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Inaugural Cooperative Executive Roundtable Dates

May 24-25, 2022

NCBA CLUSA Headquarters
1775 I St. NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

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About the Cooperative Executive Roundtable

For the first time ever, CEOs and senior leaders from some of the nation’s largest and most influential cooperatives will come together in a roundtable format to discuss strategic opportunities for cooperatives in the U.S.

Thank you for accepting our special invitation to attend the inaugural Cooperative Executive Roundtable. Our goal is to host a cohort of the most innovative co-op executives across industries and sectors to share strategic insights. The Roundtable will foster connections around the co-op business model and the vision to create a more inclusive economy.

The Cooperative Executive Roundtable brings together the cooperative movement’s leading executives for a cross-sector idea exchange. This gathering is a unique opportunity to hear from visionary thinkers and to connect with your peers. The Roundtable is designed to deliver collaborative, growth-oriented discussion sessions to simulate strategic thinking about the challenges facing our domestic economy and how to best position your cooperative (specifically) and all cooperatives (collectively) to thrive amid these shifting socioeconomic realities.

Join us the day before, May 24, for a reception and dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Please note: the reception, dinner and roundtable is free of charge, but an invitation is required to attend. To inquire about an invitation to a future cooperative executive roundtable, email Tamela Blalock, NCBA CLUSA’s Vice President of Cooperative Relations at

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Where to stay

The Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square
806 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

NCBA CLUSA is pleased to offer an exclusive room rate of $319 for Cooperative Executive Roundtable participants.

To book a room, please email the hotel directly at or call (202) 730-8800 and reference the following:

  • Group Name: NCBA CLUSA
  • Event Name: Executive Roundtable
  • Event Dates: May 24-25, 2022
  • Group Rate: $319/night

Reservations made through a third party will not be honored with the group rate.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Washington, DC area restaurant near NCBA CLUSA headquarters

Welcome Reception

5-6 pm EDT

Group Dinner

6 pm EDT


Wednesday, May 25, 2022
NCBA CLUSA Headquarters, 1775 I St. NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am EDT

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8 am EDT

Thought Leadership Session 1: An Audacious Vision for U.S. Co-ops

8:10 am EDT

Featuring Gina Schaefer, Co-Founder and CEO of A Few Cool Hardware Stores; Vern Dosch, retired CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative; and Doug Fecher, retired CEO of Wright-Patt Credit Union

Roundtable Discussion 1: How Does “Being Co-op” Drive Strategy?

9:00 am EDT

During this discussion, we’ll ask “Does ‘being co-op’ differentiate?” and consider how co-ops can leverage their shared identity to drive market performance.¬†

Roundtable Discussion 2: Co-op Governance in the Context of Scale and Complexity

9:45 am EDT

During this discussion, we’ll establish the tenets of cooperative governance as expressed across sectors and reflect on the balance between rigidity and flexibility that must be achieved in governance strategies and practices in order to continue building an inclusive economy.¬†


10:30 am EDT

Roundtable Discussion 3: Co-ops Leading on Common Sense Policy Solutions

11 am EDT

Featuring Kate LaTour, Director of Government Relations at NCBA CLUSA

Roundtable Discussion 4: Potential Benefits from Cross-Sector Collaboration

During this discussion, we’ll explore how co-ops can strengthen cross-sector leadership exchange.¬†

11:45 am EDT


12:30 pm EDT

Lunch Thought Leadership Session 2

1:15 pm EDT

Featuring Martin Lowery, retired CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Board Member of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

Closing Remarks

1:45 pm EDT


2 pm EDT


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