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Get the Most Out of Your ESOP Conference - Baltimore, MD

Posted by NCEO

Aug 11, 2015 1:52:14 PM

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Get the Most Out of Your ESOP : An ESOP Communication and Culture Forum

Is your ESOP company developing a culture of ownership, building the effectiveness of your ESOP plan, or does your company need to take a refresher course in ESOP communication and culture issues? Then you should send a representative to attend the 2 day Get the Most Out of Your ESOP: An ESOP Communication and Culture Forum, presented by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). The events take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland on September 29 and 30, 2015. An added bonus “Pre-Forum” half day meeting is also planned for Monday afternoon, September 28.

Tom Roback will be speaking at this event, with a presentation entitled "The Impact of Plan Design and Operations on Ownership Culture" to take place on Tuesday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. This session will look at how Plan provisions can be structured or redesigned to optimize an active and sustainable ownership culture at an ESOP company.

On Monday, September 28, the events kicks off with an afternoon Pre-Forum meeting entitled, Reaching Out: Marketing and Community Impact at ESOP Companies. This meeting is free to those who are registered for the Get the Most forums on September 29 and/or September 30, For those attending Monday afternoon only, registration is $50. Reaching Out consists of an engaging afternoon of panels and interactive small group sharing. Representatives from companies engaged in marketing and community service projects that intertwine with the development of company culture will be leading discussions and sharing best practices.

Tuesday, September 29, Day One of Get the Most is entitled Building (or Rebuilding) an Ownership Culture. Those attending will learn what it takes to shape or reshape an ownership culture and how growth and productivity can be are enhanced. Attendees will learn how plan design and leadership development can create a platform for success from the very start. Those at this meeting will be exposed to information about tools and practices that improve company culture such as employee surveys and various human resource practices. A hosted wine and beer reception for those attending either day of the Forum takes place at 5pm on Tuesday, September 29.

Day Two of the Get the Most Forum is September 30. This day, Communication and Participation Issues in an Employee-Owned Company, will present information on important communication issues, the positive impact of teaching business literacy, how to foster innovation, how to keep your culture strong, and how to sustain success. Attendees will participate in several hands-on interactive activities including creating mini-games that involve employees in the company’s critical numbers, and participating in The ESOP Game: an interactive approach to understanding ESOPs.

Pricing allows for those interested to be able to attend all three days, or just choose one or two of the forum days. Sign up soon at http://www.nceo.org/main/meetings.php. Prices increase after September 8, 2015 for both the registration fees and the sleeping room charges at the Embassy Suites (which include a hot breakfast).