Webinar: Converting businesses to worker cooperatives—real world lessons learned

Tuesday, April 28th

11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern

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Rob Brown, Cooperative Development Institute Rob Brown is the Director of CDI’s Business Ownership Solutions (BOS) program.  BOS promotes  worker ownership in Maine and works with retiring business owners and their employees to  facilitate conversion to worker-owned cooperatives. He has also organized mobile home park  residents to convert investor-owned parks into resident-owned cooperatives and is currently a DAWI fellow.

Blake Jones, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Worker-Owner, Namaste Solar Blake Jones is the President of Namaste Solar, an employee-owned cooperative and solar  electric company based in Colorado.  Namaste Solar is democratically managed, is a certified B  Corporation, has a 6:1 total pay cap, donates 10% of after-tax profits to the community, and is  100% transparent with all company information – including salaries.  Blake is an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award recipient (2010) and has a BE in Civil Engineering from  Vanderbilt University.

Andrea Hurd, Founder and Owner, Mariposa Gardening & Design Mariposa Gardening & Design is a privately-owned a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design  company that is in the process of converting to a worker-owned cooperative.  Andrea Hurd, Mariposa’s founder and owner initiated this conversion, currently in process.  Mariposa is a group of skilled craftspeople who bring a variety of experience to the work including dry stack stone walls, leaning flagstone walls, drought tolerant and permaculture  gardens, native plants, butterfly gardens and songbird habitats. They create beautiful,  ecologically conscious living spaces for people to relax, entertain and come together in a thriving  native habitat.  

Alison Lingane, Co-Founder, Project Equity Alison Lingane is Co-founder of Project Equity, an Oakland-based nonprofit. Project Equity was  founded on the belief that worker owned and controlled businesses are a key component of the  New Economy, and critical for building economic resiliency within our communities. Alison  focused her early career on micro-enterprise development with urban youth, and in the past 15 years, has held leadership roles in education-based social ventures designed to have human  impact at scale, including Benetech, GreatSchools and InsideTrack. Alison is currently an  Echoing Green Fellow with her co-founder Hilary Abell. Project Equity recently released the  white paper CASE STUDIES: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, Insights and  Readiness Factors for owners and employees.

Moderated by Marjorie KellySenior Fellow and  Director of Special Projects at The Democracy Collaborative