working families and communities across our country. People want change. They want to see their governments, institutions and the private sector commit to helping us create an economy that is resilient in the face of an economic depression, natural disaster or a global pandemic. They want an economy where equity, resilience and inclusion are rooted in the workforce. Whether it is in response to the hollowing out of a manufacturing base in England in 1844, or Lewiston, Maine in the 2000s, preserving our agricultural economy during and after the Great Depression, or providing electricity to rural America, the cooperative model has proven time and again to be the economic model that is both deliberative and flexible in responding to community needs and underserved populations. The time is now to take the model to scale. What will it take? This panel will highlight how the focused combination of federal, state and private support can create place-based, multi-sector cooperative ecosystems, building a more equitable economy addressing the needs of underserved communities. This session will feature panelists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, private philanthropy, state government and cooperative developers who are harnessing these resources and coordinating targeted cooperative development projects to meet the community needs of underserved communities.

Moderator: Alex Stone: Executive Director, CooperationWorks!

Speakers:
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
The People’s Pitch: Start.coop Graduation & Pitch Party
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

After a year filled with twists and turns that none of us expected, dual pandemics have left our country reeling and left many of us more committed than ever to crafting a new, more equitable economy. The graduates of this year’s Start.coop accelerator program are at the forefront of this movement and have spent the last six months building cooperatively-owned businesses all across the economy. Join us to hear the final graduation pitches from Start.coop’s 2020 cohort of six entrepreneur teams. During this interactive session, you’ll vote to determine which startups are awarded funds from the $10,000 graduation prize pool.

Moderator:
  • Co-Director, Start.coop
  • Co-Director, Start.coop
Speakers:
3:30 pm 3:45 pm
Closing Ceremony
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Doug O'Brien: President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA

Monday

Date: 10/05/2020
1 Event
3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Top 5 Habits of the Most Effective Board
Presented by FCC Services

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Leslie Hilton: Vice President of Governance and Board Development, FCC Services

Tuesday

Date: 10/06/2020
2 Events
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Benchmarking Success in a COVID-19 World
Presented by CoMetrics

NCBA CLUSA partnered with CoMetrics to deliver a benefit for NCBA CLUSA’s purchasing cooperative members. In 2020, this year’s benchmarking compared year to year data, in addition to initial FY2020 impacts to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession.

Speaker: Paul Giudice: CEO, CoMetrics

3:15 pm 4:30 pm
Strategic Governance Workshop
Presented by FCC Services

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Leslie Hilton: Vice President of Governance and Board Development, FCC Services

Wednesday

Date: 10/07/2020
2 Events
10:00 am 11:30 am
A Conversation About Business Continuity

Moderated by Stratus Wealth Advisors, this roundtable discussion will center attendee participation. This session will focus on the challenges that purchasing cooperatives and their members are facing as they continue to deal with the economic and social effects of COVID-19 and strategies for using this health and economic crisis to create more resilient business continuity plans so that both the purchasing cooperatives and their members can better withstand economic shocks, allowing them to focus on bringing long-term success to their communities as opposed to short-term profits to themselves. Discussion questions will touch on both the emotional and financial challenges purchasing cooperative leadership and their members face, such as:

  • How many of you and your members had a business continuity plan in place prior to the coronavirus crisis?
  • What are the most important elements of a business continuity plan for your industry?
  • How many of your members have performed an operational or risk assessment?
  • What are the important elements of a business continuity plan?
  • When is there time to discuss business continuity planning and where do I turn for educational resources?
  • I like the idea of a business continuity plan, but I have no idea where to start. Can someone help me?
Speakers:
1:30 pm 3:00 pm
The Cooperative 401(K) Plan Option

Benefit your member organizations with timely, accurate, and responsive retirement plan services through an Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) platform. The Association/Cooperative may receive recurring non-dues revenue for groups that join, while also providing a valuable and discounted service to your members. Plan designs include fee transparency, professionally managed portfolios, screening processes for fund lineups, and low cost fee structures. Each plan is unique to each of your member organizations. Whether or not you have a current plan, or are looking into establishing a new plan, we are here to guide you through your options.

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Thursday

Date: 10/08/2020
6 Events
10:00 am 10:15 am
Welcome
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Description coming soon! 

