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. This annual conference provides an unparalleled platform to reenergize the cooperative movement and galvanize its champions around building an inclusive economy.
Our theme for 2021 is “Embracing Our Cooperative Identity,” and IMPACT sessions will challenge cooperators everywhere to deepen their understanding of the values and principles that truly make cooperative enterprise unique. Embracing the cooperative identity goes beyond understanding it in the academic sense; it also provides an opportunity to act on that deeper understanding. Whether working to dismantle racism, build resilience in the face of climate change or preserve small businesses during a pandemic, last year reminded us that cooperatives have the greatest impact when cooperators live up to their values and principles.
Scheduled for October 4-8, IMPACT 2021 will bring together hundreds of cooperative leaders, developers, professionals, academics and policymakers—all with the overarching goal to advance the shared interests of the cooperative ecosystem. Currently, we are planning a hybrid event. While details and logistics are still being finalized, most of this year’s programming will be virtual, with a few in-person sessions alongside the 2021 Cooperative Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.