We’re less than six weeks out from this year’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, the only national, cross-sector event attended by hundreds of co-op developers, financers, community and city leaders, innovators, thought leaders, economists, policymakers and international development practitioners. That means time is running out to take advantage of this year’s exclusive early-bird pricing!
Register by Wednesday, August 31 to lock in the early-bird rate of $55 for NCBA CLUSA members and $105 for non-members on all virtual programming.
Under the theme “Forward, Together,” IMPACT 2022 will challenge the cooperative community to capture a generational opportunity—applying the lessons we’ve learned from the past two exceptional years to our work as we move forward.
This year’s programming echoes that challenge. How do cooperatives, guided by our shared identity, thrive in this time of change? As businesses face inflation and supply chain challenges, cooperatives can provide stability and opportunity. As employees question their role in the economy, cooperatives can create dignified jobs. As communities tire of rhetoric, cooperatives can act to create meaningful diversity and equity.
Keep reading for a snapshot of our learning tracks.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Track
Presented by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Track will unpack lessons from CDF and NCBA CLUSA’s multi-year peer learning cohort of co-op leaders representing 41 co-ops dedicated to advancing the DEI conversation across the cooperative community. You’ll learn about efforts to make sure the cooperative principles serve and include everyone—especially historically underserved communities. And you’ll hear directly from members of the peer learning cohort who spent the past year testing whether co-op principles advance social and economic equity among low-income communities and communities of color. Featuring stories about democratic governance and empowerment, DEI and financial security and advancement, the Fall 2022 issue of the Cooperative Business Journal will complement this track.
Our IMPACT Track sessions will advance the conversation around climate action, Principle 6, equitable co-op ecosystems, historically underserved farmers and more. From the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, we’ll learn how to innovate together using a diversity of secondary co-op forms to meet emergent needs and reach new cooperators. Another session will inspire attendees to collectively build a coalition around climate action within the cooperative movement. We’ll hear the latest from our new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded project to create a community-led cooperative development ecosystem to support historically underserved farmers, ranchers and other socially disadvantaged groups in rural America. And during a session sponsored and led by National Cooperative Bank (NCB), panelists moderated by NCB president and CEO Casey Fannon will explore opportunities for improving access to capital for co-ops in the U.S.
This year’s International Track will explore co-ops as engines of locally-led development; using co-ops to advance donor priorities; co-ops in times of crisis; and co-ops and social inclusion. These sessions are free of charge and made possible by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and generously sponsored by our strategic partner the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and its members. On Thursday, October 6, Illia Gorokhovskyi, chair of COOP Ukraine’s Board of Directors will join us in person for a session exploring the legacy of cooperatives sustaining their communities during times of conflict and crisis. From the first CARE Package™ sent to post-war Europe in 1946 to the recent groundswell of support from the global cooperative community for cooperators in Ukraine, co-ops have a track record of putting their value of solidarity into practice.
A note for those joining us in-person*
Looking for accommodations while you’re in Washington, DC for IMPACT 22? We’ve partnered with the Hilton Garden Inn at 815 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005—just .3 miles from The National Press Club—to reserve a room block for IMPACT Conference attendees. These rooms are limited in quantity and availability for October 4-7, 2022 at the exclusive rate of $219 per night, not including taxes.
*NCBA CLUSA will comply with all COVID-19 mandates and policies provided by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the local government of Washington, DC regarding the safety of in-person meetings. Please note that our in-person programming at the National Press Club will comply with the club’s COVID-10 Safety Guidelines. Currently, the club requires proof of vaccination prior to entry.
THANK YOU TO OUR IMPACT CONFERENCE STRATEGIC PARTNERS