Moderator: Esteban Kelly: Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Speakers:
  • Michelle Bekkering: Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID
  • Ariel Guarco: President, International Cooperative Association
  • Paul Hazen: Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council
  • Doug O'Brien: President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA
  • Alex Serrano: Senior Vice President, International Programs, NCBA CLUSA
10:15 am 10:30 am
Keynote: Re-imagining Capitalism in a World on Fire
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Renowned Harvard Professor Rebecca Henderson debunks prevailing orthodoxy with a new intellectual foundation and a practical pathway forward for a capitalism, a system that has lost its moral and ethical foundation. Free market capitalism is one of humanity’s greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short. Rebecca Henderson’s rigorous research in economics, psychology, and organizational behavior, as well as her many years of work with companies around the world, gives us a path forward. She debunks the worldview that the only purpose of business is to make money and maximize shareholder value. She shows that we have failed to reimagine capitalism so that it is not only an engine of prosperity but also a system that is in harmony with environmental realities, striving for social justice and the demands of truly democratic institutions. Henderson’s deep understanding of how change takes place, combined with fascinating in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism, provides inspiring insight into what capitalism can be. With rich discussions of how the worlds of finance, governance, and leadership must also evolve, Henderson provides the pragmatic foundation for navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenge, but also with extraordinary opportunity for those who can get it right.

Speaker: Rebecca Henderson: Professor, Harvard Business School

10:30 am 12:00 pm
Session 1: Mitigating Impacts; Keeping Members Safe
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

From the earliest days of the pandemic, cooperatives around the world have been serving member needs as early responders, not only their needs for PPE and health care, but their financial needs and the need to continue to address ongoing priority issues such as gender violence that continued throughout the crisis. This panel also will include discussion about the role youth have played in both the response and recovery from the pandemic. A panel of practitioners, cooperatives and donors will discuss how co-ops have helped their members and communities weather, adapt and plan for the future through the crisis.

Moderator: Emily Varga: Director, Cooperative Development, U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment, Office of Local Sustainability

Speakers:
10:30 am 12:00 pm
Session 2: Food Security and Systems Issues
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the question is how to maintain safe food production, processing and distribution and protection of the most vulnerable. Among the questions that will be addressed by a panel of practitioners, cooperatives and donors: Are co-ops resilient to the crisis or just surviving? What strategies and tools can co-ops use to address the impact of COVID-19 on the food supply? What can producer cooperatives do to ensure the safety of the food supply? Are there technologies that could be used by cooperatives to ensure food safety and supply? Also, is there a role for the international community and donors to work with cooperatives to ensure food systems and security are protected?

Moderator: Neha Patel: Western Corridor Advisor, National Co+op Grocers

Speakers:
  • Thukela Mashologu: Regional Manager, South Africa Program, GENEX
  • Nikki Duncan: Chief of Party, Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Communities
  • Julia Baumgartner: Manager, Cooperative Development Program, Equal Exchange
  • Marea Pappas: Program Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Resilience & Food Security
10:30 am 12:00 pm
Session 3: Business and Member Financial Recovery and Resilience
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

A panel of practitioners, cooperatives and experts in the field will examine the financial and business challenges ahead and discuss strategies necessary for cooperatives to have a successful recovery. The panel will both discuss how best to adapt existing strategies and to employ new and innovative business practices that will be required in the new business environment. There also will be discussion of how cooperatives can be included in government-sponsored stimulus and recovery plans in the US and abroad.

Moderator: Susy Cheston: Chief of Party, Financial Inclusion, World Council of Credit Unions

Speakers:
10:30 am 12:00 pm
Session 4: Research, Technology and Digital Solutions
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Many new lessons will be learned regarding the resiliency of the cooperative model in times of crisis and this panel will discuss the role data collection has already played in the cooperative community’s response. The panel also will examine the roles of training, technology and social media in the cooperative community’s response and the panel will discuss the prospects for a new and expanded role for technology in both traditional and platform cooperatives.

Moderator: Judith A. Hermanson: Director, International Cooperative Research Group, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Speakers:
  • Ahmed Attia: CEO, Direct Global
  • Sonja Novkovic: Professor of Economics and Academic Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University
  • Isaac K. Nyamongo: Professor of Anthropology, Co-operative University of Kenya
  • Nathan Schneider: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder

Friday

Date: 10/09/2020
4 Events
10:00 am 10:15 am
Opening Remarks and Award Presentation
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Featuring the presentation of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC)’s 2020 International Cooperative Innovation Award.

Moderator: Esteban Kelly: Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Speaker: Paul Hazen: Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council

10:15 am 10:35 am
Keynote: Ways to Support the Resiliency of Cooperatives
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Featuring a conversation between Tony Bedard, CEO of Frontier Co-op; and John Holdsclaw IV, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at National Cooperative Bank.

Moderator: Tony Bedard: CEO, Frontier Co-op

Speaker: John Holdsclaw: Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Cooperative Bank

10:35 am 11:35 am
Interactive Workshops
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

These simultaneous interactive workshops will feature small group discussions that allow participants to share best practices, lessons learned and suggestions for new and innovative solutions when it comes to supporting the resiliency of cooperatives. When registering, select your two top workshop choices. You will also have the opportunity to indicate your language preference.

11:35 am 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Presented by NCBA CLUSA

Description coming soon!

Moderator: Esteban Kelly: Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives