Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Doug O’Brien, President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) and John Torres, VP of Communication and Public Relations for NCBA CLUSA. Vernon, Doug and John will discuss the 2020 Cooperative IMPACT Virtual Conference, and other initiatives being sponsored by NCBA CLUSA. The conference will be held virtually, October 5-9, 2020. Register today to join hundreds of co-op developers, financiers, community and city leaders, innovators, economists and policymakers.
As President & CEO of NCBA CLUSA, Doug O’Brien works with the cooperative community, both domestically and internationally, to deepen its impact on individuals and communities. Doug has been with NCBA since 2016, where he has served as the Executive Vice President of Programs before becoming president and CEO in January 2018. John currently serves as the Vice President of Communication and Public Relations for NCBA CLUSA, an organization that serves as the primary voice in the U.S. for people who use cooperatives to build a better world. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive, with an international development portfolio of 18 active programs in 17 countries, reaching over 600,000 people.
NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Virtual Conference is the only national, cross-sector event elevating the national conversation around co-ops, 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.