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Cooperative Leadership Forum

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019
Miami University, Marcum Conference Center, 351 N. Fisher Drive Oxford, OH
Miami University

For current and emerging leaders, employees and directors; this co-op workshop emphasizes co-op education and leadership development across generations. The workshop includes tours of local cooperatives representing a variety of industries and structures. It is key for emerging leaders to quickly understand the unique cooperative model, the importance of cooperative relationships with each member/owner, and how to manage a cooperative. It is not the same as the investor owned world that was developed solely to make a profit. All co-ops were started to serve a unique need of their members/owners, not served by the investor owned market.

The forum is a dynamic, hands-on learning experience that provides opportunities to interact with others with similar interests and goals. Participants form teams and work together to:

- Create their own cooperative
- Develop a business plan for their co-op
- Develop a governance structure
- Create pro forma
- Develop an operations, marketing and distribution plan
- Tour local cooperatives

Attendees experience day-to-day operations while visiting local cooperatives. These tours will add value to the overall learning experience, helping to create a more valuable and knowledgeable employee that excels in a broad based cooperative system. New and prospective directors will emerge better prepared to make informed decisions and understand their fiduciary role, to the members they represent. New employees will appreciate a clear understanding of their unique cooperative and their relationship with the co-op’s members-owners-customers.

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